Hello! Its been already a month ago since I visited Vietnam but I didn’t find any time earlier to tell you about my trip. Let’s start with Hanoi, which was almost similar to how I imagined it. Full of lantern, motobikes, street vendors, eateries and most of all chaos. Traffic rules don’t exist here, traffic rules don’t have any function and transporting the whole family on one motorcycle (without wearing a helmet) is the most ordinary thing in the world.
One thing I noticed immediately the first time I visited New York, was the habit to buy sandwiches every morning for breakfast or afternoon for brunch. From plumber to policemen to businessmen, I noticed that basically everyone was buying their sandwich. Not a very common thing (yet) in Amsterdam, where I used to make my own sandwich every morning and take them to the office in a plastic lunchbox.
Anyway, since I think that most Big Apple sandwiches from the sandwich place (with multiple thick layers of cheese or meat) are way better than my own-homemade (single layer of cheese or meat) sandwich I took over this habit and stared buying my sandwich outside instead of making my own homemade sandwich. Consequently, I tried out many different sandwiches from various places in Manhattan. I am mostly familiar with the sandwiches available in the Lower East Side, West Village and Midtown West/ Hell’s Kitchen. Because that’s the area where I had most of my breakfast- and lunch breaks.
I did not discover that many yummy sandwich places in other neigbourhoods yet and there are still an uncountable number of sandwiches still to discover yet. That’s right, I am reaaaallly interested in more insider tips :).
But here some sandwich places that I think are worth a visit during breakfast time or at your daily lunch break:
(129 Rivington street, between Essex and Norfolk street. Lower East Side)
For indeed. Giant Sandwiches in a small cozy cafe. Check out more of my Lower East Side Favorites here.
(35 Orchard street., between Canal street and Hester street. Lower East Side)
A cute little sandwich shop serving the best fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits in town.
J & I kicked off 2015 in Paris, the georgeous city of love and wine and pastries. I could not have had a better start of the new year. Since Paris was a last minut splurge, I didn’t manage to make my usual to endless to do list. And all restaurants I wanted to eat at where fully booked. So we arrived in Paris unprepared but that wasn’t a problem at all, because I’ve visited Paris before and I know I will be back again. Hence I didn’t feel the need to see and eat everything in just a few days. Which isn’t possible anyway. We deliberately avoided – out of our budget places – like the Champs-Élysées and Lafayette and Michelin stars, but here’s what we did see and eat and drink: Continue Reading →
PIG AND KHAO (68 Clinton street, between Stanton street and Rivington street. Lower East Side). $$$
For those who are into something less ordinary, there is Pig and Khao. A hipster Filipino and Thai fusion restaurant serving some family style dishes that I had never eaten before.
We started with a Coconut ($8) and some salads. A Green Mango Salad (charred chicken, lemongrass, mint, coriander, cashew, dried shrimp. $13) and some squid salad. Both salads were light and fresh.
Less than one month and I will be back in my favorite city. I did not even share all my food pictures of the 700+ restaurants I visited in this city so far but my “still to do list” keeps on growing and growing. Anyway, at the end of this month I’ll have 1.5 week to complete a little bit of this endless list. Yay!
I’ll be staying in one of my favorite neighborhoods, the Lower East Side (check out my favorite LES spots so far here) so the majority of places I’ll eat and drink will most likely be located in the LES. No problem at all, because the Lower east side is a food walhalla full of cool and cozy restaurants, bakeries and bars. Oh help, I am already suffering from fumo again! Here is my LES and surroundings eat- options list so at least I know where to eat when in walking distance (as usual, I did read all of the reviews of the places that are listed below):
The last time I stayed at the Bowery Hotel. This hotel was fantaaaastic! My favorite hotel in New York City. I wish I could stay here again but I am on a tighter budget this time so I booked an Airbnb stay in the heart of the Lower East Side. I can recommend who doesn’t want to stay in a luxurious hotel anyone to hire via Airbnb, it’s most of the time significantly cheaper than a hotel. But do read the reviews on forehand.
We ended our trip in Bangkok. Exhausted and broke from the weeks before in Kuala Lumpur, the sea house and beach house, we didn’t shop and visit that many restaurants as we were planning to visit in Bangkok. Our breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner was mostly consumed at the streets of Bangkok. There are so many street vendors selling delicious warm meals for just a couple of dollars.
First stop before heading to our beach house will be Kuala Lumpur. This won’t be my first visit to KL but I still don’t know a thing about this city. We have only two days which I decided to spend on food hunting and a little bit of shopping. Now luckily I have a bunch of family members living in KL, here a few recommendations that I got and researched so far (food wise):
I know, it has been quiet for a while. Since our wedding I went straight back to work, visited Lille and unpacked all the 20+ boxes of wedding stuff. As you might guess I am pretty exhausted at this moment and can’t wait to go on vacation next week. I will spend my last few days in Bangkok, here are some places I am considering to visit: