Month: January 2014

Germany: Good Eats Pt 1 (Street Food & Cafes)

The first part of the Germany Series is, of course, food!  I think there’s no better way to experience a new culture than to delve right into their gastronomy. The majority of food spots I post will be from Berlin since I stayed there the longest. Berlin is a fast moving city, and you especially notice it in high traffic metro stations such as Alexander Platz or Friedrichstraße. As such, they are densely lined with on-the-go cafes and food stops for customers to grab a quick bite. Berlin’s plethora and variety of street food was one of my favorite aspects about the city.   German sausages, called wurst (pronounced vurst), are one of the most popular street menu items and are usually served on a bun.  The most noticeable difference, as you can see, are that the sausages are massively disproportionate to the bun.  But it doesn’t matter because the wurst is the best part.  My first wurst was at a the Mauerpark Flea Market on Eberwalder str.  (get off U-bahn Bernauer Str.) The other …

The Germany Series

I studied in Berlin, Germany for about 6 weeks and within that short period of time, I fell in love with the city.  I learned a lot about Berlin’s history and culture as I experienced it day by day, exploring different landmarks, sampling food, and interacting with the locals.  The history that is intertwined with the rejuvination of modern Berlin is something that I found so fascinating and I want to share all my experiences here for my readers.   I thought carefully about how I should go about blogging my adventures in Germany.  In the end, I decided the best way to do this was to break it down into categories.  Over the next while, I’ll be publishing posts on Germany’s gastronomy, places of interest, sightseeing, and other noteworthy experiences I had during my stay 🙂 Stay tuned!

Mount Tremblent; Ski Resort Weekend Getaway

Tucked away in Quebec just a few hours away from the city of Montreal is a beautiful resort where  visitors can indulge in an array of winter sports from skiing to dog sledding.  The Tremblent resort also includes a cute little village studded with shops, cafes and bars.  When we arrived, it was unfortunately raining but that didn’t stop the colorful buildings from looking so inviting and lively.       My first time trying Beaver Tails!  It tasted like a thin crispy donut and was delicious with nutella and bananas on top.  Later we stumbled upon a shop selling Maple Syrup and it included a little ice patch for making Maple Toffee.  We were all really curious to try it out! Hot syrup is poured on top of the ice and as it’s about to set, you roll up the malleable sweet candy on to a wooden stick.  Of course, it was very sweet and stringy as you bite into it but a fun experience none the less! Before hitting the slopes for some …

Barcelona Day 3: Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Beaches, Boqueria Market, Fish spas!

Our last day in Barcelona was the most intense.  We started the day off bright and early to visit the Park Guell, another whimsical creation by Antoni Gaudi.  The place was like an Alice in Wonderland amusement park.  Everything from the stairs to rooftops had its own unique personality.    Next stop was the highly anticipated monster of a church, the Sagrada Familia.  Antoni Gaudi passed away before the church was even close to being finished and it is still under construction to this day.  The structure is so massive there was no way to take a decent photo of it without going arial.  There are tons of cranes and scaffold around it so the exterior is not the most aesthetically attractive.  Here’s an image pulled from the web on what the final product will look like. I thought the exterior was very impressive, but the interior completely blew me away.  I understood right away why the Sagrada Familia was a must see and worth the insane wait.  That said, I HIGHLY recommend that you …

New Years in New York! 2013 Edition, Part 2

Today being New year’s eve, we had a big day ahead of us so it was only right we started off with a proper breakfast.  We got a classic lox and cream cheese on toasted bagel at a local diner called Georgio’s Country Grill.  The cucumbers were a nice addition that helped tone down the saltiness of the smoked salmon.   Our first stop was the Rockefeller centre.  The hoards of people hungry to get a close up of the ball drop were already evident as we got closer and closer to Time Square.  The area around Rockefeller is densely rimmed with stores.  We popped in Magnolia Bakery which was packed and for a good reason. They had some yummy looking cupcakes and confectionaries.  We tried a chocolate dipped coconut macaron.  I don’t even like those things and I still thought it tasted so good.  The ginormous Christmas tree in the centre of Rockefeller overlooking the skating rink just below.  You can eat at a cafe there which will give you a really nice view …

New Years in New York! 2013 Edition, Part 1

Last year we hit up New York to ring in the new year, and we’re doing it again for 2014.  There was so much to see and do last year and it felt extremely rushed.   This time, hitting up the city’s best eats was on the top of my list.  We stopped by the city of Scranton on our way to Manhattan where we were pleasantly surprised by the friendly locals and the food they had to offer.  As suggested by our concierge, we visited a family owned Italian restaurant for dinner called Russel’s.  Seafood was on our minds and they had some pretty good entrees.  I had shrimp with scallops on top of citrus infused jasmine rice.  The seafood was very tender and juicy and the rice had a very distinct lemony flavor which was interesting.    K had the biggest portion of fish with a generous topping of crab and lobster meat on top.  Overall the meal was very satisfying 🙂   The next day we set out for Manhattan and stopped …