Looking back at old photos always brings back good memories. The other week I was flicking through some photos from my Euro Trip 2011 adventure and I realise it’s been almost 2 years. Sigh. As a way of reminiscing (yet again), I’ve decided to do a couple more posts on it, but this time including some of my food experiences.
Wondering why there’s a sandwich in the above photo? In London I found myself living on quick, easy, healthy, cheap and on-the-go food from Pret-A-Manger as I was on a tight schedule for most of the day. It was the perfect fix for breakfast and lunch.
Clockwise from top right:
Chicken Guajillo Tostadas
Grilled British Steak Tacos
Black Bean Tostadas
Grilled British Steak Tacos, again (second serving)
Black Bean and Cheese Quesadilla
I met up with my sister’s best friend who let us stay at her place. As a thank you we took her out to a place she suggested, Wahaca, which is a casual Mexican restaurant. Fresh, simple, tasty Mexican food – too hard to go wrong by.
80 Wardour Street
I make a quick detour to Mulhouse, eastern France, near the Swiss and German border for a couple days to visit some family. They speak Vietnamese and French, I speak Cantonese and English.. it sure was a struggle to communicate. I don’t know how we survived but we did, and we had some great laughs, ironically.
My family takes me to one of their favourite places, Restaurant de la Couronne. It’s nothing fancy and all we ate was deep fried fish, fries and salad but it was so good. There’s something about the way that fish was crumbed – it’s nothing I’ve had before.
Restaurant de la Couronne
12 Place de la Republique
As the night is still young, we go to a fair in a neighbouring suburb (I wouldn’t have any idea what it’s called). It was a lovely night to be out with my cousins, despite the language barrier. Thank goodness for body language and hand gestures – it saved our lives. And see that fairy floss which is TWICE the size of my head? That only cost me 1€, yes one Euro.
5kg Jar of Nutella; Nutella Crepe
All I see is a 5kg jar of nutella and I want to take it home with me. This is the most incredible nutella crepe I’ve ever had, and it was off a cart (similar to a food truck). The crepe is slightly crispy on the outside but is soft and fluffy. Look how generous they were with the nutella! I had about 3 of these in 2 days. No one does it like the French.. sigh!
As a final farewell with my family, my Auntie cooks me up some pho – my first home cooked meal in about a week and it was so comforting! It’s quite good actually, but nothing beats dad’s pho!
BBQ Ribs and a pint of beer
Before my buddy and I commence our 29 day Contiki tour around Europe, we thought to get some good grub into our bellies. Around the corner from our hotel is Cagney’s Restaurant, which is essentially a pub but a bit more restaurant-like. As we’ve been having relatively light meals, it was great to dig into some hearty bbq ribs and down a pint of beer (well, I had a sip and had to offload).
13 Cosmo Place
London WC1N 3AP
Destination: j’taime Paris
Left view: Champ de Mars
Rightview: Palais de Chaillot
Half our meals were included in the cost of the tour and then we had some that were optional. Our first dinner together which was part of the package was at Le Sultan, over an array of dips and a light simple dinner of chicken, rice and salad. Something like this sure made it easier for us to chit chat and get to know our buddies that would be our family for the next 29 days.
13 Rue Saint Denis
Our snack after dinner (as part of our tour) is at Le Solferino for some champers and escargot. It was my first time having snails and it wasn’t too bad. The mass amounts of butter used to cook the snails sure helped ;)
262 Boulevard St-Germain
Musée du Louvre
This was the first time I ever saw macarons available at a McCafe. I couldn’t help but snub myself some as I was shopping down the Champs-Élysées. I can’t remember how much I paid but I was very impressed for what a fast food store chain sold.
Salted caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, pistachio and raspberry
For our last night in Paris, we have supper with the tour group. It’s an alternating menu with escargot and french onion soup as a starter; duck a l’orange and beef stew (la bourguignonne).
La Bonne Franquette
Angle 2 rue des Saules et
18 rue Saint Rustique
That concludes my Europe Eats Part 1. Stay tuned for more cities/regions around France :)