10 signs you are becoming “adult”

Rouge Gorge

 

I was puzzled with the title for this post. I picked the one which is probably the closest to what I want to express. You may find yourself in some of the below statements. J

1. You have plants at home and they are still alive 3 months after you bought them.
And on top of it, you take good care of them, including watering them REGULARLY and making sure they get exposed to the sun on a regular basis.

2. You start to cook some “fancy” dish, such as Asparagus/Goat cheese and chilli flakes frittata, home-made risotto, key lime cheesecake…

3. You think that Queen, Elton John, and Billy Joel were/are TRUE artists compared to the disposable pop music we hear on radio today.

4. There is not a day without seeing one of your college friends announcing on Facebook that they are “engaged, getting married or expecting a baby”

5. You prefer going for a drink listening live music bands or chilling in a lounge bar rather than throwing shots of Jägermeister all night long in a club.

6. You became more “reasonable” when it comes to party and drinking, afraid at the horrible hang over and headache expecting you the day after.

7. Your definition of “old” is in “permanent draft”
When you were 8, someone who was 30 was “old”
At 15, someone who was 50 was “old”
At nearly 30, you think that 60 is the new 30 ….

8. There is some healthy and fresh food in your fridge : spinach, kale, ginger (plus other vegs you ignored the existence 2 years ago). You try to have at least once per week a “greens’ juice” …. because yes on top of it, you are the happy owner of a juicer 😉

9. You throw yourself some challenges like : “get  a six-pack before turning 30” ; “do a marathon before I am 40”; “visit all the continents with my better half before considering getting married or pregnant (or both)” It goes without saying this applies to women only 😉  

10. You take yourself less seriously than where you were a teen or in your early 20s. You realize how life is amazing and precious, and make most of the moments you spend.

Picture is mine. I saw this little bird and I was just finding him super cute… Yes, I noticed that as I am growing older I tend to appreciate much more simple life moments and it makes me feel good.

 

I know this great little place in … Bath, UK

N5 Bistro

For those of you who know my blog, I made a post a few months ago about a very cute city in Scotland : Saint Andrews.

As we moved to England, we found so many gorgeous little places to visit. One of them is the city of Bath. We did a short stop in Bath recently and went for lunch to a very lovely place called No. 5 Bistro. The address is: 5 Argyle Street, BA2 4BA Bath, England
The restaurant serves French food, and they do it very well. Simple but fresh and tasty ingredients.

My boyfriend got a Chicken dish (Poulet Breton on the menu) and it was a great choice: a cooked chicken breast served with apples and a crème fraiche and cider sauce. Very tender. So good!
For my starter I got an original Prawn and Chorizo cassolette served with a creamy bisque (special of the day). Never tried before, but it was a nice combination of flavours. My main was a risotto: rice was cooked as should be, making it nicely creamy, but to be honest, when I saw my boyfriend’s main, I immediately wished I had taken that too 

The food presentation was nicely done: colours, food originally arranged in the plates. The mushroom soup was served in a cute little marmite, on a wood tray with pieces of fresh bread.

The menu comprised of traditional dishes; and given how great the food was, I asked if the chef was French. Guess what, he is actually from Romania!

The ambiance and the service were very nice too. Food came timely. The young waitress was kind and friendly. The background music was some old style French music. For a moment I could have thought I was in a Bistro in Paris!

We had a very nice time and foodie experience. We will come back!
I hope this post gave you good reasons to go to Bath if you are in the surroundings. If you want to spend a nice moment, No. 5 Bistro is made for you. Let me know what you think!

Picture is not mine. I got it on the restaurant website : http://www.no5bistro.co.uk/

 

 

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

Delicious home made Raspberries – White Chocolate muffins

muffin

Alright! For those who know me, I am based in Scotland and this country is famous for 2 main reasons: the amazing Scotch and the relatively cold temperatures.

As this week-end the weather was not so nice, I baked Raspberries & White chocolate muffins. The recipe is very easy, and I am going to share it with you. They are perfect with a tea; or as a picnic desert. Muffins are not the lightest cakes on earth, so I baked “mini” ones, using a baking tray that enabled me to get 24 cute cakes.

Ingredients :  (You need 2 bowls for this recipe)

Pre-heat the oven at 180◦ Celsius temperature.

250 gr of plain white flour
1 bag of raising powder
80 gr of butter
80 gr of sugar
10 cl of milk
1 table spoon of Crème Fraiche (or the equivalent you can find wherever you are)
2 eggs
200 gr of raspberries
100 gr of white chocolate that you roughly chopped

In the first bowl, mix the flour with the raising powder

In the second bowl, mix the sugar, the eggs, the melted butter, the crème fraiche and the milk. Then add to this mix the raspberries and the white chocolate.

Take the mix from the second bowl and pour it on the flour/raising powder.

Mix roughly with your hands, until you get a homogeneous dough. Do not over mix it else the raspberries would be crushed (you want to keep them as whole as possible)

 When done, take the baking tray and fill it in with the mix. Put it in the oven for 20 minutes (Temperature : 180◦ Celsius)

When done, take the tray out of the oven and let cool down. I personally prefer eating them cold.

 Note :

You can do the muffins using frozen raspberries if you prefer: it is less expensive and  you can do the recipe all year long. On top of that, when I get fresh raspberries, I’d rather eat them as is! 🙂

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

In Parma : A lovely Italian restaurant in London … A must try!

In parma

Dear readers… As I explained in my first post, the purpose if my blog is to share the cool places I have been to so you can enjoy them as well. Note that is probably a subjective opinion as tastes vary amongst people. However, whenever possible I will provide feedback and review from third parties as it is always good to hear from different sources. Regarding the restaurant I am about to introduce, the newspapers reviews are included in the website.

For those of you who know me, over the last months I had the luck to live in London and to go to very nice little restaurants… Today, I would like to talk about one that I particularly loved: In Parma by Food Roots.

In parma_1

If you are looking for a nice moment, with quality products and wonderful hosts: this place is for you. This Italian restaurant is a little gem, and offer a wide range of Italian products, ranging from cured meat (I recommend the Culatello from Zibello which represents the finest Italian charcuterie), cheeses and other traditional foods such as polenta, homemade lasagna. For those who still have space for deserts, give it a try, they are lovely too!

There are 2 main reasons I am so into this place: the team is passionate about what they do and the food quality is undeniably there! Christian and his team will proudly teach you the values they promote at In Parma.

The concept of this place is to offer high quality products and respect the tradition and “savoir faire” of local producers. The meats and cheeses you will find there have a double European label: PDO (protected designation of origin), PGI (protected geographical indication) that were awarded by the European Commission. This certifies the area and methods of production and designates them as rare and artisanal food. Believe me, when products are “home-made” and produced according to the traditional know-how, it is real bliss. Just smell and taste the food and you will see what I am talking about, let your five senses guide you…

Lambrusco

Besides the food, I also like the atmosphere of the restaurant: the room is perfectly sized so you can feel cozy and as if you were “at home” sharing a nice dinner with a group of friends. Just have a look at the Facebook page of In Parma and you will see what I am talking about, the pictures speak for themselves.

Room

Last but not least, Christian is a fan of Brazil…As original as it can be for an Italian restaurant, the staff regularly organizes bossa nova nights (I let you check the website if you want to get further info. Look into Events)

In a nutshell, whether you are a foodie, an Italian restaurant aficionado, a fan of Brazil music, just come and give it a try!

PS 1: For those of you who are in a rush, you can even can come and get some of their fabulous take-away products.

PS 2: I included the link to the website, so you can check by yourself!

Hope to read some of your feedback!

Address:
In Parma by Food Roots
10 Charlotte St, London, Greater
W1T 1SH, London – United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 8127 4277
http://www.inparma.co.uk/

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday : 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Saturday 1:00–4:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Reservations: toptable.co.uk

The pictures come from the Facebook page from In Parma.