Hvar, Croatia

If you’re looking for a getaway destination with natural beauty, a cool nightlife, and amazing seafood, Hvar, Croatia, is the place. For the first week in September, this is where I landed. Every day, it was a feast of mussels, shrimp, fish, and other shellfish. I ate so much much in fact that I believe I developed some sort of seafood allergy (I know, oh no!). Here are some restaurants I visited during my time in Hvar, some of which I highly recommend.

Konoba Mustačo

This restaurant is situated about 2km from the main town of Hvar and inside a quiet cove. It was easy to get to from the apartment I was staying in Hvar, as there was a foot path down to the cove. You can also rent rooms here (the word “konoba” is Croatian for “inn”). The inn faces the sea, and you can rent beach chairs or a boat for a tour of the waters.


Creamy shrimp noodles and seafood spaghetti.

Buffet Pizzeria Bepo

The owners of the apartment I was staying at recommended this restaurant, as it was within a five minute walking distance and served good seafood for a good price. And it had a great view.


The grilled fish place with fish, mini octopuses, crawfish, and vegetables.

Kod Barba Bozjeg

During my entire stay in Hvar, this was my favorite restaurant. Not only was the seafood delicious, the price was amazing as well. For two, we paid under 30 euros. The staff is very friendly, mainly presented by a large, balding man with glasses who looks like he could have been a pirate back in the day. Although the restaurant is in Milna, 4km from the city center, we managed to come back twice because it was that good.


Buzzara (tomato sauce) mussels and seafood spaghetti.

Dordota Vartal

Next to the Franciscan Monastery is my second favorite restaurant. Again, another restaurant with good food for a reasonable price.


Seafood pizza, grilled vegetables, and fried seafood.

Buffet Pizzeria Ex Rocco

Out of all the restaurants during my time in Hvar, this one was my least favorite. Although the service was great and the food was quick, I felt too rushed here. The restaurant is placed alongside three other ones, so I guess it felt like it had to compete.


Shrimp and zucchini risotto, and seafood spaghetti.

Hula Hula Beach Bar

We came here one afternoon after taking a stroll around Hvar. A fun place for drinks and random ocean diving. When the sun sets in the evening, this place really starts bumping.

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Berlin in the Spring

This past Memorial weekend, I took a trip up to the biggest city in Deutschland…Berlin! The last time I had been to Berlin was about four years ago, when I did my first EuroTrip with my friend Deborah. It was a Sunday, so nothing was open, and it was cold, which made it even more depressing. This time, I got to see Berlin in full spring bloom, and it was wonderful. I got to revisit the Berliner Dom, the Brandenburger Tor, and the Reichstag, and got to see more of the local areas, such as Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The food is dead cheap, to German standards. Many of the bars were selling drinks for 4 euros at happy hour. Compare this to 8 euros drinks in Stuttgart.

And of course, there was so much to eat. Food is very varied and more authentic in Berlin. If you want Vietnamese, you get real Vietnamese, and not a fusion of Vietnamese and Chinese, for example. It was a very good weekend to be in Berlin, mostly because of the good weather, but also because the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) was being held in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. There were stands selling jewelry, clothes, and food from many different cultures.

Jamaican jerk chicken.

Chick pea, couscous, and falafel.

My friend Insa holding a coconut drink.

Serving soft serve American ice cream. Give me gelato instead, any day. :p

As well as the carnival, we visited a few other food establishments.

Curry 36
Mehringdamm 36, Berlin, Germany

Apparently this is a very famous curry wurst place a few steps from the U-Bahn stop Mehringdamm, which was close to the carnival. I didn’t try their curry wurst, however my friends did. They say it wasn’t anything special. I had the pommes mit ketchup (french fries with ketchup).

Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarkt
Charlottenstraße 60, Berlin, Germany

This place reminded me a bit of Sprüngli in Switzerland (of course, no one can beat Swiss chocolates). I was contemplated to buy something, but because of the warm weather, I didn’t want to risk melting chocolate in my bag, so I passed.

A chocolate volcano, need I say more?

Cô cô bành mí deli
Rosenthaler Straße 2, Berlin, Germany

The last time I remember having bành mí was before I became a vegetarian (sometimes you come to accept that the vegetarian versions of the things you loved the most are the worst). So it’s been about 7 years. 7 years. I was excited when I heard about this place. I thought, maybe I would have a go at a vegetarian bành mí with tofu. It wasn’t too bad, although I do miss pâté slathered on my baguette.

Cafe & Bar Celona

When I was a child, breakfast was the less important meal of the day. During the week when I went to school, my mom didn’t bother making breakfast. Instead, my brother and I were often fed chocolate cake or cookies with milk. Of course, I didn’t complain, but now the thought of it makes me weak. As an adult now, if I don’t have a proper breakfast in the morning, I get the shakes and a bad headache.

Cafe & Bar Celona
Holzgraben 31, Frankfurt, Germany

Fabian took me to Cafe & Bar Celona, a restaurant in Frankfurt that serves Spanish-esque food, including pastas and tapas. We went in the morning and had three different breakfast dishes that included scrambled eggs, supposedly-bac0n-like bacon, a variety of cheeses, breads, and fruit. It was probably the first time in awhile that I ate so much breakfast that I was still full until dinner.


This is what awesome looks like in the morning.

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.

Sanchon

Being a vegetarian in Korea is a bit difficult. In England, almost every restaurant has at least several vegetarian options labeled on the menu, but there isn’t so much of that luxury in Korea. Koreans love their meat. So I decided to research vegetarian restaurants, and the first one I came up with was Sanchon in Insadong, which is run by a former monk and serves Buddhist temple food. The food is made with roots, herbs, plants, and vegetables that are grown in the mountain areas. Everything is natural and extremely healthy. A friend and I went one afternoon, and got to experience their lunch. The menu is set, no matter one time of day, so you simply come in, sit down, and wait for them to bring you the food: tofu, potatoes, mountain greens, jjigae, rice. The lunch menu is 22,000 won, and the dinner is 39,600 won with a show.

Sushiholic and Mayo

Today I went to have sushi at Sushiholic with Hee. This sushi place is a minute walk from my flat (around the Etland building), so I’m thankful for its convenience because I know I would be coming back. The menu is a set buffet, which they place different sushi rolls on a conveyor belt that goes around the island in the middle of the restaurant (reminded me of the floating boats in SF and Pasadena). One thing I noticed is that Koreans sure love their mayo on their sushi. It was practically on everything, and while I’m a fan of mayo on egg sandwiches, not so much with sushi.


(taken from http://www.hoyummy.com)

We went to the restaurant around 12pm, and it was empty except for another English speaking couple. In an hour, the restaurant was filled. 13,000 won for the lunch sushi buffet, 16,000 for dinner.