We were in Spain few weeks ago and Madrid was Reina(queen) of Spanish food for sure. But try to be peeky because there are many tourist traps. Our recommendation is go local you will not regret any bite of it.
Here comes our first Reina we just found it around one of the corners of Madrid.
This is called spanish generosity they almost-always serve you something free but most delicat thing they have.
And this is our second Reina most delicious food with tones of smiling chef Alvaro!!!
Vinci 66 rooftop bar the best view and cocktails and drinks also the service by Sergio is fantastic experience you must try it!!!!!! Especially the coconut cocktail (look at our Instagram for more details please)
Have some snacks in museu thuyssen cafe they have just just delicious food…
This is gourme side of the Spanish dishes amazingcious!
While you get hot in siesta time….having some fries and salad is not bad idea😋
And this is how you start your breakfast in Spain with Cava of course….cause they know you don’t have to wait for somethings in life to celebrate so celebrate while you are in the moment and while still you are breathing….. Whishing you a week and whole life better than the champagne dears!!!!
So, if you find yourself in Lecce and need to eat… you have many choices. Since none will tell you the truth about which restaurants are good or not, we will!!
Avoid rooftop restaurant at Risorgimento Resort hotel. Food is mediocre at best and expensive. Service was ok. So instead go up there for drinks, desert and the view. Food was so bad that I actually got sick from it. We loved the view, but regretted having dinner there.
Take a chance at Nonna Tetti. Cute little restaurant in home cooking style. Food is great, relatively cheap but… ignore the rude staff if you can. Tell yourself you are here just for the food. The pasta sagne was especially delicious!! Make sure to order the house starter plates; they are small plates of side dishes like fried eggplants, pickles, beets and other yummies.
Best place we had dinner at was Blu Notte! Everything we had was fresh, delicious, and memorable. We had pasta, fish, octopus, muscles, and desert. It is not cheap but not too expensive either. Staff was well trained, friendly and efficient. You might also get lucky and find a table without reservation, like we did. We recommend that you don’t take the risk and make a reservation.
Maybe you are wondering about paninis, sweets, and gelato — well, come back another day for our special focus on these dolci!!
Our good friend M had recently gone on an great trip that made us seriously envy her. She gracefully granted our wish to be a guest blogger and share this special trip with all of you!
In her words:
We needed a getaway from the Wisconsin winter and were craving something unlike our typical educational, sightseeing, ‘pack-as-much-as-possible into each day’ trips we were used to taking. This time we were looking for a place to unwind, eat well, surround ourselves with nature, and above all else, relax and rejuvenate.
Not at all interested in the conventional Mexico spring break trips or all-inclusive resorts jam-packed with people, we thought we found heaven when we came across Majahuitas. It is an extraordinary gem, an hour cab ride and a 15 minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta. It’s an eco-friendly resort so no electricity – just solar energy for a few sparse lights and not a television, phone, or computer to be found. And I can honestly say I didn’t once miss being ‘plugged in’ during our stay.
Our casita for the week was the Sunset House, where everything was open-air, including the bathroom & shower. We fell asleep to the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the beach and awoke to tropical birds singing outside our porch. The gong rang 3 times daily, signaling it was time to head down to the beach for an amazing meal – most often including a mexican breakfast with fresh fruit, local seafood and tapas for lunch, and a delightful dinner that was enjoyed by all guests, family-style, under a candlelight chandelier.
After the evening meal and a beach bonfire, we would make our way back to the casita (all the paths and our bungalow were filled with hundreds of handmade candles that were lit while we were dining) to play some cribbage, enjoy our surroundings, and gush about how lucky we were to be staying at such a dream locale.
Some highlights of the trip included an intense hike through the jungle to a beautiful waterfall, an outdoor massage with the babbling river sounds in the background, spotting a sea turtle during our morning kayak excursion, and a little trip to the nearby fishing village of Yelapa – where we saw another gorgeous waterfall along with yoga studios and such for the many ex-pats that live there. Of course, relaxing on the beach with a book and, thanks to the yellow labs at the resort that would bark with excitement and run out to the beach at the first signs of whales and dolphins, we got to add those sightings to our list of great moments.
It is hard to describe this magnificent place in just a few paragraphs and photos – in fact, now that we’re back in the snow and cold, it seems hard to imagine this treasure of a resort even really existed. It was the perfect marriage of luxury resort/dining and rustic camping. It’s remarkable how much you can leave behind and do without, as long as you have fresh air, good company, and outstanding food. What I wouldn’t do for some fresh octopus and empanadas on the beach right now…
You can’t visit Thailand and not check out the local markets. We have specifically found out the area local markets to get a better flavor of how people live, eat, and shop here.
Half an hour from our resort, Takuapa market beckoned… The main street is converted to a local market, lined by stands on both sides. The market is visited by as many locals as tourists. The entrance is dominated by fruit and food stands….
Locals helped us decipher some of the food — they are really gracious and kind. However some of the foods still remained a mystery such as the ‘angry birds’ skewers.
We don’t know the name of this amazing desert but we decided to call it ‘fluffy coconut pillows’ after eating 3 plates of it. Watching how they were made was as good as eating them, a must have!
Another coconut desert:
Grape like fruits, perfect for the hot weather:
There was some serious deep frying action of pork, duck, and chicken — the chicken was delicious.
These large terra-cotta jars held some type of a drink. And people drank them with the cups shown in front or in nylon bags. Our regret is that we did not try it. Don’t do what we did – go for it.
Latter part of the market is stalls, stands and little shops for all sorts of clothing. Majority of which I geared towards locals, but you might surprise yourself and find something as well. G and I found fisherman’s cotton pants at a stall for 100 baht; delighted to find something cultural that we can wear too.
Bargaining Tips: paying the first price will ensure you overpaying. So even if you are not the bargaining type, offer a lesser price. Do not insult the merchant by offering a ridiculous price e.g. for 400 baht do not offer 100, starting at 250 is a better route. And keep remembering that what you are paying is a fraction of your currency, you are still saving a lot.
Local markets are a delight and a great way to see and learn about the culture. Get out there and explore!
So far we have sampled a wide variety of Thai foods. From fancy restaurants to street vendors… pictures tell our food journey. And no we did not get sick by eating street foods so far.
Last night we ate a churro like dessert from the sidewalk vendor at the Phuket night market. After deep frying it in age old oil, they sprinkle it with strawberry or chocolate powder, or just sugar. Simply delicious!
Lunch spread at the Phangnga area Muslim village:
This was a Muslim community completely living on water. They cooked, dried, grounded, preserved all sorts of foods. Fruits have been the highlight – fresh and wonderful to eat anytime: Fruit shaped and colored sweets at night market:
Try it all and don’t look back is our current motto. Bon Apetit!!
Last night I tried the stuffed Pineapple. Stuffing is made from rice, raisins and currants, small Pineapple and carrot cubes, scrambled eggs, and it was delicately spiced with saffron. As I enjoyed it, it definitely reminded me of various rice dishes from the Middle East.
Regarding service… don’t expect much then you will be delighted. Some places don’t have a sense of service, speak almost no english, and you could be sitting a while without anyone paying attention. However, there are also some places where service is impeccable. Remember… you are on vacation so we recommend that you roll with it!!
J’s favorite drink: Freshly Mint, sans alcohol, a cocktail made with fresh lime and mint with crushed ice. The only thing that cools me off in this 90 degree heat is this cooling drink.
Here you go finally as I promised I’m sharing another organic delicious taste from the Oliv & Te Delikatesser shop in Sweden.
If you have never tried organic chocolate you must; it’s really different from regular chocolate it is very pure and healthy in texture. I love dark chocolate it’s rich with antioxidants and this one had unique combination with ginger & lime which I like it so when I took this picture the box was empty — I ate all of it !! It has a gentle heat of ginger during this cold winter days. So I taste every corner of this single square and now I can recommend to you as well 🙂 I feel little guilty for not taking the picture before eating it all, please forgive me.
This Christmas I received a surprise gift from my friend Julie. She gave me a bundle of foods she made herself. A cute tub of chicken liver pâté, bacon jam, accompanied with herve mons blue de sassenage cheese and a whole wheat baguette.
I dare say they are gourmet quality if not better and fresher. What a great gift to give someone… I can taste the care and love she put into making these goodies. By the way there should have been a warning: this bacon jam is addictive, and I don’t happen to be a bacon lover. The pâté is delicate and velvety, a smooth delight; great with a little cheese and bread, organic strawberry and crisp cubes Asian pear. A slightly chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and some sparkling water completed my food journey.
We have a saying in Turkish that we use when we really like someone’s food – ‘ellerine sağlık’ roughly means health to your hands.
So I raise my glass to you my friend… Ellerine sağlık!
Mandel Bollar, a Swedish favorite cookie is perfect for this time of year. So easy to make, delicious to eat, and looks great. Reminds me of snow and represents the magic of the season (pictured above the peanut butter cups). Here is the recipe – make it and enjoy it with your loved ones!
200 grams mandelmasa (sweet almond paste
200 grams butter (room temperature, soft)
1 1/4 cup flour
1 egg white to brush on top
almond flakes to roll the balls in
Mash the butter until it is smooth. Grate the almond paste (medium sized side of grate). Mix the two ingredients, add the flour and mix further. Roll the dough as a log – chill in the fridge for an hour. Cut the log into 40 equal pieces – roll into balls. Brush the tops with egg yolk, and roll in almond flakes.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees and bake the almond balls for only 10 minutes. Do not overcook.
I would like to share new tastes that surprised me!
This is yummiest liquorice I have ever had and I was very surprised that it was also organic; this is for sure healthy. I can’t stop eating and eating. Knowing that it’s organic makes me feel ‘guilt free’ or at least it sounds better. I wish I could visit Oliv & Te Delikatesser shop in Sweden — it’s little heaven for organic, fair trade delicious things but I will share more delicious things that I had from this nice Delikatesser.