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July 15, 2019

Restaurant: Bucharest

So let me take you a bit east in our wonderful Europe and show you my culinary adventures in Bucharest Romania. I am lucky to be here several times over the last few years and really enjoy the company and the food! even try Romanian wines ok.

As in my brief series on restaurants let me introduce you to some of my favorites in Bucharest. Excuse me for the poor photos ::)

The soul of Bucharest ! The beer wagon or Caru cu bere ! the restaurant with old world decoration near the National Bank building of Romania. The restaurant building is neo gothic located at Stavropoleos street across from Calea Victoriel street the famous city center of Bucharest. Caru’ cu Bere is a bar and restaurant in the Lipscani district of Bucharest,  opened in 1879 and moved to the current location, a gothic revival building in 1899. It is noted for its distinctive art nouveau interior decoration.   The sumptuous interior will dazzle you, as much by the many details of the decor as by the colors that emanate from it. Finally the food, a wide pannel of what can offer the culinary culture of Romania, really a good place to eat dishes of quality.

The atmosphere in Caru cu Bere is really impressive, sometimes a bit noisy, but you get used to it very quickly. Attentive and busy servers swarm everywhere in an organization that must be exemplary in the face of the impressive number of customers. In the background, traditional music well dosed not to be embarrassing without being forgotten. The building consists of several places, the first is the terrace, under the ceapa (onions) and usturoi (garlic), it is still very obsolete in winter. Then, you enter the main room by passing an old drum door to arrive in the most magnificent restaurant that I could see! In the background, a period bar, with the beer brewed by the restaurant itself, balconies lining the bar, but it is necessary, before taking the view, to climb a magnificent wooden spiral staircase. Downstairs, the basement is landscaped but keeps the image of a cellar, and a magnificent collection of Borcan (jars). Enjoy it.

More on Caru Cu Bere here: Restaurant Caru cu bere Bucharest

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The 18 Lounge , at  3-5th Presei Libere Square,  City Gate South Tower, 18th floor, Bucharest. The City 18 Lounge on top 18th floor of the Millenium building. It has a 15 meters long bar, and tables all around with wonderful views of the city and the lake Herastrau. Open Mondays to Fridays from 12h  until 16h  is lunch, then 16-18h is closed and opens again at 18h, Saturday and Sunday no menu direct from carte. Here we had a leek soup, and then pork spare ribs in a Romanian sauce with Calsberg beer. Great business and romantic place packed with locals and visitors alike. The views alone are worth coming here!

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Definitely a place worth trying out, at least for the view, so make sure to make a reservation with a seat next to the window. Modern and stylish in decoration, 18 Lounge comes with seating for 180 guests inside and 60 on the rooftop terrace. So a larger part indoors, but with floor-to-ceiling windows the views are panoramic just about anywhere. Open daily from lunch to late dinner, the rooftop restaurant serves international flavours from a seasonal á la carte menu. Or you head to the 15 meter long bar and order crafted signature cocktails made with local and fresh products. With a sophisticated yet friendly vibe, 18 Lounge is a great rooftop bar in Bucharest for a date or a nice night out with friends and family. Sometimes there is live music, and otherwise you can expect nice tunes out of the speakers. For dinner, reservations are higly recommended, and note that the 18 Lounge dress code is casual.

More on the 18 Lounge here: 18 Lounge Bucharest

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La Placinte Moldavian cuisine restaurant with a wooden tray of pork kebaks, potatoes, salad, and compote or drain fruit drink of red fruits sweet and nice down with Ursus local beer was excellent.  Very nicely decorated Inside and nice friendly service.  I went to the Str. Nicolae Caramfil nr. 49. More on the locations here:   https://laplacinte.ro/ro/pages/restaurante/2/

The page can be translated to English here: Restaurant La Placinte Bucharest

La Placinte is a chain of restaurants from the neighboring Republic of Moldova that has become quickly popular in Romania .. As soon as you enter this restaurant, situated in an upscale Bucharest neighborhood, you will notice the cozy atmosphere and helpful waiters, always with a smile on their face. If you like Romanian folk music and home-made food, you might become one of their regular clients. Apart from traditional Moldavian dishes, served in clay pots, their menu also features many delicious pies, filled with pumpkin, potato or cheese.  The place can get quite crowded at lunch time and and in the evening so it’s better to make a reservation.

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My Vatra Neamului restaurant is at DN1, str. calea București, nr. 29, com. Balotești, jud.  The Restaurant is by Balostesti, past Otopeni the airport city, along the DN1 road. This is very much use as well for weddings and anniversaries by the locals, as it is very traditional Romanian in food and decoration. We had dinner in the poets’s  room as you have portraits of Romanian poets/writers going way back. Vatra Neamului, is a mix cuisine between ancient moldavian/romanian food, the food wich was served by our ancestors before us, and a trip to the time of Stefan the Great, Michael the Brave, and the unrivaled writer Mihai Eminescu. Wonderful find, enjoy it when you can

When they don’t have big events, the Vatra Neamului use only the floor halls. In the evening, from time to time, they also have music from various bands that come to play there.  The menu at Vatra Neamului  is Bessarabian, obviously! Similar to the Romanian cuisine, in general, and very hard with the Moldavian one, still evident.  They also have a few kinds of reference to Russian cuisine. The food is good and less of the Slavic and Balkan chefs, fat and heavy. The Pies, in particular, are highly appreciated, and I think they are one of the attractions of the Vatra Neamului. Especially since they’re being made in front of you, some housewives do a little job in a corner where they’ve arranged the plating, with the flour bags next door, the suciters and everything else.  The service is good, personal with waiters who are not frustrated because of their job. Prices are normal.  The hearth of the Gentile Vatra Neamului is, therefore, one of the restaurants already known in Bucharest, among those with  Moldavian nationals. It’s going there especially when you have more time on hand and you’re not on the run.

More on the Restaurant Vatra Neamului here: Restaurant Vatra Neamului Bucharest

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Another time out of hotel I went outside to the La Iancu restaurant just outside Bucharest in Otopeni where the airport is located, but a nice town. The service was very nice, and the food with the big veal steak fries and beers Tuborg was nice indeed. More on the La Iancu restaurant here!  http://www.laiancu.ro/

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Then pay a visit to a wonderful place sure to come back to it, the Taverna Sarbului. The terrace ambiance and friendly service to the superb local cuisine and good friends made it special, I could have stay here longer!  More on the Taverna Sarbului here:  http://tavernasarbului.ro/bucuresti/taverna_ro.html

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And there you go another culinary trip of wonderful memorable Bucharest! Always looking forward to be back. Enjoy it and do visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

July 15, 2019

Restaurant: Barcelona!

So back to another culinary city of my Europe! In the continuing effort to show you some of my most memorable moments of my culinary expeditions with the family. As often, the case, I come to discover these gems usually on business trips and then if worth it bring alone the family in subsequents trips ,and even sometimes do the opposite. The culinary, wine lover in me is well at home in Europe!

One city that is rank right up there with the best is Barcelona, Spain. A blend of Catalan, Mediterranean and other Spanish dishes all in one city , sounds good , let me tell you a bit more ok.

Have an authentic Catalan and Mediterranean experience at the L’Amfora. Enjoy a beautiful maritime environment with your people while you savor the tapas selection,traditional paellas, exquisite grilled meats and the most selected seafood from their tank. Obviously, do not miss the typical desserts and  popular  sangria of Catalan cava. They have vegetarian and vegan multiple options and children menus. We are  located next to de crowded plça de Espanya square, The Fira Congress Palace and The Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

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This is the L’Amfora restaurant that was first found with friends and then family. All worth it. Very centrally located and a super Paella is done here too!!!

More on the Restaurant L’Amfora here: Restaurant L’Amfora Barcelona

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The hightlight of the trip was at the restaurante Casa de tapas Cañota not far from Plaça de Espanya or Spain square and very nice place , friendly and a long football/soccer chat with the Argentinian server living there for more than 10 years! A nice place to come back, eat, drink and watch a game!

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In the Eixample ,we find the Restaurant Casa de Tapas Cañota, a place where the classic spirit merges with a fabulous offer of tapas. Its renovated decoration, by the designer Ana Pujadas, turns this place into a casual and informal restaurant with striking graphic illustrations.  The menu is informal and economical and is based on excellent tapas of great variety for all tastes, without neglecting the quality that characterizes the products of this restaurant. In Casa de tapes Cañota you can have a good time in the company of friends watching football and tasting some tapas; it also has a heated terrace with access to the disabled. You can not stop going to the place where the quality and the good price meet. Enjoy it

More on Restaurant Casa de Tapas Cañota here: Restaurante Casa de Tapas Cañota Barcelona

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There you go , there are many more and even more popular and surely maybe good ones, I have tried others. However, these two are memorable that we will look after them to be back with the family or friends. Enjoy the restaurants of Barcelona!

And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

July 15, 2019

Restaurant: Brittany and Normandy!

So in my continuing quest to show off some of our favorite family restaurant with photos let me bring you to two wonderful vibrant gorgeous regions of my belle France! Let me tell you about two spots in my lovely Brittany and cousin Normandy!

In my road warrior trips in my loving France we have encounters many occassions to be hungry on the road and no previous reservation. We just picked the ones we thinks looks good and pretty and we have never been disappointed in the land of the culinary art.  This is the case in these two properties. Hope you enjoy them as we did.

In Granville , dept 50 of Manche in Normandie region; we stop by on a wonderful place, very friendly, fast service, nice folks and great food quality/price excellent. Crêperie La Bolée Normande, 17 rue Le Campion, in city center but away from the harbor area. Tel +33 (0) 2 33 50 18 04. No webpage but more info on the Yelp review page here: Yelp reviews on the Créperie

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A nice place as we like, a nice welcome, a quiet atmosphere and without a headache, here is for this place whose décor has recently been revised. On the card side, as the name suggests, here we like crêpes and the galettes , but not only! mussels and chips are good, served in quantity, and for an incomparable value for money! The terrace in summer is a superb spot of the city. Thanks for the memories!!!

You have more in the area tourist office here: Official tourist office of Granvile on the créperie

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And we just came back from fabolous Rennes , dept 35 Ille-et-Vilaine of Brittany! ,and one resto we have pinpoint as another nostalgic stop in my belle France. An American diner par excellence and already very popular with university students and families in a wonderful old world street of Renne, Rue de Saint Malo. Restaurant Back to the 60’s!! you know it!!

The Restaurant Back to the 60’s,5 Rue Saint de Malo it is almost an institution. The restaurant expanded in August 2013 but it was not enough: it is strongly advised to book given the attendance recorded at Back to the 60’s at each service. A real American diner, which has been attracting crowds for many years already.

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It must be said that everything lends themselves: the servers are nice, although a little stressed in times of rush. And at the planning level, Back to the 60’s has combined choice and quality. For most burgers, you can opt for a steak of beef, chicken or soy. Some are quite simple like the Barbecue and Bacon, others more exotic like Hawaiian, and Gaetan’s Burger is by far the most impressive in the whole city with its 3 steaks, 2 slices of cheddar, slice of raclette cheese, egg and bacon. That’s all it is! If you have room for dessert, you’ll love the Oreo Cookie Bash and the many milkshakes. It’s quite noisy when it’s full, but it does not spoil the quality of the ingredients, the plethora of menu and the very good atmosphere. An American Diner the way we love them!!!yes! fat lady we have them here too lol!!

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They have a nice page in Facebook! Facebook page of Restaurant Back to the 60’s at Rennes

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Bear in mind, there is a lot of construction in city center Rennes with lots of renovation going on, so give yourselves time if coming shortly. Always nice to be back on the capital of Brittany! Hope you have enjoyed the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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