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Top 5 Barcelona Eats + Recipe

Following on from my Barcelona Travel Diary post, check out my Top 5 Eats in Barcelona, plus a recipe for one of my favourite Spanish dishes – paella! BACOA My sister and I love burgers – we are attempting to try every burger place in Auckland, and every time we try a new one, I always ask her “so, how do you like your burger?”, and her reply is always the same – “BACOA is still the best!”. Paired with patatas bravas and a beer in hand, these are some of the best burgers you will ever have. Click here for my review and photo diary of BACOA. Our top choice at BACOA is their Vegetariana burger – the patty is made of chickpeas, sweet corn, baby spinach and red pepper and topped with a spicy tomato chutney and creamed goat’s cheese. Ooh la la! We also loved the Japonesa burger (beef glazed with traditional teriyaki sauce) and the Pollo burger (fresh chicken breast marinated for 12 hours, then chargrilled). Recommended dish: The vegetarian burger… with …

Paris Eats

Following on from my Paris Photo Diary post, check out my list below for my favourite eateries in Paris! As you will see, they are mainly patisseries (I have a mega sweet tooth), but I have also included two fine dining restaurants, two great vegetarian eateries and of course, ice cream.  EATS Stohrer – If there was only one thing I could do in Paris, it would be to eat all the beautiful pastries and sweets found in every neighbourhood. At the top of my foodie list was Stohrer. This place is special because it is the oldest patisserie in Paris. I recommend ordering a Millefieulle and a Tartlette aux Fraise, which were perfect in every way! Location: 51 rue Montorgueil L’Eclair de Genie – Head here for decadent eclairs and you will be transported into sweet foodie heaven. Nearby is the Luxembourg Gardens, which is the perfect place to devour these works of art! I recommend their double chocolate eclair with gold dusted dark chocolate… dreamy! Location: 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie KONG – If you feel like splashing out …

BACOA, Barcelona

BAAAAAAAAAAACOA. Wow. Where do I start… …Imagine a bright sunny day, sitting outside under a few umbrellas, right across from Barceloneta beach. You are with a couple of friends, drinking a few cold beers, and eating your way through Bacoa’s menu – patatas bravas and French fries with spicy sauces and of course, the best burgers you will ever eat. Heavenly… On a recent trip to Barcelona, my sister and I were searching for a particular burger joint. We came across Bacoa by chance and decided to scratch our original idea, because Bacoa really stood out. You order what you want by ticking small boxes on a menu card. You pay at the counter, take your buzzer and your ‘make your own’ cardboard burger holder and then head out to their lovely outdoor area (you can also eat inside, but with Barcelona’s hot and sunny weather, I would recommending sitting outside – great for people watching and also you are right near the beach). The great thing about Bacoa is that you can customise your own burger. You can pick …

Borough Market, London

Borough Market = amazing!!! An absolute must if you are a foodie fanatic (like myself) or love trying out new foods! We visited Borough Market on our last day in London – luckily my appetite was back, because the food options here are outstanding, both in presentation and taste. You’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, pungent cheeses, savoury breads, cookies the size of your hands (see picture below), sweet treats, handmade chocolates and ice cream. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, there is ethnic food available (for example from the ‘Soul Food’ and vegetarian Indian stands), super tasty pies (Pieminister), haloumi burgers (The Veggie Table), salted caramel doughnuts (Bread Ahead Bakery) and fresh juices and smoothies. While I would have loved to have tried one of everything, I was craving a pie. Pieminister were serving the most delicious array of pies, plus they use free range meat and chicken and have two vegetarian options. I went with the ‘Free Ranger’ consisting of chicken, ham hock, leek and thyme, while my sister ordered the ‘Classic Moo’ …

Brunch & Cake, Barcelona

A little excerpt on my love for Brunch & Cake in Barcelona… Brunch & Cake, I love you.  Even though I am now on the other side of the world, I still think about your iced coffees with cream on top, your sweet and tropical fruit and I cannot forget, those amazing ricotta pancakes with strawberries, coconut and maple syrup that you served to me on that hot and sticky morning.  Yes, there may have been plastic in my iced coffee the first time I met you, but you apologised and quickly made me another one.  You and all your friends were so friendly and helpful, which is why I had to come back a second time! Every day I miss your wonderful food and drink and I dream about the next time I’ll be in Barcelona, because the first stop will be you, Brunch & Cake, because I love you… Brunch & Cake Carrer Enric Granados, 19, L’Eixample Open Monday to Thursday – 8.30am to 9.30pm and Friday to Sunday – 8.30am to 10pm Perfect for breakfast …

Harrods Food Hall, London

Stepping into Harrods Food Hall was like all my wildest food fantasies had come true… – Delectable desserts, sweet tarts and cupcakes ready to be boxed; – Cookies, cronuts and doughnuts like you have never seen before; – Wraps with exotic fillings and salads made to order; – Perfect pies, Japanese delights and mouthwatering pizza breads; and – Fresh juices with flavours like apple and raspberry. And the best thing about all this delicious food is that it is handmade onsite, fresh everyday. Bonus!!! This was by far the highlight of my London trip and I cannot wait to go back! Harrods Food Hall 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Open Monday to Saturday – 9am to 9pm, Sundays – 11.30am to 6pm Perfect for foodie lovers, celebrations/parties, afternoon tea Recommended: One of everything!!!

L’Eclair de Genie, Paris

I find it hard to believe that I had never tried an eclair prior to visiting Paris a few weeks ago! I have definitely been missing out because eclairs are wonderful – choux pastry on the outside, and a mousse filing inside. One bite and you’re in sweet foodie heaven. This is how I felt when I had my first eclair at L’Eclair de Genie. The shop is small and selling only one thing – eclairs. There are many to choose from and all have different toppings, such as fruit, chocolate or gold flakes. I ended up choosing a double chocolate eclair with gold dusted dark chocolate – delicious! My eclair was then boxed and put into a cute bag. Nearby are the Luxembourg Gardens, which is the perfect place to devour this work of art! It was a great first experience and it might become my new obsession! I loved L’Eclair de Genie and will definitely re-visit next time I’m in Paris! L’Eclair de Genie 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, Paris Open: Monday to …

Stohrer, Paris

If there was only one thing I could do in Paris, it would be to eat all the beautiful pastries and sweets found in every neighbourhood. At the top of my foodie list was Stohrer. This place is special because it is the oldest patisserie in Paris. The founder, Nicolas Stohrer, was originally from Poland but eventually settled in the Palace of Versailles and became the official baker for the King of France, Louie XV. He also invented the ‘Baba au Rhum’ or Rum Baba as it is more well known. He then opened up shop in 1730 and it still remains in the same location today. Walking into Stohrer gave me a sense of excitement. Everything was displayed magnificently, from the pastries, to the cakes, savoury delights and chocolates. This made it difficult to choose just one thing, so of course, I ended up with two delectable desserts – a Tartlette aux Fraise and a Millefeuille. Both were perfect in every way – beautifully presented, sweet, creamy and delicious. I didn’t get another chance …