EuroTrip

I know, it’s been awhile since I last posted, but I thought it was about time to replenish my food blog.

I recently went on a EuroTrip (London, Leiden/Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Paris) with my best friend Cindy, and the trip has inspired to write about a few places worth mentioning.

Tapas, 24
269 C/ Diputació, Barcelona, Spain

Among the places we visited in Europe, Barcelona was the only place I hadn’t been to at the time. I was excited, excited for sun, the beach, and tapas. According to my friend, tapas is like dim sum (for those of you who haven’t tasted the awesomeness of dim sum, I recommend you talk to your Chinese friend). And she was right. For the experience, we ventured to Tapas, 24, a restaurant located close to the main shopping street of Pg. de Gracia but easy to miss if you don’t look around the corner. The restaurant was packed with people when we came, but we were lucky to find two spots for us. We ordered six dishes, ranging from fries with a spicy and mayo sauce to sweet aubergine. It was delicious. And it was there that I discovered herring fish isn’t so tasty.

Ladurée Royale
16, rue Royale, Paris, France

My knowledge of macarons isn’t very extensive, but my first bite into one of Laudrée’s maracons was so good that it has left a lasting impression whenever I think about Paris now.

Le Soufflé
36, rue Mont Thabor, Paris, France

When I took the foods class in high school, I made soufflés as part of my end of the year project. They came out of the oven looking like what they should. However, after a minute, they deflated. The soufflés at this restaurant didn’t, thankfully. And they were enormous, a meal in itself. Cindy ordered a cheese soufflé, while I had a chocolate one. Both were good, but I’m not a big fan of salty soufflés.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
5, rue de Montalembert, Paris, France

For my birthday dinner, I decided to make reservations at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, known for it’s French gastronomic cuisine. I can’t say I know much about the food and the chef Joël Robuchon himself, but I can say that I made a pretty good decision. The food, in three words, was…over the top. And I mean over the top in every sense, taste, smell, price… 🙂 For appetizers, I ordered spaghetti and Cindy ordered foie gras. She had foie gras at Tapas, 24, but this foie gras (yes, I had to taste it) was soft and the kind that melts in your mouth. For the main dish, we shared the fish of the day (I still don’t know what it was). With the fish came a small bowl of mashed potatoes. Now, you may laugh when I say this, but the mashed potatoes made my night. It was the BEST mash I ever had in my whole life, I kid you not. Then for dessert, we also shared coffee ice cream mixed with citron and caramel bits. It was a dinner I will never forget.