In Kyoto: Shopping Arcades and Markets

I didn’t do too much research into the city of Kyoto before I left so I decided to walk and explore. I saw an opening with shops and went in and what I found was magic! One thing I loved about Japan was the fashion, people dress incredibly well, they have great neutral clothes with great fabric and cuts and I wanted everything if I could actually fit/afford them. (Japanese clothes run small for obvious reasons)

Teramachi and Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcades

There are two covered shopping arcades that run parallel to each other and they have restaurants, shops with clothes, art, furniture, everything you need to window shop and buy everything you need or want. The area also looks great! There are really beautiful shop fronts and little details that looks beautiful.phoebegill161025069phoebegill161025079phoebegill161025086

Nishiki Market

This narrow food market is incredible, there isn’t any room to move around, there are so many things to look at, smell and all of it looks so fresh! For any foodie, you have to have a look. Even me, the girl who grabs a handful of nuts once in a while when travelling, thought everything looked amazing!phoebegill161025093phoebegill161025094phoebegill161025099

I have been looking into more of the city and I’ve found even more places to see so I will just have to wait till next year to see them.

Happy Travels!

 

In Dublin: Blas Cafe

Have a fact before we start the post. A Blaa is a flowery roll/bap from county Waterford in Ireland. It is usually had a breakfast time with your usual fry. Typically I would have one if I was down for a family funeral. They are a simple yet glorious thing.

When I heard that we would be having our InstaMeet here is was immediately intrigued and excited to try somewhere new. Bla’s Cafe is located  on King’s Inn Street, at the side of Cineworld cinema off Parnell Street. It has a very independent feel about it, it’s the perfect location for Sunday brunch. PhoebeGill160709327So as my control meal I always choose the eggs Benedict, unfortunately it was way too hot to test their coffee but the eggs Benedict was perfect. The eggs were runny, the ham was delicious, there was just enough sauce, which is crucial to the dish and there were roast potatoes that went perfectly with it. They also provide free water which is alway a plus. Check out their menu here. PhoebeGill160709307Blas is located in The Chocolate Factory, which is a space for people to sell their creations, there is jewelry, cakes, art work, crafts and other lovely things. It’s a real collective shared space and has such a nice feel to it. I definitely recommend you check this place out and it is so close to the cinema you could grab brunch and a movie to make the perfect weekend outing. PhoebeGill160709342A big thanks to Ramona for making this wonderful gathering happen. Check out her photos they are amazing! 

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In London: Great Eats You Have To Try!

First off lets talk about The Breakfast Club. I have heard great things about this place for about two years now and I have been desperate to try it. Thankfully this place was so close to where I was staying in London. PhoebeGill160509053I usually test a place by their eggs Benedict and a flat white coffee. They are my staples if I go out to breakfast. I threw in some breakfast potatoes and a freshly squeezed orange juice to my order to make this breakfast the ultimate indulgence! It was so tasty and everything you could want to start your day of exploring and walking around London. Definitely recommend. Check out their locations here. They are open late so you can have breakfast whenever you like! Perfection. This breakfast will set you back a bit, this food was just under £20 but I went all out, you can find cheaper items on the menu. PhoebeGill160509170Now lets talk about the second place that was around the corner from where I was staying that I loved. Pizza Union! Ah if only they were in Ireland. It is a proper Italian style pizza place with a big stone fire pizza oven. It has a quick service and delicious food. PhoebeGill160509287I recommend you get what’s in the picture, a delicious pepperoni pizza, their garlic dip, which is amazing for £1 extra and a Limonata, which, in my opinion is the best drink on earth! This meal will cost you under £10 and you will be full and happy. There are only two locations check where they are at here.

Note: Both of these locations are in Spittlefields.

Usually I snack when I travel so these food posts are few and far between but I wanted to share these two places with you because I have been thinking about them since I’ve been home. How much do you want pizza right now?

Happy Travels!

In Dublin: The Best Burger?

When I travel they are always the thing I’d choose, they are a safe option. Also my friends and I go for burgers quite a bit, when we were younger we’d go to Eddie Rockets, when you walk in the doors a layer of grease descends on you and you end up eating way too much and feeling like a ball going out the door, it’s the perfect way to destroy your healthy eating. When deciding where we’d go, we realised that we’d grown out of Eddie Rockets. It’s time to move on to better things.

The Counter

 To give you context this chain has restaurants all over the US, Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East. Oprah has said this is the best burger in America! So you know when O likes it, it’s good! Ireland has two restaurants, one in Dundrum and one on Suffolk street. The inside is nice and warm with nice decor. You can eat at the bar but there is not much room for big groups, it’s tables of two are four so if your panning a shin dig you may want to plan ahead. One thing to note is that there will be a queue to eat here and they don’t take your name but the wait time in my opinion was worth it!

They have menu items or you can build your own. Perfect for the fussy eater/children or vegans as they cater to vegans and vegetarians.! Lots of veggies for you and they have vegan cheese! As you can see from above, I went with a less green choice  and more of a give me crispy deliciousness. Also as a treat I chose a Bundaberg ginger beer (€3.25) , my favourite beverage, it was the perfect accompaniment to the burger.Now for the show stopper. The burger itself. It was delicious. The only thing that was missed is that you can choose how you want you burger and my dining party would rather a medium well rather than well, which I agree with. To cater to people like my father, who love a good burger but wants it to be pink in the middle they should have that option. The fries were so good and the sweet potato fries were crispy and moorish ! The crispy onion strings made the burger and the bacon was tasty and had little fat so it was just smoky and delectable!

The garlic sauce! If there is one thing that makes a meal it’s garlic. This garlic sauce is fantastic! It has enough for you to put lots on your burger and have enough for dipping.

So is it the best burger? Well it’s definitely the best one I have eaten in a long time! This meal cost my €14.40 which is an average price for a custom burger and it was close to perfect. I think it says a lot when there is a queue out the door continuously on a Friday night. So a tip would be to go early and be hungry.

I haven’t tried one of their shakes but Id also check them out, they have lots of flavours from simple to whacky.

So you looking for a place to eat tonight? Go with The Counter!

Happy Travels!

My Thoughts on Things: Food

I don’t really know how to start this post but I suppose I should make myself as clear as possible. I don’t want your opinion. I am sure you are a wonderful person with lots of feelings and opinions on a myriad of different topics but to be quite frank, I just don’t care.

We are constantly surrounded by opinions. Most people look at Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube as a way to show what you are eating, doing, buying etc. In other words, pics or it didn’t happen. The way I see it is that all of the posts we make, are our opinions on what the world has to offer and one thing that is so prevalent is commenting and posting about food.

Veganism, vegetarianism, paleo, raw, raw till 4, pescetarian, high carb, low carb. There are so many ways of eating, the list is endless. Now I have no problem with how people eat, if you want to go vegan, go you, that is great but when you start telling people everyone should be vegan and you are an idiot if you aren’t. That’s when I have a problem.

You have no idea what someones relationship with food is. We know more now than ever, there are so many articles and books and videos about the food industry but sometimes it can get so exhausting and overwhelming. A while back I just broke down because food and weight seemed to be everywhere and I couldn’t just process all the information in my own time.

I want to reiterate, my own time, you may have found the way you want to eat but not everyone is there, give people the information and then shut up. I have a friend, who I do love dearly but she condemns you if you know they information about the food industry and you aren’t vegan and I have said this to her face, that I hate the way she discusses veganism.

I decided I was only going to listen to people who approached their way of eating with informed decisions and the ability to share without shaming. Look at Manda Louise on YouTube, she has inspired me.   

Saying ‘well if everyone just’…

This gets to me, I think it is such an uneducated response. Yes if you live in Australia you can have every fruit and vegetable you could ever want but now compare Australia to Iceland. Iceland cannot grow most fruit and vegetables. They are trying to grow their own with greenhouses but before that there wasn’t an option.

When people say ‘but if everyone in America could just be vegan there would be no problem’ sure, the wealthy parts of America. There are loads of kids in America that go to school hungry because their families can’t afford breakfast.

People need to stop looking at rich California and assuming that everything is great and we should all follow the Cali vegan lifestyle where everyone eats kale and can eat out in vegan restaurants every night. It’s just not real.

Education is what the world needs. Not the education that involves vegans shaming other people, one YouTuber giving one link to Peta’s website or watching the Kardashians eat salads. We need transparency within the food industry with how our food is grown, reared, cultivated and killed. We need mandatory culinary/nutritional education in schools. We need a bottle of water to be cheaper than a can of coke.

Basically, everyone is on their own path, if you have information, share it round but don’t get angry if the people around you don’t want to know, talk about how you eat and share delicious food, because sooner or later people may cut down their consumption, make sure they are using locally grown food, trying to get as natural products as possible, use alternatives where they can.

I hope this makes sense, it’s been on my mind so long that sometimes it can come out like the rapids. Thanks for reading beans!

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!