Eating Out in Fes, Morocco

I’ve already posted about where we stayed in Fes, but now to tell you about where we ate – with one disclaimer: on the last day, we got quite ill. We don’t know what exactly made us ill – the Boy got it worse than me, but we mostly ate the same things, and nothing was particularly suspicious. Still, a good note that Morocco is one of those places you might be likely to get a bout of traveler’s disease (the worst of ours lasted about 24-36 hours), and that it’s possible one of the below places brought it on…

Breakfast

Riad Dar Bensouda

I don’t have any photos of breakfast, but we ate every day in our hotel Riad Dar Bensouda, and they put out an impressive (and varied) spread of eggs, fruits, breads, cheeses, and more, along with juices and the ubiquitous sweet mint tea (free). Continue reading

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Eating Out: Honeymee

As someone who loves honey (I’ve been known to eat spoonfuls of it on occasion…sorry-not-sorry), I’ve always been intrigued by Honeymee, a soft serve chain establishment whose signature offering is “true milk ice cream with a 100% natural honeycomb chip.”

So, when we happened to be lunching on Sawtelle recently, I insisted we make a post-lunch stop at the Honeymee location down the block.

Honeymee

Honeymee has simple & trendy look, with wood shelves running along one wall sporting blocks of “beeswax” and jars of honey artistically spaced out. Continue reading

Out and About in Seville

After our first couple of days in Madrid, we moved on to our other Spanish destination – Seville (or Sevilla). Since I visited the city in college, I have loved Seville, and this trip was no exception – it’s smaller and a little older-feeling (in the best way) than Madrid, but there’s still plenty to do and see, and the winding streets got us (very slightly) more prepared for our time in Morocco’s web of alleyways. We spent our two nights there hitting the major sights, strolling, and eating.

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

When we first arrived, we settled into our hotel – the perfectly nice Hotel Bécquer ($135/night for a Standard Double) which had a great rooftop view of the city – and set off on a pre-dinner wander to secure flamenco tickets for the following day. Before long, we came upon the impressive Metropol Parasol (free on the main level, 3 euros to ascend), a wooden mushroom-esque structure that lends shade to a large plaza, has walking paths on its top (we didn’t make it up there, however), and Roman ruins in its basement. Continue reading

Eating Out in Madrid

There are so many reasons I love to travel, but I’m not gonna lie to you, a big one of them is eating. For any given trip, before we go I have crafted a list of more eateries in the chosen location than any one person would be able to visit in a lifetime, let alone a few days. Large segments of the trip itself are spent debating where we should eat next, and Yelp/TripAdvisor are always close at hand (for the record, I found TripAdvisor more helpful in Spain and Morocco).

Chocolateria San Gines

Madrid was no exception to this food-centric rule – while our jet lag sometimes had us eating at weird times, we nevertheless did our damnedest to enjoy all the treats the city had to offer. Here are a few of the highlights… Continue reading

Eating Out in Madrid: DiverXo

So, I started to write up a post with some of our eating highlights from our trip to Madrid last year and quickly realized that first, I had to give DiverXo its own post. DiverXo is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Madrid’s Tetuán neighborhood, a little ways outside the city center (we used the subway to get out there and a cab to get back). It is the work of quite-possibly-insane Chef David Muñoz, and if you hate those unending dinners with a bunch of little dishes, you won’t like DiverXo. Luckily, I very much enjoy those dinners, so while often bizarre and definitely indulgent, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

DiverXo

Upon entering DiverXo, you quickly realize what you’re in for. Continue reading

Eating Out: A-Frame

Brunch: the best meal, because everyone can get what they want. Sweet, savory, it’s got it all. So, when someone proposes brunch, I tend to be in. And that’s how we ended up at A-Frame for brunch just a couple of weekends ago.

A-Frame, for those not in the know, is part of Roy Choi’s restaurant empire, housed in an old Wienerschnitzel (or so the story goes – I think it’s true) that’s been converted into a bright Hawaiian “diner.” Hearty meals await, especially at brunch, when unlimited pancakes and unlimited beverages call to the hungry and hungover.

Lilikoi and Chicken Pancakes

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The Best Dumplings in the San Gabriel Valley

OK, so I know that if enough people paid attention to this blog, that title would cause quite the uproar. It’s true – I have not tried every dumpling in the San Gabriel Valley. Not even close. In fact, for the purposes of this (delightful) taste test, we simply did a portion of Lucky Peach’s A Dumpling Crawl of LA’s San Gabriel Valley. So yes, there likely are better and brighter dumplings out there. But here are those we tried, ranked and rated for your dining knowledge.

Xiao Long Bao Continue reading

Eating Out: Wanderlust Creamery

The Boy and I had an hour to kill in the Silver Lake this weekend, and true to form we went straight to Yelp and tried to find something good to eat. We ended up at Wanderlust Creamery in Atwater Village and I’d consider it a rousing success.

Ice Cream

Wanderlust Creamery is, I’ll admit it, one of those chic and pricey ice cream shops. Great light, white and wood decor with some greenery, your typical “hipster” joint. But the hipsters bring the good food with them, and I’m cool with that. Continue reading