I know a little amazing restaurant in Athens (Greece)

To_Trikyklo

Hello world! Today’s post is about an amazing little restaurant we went to in Athens. Such a nice place, I could not do without sharing it!

If you go to Greece, you will find a lot of tavernas. They are restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine: simple, but lovely food. Last month, we spent 2 amazing weeks in Greece and went to “To Trikyklo” for dinner. Verdict: this taverna is a little gem for food and to see the real Greek life unfold.

First of all, I like this restaurant because it is off the tourist circuit. We sat at the terrace, and were probably the only tourists there. To me it is the best way to enjoy “local” lifestyle. I could stay like that and enjoy people watching for hours: teenagers meeting up with friends to play basketball (there is a basket ground right in front of the place) ; families going on evening walks; locals “get together”, chatting about daily life I presume …

When I travel, I usually want to speak the local language as much as I can but my Greek skills were quite limited. So, the first good thing was that the waiters spoke English and were so kind to us :they were such nice hosts. We did not feel “treated” as “tourists” like it can happen in some places. For those who have already experienced the French waiters in Paris – you know what I am talking about ! (And overall I must say, Greek people are very nice and welcoming)

Food wise, “To Trikyklo” is a MUST VISIT. This is my favorite restaurant in Athens. There is a huge variety of Greek mezze, made from fresh ingredients: heaven in a mouthful! I recommend you take several mezze/appetizers instead of having a main. That is the best way to try a bit of everything. Though be careful, portions are huge!

My favorites were: mushrooms stuffed with cheese & bacon, fennel pie (see the picture below), tzatziki, Cyprus grilled cheese, fried tomato balls. We got a pitcher of the local house red wine. I liked it as it was a light one that fitted perfectly with the food we had.

Fennel Pie

I noticed that a lot of restaurants in Greece  offer the desert, and so does this place! We had a delicious chocolate biscuit (I do not recall the name), paired with a glass of honey raki : a lovely way to finish a great meal.

Prices are more than reasonable, so you have no excuses not to go there! 🙂

The location of the restaurant is not so easy to find. Make sure you look on the map before going there. The place is located in a pedestrian street, so it is not very accessible by car. The taxi will drop you at the top of the street and you just need to walk for 5 meters to get to the place.

I hope you will have the opportunity to try if you go to Athens, and tell me what you think about it! I am very curious to hear your feedback.

Details :
Pytheou 34 & Geometrou 1
Neos Kosmos, Athens 11743,
Greece

Phone number: +30 210 923 2384
Website with the English menu: http://www.totrikyklo.gr/blog/?page_id=7

The pictures in this post come from the Trip Advisor page dedicated to “To Trikyklo” : http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189400-d2649991-Reviews-To_Trikyklo-Athens_Attica.html

Cup “tea cafe” in Aberdeen : a cozy space in a lovely place …

CUP

 Cup is one of my favorite brunch place in Aberdeen.( I’ll tell you about the other one later).

If I were to use one word to describe Cup, it would be: cute. I was charmed by the atmosphere and the coziness of the place: light colors, a lovely decoration, food served in pretty china plates, tea comes with beautiful and original tea pots. Cup is a life-size dollhouse; a place where Alice from Alice in Wonderland could go for an afternoon tea!

 You can go there for breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea or simply have a relaxing moment sipping tea.

Trio Tea

 The food is simple but good; portions have the right size. I recommend the homemade soups and the sandwiches. I got the chorizo and sun dried tomato panini, and the hummus & pepper sandwich: I liked them both. I have not tried the pastries, but I read reviews on Trip Advisor: it looks like people liked them.

If you are a tea lover, come on in. Cup has a wide range of tea flavors. We tried the Vienna Cinnamon and the Lavender Iced tea : original and tasteful.

The service is fast, and prices are very reasonable. The place is now quite successful so it can be busy. Tell me what you think about this place!

Details : 9 little Belmont street, Aberdeen, Scotland; http://cupcafe.co.uk

The pictures in this post come from the Trip Advisor page dedicated to Cup : http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186487-d4028420-Reviews-Cup_Cafe-Aberdeen_Aberdeenshire_Scotland.html

The BEST burger in Paris… BIG TIME

This is not a sponsored post but a review on a place that any burger lover shoudl try.

My brother used to tell me about a place in Paris that has AMAZING burgers . Quite frankly, I could not understand why he was so enthusiatic about it, as I usually associated burger with fast or “junk” food.

One day, after a we went to see a very fun play at the theater, we ended up starving at 10:30 pm in Paris. For those who have never experienced this situation, let me tell you, there are few restaurants in Paris that welcome you passed that time. As Blend was open – a good start – he finally had the opportunity to introduce me to this place.

Blend does what we call a Gourmet Burger. Prices are a bit higher than a fast food but it is really worth it.

So why do I love this place so much? The answer is simple : for the quality of the products and the fact that ingredients they use are home made.

Blend burger 2

The restaurant grinds the meat daily, and uses cuts chosen by Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec, Paris’ best butcher and creator of the New York Times’ best burger in the world. Have a bite, you’ll understand what I am talking about!

Sweet Potatoes Fries

Buns are baked fresh daily, and have the shine and velvety texture of a brioche. Sauces are home made too (of course).You can chose among a list of 9 burgers. My favorite side are the sweet potatoes fries.

 Not much to add. The best way to prove me right is to go and try. A good sign is that there is always a queue oustide of the restaurant: an indicator of the quality and the success of the place. The service is fast. You will be able to make it  inside relatively quickly.

Of course, we area talking about burgers and fries, so not the type of food I recommend you eat every day. But if you decide to have a burger, go for a good one, and try Blend.

I am looking forward to hearing your review,

Details :

Blend Hamburger,
44 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris.
10€ le hamburger, 3€ les french fries, sur place uniquement
Du lundi au samedi
Tél. : + 33 1 40 26 84 57

http://blendhamburger.com/blend?change=en