Where to eat in Dublin

Last weekend I went to Ireland with my friends and I was extremely excited to have Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey in their home country. I was sure the drinks were going to be the highlight of the trip, but little did I know delicious the food was!!
Tasting different dishes turned out to be the favourited activity and one of the most delicious foodie trips I’ve ever had!

Every dish kept getting better – all with rich flavours and high-quality ingredients. And it wasn’t just authentic dishes that the Irish perfected, even international foods like burgers and toasts were also top notch.

Here are all the delicious places I tasted this weekend:

1. SoMa – Brunch and Burgers
This cute restaurant is full of delicious dishes perfect for brunch. Complete with burgers, avocado toast, club sandwiches, juices, milkshakes and fresh coffee. 
One of their locations is right in front of the Spire monument, at the centre of the city, a great place to watch the street life.

I had the delicious avocado toast with poached egg and grilled potatoes.

2. Leo Burdocks Fish & Chips

This Irish restaurant chain has been serving fresh fish and chips since 1913. It has become a favourite by locals and highly recommended to anyone who’s craving a classic fish and chips.

The reason for their popularity is that fresh fish are cooked on coal-fired pans that give that special taste. The fries are perfectly done and the cod is also equally perfect cooked inside and crispy on the outside.

3. Bunsen – Straight Up Burgers

In all seriousness, this is the BEST BURGER I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. And trust me I’ve had a loot of burgers in search for the best burger and no ground beef has ever come close to this flavourful and crispy burger. 

Their success is expected from a joint that has dedicated to only specialising in burgers and fries. Visitors get to choose exactly what they want in their burger from a business card-sized menu and three different types of crunchy fries (including sweet potato fries!!).

If you have to pick between one of these restaurants to visit, this is definitely the one. 

4. O’Neills

This historical bar/restaurant/lounge/pub is over 300-years-old and is the perfect place to spend a typical Irish afternoon where you can have a delicious homemade dinner and have drinks all in one huge place!

Every nook and cranny (Irish slang for part of a place) is beautifully decorated creating a cosy atmosphere local beers and whiskey. When hunger strikes, head over to the restaurant where all the traditional food is cooked there. If you are in the mood for something lighter after all the beers, there is also a fresh salad bar right next to the restaurant. 

5. Third Space

This authentic Irish breakfast chain cafe is located in several locations of the city where you can taste the traditional all Irish breakfast in two different sizes – the large (hungover and hangry) and normal size.
The interior of this place makes you feel at home with big windows to let the sunshine in and books and tables everywhere.

The brewed coffee was also delicious and if you don’t have time to stay, you can also take it to go!

6. The Seafood Cafe by Niall Sabongi

This fresh seafood restaurant has won the 2018 and 2019 Irish restaurant award for its rich and fresh dishes and quality of ingredients.

The place is quite small, which could make it hard to find a spot (so make sure to book your spot as soon as you read this), but it also creates a cosy atmosphere and it gives you the perfect angles to watch the magic in the open kitchen happen.

I had the local oysters as appetizer then the fish taco and the clam chowder as main dishes. All incredibly delicious!

Overall, this foodie trip to Dublin was one of the best and most successful food trips I’ve ever had. Not a single bad or meh dish. Even the sandwiches I bought at the Guinness museum and at the airport were delicious!

Note: Although every dish was delightful, the prices were not as much. Judging from the cheap flight and hotel prices, I assumed the food prices wouldn’t be too far off. Although, everything was completely worth it for the quality and quantity of every food.

Brunch Places in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in the world to brunch. As an entertainment city, the Dutch capital is full of delicious restaurants, cafes and bakeries where you can try authentic sweets like stroopwafles (caramel syrup crunchy waffle) and other international desserts, covered in Nutella.

Note: Majority of the brunch cafés in Amsterdam are “first come first serve”, which means visitors can’t make reservations, so make sure to show up before you get hangry. Luckily the waiting doesn’t usually take long.

Get ready to drool over these brunch heaven spots that will sway you to go visit Amsterdam just for the food.

1. Bakers & Roasters

Address: Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54
First come first serve – Opening hours: 8:30AM to 4PM

Starting off with my ultimate favourite cafe in the city, this Kiwi and Brazilian infused place offers everything you could ever wish for a hungover brunch. Rather you are looking for a detox juice cure, healthy dishes or a plate full of carbohydrates to suck up everything from the previous night.

My go-to dishes are always one of the egg benedicts accompanied by a plate of pancakes to share and a fresh cup of Brazilian brew.

2. Water & Brood

Address: Nieuwe Kerkstraat 84 First come first serve
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9AM to 5PM
Saturday – Sunday 10AM to 4PM

If you are opting for a less crowded place to brunch, Water and Brood is the destination. Located in the business area of the city, this minimalistic cafe is a great place to have a relaxing meal out. Everything about this place – the jazzy music, friendly staff and cosy decor create the perfect atmosphere.

With a shifting menu, this place serves different styles of egg dishes, truffled fries, waffles and chicken and many other heavenly dishes.

3.  The Pancakes Amsterdam

Address: Prins Hendrikkade 48
Opening times: Every day from 8AM to 8PM

Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast and brunch dishes anywhere in the world, but it is also a beloved traditional Dutch dish.

There are numerous pancakes places but this particular cafe has both the classic and thin Dutch pancakes, plus the thick and fluffy American style with lots of side combinations. 

Another reason to visit this place is for the interior decoration, with big Dutch windows where you can watch the canal in front and the blue and white Delftware design.

Note: This pancake house is located in several areas of the city but I usually eat at the same one in the city centre.

4. Zoku

Address: Weesperstraat 105, 1018 VN 
Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM to 2PM

Not only does this place have delicious fresh pastries and healthy lunch buffet every day of the week, but they also have four delicious weekend brunch dishes for the weekend. If you are in the mood to go all out, there is also the all-you-can-eat breakfast spread which includes unlimited coffee and juice.

The restaurant is located inside the Zoku hotel’s rooftop where you can enjoy the charming city view at one of their multiple terraces decorated with comfy sofas and an incredible glass-garden. 

5. Sumo

Address: Vijzelstraat 26, 1017 HK 
Opening hours: 12pm to 10:30PM

What better way to beat the weekend hangover than with an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet?

Their chain restaurants are always beautifully decorated with Japanese interior and sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Their menu includes a large variety of fresh warm and raw dishes.

This Japanese cuisine restaurant is another chain that I always go to when in Amsterdam. I actually crave for the days until I can eat all the amounts of sushi possible.

Where to eat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city with a large variety of cuisines and restaurants for every kind of mood. Here is a list of delicious and unique restaurants you must try when you are in the Dutch capital.

1. FOR THE MEAT LOVERSCANNIBALE ROYALE

I tried this place for the first time last week and I instantly fell in love with it. The burgers are big, rich in ingredients and accompanied by equally delicious fries. This rustic restaurant is located in one of the small streets of the city centre- in an area not commonly visited by tourists but very popular amongst the locals.
Their pint cocktails to share are also excellent, especially the long island ice tea.

Address: Handboogstraat 17 A 1012

Opening: Sunday – Thursday 12.00 – 3.00
Friday – Saturday 12.00 – 4.00

2. SUSHISumo
Sumo is one of my favourite places to have sushi outside of Japan.
Imagine a beautiful restaurant by a canal where you can have all the sushi and warm dishes you can possibly want. It’s truly heaven. As you wait for the food in between rounds, its impossible not to admire the decoration of red and sakura trees.
Above all, this is one of the few Japanese restaurants that I’ve been to with real Japanese green tea and just because of that, I absolutely love it.

Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 17
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12.00 – 22.30 Sunday 12.00 – 22.00 Reservations & prices

Mackerel, sea bass, salmon flambé and eel.

3. PICTURE PERFECTMaMa Kelly
MaMa Kelly is every girly girl’s dream. The restaurant is entirely decorated in pink and gold which matches perfectly with their specialities of chicken and lobster.
This fabulous restaurant is a bit far from the city centre, but it is also close to the museum quarter, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot after a day of museum hopping.

Address: Olympic Stadium 35, 1076

Opening times: Every day from 11.30 to 00.00

CLASSIC DUTCH – In De Waag

If you are looking for the full Dutch experience on a romantic trip, this 1488 restaurant is a great place for a date night.
Located at one of the main squares of the city in Nieuwmarkt, this beautiful and eye-catching castle is solely lit by 300 candles creating an intimate atmosphere amongst the guests. While they experience Dutch cuisine accompanied by a great selection of wines and Heineken beer.

Location: Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012
Opening times: Every day 9.00 – 22.30

5. ARGENTINIAN STEAKHOUSECAFÉ DE KLOS

For some interesting reason, Amsterdam is full of Argentinian restaurants but these steakhouses are not your usual ones. Many of them are specialised in ribs, so much so that you can get unlimited amounts of it! These juicy dishes are served with steamed vegetables, potatoes and the classic Dutch sauce, mayonnaise. The first set of ribs come naturally to your table and as you digest it, waiters walk around with mountains of even more ribs.

Address: Kerkstraat 41-43, 1017

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 16.00 to 23.30

BONUS: FEBO FOOD STAND
A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a snack stop by a FEBO stand. Where you can grab your own burger or frikandel at any time of the day or night by simply adding a couple of coins to a slot on the wall, and grabbing your food. These stands are all over the city, so if you find yourself needing a late-night snack after a long night of clubbing, this is your place.

Bangkok Guide II: Food, drinks & Hotels

Thai food is incredible, healthy and fresh. Most people think this delicious Asian cuisine is extremely spicy, but if you are like me who isn’t the biggest fan of spicy food, you can still make Bangkok a foodie trip. Especially if you’re into the lactose -free and gluten-free lifestyle. Since the majority of classic Thai dishes use coconut and almond milk instead.

Eating is a big part of Thai culture and they believe eating often and little is important for a healthy diet. As a result, In Bangkok, you can literally eat everywhere all day long. From food stands on the streets, restaurants, cafes, bars and malls, you name it.

Above all, eating out is very cheap. The more local you go, the cheaper it will be.

Food

Boat noodle- This dish gets its name from when it was originally sold at floating markets. The cooks would prepare the noodles in their boats, then pass the food to the client using a long hook. You get to pick every ingredient – the type of noodles, broth, meat and sides. My favorite is glass noodles with pulled beef, beef balls and dark soy sauce broth.

Tropical fruits- As a tropical country, Thailand has all the typical fruits- mango, papaya, pineapples and so on. However, being the incredible country that it is, they have their own tropical fruits that you can only find it here, like durian, purple mangosteen, rambutan and many more.

Top to bottom: Crab curry and shrimps, Pad Thai and glass noodles with shrimp and coconut milk.

Khao Pad (Fried Rice) – This classic dish has always been my favorite lunch choice. It’s easy to make and easy to eat, especially by a pool. How can anyone resist a plate of fried jasmine rice with eggs, seafood and vegetables? Depending on the chef, the seafood part variates between shrimp, crab and chicken.

Pad Thai – This spicy fresh dish has an interesting combination of stir-fried rice noodles (thin, long and thick)with an egg, bean sprouts, fish sauce, sugar, chili powder, ground peanuts. For the meat part, you can choose between shrimp, tofu pork, chicken or a combination of several.

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Thai curry – Thailand has developed its own version of curries with its own specialty of chilies.The Gaeng Daeng (red curry) is made with red curry paste, tender beef meat, coconut milk and topped with kaffir leaves. Green curry made with young green chilies, chicken and coconut milk is considered to be the spiciest curry in Thailand. Along with Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (green curry) which is spicy and sweet, all at the same time with bigger red chilies and fish.

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Tom yum (Spicy Shrimp Soup) – This hot dish is the symbol of Thailand. With an incredible aroma of herbs, shallots, fish sauce, prawns, straw mushrooms, chili, galangal that shapes this classic dish.

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Som Tum (Spicy Green Salad) – Originally from the northeast side of the country, this super spicy salad is full of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Including chilies, garlic, cherry tomatoes, green beans and shredded raw papaya. In different parts of the country, peanuts, dry shrimp, and salted crabs are also added. Creating a unique spicy-sour-sweet flavour to the salad. If you are trying the dish for the first time, be very prepared for a new explosion of flavours in your mouth.

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Tip: Street food has its own unique smell that can be different from other cuisines. For some people, it might take some getting used to.

Not to mention all the sweets

Mango sticky rice with coconut cream.

Mango & sticky rice – This dessert is my favourite. Super simple, easy to make and fresh as can be. Mango is already one of the most delicious fruits you can get in Thailand and combined with sweet sticky rice and coconut cream, it can’t get any better. At some places, the chef adds sesame seeds on top of the rice to give it a crispy touch. This delicious dessert is probably the easiest to find.

Sweet Crepe – These tiny fried crepes are stuffed with meringue, egg cream and foy thong (shredded egg yolk), which makes this dessert so delicious. You can find these everywhere but its best to have it from a food stand, fresh off the grill.

Coconut Ice Cream with peanuts.

Coconut Ice cream – With the brutal yearly hot weather of the city, the best way to cool down is with ice cream and what better tropical flavour to have than coconuts. Ice cream is pretty easy to find at street food stands with a big variety of toppings to choose from like syrups, nuts, sweet corn. Most places even serve your ice cream in a coconut itself.

Sticky Rice in Bamboo – Another delicious way to eat sticky rice but this time it’s more elaborate. The sticky rice is first mixed with sweet red beans, coconut cream and sugar. Then melted on a bamboo cylinder until everything melts together.


Drinks

Thai people love to drink, which makes Bangkok a great place for a night out. Convenient stores in the city are usually closed in the evening, so make sure to get your drinks between 11.00 to 14.00 or between 17.00 to 24.00.

Cha Yen (Ice Tea) – This delicious ice tea with oranges and milk is a traditional Thai mocktail

(non-alcoholic cocktail). It’s refreshing and will win anyone’s heart from the first sip. This tea is like no other, the sweetness of the tea complements so well with the citrus of the orange. Since this drink is loved by so many, you can find it anywhere in the city.

Oliang & Boran Coffee – This Thai drink is perfect for a hot day coffee break in the evening. If you like unique drinks, this one will be great for you. Oliang is long coffee with either roasted rice and caramel, depending on where you have it. If you prefer it warm with milk, this delicious drink turns into Boran coffee. Which Thais love to have for breakfast as a start to the day.

Singha & Chang Beer- A trip to Bangkok can’t be complete without a cold Singha beer. If you thought this beer was cheap in your home country, having it in its homeland will be even better. Singha is originally from Bangkok and Chang is from.

Sangsom & Mekhong Whiskey – These Thai whiskeys are made of 95% sugarcane and molasses, and 5% rice. Great for making whiskey and coke pre-drinks since they are cheap and you can find them at local supermarkets.


Hotels

Bangkok is big and full of hotels, so make sure to research which area you’ll be spending the most time at, and you book your hotel there. So you can walk around the area or make sure there is a BTS train station close by since trains are the fastest and easiest way to get around the city. If you are on a budget and can’t afford a fancy hotel, it doesn’t stop you from going to a fancy hotel and having a drink at the bar anyways. Especially since the majority of luxurious hotels in the center of the city have incredible views of the city, and are great for date night.

Pavilion Thai corner.

Dusi Thani’s Pavilion Restaurant This beautiful hotel has three restaurants, but the best one is the Pavilion gourmet buffet with Thai, seafood, sushi and dessert corners. The hotel has a beautiful wooden décor with Ranad instrumental music and a kids corner. After lunch, make sure to see their beautiful garden and pools.

Millennium Hilton HotelThis incredible restaurant is in front of the Chao Phraya River with a view to the Grand Palace Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn, Asiatisque bazaar and China Town. It’s a great place to have lunch, brunch, afternoon coffee and drinks at the rooftop bar.

Amari Watergate Pavilion Hotel Every time I’m in town, I make sure to stay at this hotel. As you step in the hotel, you are greeted by an incredible instrumental Thai band playing bong land, Thai folk music. The breakfast is amazing with all types of Thai fruits, great coffee and everything else you would want from a breakfast buffet. On the — floor there is a great entertainment area with a pool, bar, spa and gym. Close by there are several malls like Central World, Isetan Japanese department, Platunam authentic mall and Siam Paragon. There are also lots of restaurants, bars and cafés close by. The Ratchaprarop and the Chit Lom stations are North and South of the hotel.

You can get dinner and drinks on the 4th floor at the Amaya Food Gallery where you can get brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks at Amari’s great food court with fresh ingredients and an incredible view from the skyscraper.

Amari Watergate hotel's pool.

Lub d Siam Square & Silom Hostel – for backpackers and on a budget

This hotel is heaven for backpackers and anyone on a budget. It’s modern and chill with one of the best locations, right in the middle of Siam. Surrounded by malls, bars, clubs, cafes and it even has its own BTS train station, also called Siam.

This place has several types of rooms, dorms for a group of friends, private rooms and ladies only rooms, all with modern Thai decoration. Other facilities include a laundry room, free wifi, all-day open kitchen, security lockers and two-month free luggage storage. Which are great facilities to help keep yourself fresh and make your trip around the country much easier.

Paragon Inn hotel room & pool.

Paragon Inn – This incredibly cheap and relaxing hotel close to the airport is a great place for a honeymoon away from the Bangkok chaos or for a layover. Each room has a tropical and simple decoration with several outdoor saltwater pools and bathtub. It also has a restaurant, bar/lounge, and room service, so you technically never have to leave your incredible hotel room. If you are coming or going to the airport, there are also shuttle buses and airport transportation from the hotel.