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July 19, 2019

Restaurant: Kampala, Uganda!

So on my exotic travels of yesteryear I have the great opportunity to visit Uganda. I was doing quite a bit of business with folks there for many years and finally the opportunity came to do a visit. It was very nice and met very nice folks who treated me kindly and took me places !

One of the highlights of the stay was during our hotel very nicely call Le Petit Village or the little town but was in French as well as been very close to the US Embassy ! So I came to Kampala, Uganda.

The restaurant was in like the title says in a village with several services including boutique stores and tours operator but for me the best was the restaurant. Here we met several local partners who we have been in touch ever since.  I like to tell a bit about the Le Petit Village Hotel Restaurant. As said it is located atGgaba Road , next to American Embassy, Kampala.

The Le Petit Village Hotel is the perfect place for travellers who want to recharge their batteries during their stay in Kampala. Renowned for its charming surroundings and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Hotel Le Petit Village allows you to fully enjoy the best Kampala has to offer. The rooms at Le Petit Village are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and air conditioning. For even convenience, they even have free wi-fi. The hotel offers many services, including concierge and room service. In addition, you can enjoy a swimming pool and breakfast included during your stay. For convenience, free parking is available on site.

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Official Le Petit Village Kampala

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This is a Belgian restaurant serving such traditionals as mussels and chips, and a very good patisserie (pastry shop). The hotel complex is run by a Belgian/Rwandan couple (the Rwandan wife being in charge of the hotel part). When it comes to food you can take the walk over to one of finest culinary establishment , Le Chateau Restaurant and enjoy some of the finest Belgian and Continental Cuisine with an African accent all overseen by a Belgian Chef. People come from all over Kampala to enjoy a meal at Le Chateau since it serves some of the finest fare in the city and once you have had a meal here you will certainly agree. I agreed!

Tourist office Kampala on Le Petit Village

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A wonderful experience to see something different in familiar surrounding at the same time. The best combination of adventure and fully will keep it as reference for a next visit, recommended. See it at Le Petit Village and its Le Chateau restaurant in Kampala.

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

 

 

 

July 19, 2019

Restaurant: South Africa!

So in my quest to give more presence to the wonderful restaurants/bars of my travels I like to show you my favorites on my trips to South Africa! There were many moments but for my nostalgia of the country I pick these three.

Let me start with the sad news, as one has already closed. However, as you can see they have a new venture that would be worth checking out on my next visit or yours.

Le Soufflé French Bistro was at Corner Forrest, Sunset road , Pineslopes Mall, Sandton. Le Soufflé had an easy atmosphere for a leisurely breakfast, a relaxing lunch and/or a informal dinner. The restaurant offers the most diverse menu of French Provençale  food in South Africa.  If I want to safely take friends to lunch or dinner, it’s “The Soufflé”. The food is excellent and the waiters are very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Good atmosphère. I was taken here and darn was good and we ate at the terrace as in Paris!

Their Facebook page was here: Facebook page of Le Souffle French Bistro

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And I found out this :“THANK YOU to all our loyal customers that have supported us over the years. Unfortunately we had to close Le Soufflé Restaurant under duress due to the present economy. We will keep you informed should we get involved in a new venture in the future.” And then this,  “IRENE & MARC have teamed up with ANDIE & JULIAN at “JUNIPA’S BISTRO” in the Hobart Centre in Bryanston from the 1st of June. We are looking forward to seeing all our wonderful and loyal customers that have supported us over the years.”

So I know to follow them to Junipa’s Bistro next time in town. The news were here: I love Fourways local news on Le Soufflé resto

Right about the same area or town I saw a big sign on the road and thinking beers went there, and it was super. Later, took my local friends there lol! even one that came all the way from Pretoria to meet there! The place rocks and it is recommended, thanks for the memories.

The Beer House, 1 Sunset Ave cnr Witkoppen, Pineslopes Boulevard, Sandton 2191.

It really is great value for money.  There are many specials and 99 beers to choose from!  I  enjoyed  the times spent there with snacks and beers we did try a big sandwich that do not recall the name it had jerky beef of some sort in it . It was full as we’d come during after work or happy hour time but the there was a great, relaxing atmosphere. We also had really good service from our waitress.

The Beer House see themselves  as the hub for all things beer, providing the best of local and international beers. They  live to give Beer Lovers an all year round Beer Festival by providing a large and inclusive variety of beer & brew food, social atmosphere, high standards of service, beer culture and education. Indeed they do!

The Beer House at Fourways

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Then,went elsewhere in So Africa, precisely to East London, and a local friend took me here. Just the kind of bar pub I like, wonderful, recommended.

Abbotsford Arms Pub, 1 Nord Avenue, East London 5241. Tel +21 043 721 0363

This old restaurant come pub , has the best T-Bone and secret sauce on offer in East London . Offering a 600 gr A Grade T- bone at a very reasonable price , and sitting inside or outside . Great service , staff are quick . Great atmosphere , you can sit inside or outside. This pub is perfect for both after work pints and relaxing mixers over the weekend!

We were inside and very friendly service to enjoy a great evening with friends. Memorable should go back. Enjoy it

Facebook page of Abbotsford Arms Pub East London

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And they you go a quick brief tour of memorable places to eat and drink in South Africa. Thanks for the memories guys. Looking forward to come back already. Cheers

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

July 19, 2019

Restaurants of Mexico!!!

Ok so even if have written on many in my trips to pretty Mexico in previous posts, I like to highlight some of the memorable moments there going to eat out. Food is very important there and one of the best in the world, and I have enjoyed it all the time. Lucky to been able to visit often in the last 20 years and last on oct 2018.

Do not know when life instances will take me back to the land of the Aztecs but the memories will lingered forever. Not only good friends but family too there. Now for the souvenirs of my visits here are the nostalgics restaurants I visited in Mexico lindo y querido!

I will start with the Bistro 77 at Calle Samartin 77, Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco State about 70 km from the  state capital Guadalajara on the M80 road.

I was introduced to this wonderful spot  by local friends on a business trip that was memorable for the good food and good friendship that have lasted and will continue. At this this little restaurant in an old home I had wonderful Pulpo(octopus)  beers and pizzas with Mexican hot chili, great TV screens and wonderful friendly service. Its situated in the heart of the town, just one block up from the main plaza.  It has been made into a restaurant, a former old house. No much done to the building itself.. The food is simple, but delicious, pizzas, sandwiches and traditional Mexican additions. Great selection of beers and some wines.

More info on Bistro 77 here: Official Bistro 77 restaurant

Official Tepatitlan de Morelos on restaurants and Bistro 77

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While repeating at this wonderful town of Tepatitlan de Morelos , I was introduce to the restaurant Don Kamaron.  The sport TV all over, the friendly service, good food, good company was all it took; I came back always to eat here!!! It is at Dr. J. Ricardo Alcala Iñiguez 284, Alameda. Tepatitlán de Morelos Telephone +52 378 715 5140 .

The kitchen and service in this restaurant is very nicel. There is Mexican food, fish dishes and traditional style The food was delicious and we were able to taste many seafood platters. One of their dishes, camarones endiablada or sort of devilish shrimps was very spicy and very hot! Be careful but very good!. With all its desserts and strong spirits, beer, etc. The food was quite affordable. We will then visit Don K no doubt next time we go to Tepatitlan.

More info on Yelp on Don K restoYelp reviews on Don K restaurant in Tepatitlan

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Going down to Quintana Roo had lunch as well in Las Tortugas resto in Calderitas just next to Bacalar, along the Bay of Chetumal, wonderful fresh fried fish, fries, sweet bananas, yellow rice, and beers Modelo Especial, nice.

I was really comfortable and ate very goood here, before the dishes arrived , I was toasted a snack that included the region’s specialty black beans with totopos and a ceviche, as attractive is one sitting by the sea with its incredible view by its colors, highly recommended.

More info here: http://www.guiacalderitas.com/restaurants/restaurant_12.html

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Back in the capital city of Mexico DF , I had gone to the Wing’s Army bar on Insurgentes Sur to see the football/soccer matches, with always a great ambiance ;nice and plenty of good Miller High Life beers by the liter which have been a long time not drank again, this was neat and the Army hamburger was great with good company ;I later came back in the week and it was equally as good. Therefore is my stop for a sport game and beers while in DF.

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This is a chain all over Mexico, the official webpage is here: Official Wing’s Army Mexico

Yelp reviews on the Wing’s Army on insurgentes sur

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El Paisa, is a more rustic restaurant in a working class area with a nice second floor terrace, a very nice welcome with lots of Mexicans families there; nice ambiance and great conversation with many. The area is nice around a corner, and serve in the terrace in the back upper level. One of the places to go when you know the area and want to get away from tourists. Here we had more goodies of the Mexican cuisine such as the alambre with meat and cheese melted sort like a pizza but chewy and yummy, Pacifico beers and coffee expresso, first we had some chicharones and all good.

The place is typical of the basic restaurant and the food is simple and awesome. You can also order Tepache, a fermented drink made with pineapple peels and zest. Actually very good. All in all, the food was excellent and I would recommend anyone to go there to try the real local food.  More info here: Yelp reviews on El Paisa of Mexico DF

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Puerto Làpice, here it was the filete tampiqueño (Tampico) real beef that was the plate with Mexican wine Chateau Domecq. It’s a place where some old Spanish dishes can be had as well. Located at Poniente 128 647 ,Azcapotzalco, corner of Norte 45 ,in a working class area near the Vallejos industrial park.

Whether for a business lunch, with couples, friends or family, the Puerto Lápice restaurant presents in its menu the most traditional dishes of Spain, all, seeking to satisfy the desire for tasty food at a good cost and in an area where   you’ll not find a lot of quality restaurants. More info here: Chilango review site on Puerto Lapice

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This is a meat heavens place in Mexico city for a change. Cambalache, an Argentine jewel small but all kinds of cuts beef that is, at Insurgentes Sur 1384. If you’re looking for meat, and good meat, Cambalache is your place.

Cambalecbe is a private chain more info here! Official Cambaleche restaurant on Insurgentes Sur

Yelp reviews on Chambaleche resto on Insurgentes sur

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And last but not least, I need to tell you about a special experience in Zona Rosa a populat vibrant area that I have stayed most of the times in Mexico city. I had repeated good experiences at the steakhouse Angus Butcher House, Copenhage 31 , steaks are big, beers are cold, and the ladies are all beautiful !

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The Angus restaurant was founded at Zona Rosa in February 1977. This restaurant provides an innovative option for Mexico. They are the pioneers in the introduction of beef imported from U.S.D.A. Choice and Certified ANGUS ® Beef on demand. Moreover, they were the pioneers in introducing the concept of Hostess in Mexico, which is about a host or waitress, usually good looking women, who will assist diners from the beginning to the end of the evening.   The restaurant design is based on the culture of New Mexico, with details and paintings by the most prominent artists of American West Art. More info here: Official Angus restaurant on Zona Rosa

Yelp reviews on Angus Butcher Restaurant Zona Rosa

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And there you go another round of wonderful times, friends galore, and great food in pretty Mexico. You will do well to visit these in your next trip in the country. Hope you enjoyed the post and buen provecho!

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

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