What a day we had of barely any sleep, catching one of those super cheap disorganized european flights, and winging the whole tourist thing. It definitely left me exhausted, deranged, and starving. We were going to be by the Palau de la Musica Catalana for a flamenco show, so we figured might as find something close, and found Tosca! I wish I had a better picture of all the tapas we ate because it was one of the best meals we had there. A definite recommendation!
Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
12 hours of no sleep, feeling a little bubbly… (but really just very gassy) from plane food, finally checking into our hotel.. we stumbled up on this place called, Pest- Buda Bistro. The food was actually really good, and definitely hit the spot. It is located on the Buda side, and is steps away from all the sites without the crowds that would follow an area like this.
After a long debate of getting schnitzel (since I have a deep rooted love for it) or stuffed cabbage, I opted for the cabbage. It seemed to be on a bed of sauerkraut, a little odd at first but it all worked together! I left feeling like a stuffed cabbage. (yes, let the bad joke happen.)
My friend ordered the Chicken Paprikash, and I was able to steal a couple of bites. Creamy yet light and not too heavy. It was delicious! ( I had a bit of food FOMO… FFOMO? Does that work? Let’s just pretend it does.)
My other friend got the goat cheese salad. Perfect for a light and satisfying lunch.
P.S. they were generous with the cheese.
Finally we ordered the apple strudel. It had a crepe like exterior with a perfectly mushy apple. There was a dipping sauce that reminded us of a melted vanilla bean ice cream.
Overall, we would definitely go back! The waitstaff was friendly, and it was a lovely bistro. The pricing wasn’t so bad, for each of us including two coffees, paid about $18 USD with tax and tip.
If you’re ever in the area, go check it out!
If you’ve been there before, what are your thoughts? Comment below!
Did you know that there’s a coffee shop inside of Polo Ralph Lauren’s flagship on Fifth Ave? It’s a place that I tend to forget about, but it’s quite lovely! If you ever need a break from the crowded streets of Fifth Ave, be sure to stop by.
If you’re wondering about the coffee, personally, I like it. They have other drinks, food, even a charming tote bag and t-shirt you can buy.
I was searching for a new sushi place on Yelp and stumbled upon this gem. I was expecting your typical spicy salmon, California roll type sushi place but was surprised when it wasn’t quite that. Ootoya is traditional home styled Japanese cooking. I wasn’t sure how to order but I finally settled on the Salmon Sushi which is 6 pieces total of Scottish Salmon, 2 pieces raw, 2 pieces seared and 2 pieces seared with mayo & basil sauce (sounds odd but let me tell you it’s really good.) It also comes with Miso soup, homemade pickles and a steamed egg custard.
Man was I surprised- It was delicious. The sushi melted in my mouth and really filled me up.
If you want to check out their menu, take a look here. I definitely recommend trying this place out, but they tend to have a wait, so try to call a head and make a reservation!
The Mermaid Inn is one of my favorite places in the city. I usually go for their oysters, but everything they have there is ‘on point’! (seriously). There are three locations: Upper West side, East Village, and Greenwich Village . Both locations have indoor and outdoor seating, with a lovely ambiance.
Barcat, Malpeque, and Point Lookout
My favorite oysters are Bluepoints, but they don’t always have them available. I usually go for the Barcat (Chesapeake bay, VA) and Malpeque (p.e.i Canada) oysters.
I love their Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese side… which really could be a meal but of course I’d eat the whole thing and not feel guilty about it because it’s labeled ‘side’. Duh.
At the end of your meal you get a complimentary chocolate pudding- which is de-lic-ious.
Along with chocolate pudding you get a thin little plastic fish that predicts your mood (like a little fishy mood ring.) Be sure to take the fish out of the package, because I’ve had more than one friend just put whole thing in their palm and say, “Wait, it’s not working. I don’t get it.” Aside from that, isn’t it cute?
Oh almost forgot to mention HAPPY HOUR 5pm – 7p, where ‘chef’s choice oyster’ is $1, littleneck clams $1, along with other appetizers. Happy hour cocktails $8, Wine $7 (by glass), Draft Beer $5.
I stumbled upon this place when I was looking for the San Lorenzo market, which was recommended in one of those Florence tour books (so touristy, I know. Hey I gotta get around somehow!) The San Lorenzo market was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I was expecting something quirky and unique, it just reminded me of NYC street fairs (kinda see the same things over and over again.)
Anyway, enough with the negativity and back to il Mercato Centrale. The food court is located on the second floor. I found it to be extremely spacious, the food stations are wonderful, and there are plenty of seats even when it’s prime meal time (which is quite unusual). The fact that I could find a seat during peak lunch time, really impressed me… because as much as I love good food, I can only handle so much of a crowd before I deem it not worth the agita (people really do test my patience sometimes. Hey, I’m human). There is also a small Eatly shop, a cooking school, and even a piano on which you can sit and play! On the first floor there is an actual market, I didn’t get a chance to pop in but I hear it’s equally as nice as what I saw on the upper floor.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to sit and enjoy a view of the statue of David 😉
My first evening in Florence, I had a glass of Chianti (my favorite, and I hear it’s of the region so I had to try it). After realizing the hangry was creeping in, I was on the hunt for food. Of course, out of all the food I could have see, naturally my eyes wandered to the prosciutto balls. I did not regret it, in fact I went back and got two more.
I returned a second time for lunch, (since it was close to my hotel) and had a truffle pasta, while my friend had a caprese pizza (fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil.) We both left with very happy food babies.
Words cannot describe my love for Dig-Inn, but really, my friends even make fun of me for it sometimes. This place is great because it’s set up like Chipolte but with healthier options.(Don’t get me wrong I love me a good burrito that turns me into a literal burrito… but I can’t eat that everyday.) Dig- inn is great for several different reasons the first one being that everything tastes so good and it’s healthy for you! (As in you’ll eat until you’re full and you won’t feel like shit.)
They generally have the same stuff at their locations but sometimes you’ll find a location that serves a variation. Their market-plates are wonderful because you get two sides on a bed of grains along with your choice of protein. They also have sandwiches, salads, cold pressed juices, and home made ice tea.
My two favorites are their charred chicken (obsessed) and their Kale & Quinoa Salad (even more obsessed than the chicken I dare say). Now imagine this: kale, quinoa, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, grape tomatoes, and chickpeas. It comes with a balsamic vinaigrette but I honestly still enjoy it with some olive oil!
So if you ever stumble upon a Dig- Inn, go inside and give it a try!
*Not to mention it’s affordable considering the quality of their ingredients! Always a fan of affordable, delicious healthy eating!