One thing that I absolutely love to do – is going out to eat! Even if it is something as simple as just grabbing something at a local food stall or as advanced as a full-on fine dining experience -i love it and want to share it! :)
Brasserie de Waterloo is one of those rare restaurants that has the ability to be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are a history buff, a beer enthusiast, a couple on a romantic date, or like us – a family with two energetic rug-rats – there is something for everyone!
As the name suggest that restaurant is located in Waterloo which is about 15km south of Brussels and just a stone throw away from the The Memorial Waterloo 1815 museum complex, dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo. The museum complex is truly a must-see attraction while you are in Belgium, and it would be a fantastic excursion to combine the two. Start the day by going sight seeing and then coming to Brasserie do Waterloo for a relaxing lunch!
In fact, the restaurant is on the property of the historic farm of Mont-Saint-Jean which was turned into a field hospital during that infamous battle. The farm has undergone many incarnations since, and apart from the brasserie it also houses a micro-brewery, a micro-distillery as well as a museum, exhibiting the importance of the field hospital for those 3 intense days of fighting.
On our last night in Lima we decided to leave the boys at home with the grandparents and enjoy a much needed adults only evening. We met up with C’s close friend Lucho who is the BEST person to go eating with. His knowledge of food is excellent, his enthusiasm is infectious and his appetite – endless.
He suggested that we go to Awicha which currently is one of his favourite spots in town. Located in an old colonial house in Barranco, Awicha has a homely yet sophisticated vibe to it. It is a small and intimate restaurant specialising in contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Apart from the warm and welcoming décor, the most striking feature of the restaurant is its central kitchen which dominates the dining room – jutting out, a bit like a Captain’s wheelhouse – and allows the chefs to be part of your dining experience.
I try hard not to be negative on The Travelling Chopsticks, as I don’t want this to be the forum where I vent. Nobody likes a whiner…least of all me! This probably explains my lack of blogging activity the last few months, as getting back into the hum drum life of Brasilia has been tough!
However, I have to say this: I am far from impressed with the restaurant scene here in Brasilia! There, I have said it – this will be my only complaint…..
Over the last few years, I have been incredibly lucky that I have been able to travel as much as I have, and have had the opportunity to eat at some absolutely wonderful places. So when I was approached by my good friend Andrea who works at The HUNT to write a guest post for them in regards to food and travel, I jumped at the opportunity. Keep Reading
Last Saturday, on October 6th it was two years ago since C and I got engaged, the date is especially meaningful to me as it would have been my Grandfather’s 96th birthday as well. For these reasons, and the fact we hadn’t ventured out of our neighbourhood yet, I decided that C and I needed to get dolled up, go to a nice restaurant, eat some good food and enjoy some strong cocktails!
I made reservations at Taypá, a Peruvian Restaurant that I had heard good things about and has won a number of local Restaurant awards over the years. Located in the south of the city, it was about a 20 minute taxi ride from where we live (which in Brasilia is quite a far distance!) Keep Reading
Between having houseguests, the insane amount of travelling C was doing in May and having a very active social calender in June, I don’t think C and I have spent any quality time together since April!
So when my incredibly lovely friend Kirsty got in touch with me one day when I was feeling particularly burnt-out, and said that she, and her equally lovely boyfriend Fer wanted to treat us to a weekend in Fer’s family hotel as a wedding present – I couldn’t have been more excited or jumped at the opportunity more quickly!
Roughly three hours north of Mexico City lies the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende – or SMA as the locals call it. Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2008, San Miguel de Allende truly has a magical feel surrounding it. With its well preserved Baroque architecture and layout, coupled with its vibrant mix of people, SMA is a destination worth visiting in Mexico. Keep Reading
C and I have just returned from what is most probably one of the most enjoyable lunches we have had in a long time here in Mexico City. So much so, that Osaka has immediately stormed into first place as one of favourite spots in Mexico! Keep Reading
After two weeks of being away, C flew back into town last week and took me out on a surprise date night! He didn’t say where we were going, just that we had dinner reservations at 9pm and to wear something nice!
Although C and I are really fortunate to have a lovely social life here in D.F. there is something still so exciting for me about Date Night! Maybe it is because C and I never really ‘dated’ so to speak. We went from a long distance relationship (C in D.C and me in Singapore), to living together straight away in Mexico. Not that I would change that for the world – but when we do go out for a special evening just the two of us – I think I enjoy it that much more!
When I’m on my own, I tend to make a lot of vegetarian dishes or one-pot meals, as they generally are quick and easy, and I can make enough for lunch the following day. However, one evening last week, I really had a craving for chicken – and although I must admit that this wasn’t the best dish I have ever made (it was incredibly salty), it was however, incredibly simple and goes to show that you can make a really good, healthy meal just for yourself with very little hassle. Keep Reading