In Wicklow: The Perfect Weekend Outing

The weekend has arrived, you want to move but also eat great food. I recommend the Greystones to Bray walk, this is an easy long walk that is a great way to spend a day shaking off the past week and then treating yourself afterwards in a great restaurant.phoebegill160801990This coastal walk is gorgeous, from the Dublin coast you can see Bray but the Greystones cliffs are hidden so it’s really nice to see a different side of Wicklow. You follow the dart line all the way to Bray and it really is a walk for all ages, I saw every age group on this path so it’s fun for the whole family.phoebegill1608011010Once you are finished your long walk you deserve a treat! So even though you have to walk along the Bray promenade and your feet may be a bit tired, walking the extra way to Dockland N°8 is a must! Just be warned you might have to wait a little bit but there is a pub next door to rest your feet and grab a drink. phoebegill1608011034Once again, as my test, I chose the eggs Benedict and it was oh so delicious, with perfect eggs and spiced ham, I also liked the wings and they have sweet baked goods that are always a must after a good two hour walk! phoebegill1608011037I had such a nice day getting out in the fresh air and then having really yummy food! I definitely recommend you do both of these things on one of your days off. It’s a great combination, so enjoy!

Happy Travels!

In Reykjavik: Food and Where to Eat (Part II)

So in my three days in Iceland I didn’t actually eat that much, I ate Coco Pops a lot. I did try two new places I wanted to tell you about. In complete contrast to last time I visited Iceland I actually found these two places reasonably priced when compared to Ireland.

Reykjavik Chips

PhoebeGill150813054I was walking down the street and I suddenly thought I really want some chips right now and there it was. Reykjavik Chips! It was a beacon of light in the pouring of rain. PhoebeGill150813082

You can get small, large or family size chips with a sauce of your choosing. You can also get your chips with a fizzy drink/soda for 950kr (€6.50) or with a beer for 1490kr (€10) Here is their website.

Lebowski Bar

PhoebeGill150814012Lebowski bar is a fun place for a drink and a burger. They have an entire menu of The Dude’s favourite drink, The White Russian and a menu of burgers names after the iconic characters. You can get a burger on it’s own or you can get fries and a drink. I got the Donny burger and fries and it was delicious! Really quick service and a great vibe. Check out the full menu here.

Dunkin Donuts

PhoebeGill150815053Now I didn’t venture into this newly opened establishment because the line was so long every day I passed it. There was even a bouncer on the door to stop the madness. I don’t this you can get how long the line was in this photo but it was all the way down to The Viking gift shop. It’s only a donut lads!

I really like the caramel donut filled with custard in the Kornid bakery on Lækjargata street. They also do nice bread rolls. It’s a lot quieter and still as donuty.

Food Shopping

So this trip I ventured into more supermarket shops! I do love a good supermarket! So the shop I went to most was the 10/11. This shop is like a Centra (if you are in Ireland), it’s more expensive then say Tesco, it’s good for picking up the odd thing but probably not good to do the full shop there. 10/11s are everywhere and are open late so it’s really easy to go in and busy snacks.

Bónus is your best bet for cheaper food and a good selection of fresh food. I can’t wait to do my shop for my camper trip very soon!

One thing I really should have tried was coffee but I was too warm to drink hot drinks! Is there any more places that I should eat in? 

Happy Travels!

In Meath: The Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is a very famous archeological site in County Meath. It is a very important site to our history. Except I usually just to go for a stroll with friends and get some fresh air. I still haven’t been with an archeologist to learn about this place! Next time I will go and get all the information I possibly can! PhoebeGill150306033-1

The landscape and the views are beautiful in this area! There are also many sheep in this area just in case you want to get some snaps! Inside this church is the visitors centre but I have never been in. PhoebeGill150306026-1

A huge, giant reason I will be going back to this area of Meath is Maguire’s of Tara cafe. Now I went here with my foodie partner in crime Jess. We love coming together and trying new things. This instalment was trying sweet treats.
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Firstly we started off with Hot Chocolate, it was delicious! Then we moved on to some chocolate squares and they were amazing! We couldn’t decide so we got three. I know, I know but we don’t care. PhoebeGill150306003-2 Firstly the classic caramel slice.

PhoebeGill150306015Then the honeycomb tiffin square.

PhoebeGill150306019 Then finally we got an Areo tiffin.PhoebeGill150306024All three were delicious and buttery and of so gluttonous. We didn’t finish all three we were able to take them away and have later on as well.

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The shop also sells trinkets, books, tshirts, signs, decorations, lots of fun things that would be perfect for presents! This is the inside of the cafe (with Jess vlogging, check out her channel here)

Something that I was not expecting but was pleasantly surprised was the resident cats that hang out outside the cafe. They are super friendly and all they want is to be pet, really nice animals. As I have said many times before, I make it my mission to pet and meet lots of different animals where ever I go. PhoebeGill150306039-1I definitely recommend this area, it’s filled with history and information, although I would read up on some info before you go or have a print out if you want to walk around and know what’s what as it is just a field with very limited on site information. (There is information on the gate outside the field)

The area outside The Hill is wonderful, the amazing cafe which you have to go and check out, absolutely delicious! There is a second hand book shop filled with book from floor to ceiling and other small local shop waiting to be explored.

It might be a bit far out from Dublin but sometimes it’s nice to get out and explore.

Happy Travels!

In Iceland: My Experience in January

In Iceland: My Experience in January

I spent three days in this beautiful country and I am no where near done. This is what I have done so far. Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 11.21.23

Reykjavik: 

I love the city, no skyscrapers, colourful houses, beautiful street art makes this city a perfect place to wander around and relax. I loved shopping downtownwalking from Harpa to the lake. Going to Hallgrímskirkja and looking at the amazing view from the top. It’s also so close to the sea which is my favourite place to be! The entire sea front area is beautiful. I loved seeing the Sun Voyager sculpture

Exploring this city is a must and I can’t wait to find more places next time. Here is my post on the food I experienced in Iceland! PhoebeGill150109076 PhoebeGill150109144

The Golden Circle:

The Golden Circle is a great tour to do in winter, it runs all year round and is generally easy to do if you want to self drive. First stop is Þingvellir National Park it is a beautiful location which is steeped in geographical and historical information. I definitely want to go back in summer/autumn! Next up is Geysir and Strokkur beautiful location to see the amazing power of nature, Lastly but in no means least is the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall this place is so beautiful! A must see.

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I had one day to get a glimpse of South Iceland and the short amount of time I spent there was amazing! I drove to Vik but the weather was so bad that I couldn’t see anything. I got to stop and take lots of photos of the amazing landscapes and I got to say hello to the cutest most lovely Icelandic Horses.

I did get to see two beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss

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Tips:

  1. Save up your money! I know people say it’s expensive all the time but it really is!
  2. If you want to do a lot, go on tours. Iceland is amazing but in Winter bus tours and super jeep tours are the easier option. Icelandic people know how to get around their country in Winter.
  3. Here is my post on my self drive experience
  4. Get a good jacket! I got a insulated Regatta Jacket and it was perfect!
  5. Also get a good pair of boots, if you want to do any walking get ones with good traction and waterproof shoes.

Things to note!

  1. The hot water smells like sulphur, it’s geothermal water, it’s normal don’t worry.
  2. In January daylight is from 11am-4:30pm. It does mean you get beautiful light for photos but not a lot of time adventuring.
  3. Everything is accessible. All attractions mentioned above are all just off the road. Really easy to get to and they all have toilets.
  4. Parking is really good in Iceland, there are car parks and on street parking, you can pay by card on the meters which is also really handy.

So that’s it, I can’t think of anything else. I think 14 posts for three days travel is pretty good. Have I missed anything? What should I see next?

Happy Travels!

In Iceland: Food and Where to Eat

In Iceland: Food and Where to Eat

Iceland has no McDonalds or Starbucks, I knew I was going to like this country when I learned this information. Here are some of the things I tried in the three days I was there.

What I Ate In Reykjavik:

First up is Hamborgarafabrikkan (Hamburger Factory) I went to the one in the Kringlan Shopping Center, a really nice mall with loads of shops. It’s a nice setting, with interesting decorations and even more interesting choices of burgers. There is a lot to choose from I decided to get a Morthens (without mushrooms) beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Béarnaise sauce. Yes that is correct, the tastiest sauce is on a burger! It cost 2075 isk which is €14. I liked it very much, it also comes with fries which are very tasty. The burger is very filling and cooked very nicely. It’s is quite like Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Ireland. Very tasty and a nice treat.

One thing I noticed that I was the only one eating the burger with my hands. Everyone and I mean everyone, used a knife and fork to eat their food. I found this very odd so if you want to fit in then maybe choose your cutlery.

PhoebeGill150129001The second night I went to Forréttabarinn (Starters) this is like an Icelandic tapas type restaurant down by the marina, sea front area. They have starters and larger starters. Starters cost 1550 Isk which is €10 and bigger starters are 2450 isk which is €16. Now this restaurant is very nice, it’s a nice design inside and the art on the building is gorgeous, it’s got a bar and a restaurant so it’s a great place to chill out. The food is cooked well and very tasty but the portions are small. I had the Teriyaki chicken skewer to start and it is tiny! It was two pieces of chicken on a bed of salad and lentils and a puree of some sort. Very pleasant but small for ten euro.

The main I chose was the cod and pork belly, im not a huge fan of cod or fish in general so I asked if I could just have the pork on it’s own and the chief said no it wouldn’t work, when it arrived at the table I understood what he meant. It was one thin slice of pork and about four pieces of cod, with again a nice puree and tomato sauce. Again very tasty and the fish wasn’t oily and too strong for my taste but again very small for 16 euro.

This place is really nice and I know Iceland is expensive but you should have a meal knowing your going to be nicely full and be comfortable having three courses without worrying how much every plate costs.
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I then went to Sjávargrillið (Seafood Grill) This restaurant is on the main street of Reykjavik, it’s a pleasant place with a nice design, terrible music but you can get over that. I once again chose pork, if you don’t already know I love pork! It was pork belly, some poached pears, celeriac, potato, some puree, red cabbage, fig puree and caramel popcorn. Now firstly, there was way too much stuff on the plate, way too much! I didn’t eat most of it. Second, the vegetables were undercooked, the meal was not hot, it was lukewarm and I didn’t really feel like most of the stuff went together at all. The main courses range from 3990 isk (€26) to 6720 isk (€45) and I can whole heartedly say, it is not worth the money. It’s really unfortunate, this is the second best restaurant in Reykjavik and I don’t really know why. We got 4 things, a starter, two mains, one glass of wine and tap water and it was €110. That is way too much money! PhoebeGill150112163

Now I have no idea if these are what is normal in Reykjavik or Iceland in general but it was quite difficult to sit through a meal thinking about how much stuff costs. It puts a strain on the atmosphere. These were all dinner places so maybe lunch restaurants are more comfortable but I was busy during the day.

I am not done with the eating in Reykjavik, I will be back to try more food!

Snacks and Food: 

I tried a Klenät, which is a twisted doughnut, it was deliciously spiced and half coated in chocolate. It is a scandinavian pastry. It was really tasty and I think it would go perfectly with coffee or a hot chocolate. I got mine in Kornið bakarí (Grain bakery) and it cost 999 isk (€6.50)

PhoebeGill150109086I love going to the supermarkets when I travel and scanning the aisles for different and interesting foods. I went to Hagkaup to explore what Iceland has to offer.

One of my favourite things I got was this juice from the supermarket. I was sick in Iceland (typical!) and I wanted to get something that gave me some vitamins. I saw this ginger juice on the shelf and I got very excited, it is really delicious! It’s got a good amount of ginger, a really nice heat. If you like ginger you will love this! I miss it! It cost 204 isk (€1.40) PhoebeGill150110423

I was shown poppsalt about two years ago and I wanted to get my own jar, I love cinema popcorn, I love the stale, way too salty, buttery popcorn that is way overpriced but I simply can’t justify how expensive it is! So when I was told about this I needed to pick it up. It is exactly like cinema popcorn and you don’t have to use a lot to achieve the results! It’s 362 isk (€2.40) I definitely recommend you check out the spice aisle and I don’t know what I will do when I run out, I’m just going to have to take another trip!
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Another thing you should check out is the lamb soup at Gullfoss, it is a tasty, warming broth thats packed full of veggies and meat. You should check it out, you also get a free refill!

Chocolate:PhoebeGill150114002PhoebeGill150115004Icelandic chocolate is yummy! They have a lot of variations and they are all tasty! It’s also probably going to be the cheapest thing in the shop so it’s really easy to pick up! I recommend the 45% chocolate, it is delicious!!

Some things I noticed:

  1. Icelandic tap water is wonderful! You definitely don’t need fizzy drinks!
  2. There is a lot of Americanised food. I saw Jolly Ranchers, Reece’s, half liter cans of coke, free refills, KFC, Taco Bell. It’s weird being in Europe and seeing so much american food.
  3. They love fish and pork together. Odd for me but the cod and pork I had was nice.
  4. Eating in restaurants is really expensive!
  5. The supermarket has everything! Lots of european and american stuff.
  6. Gas Stations or garages usually have hot food, like hot dogs, burgers and toasted sandwiches. So they are handy if you are travelling outside restaurant opening hours and on the road.

The Icelandic food I had was generally really nice but the price is quite steep. I would love to try some traditional family food, I wonder what it is like. I also want to try lots of cafes because I’m sure there are some lovely places! I can’t wait to go back. I hope this inspires some of you. Do you have any recommendations? 

Happy Travels!

In London: Where To Eat

In London: Where To Eat

Ah London, one of my most favourite places to visit and eat everything I can find. This city has some of the nicest places to eat, ranging in prices, you are sure to find something delicious in every part of the city.

Piccadilly:

The Wolseley is a gorgeous restaurant located in Piccadilly. Once a car show room this large dining area is beautifully decorated with marble floors, pillars and arch ways. They do breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner so there are many different culinary experiences you can have. I have had both breakfast and dinner at the Wolseley and they were both delicious! The prices are going to be more than your average cafe or restaurant but this place is where you go if you want to spoil yourself with a bit of luxury (and possibly the odd bit of celeb spotting) I highly recommend this restaurant and as Donna would say; Treat yoself.

Whole Foods Market is one of my favourite places to go for an on the go meal, they have hot meals, sushi, cold deli bits and pieces. It’s a great place if you like your organic, fresh and “good for you” foods. There is a large range of breads, snacks, ingredients, wines, beauty products. This shop has all, lots of delicious things. My favourite bits to get there are the vegetable tempura sushi, clif bars and the vegan cupcakes are good too!PhoebeGill141213036China Town: 

The only place where I can get the best authentic Chinese dim sum and food is Golden Dragon. This restaurant is amazing, has delicious food, fast efficient service. If you like your sweat and sour or your 3 in 1’s there is no point in going. There are buffets that are scattered around that have bits and pieces that you will enjoy. If you like your jasmine tea and adore bamboo steamers with all the glorious food inside then this place is for you! I adore it, unconditionally. Be warned, this is a busy place, you will most likely have to wait but it is worth it.

Soho:

Princi on Wardour Street is amazing. There are multiple in Milano but this gem thankfully was set up in London. If you like italian food then this fast paced restaurant is perfect! Their bakery is incredible, their pizza is delicious, their other grilled and cooked bits of food are wonderful. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike with love this place. It will be busy but that is testament to how great it is.PhoebeGill141213052There is also one more place that I have not eaten in but I will and it will be next year I blog about it but it is The Breakfast Club, there are a few scattered around London but this would be my “local” It sounds like they do really great food and I really want to try it!

The rest of the time I go to Tesco or Sainsbury’s and get a sandwich and eat it in my hotel room because most of the time I am walking around forgetting to eat.

I don’t have any more pictures of these delicious eats. I am sad.

Happy Travels!