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Kolbice – Affordable Tasty Sausages in Budapest

When my colleague and I traveled to Budapest last September, we didn’t know what their staple was except for their love for paprika. I did some digging and found out that there are many food to taste in Budapest. And one of them are the tasty sausages in a cone they call Kolbice.

Our hotel is just a stone’s throw away from this small food outlet that sells tasty sausages. The sausages are small like a cocktail sausage served in a cone bread with sesame seed and some seasoning of your choice like . The food kiosk is called Kolbice. They serve nice Hungarian street food and the sausages are really nice!

I ordered a Classic as I am not sure about having spicy sauce to go with it so I just asked for a mayonnaise. My colleague and I loved the cone bread with sausages. The sausages aren’t so salty. The mayonnaise added a nice flavour to the whole meal. I wish I ordered more! The price is also very affordable considering it is filling. I paid 990 HUF which is around US$3.30. Not bad if you’re eating several sausages served in a cone.

So, if you’re visiting Budapest for the first time, check out the Kolbice and order the nice cone bread with sausages.

This is the shop just near the entrance of the Arany Janos Metro Station in Budapest.

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Unexpected Places To Travel To For Your Sweet Tooth

Posted in food, food trip, places to visit for sweet tooth, travel tips
on February 15, 2017
When it comes to organizing a trip, there are many factors you take into consideration. For example, what landmarks are situated in the local area. And what the weather is like at the time you want to travel. But for some people, food is at the top of their list. After all, traveling means you get to experience lots of new tastes and flavors that will tickle your tastebuds. And the diet can go out the window when you are on your holiday! However, a lot of people are left perplexed when deciding where to go on vacation for great grub. Therefore, here are some unexpected places to travel to for your sweet tooth.


Thailand


Millions of people head to Thailand every year for their travels. And while it’s most known for its lively capital Bangkok and it’s wealth of beautiful temples, the food is also pretty impressive. And in particular, the desserts will leave your mouth watering. Khanom Krok is one you need to try. The crispy coconut cups come with a range of toppings and are consumed piping hot. Also, bua loy is another treat which will tickle your fancy. The steamed taro with sticky rice balls are smooth and soft. You will find them at restaurants and markets alike. And you will also find a wealth of jelly type desserts. For example, Luk Chub and Woon Bai Toey are both satisfying desserts you will want to try.


Singapore


While you might know Singapore for its rich culture and history, food is also another reason why you will want to visit the country. With influences from Thai, Chinese, and Indian, the food is delicious to try. And if you want to please your sweet tooth, you will want to visit one of the many bakeries and cake stores in Singapore selling delicious treats like coconut buns and cheesecakes. For example, you ought to head for a cheesecake at the Cat and Fiddle. In fact, you can find out more about them at www.catandthefiddle.com. Or you might want to go and try a donut which the locals tend to enjoy at breakfast time. And don’t forget to try their peanut brittle which is to die for.



New York City


There are many reasons why people flock to the city that never sleeps every year. For one thing, the landmarks like the Statue of Liberty are to be seen at last once in your lifetime. And you might love to go and watch a play on Broadway. But food is often not one of the top reasons why people go to the city. But it should be on the top of your list. After all, there are dessert shops a plenty in the heart of the city that you will want to try. You can enjoy huge sundaes which are full of delicious sweet treats. Just look on http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/ to discover some of the delicious treats that you can find in the city. And don’t forget to head to Brooklyn and Queens too as there are some delicious dessert shops you will want to visit.



And Europe is also great to visit to fulfil your sweet tooth. Paris and Amsterdam are just two that you will love to visit with delicious treats on offer.

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Tips & Tricks For Finding The Best Eateries When Abroad

Posted in eating abroad, food trip, lifestyle, travel tips
on May 22, 2016
Travel is all about seeing and experiencing new places, and what’s the best way to do that? Via food, of course! Well, if you’re a foodie it is. When visiting a new country, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the places on offer to dine in. The ‘safest’ places to eat are, of course, chain restaurants. However, if you want to experience the country’s authentic cuisine, you need to find places that are independent.


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Want to know how to find the best eateries when abroad? Have a read of this!


Read up before you travel


Before your trip, take the time to read up on the place that you are visiting. Find out about the types of food that’s on offer and what the most authentic dishes are. For wherever you are visiting, use Tripadvisor to get an idea of the best places to eat. Look at reviews, read the comments, and see where other travelers have recommended. When there are so many places to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming selecting where to eat.


Hire a car


If you want to explore the food a little further afield from where you are staying, it’s worth thinking about hiring a car. While you could opt to use public transport, if you want to see all the best local restaurants, having a car is crucial. To find out about the cost of hire cars where you are going, check out the Carrot website and have a browse. As long as you book in advance, you should be able to get a good deal on the car you choose to hire.


Ask the locals


One of the best ways to find the nicest restaurants while on vacation is to ask the locals. If anyone will know where the nicest places to dine are, the locals will. Most people are friendly and happy to help, so don’t be afraid to stop someone and ask. Explain that you want authentic food and take any recommendations on board. Don’t be afraid to ask a few different people for suggestions, as this will give you a better idea of the most popular places.


Have a list of must-try foods


Before your trip, spend some time Googling the area. See what cuisine the area is famous for, and write the dish names on your list. You can also use Google Translate to work out what is in each one, to ensure that you will like it. If you have friends or family who have traveled to where you’re going, ask them for recommendations as well. When it comes to finding the best foods to try, the more help you can get, the better.


Don’t skip street food


A lot of travelers steer clear of street food when abroad but there’s no reason to. As long as the stall is part of a reputable market and looks clean, the food is safe to eat. Sometimes, street stalls offer the nicest and most authentic foods, so skipping them is a real shame.


For us foodies, travel is all about trying out new dishes. What sets one place aside from another is the food on offer, which is why it’s so important to try a range of dishes while you’re away.


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10 Reasons To Visit To Thailand

Out of all the most famous holiday destinations in the world, you never really hear anyone mention Thailand. It’s a shame, because it’s a beautiful country, offering plenty for adventurists and historians alike.


So, in order to convince you of its merits, here are ten great reasons why a trip to Thailand should be on your calendar.


1. Who doesn’t love Thai food?


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Answer: nobody. Everyone has had Thai food back home, and in the country itself, it’s just as delicious. From fried chicken to noodle dishes and rice, there’s plenty of delicious grub to eat.


2. The wildlife


Thailand is home to a vast array of wonderful creatures, that make exploring its forests a treat for anyone. Exploring the Khao Sok National Park to trace the incredibly cute Gibbons is rewarding and exciting. Their calls can be heard for miles, and you may find some monkeys and tapirs during your trip.


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3. Intriguing focus on religion


Thailand is known for its Buddhist heritage, so if other cultures intrigue you, you’re in the right place. Most of Thailand’s cities, like Pattaya, contain beautiful Buddhist temples which have to be seen to be believed.


4. Bangkok


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You’ve seen it in the movies, but it can only be truly appreciated in person. The city of Bangkok, capital of Thailand, is a heaven for those who enjoy shopping. It’s packed to the brim with malls and markets, and there’s plenty of gifts to buy.


5. Beaches


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And, of course, there are plenty of beautiful beaches where you can simply have a sunbathe. Many of the Thai residents enjoy having a evening sports match on the beach, from volleyball to football. If you don’t want to get caught up in that, you can just relax and enjoy the sunset.


6. It’s a cheaper destination than most


Rather than jetting off to Ibiza, Barcelona or Paris, why not have a cheaper, but no less amazing trip? Thailand is an affordable place to visit for families and couples alike, with plenty to do.


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7. But you can go luxurious if you desire


Like any great country, Thailand caters to both the budget crowd and the expensive crowd. Sure, you can invest in a budget holiday if you require it, but you can also splash out on a luxury hotel.


8. It’s always sunny


Thailand is a tropical and humid country for most of the year. In fact, the north of the country only has three seasons, and the south only has two! No matter when you travel, you can be assured it’ll be warm.


9. Explore by boat


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There are many different ways to see a country, and in Thailand, this is one of the best. You can explore many of the country’s offshore islands and caves, discovering new wildlife and plants as you go.


10. Let loose your inner party animal


Thailand is famous for its wide array of bustling, energetic bars and nightclubs. Whether you want to dance the night away to some electro tunes or have a quiet drink, you’re covered! You can’t go wrong either way.

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Taste The Churros and Chuchos in Barcelona

When my daughter found out that I would treat her to a Milan, Venice and Barcelona trip last year, the first thing that came to her mind about Barcelona was – Churros! I am not sure why but yes, churros.

More than anything, it was the churros that got her giddy and really in the whole planning scheme to make the Euro summer trip happen. It was a short but so memorable and sweet for both of us. It was both the first time to visit Venice with my husband’s cousins and Barcelona on our own. It was more like a mother-daughter bonding thing and I truly enjoyed my daughter’s company. We should do this often.

Well, going back to the churros. 🙂 Churros is one of the famous delectable desserts in Spain. It is a traditional dessert in Spain created by shepherds and evolved through the years. Many would make big churros and fill the middle part with chocolate or cream fillings. However, the ones that my daughter and I love are the plain ones where you dip in thick, hot chocolate.

We scoured the internet the moment we finalised our Euro trip. The first in our itinerary was to find the best churros near where we were staying in Plaça Catalunya. We checked Tripadvisor as well for recommendations and voila! We found Xurreria El Trebol near Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal Station which was few blocks from our hotel. It is actually located in Calle Corsiega.

As soon as we finished our tour in Montserrat and headed back to Plaça Catalunya, we traversed the stretch of Passeig de Gracia. It was easy to find and it was at the same side where our hotel was located so no need to cross plenty of streets.

Xurreria El Trebol is a small eatery that serves yummy churros. We were happy to find out too that they are open 24 hours on weekends. Although we didn’t get to try that out because we already left the weekend after. But it’s good to know because the next time we visit Barcelona, I will stay near that area again.

The churros at Xurreria El Trebol are really nice. We ordered and ate there in the small space provided if you want to dine in and I bought 8 and split in half for myself and my daughter. Trust me, we almost finished half of the lot even before we reached the hotel. They were yummy and really good, unlike the other churros we have eaten in the US and Japan.

We bought our churros with a cup of very thick chocolate. I also ordered few chuchos. It looked like an eclair minus the frosting on top but it is so soft and has a custard cream filling inside which made it more tasty. I really want more!

I forgot how much the whole stuff we bought but I can assure you, it wasn’t very expensive. Not at all. I just can’t remember the price but when you are there, they have the pricing on the wall. You won’t miss it.

So, if you are in Barcelona and want to taste their traditional fried desserts like churros and chuchos, visit this churreria!  It’s worth the walk!

Where to find it:
Carrer de Còrsega, 341
08037 Barcelona Tel: +34 932 179 594
Mon to Thu: 9am – 9pm
Fri to Sun: 24 hours
Nearest Metro: Diagonal

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My Top Countries for Delicious Food

Posted in food, food trip, travel tips
on November 4, 2015
One of my favorite things to do, when we’re traveling, is try new food. It’s a great way to explore somewhere new, and you can’t stick to what you know when you travel. I can try things I wouldn’t be able to have at home, and I can learn about dishes that I can try to recreate myself. It also helps you discover more about your hometown because you might look for restaurants serving new cuisine when you get home. There are many countries that are fantastic for food, but some are better than others. Here are my top destinations for eating your way through your vacation.



Spain


The countries in Europe have very diverse cuisines, but one of the best places to go to has to be Spain. The different regions have their own cooking, so you can get varying experiences, depending on where you go. Eating in Barcelona could be very different to eating in Murcia. There are some of Spain’s most famous dishes and produce to try, from paella to Iberico ham. Of course, you can enjoy the great tradition of tapas, where you can have lots of small plates. I love this idea because it means you can try lots of delicious things at once.



Thailand


Like Europe, you can find a diverse range of foods across Asia too. Thailand is always held up as one of the best countries on the continent to visit for food. I agree that Thai food is some of the best in the world! You can find some fantastic street food to start with, just by wandering around in the right places. But the cuisine goes all the way up to more upmarket restaurants, where you can enjoy some gourmet food. Traditionally, Thai cooking has to have the flavors of spicy, sour, salty and sweet.


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Italy


Another European country famous for its food, Italy has spread its cuisine all over the world. You can find delicious Italian dishes everywhere, but there’s nothing like enjoying them in the country where they come from. People often think of pizza and pasta when it comes to Italian food, but there’s more to it than that. You can try so many things on a visit to Italy, from bread to cold meats. Taking a food tour with emiliadelizia.com, or even having some Italian cooking lessons, is a great way to explore the cuisine.



India


India is another country where the food can vary from one region to another. You’ll find very different food in the north and in the south. In the north, meals are based on roti bread, while in the south they eat rice. Even from one town to the next, you can find interesting differences. Like Thailand, you can find both delicious street food and upmarket restaurants. And there’s everything in between available too.

I can’t go traveling without trying new food, and I always encourage my daughter to try too. I can’t wait for my next trip to taste some exciting new flavors.


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Breakfast at Carluccio’s in Mirdiff City Center

Do you want to have a hearty meal for breakfast? How about enjoy a quiet breakfast early in the morning in Mirdiff City Center? I’m not even talking about tasty meals yet but just given the 2, I would consider and that is the reason why my daughter and I drove all the way to Mirdiff City Center to have our breakfast.

Carluccio’s is an Italian diner style eatery which is in the mid-range bracket. Comparing to other diners, Carluccio’s is still affordable.

So, why do we like this place? Food, price, serving size, customer service and ambiance are the factors that make us come back.

For our breakfast, my daughter and I ordered the following:

Colazione – This is your choice of eggs with grilled turkey bacon, sautéed mushrooms, grilled
tomato and toast.

Berry Crepe – This slightly sweet crepe with various berries as filling

Ham & Cheese Crepe (take-out order) – Thin crepe with turkey ham and cheese filling.

Chamomile tea

Tropical Smoothie – A mixture of banana and mango smoothie. This tasted a bit weird for me because I haven’t mixed banana with mango yet.

Tiramisu cake for my daughter’s dessert

Acqua Panna water

Our total bill was around AED 159 after discount. I used my Entertainer coupon to get another meal free (which ever has the lower value from breakfast meal). Not bad.

My daughter and I liked our orders and we were both satisfied. The food serving is just right, the taste is good (not too bland nor overpowering with salt, pepper or any spice) and the service of the crew is superb. I will definitely come back here for another round of our healthy breakfast, next time with the hubby!

My recommendation: 4 spoons and forks out of 5 (5 being the highest)

Carluccio’s in Mirdif City Centre is located at the 2nd floor, South Walk.

Disclaimer:
I was not compensated to do this review. My opinion is 100% mine and may vary from yours.

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