Eating My Way Through Alberta, Canada

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As you may know from previous posts, one of my favorite parts about visiting a new place is trying new food. I especially love trying cultural foods in new countries. So as you can imagine, I was super excited to see what delicious food Canada had to offer. Recently my boyfriend and I took a little road trip through Alberta Canada, stopping in Calgary, Banff, and Jasper. Now, normally when I travel somewhere I try to make a whole post about each city, but we were constantly on the go and only stayed each place for about two days, so I figured I’d combine it all into one post. Plus, if you decide to go to Alberta, its pretty likely that you’ll visit all of these places on your trip too! Sidenote: I’m thinking of writing a separate post about our itinerary for the trip for anyone who may be thinking about going there as well. Anyways, on to the food!

Calgary

Naina’s Kitchen

I originally stumbled upon this place because I was in search of some good Poutine. Poutine was honestly the food I was most excited to try, and it definitely did not disappoint. Niana’s Kitchen is located kind of on the outskirts of downtown Calgary (at least thats what it felt like as a foreigner walking there). Its distance from the center of downtown meant is wasn’t super crowded and it wasn’t super overpriced, which were both welcomed surprises. What Niana’s specializes in is actually stuffed burgers. In fact, they won an award for the best burger in Canada, and are going to compete in a competition in the States soon. So even though I came for the poutine, I couldn’t pass up a good burger. I ended up going with the Jalapeño Popper Burger (stuffed with cream cheese, fresh jalapeños, and fried jalapeños, topped with ranch dressing) and Sam of course went with the Bacon Mac n Cheese burger (stuffed with, obviously, bacon and mac n cheese). The burgers come with fries, but you can make your fries poutine for a small fee. Man, this meal did not disappoint. Firstly I’ve discovered I love poutine! The burger was juicy and extremely flavorful as well. As you might guess I didn’t even come close to finishing this meal, but it was amazing nonetheless and I’d definitely suggest it if you’re ever in Calgary.

Tim Horton’s

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Besides Poutine, the only other really Canadian thing I was looking forward to trying was Tim Horton’s. I’m putting this under Calgary just because that was the first time we tried it, but I think we ended up getting Tim Horton’s about four times. It’s basically just like a Dunkin Donuts, but with really good and affordable food. I tried a bagel, Tim Bits (donut holes), a bagel sandwich, and an english muffin sandwich, and they were all pretty good. This was our go-to if we didn’t have breakfast planned for the morning and pretty much always came in under $10 or $15 (CAD).

Banff

Bear Street Tavern

Our first meal in Banff was at Bear Street Tavern. We wanted something that wasn’t super expensive, but was still kind of nice. We found Bear Street Tavern, which is one block off of the main street in Downtown Banff. This place has kind of a cool, young, hipster type feel and provides some truly delicious pizzas. Sam ended up getting The Big Bird (chicken, bacon, spinach, onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, pesto, and pizza sauce), which hit the spot. I wasn’t really in the mood for pizza so I went with the Pulled Pork Nachos, which were amazing. One thing I really appreciated was that they were kind of double layered nachos. All of the toppings weren’t just on the top of the chips, they were in the middle too, so you could really get a good bite with every chip. We also got a Baked Rosaline because it was the daily special and we were curious. It ended up being kind of like a different take on lasagna: homemade noodles rolled into a spiral with cheese, pesto, and ham. I really enjoyed our meal here, but if we go back I think we would just split a pizza because I ended up having half of my nachos left over.

St. Jame’s Gate Olde Irish Pub

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For our second night in Banff it was a little rainy and I really just wanted some soup and poutine to warm me up. It’s a good thing we found St. Jame’s Irish Pub because they had exactly what I needed. The pub is also just a block off of the main drag of downtown and has that laid back atmosphere you want in a pub. It’s also pretty reasonably priced compared to most things in Banff. I ended up getting an order of Poutine and cup of Guinness Crab and Asparagus Soup. I was a little nervous about the soup but I ended up loving it, it was nice and creamy and didn’t have an overwhelming flavor of crab or asparagus. Sam got the a chicken sandwich with fries, which he also really enjoyed. We both liked St. Jame’s so much that we went back again for dinner while we were in Lake Louise later in the week. This time I got the Chicken Pot Pie which really hit the spot.

Squish Sandwich Cellar

We packed PB&J most days for lunch, but we decided to go out for lunch one day while we were in Banff. On this day we happened upon Squish Sandwich Cellar, a shop located in a basement on the main drag. It was a chilly day and I was in the mood for soup, so I ended up getting the Soup of the Day with bread. On this day it happened to be a beef and vegetable soup, which I really enjoyed. They gave me a huge bowl of it along with like 6 pieces of good bread. Sam got the Triple Decker Sandwich, which looked delicious. It was a little expensive for a sandwich, but we quickly learned food in Canada is not cheap.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

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Our final meal in Banff was actually our final meal of the trip. We were in the mood for Italian but also didn’t want to spend a lot of money, since most of our meals had been more expensive than we’d planned. We found the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is actually a chain in Canada, but its really well priced. The restaurant was really large, so we didn’t have to wait to eat at all. I went with the Spicy Chorizo Penne Al Fresco, which was pretty good. It wasn’t as spicy as I had hoped, but I still enjoyed it. Sam had the Chorizo Cannelloni (can you tell we like chorizo), which were kind of like Manicotti but with chorizo. What made this place super affordable though, was that with each pasta dish you got bread, a salad, ice cream, and tea or coffee included in the price. The bread was delicious and came with garlic butter and the salad was good as well. I also got some vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio ice cream at the end of the meal. Overall it was pretty good, and you definitely get your money’s worth.

At Wit’s End B&B

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Ok I’m kind of cheating here because this isn’t a restaurant, but I just have to mention it. We had the pleasure of staying at At Wit’s End Bed & Breakfast during our stay in Banff. The B&B itself was lovely, but what really stood out was the breakfast. Our host, April, made the most amazing breakfasts I’ve ever had (no exaggeration). The first morning she made us bagel sandwiches with eggs, tomato, cheese, and ham on a cheese bagel. She also made us adorable little parfaits. The second morning (pictured above) she made an amazing spread of sausage, eggs, potatoes, and fresh tomatoes, as well as a little parfait to start. Sam & I were dreaming about her breakfasts for the remainder of the trip. So if you make a trip to Banff, I would highly suggest trying to stay here.

Jasper

Cafe Mondo

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Our first night in Jasper we tried Cafe Mondo, a coffee shop by day, taco shop by night. I was a little surprised when we walked in and there were only two other parties in the restaurant, but we went in nonetheless. I was disappointed to find out it wasn’t the kind of taco shop I wanted. I was in the mood for some a la carte tacos, but this was more like a regular kind of Tex Mex restaurant. Our appetizer of Choriqueso was delicious, queso baked in cheese, served with flour tortillas. I then convinced the waitress to let me get some a la carte tacos and went with one chicken and one pork taco. They were alright, but nothing special. This was really the only disappointing meal of our trip, and I don’t think I’d go back.

North Face Pizza

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On our final night in Jasper we wanted something affordable and easy. North Face Pizza fit those requirements exactly. North Face is surprisingly affordable, and you can build your own pizza. I got an 8-inch build your own pizza with a pesto sauce base, sausage, and pepperoni. It was the perfect size for me, and it was only $9.75 (CAD)! You really can’t beat that in Alberta. Sam got the medium size pizza, but it was still only $13.50 (CAD). We got our pizzas to go and took them back to our B&B and watched some Narcos and had a relaxing night. North Face also had poutine, as well as sandwiches and salads.

And that is everything I ate during my road trip through Alberta. I hope this is helpful for anyone planning a visit!

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Eating My Way Through DC

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About a month ago I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Washington DC with my mom and sister. As with most times I go to a different city, I was excited to try some new food. Luckily, my sister actually lives in DC so she knew some of the best spots. I never realized what a great food scene DC has, but everything we ate was seriously delicious and different.

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My mom and I got a slice of pizza for lunch per her request. This pizza place is actually underneath the building that my sister used to live in, so my mom had been many times and loved it. I love most pizza so I, or course, was a fan. I ended up getting a slice of Buffalo Chicken pizza, which is my all-time favorite flavor. My mom and I also split a Cesar salad, which was on point. This was also a pretty cheap option compared to most DC eats, and it looks like they’re open super late. I can just imagine getting a good slice of pizza as a late night snack. Yum!

Daikaya

Oh Ramen, how I love thee. This trip really jumpstarted my ramen obsession, and I don’t regret it one bit. The next restaurant we went to was a tiny little place called Daikaya, right near the Verizon Center. While the restaurant was tiny, there was no shortage of people. We ended up waiting a little over an hour, but there was plenty of shopping around so it wasn’t a big deal. We got some Gyoza to start and then we each got a big ole bowl of ramen. I went with the Mugi-Miso Ramen, which the server said was his favorite, and was a little more unique to that particular restaurant. I also added a spice bomb and a soft boiled egg. It was soooo good. The spice bomb made it just spicy enough, and the flavor was to die for. I also love the minced pork that came with all of the ramen (except the vegetarian). If your in DC and craving ramen I would definitely suggest stopping by.

Momofuku Milk Bar

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I didn’t really get a picture of my food from here because I devoured it immediately. Whoops. I had heard of the Momofuku in NYC, but I didn’t even know they had one in DC. I actually noticed it on my Google Maps and knew we had to go in. The main purpose was to get my boyfriend some famous Crack Pie, but of course I had to get something too. I ended up getting a crunchy cereal milkshake, which was cereal milk with cereal in it. The cereal was like a cross between corn flakes and frosted flakes, so they were not too sweet, but sweet enough. We also got a couple cookies, and a little jug of cereal milk. It was sooo good! I hear the noodle bar is good as well, but we only went to the milk bar.

Ted’s Bulletin

Why yes those are homemade pop tarts, and yes they were just as delicious as you would except. Brunch was at Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market. As you can probably gather from the above photos, it was A LOT of food, and I didn’t finish nearly half of it. We made the mistake of each getting a pop tart (strawberry, caramel, and cinnamon sugar) before our meals. The pop tarts were actually different than I expected. I expected kind of a flakey, toaster strudel type crust, but it was actually more of a shortbread cookie type crust. All three were amazing. I then got chicken biscuits for my breakfast. Now when they said “mini biscuits” I pictured them being much smaller, but to be fair the server did warn me. Either way, it was delicious, even if I did only eat one biscuit. They also have lunch and dinner, and I hear the spiked milkshakes are amazing as well.

Union Market

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For breakfast on our last day we wanted something quick and easy, so we went to Union Market. Union market is like an indoor market with a bunch of different vendors. I loooove this type of setting and I really wish Raleigh had something similar. We ended up going to Buffalo & Bergen to get bagel sandwiches. As you can see I got a sausage, egg, and cheese on a sesame seed bagel. We also got coffee from another vendor. It looked like they had a lot of good stuff, which I would’ve tried if I hadn’t been stuffing myself with amazing food all weekend. I definitely want to go back and try more in Union Market next time I’m in DC.

Hard to believe I ate all of that in one weekend huh? But what’s a foodie to do when there’s so many good options?! If anyone has any other DC food suggestions I would love to here them, as I’m sure I’ll be going back soon.

Eating My Way Through Nashville

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I was lucky enough to visit the country singin, cowboy boot wearin, delicious food cookin, city of Nashville, Tennessee in October. As I wrote about a few months ago, the annual nutrition conference, FNCE, was held for four days in Nashville this year. I had never been to Nashville before, so I was super excited to try some good ole southern cooking… and everything else about the city of course (but mostly the food, who am I kidding?).

I have to give a lot of credit to a fellow traveler for finding all of these amazing restaurants, but I just thought I’d share my experiences with you in case you find yourself in the Music City.

Marché

IMG_2514Our first stop was a lovely little brunch spot called Marché. From what I understand, this was in a location called Five Points. It was just a short drive from downtown Nashville where we were stayingThere were too many delicious things to chose from, so a friend and I decided to share.We got a delicious mushroom crepe and a quiche that  had chorus and corn and other delicious things. I visited their website to jog my memory of exactly what was in each meal, but it looks like they change their menu seasonally. Everything here tasted really fresh and delicious.

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Pinewood Social

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Our next stop was to Pinewood Social. Now this was a little different because we were lucky enough to attend a networking event and everything was served family style. I don’t go to family styles restaurants very often, but I do love the concept. It allowed us to try so many things I probably wouldn’t have normally ordered. So let’s see, first we got some fried broccoli. Broccoli is not amongst my favorite vegetables…. but fried broccoli.. yes please! I know as a future dietitian I’m probably not supposed to say that, but holy crap this was good. We also got some hummus and crackers, and some kale Caesar salad, which is pretty self explanatory, and also scrumptious. IMG_2530

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This restaurant also had a lot of gluten free options, including gluten free fried chicken. So good.

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Dat creamy jalapeno mac n cheese doe.

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And finally some steak medallions with roasted vegetables. Everything was seriously amazing, plus we got to bowl while we ate!

Acme Feed and Seed
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This photo might not look incredibly appealing, but this shrimp and grits may just be my favorite thing I ate the whole trip. Acme Feed & Seed was just a block or two from our hostel and we had heard good things from other interns who had eaten there, so we gave it a go. The atmosphere was incredibly casual. You order at the front and then find a spot at one of the long community tables and listen to the live music and wait for your food. Now I have only recently discovered my love for shrimp and grits, so I wasn’t totally confident with my decision, but once I tasted that andouille sausage gravy I was sold. The only problem is that now I’m not satisfied with all of the tomato-based shrimp and grits here in Raleigh. They also offered things like ribs, and other southern favorites.

Crema

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Our final stop was Crema. We got so much free food at the expo that we didn’t have breakfast any other day, but apparently everyone had heard a lot of good things about this little coffee shop, so we made a special trip. I feel like I should’ve only showed you this picture to make you think I ate healthy the whole trip…. oh well. This was an adorable little coffee shop, but imagine the baristas’ surprise when ten dietitians all walk in right at opening and order a million avocado toasts. Whoops. I have always loved making my own avocado toast, but had never actually gotten it at a restaurant. This one was delicious with avocado, goat cheese, red pepper flakes, and sprouts. Mmmm so good.

And that is what I ate in Nashville. I would recommend all of the restaurants on the list if you happen to find yourself in Nashville one day.

Eating My Way Through Copenhagen

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Ah, beautiful Copenhagen, the land where my bank account almost went to die. Seriously, I have never had to consciously remove myself from a store for fear of buying so much before. If you like interior design, but you’re poor, never go to Copenhagen. You have been warned.

Anyways, the final stop on our European adventure was indeed Copenhagen, and I think we both liked it a lot more than we imagined. This was partly because of the amazing interior design, and design in general. We just happened to be there during “Design Week” where all of the firms opened their doors to the public. We got to see amazing kitchens, furniture, lighting, and other beautiful things that I will probably never be able to afford…but I digress. The food in Copenhagen was delicious, as with the rest of the trip. Everyone always says Scandinavia is so expensive, which it definitely is, but I felt like Copenhagen had a lot more affordable options than Stockholm did.

Joe & the Juice

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Let’s start with perhaps the most important restaurant from our whole trip: Joe & the Juice. Now I don’t know if they have this place in other countries or what but it is allllll over Copenhagen. The first time we went was during our first layover of the trip in the Copenhagen airport and the rest is history. I think we ended up going to Joe & the Juice at least five times during our two weeks abroad. It was seriously so good! Its so simple, all they have is fresh pressed juice and flatbread sandwiches, but they’re so good! I got a bunch of different juices, so I couldn’t even begin to tell you what’s in the one pictured above, maybe beet juice and something? I don’t know. It was a little expensive for what it is, but it was sooo delicious and I really wish we had something like this here in Raleigh.

Madklubben

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We decided to come here per the suggestion of Estee Lalonde in her Scandinavian vlogs. The owners of this restaurant have quite a few restaurants around Copenhagen, all with different themes and menus. I believe Madklubben is the most affordable of them, but it is still really nice. They served all sorts of traditional danish dishes, as well as not so traditional dishes with a danish twist. I think the word is “New Nordic”? That could be something totally different, what do I know? But anyways, everything here was incredibly fresh and tasted homemade. I decided to go with a more Danish dish and got cod-cakes with a dill sauce, as well as mashed potatoes on the side. Sam went with gnocchi, which had its own little Madklubben twist.

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And of course we couldn’t resist dessert. We both got an amazing creme brûlée with a little citrus twist to it. Overall this meal was one of my favorites, and I would definitely recommend checking out Madklubben, or any of their other restaurants, if you find yourself in Copenhagen.

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Paperirøen (aka Paper Island)

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The Paper Islands is a big warehouse filled with food trucks, kind of like the Foodhallen in Amsterdam. There were lots of different ethnic options, as well as snacks, desserts, and all sorts of thing. While it was good, I think I preferred the food offered in the Foodhallen a little more. But anyways, I ended up with a falafel wrap from one of the Mediterranean trucks and Sam ended up getting a Chorizo plate. We also got some ice cream to top it all off. This is just another example of all of the affordable options in Copenhagen. Do be aware that this place is a little difficult to get to, at least from where we were staying. My GPS tried to take us across a bridge that was only halfway built… so maybe don’t go that way.

Rita’s Smørrebrød
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Another traditional Danish dish is Smørrebrød, which is essentially an open faced sandwich made on a special, crunchy brown bread. I had seen Rita’s a few times online when doing some research about where to eat in Copenhagen, and many sources said this was the best place to get an authentic Smørrebrød. Imagine my excitement when we got to our Airbnb in Copenhagen and Rita’s was literally right across the street! These babies were only about $3 each, so we both got two to try. I ended up trying the egg sandwich and the chicken salad sandwich, and Sam got one with potatoes. They were all really good and made for the perfect lunch.

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Via Veneto Pizzeria

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This pizza was so good that I accidentally forgot to take a picture of it until there was only one slice left. Like I’ve said in previous posts, we got pizza in each country we went to, and I think this was my favorite of them all. One night we were just really tired and wanted to relax, so we just got some takeout pizza and we somehow got lucky enough to find this glorious place. I was a little hesitant because it seemed to be so much cheaper than all of the other pizza places, but oh man was is it good. The menu was all in Danish, so I had to put everything into Google translator until I found one that sounded good and just went with that. I got a white pizza with potatoes, bacon, and pesto. You guys, if you haven’t had potatoes on pizza you need to try it immediately. It was amazing! So if you’re in Copenhagen and craving a lazy night in with some pizza, this is the place to go.

Chin Chin

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This was another lucky find right near our Airbnb. We kept seeing posters for it that looked delicious, so we looked up the menu and it ended up being really affordable as well, in addition to being located right around the corner. This is a little noodle bar where you can essentially build your own dish. You choose the type of noodles, the sauce, and any meats or veggies you’d like to include. They also had a few soups, as well as dumplings, egg rolls, and little dishes like that. I ended up getting Egg Noodles with Chicken and the Bangkok sauce, which was a red curry sauce. It also came with the traditional vegetables like carrots and onions. Overall it was really good, especially for the price.

Honorable Mentions
A random street hotdog which was stuffed into a french baguette instead of a bun. It was very hard to be mature while the hot dog was being prepared, but man was it good.

Non-food mention: Lady Fingers
Remember how I said I wanted to buy everything in Copenhagen? I resisted for the most part but I did have to buy something, of course. We were out and about one day searching for these cups that the girl who owned our Airbnb had and we came across the most amazing jewelry store. Everything in the store was handmade and dainty and beautiful. Sam ended up getting me this beautiful, simple necklace that I now wear almost every day. So if you’re into that sort of stuff, I would definitely suggest paying them a visit if you find yourself in Copenhagen.

Eating My Way Through Stockholm

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden | Made to Order

The next stop on our big adventure this summer was Stockholm. We both agreed that Stockholm was probably our favorite of the three places we went. It was so beautiful and clean and not insanely crowded. I didn’t really know what to expect from Stockholm but I had heard great things, and it did not disappoint. If anything, the only thing I didn’t like was that I didn’t get enough time to explore everything….and the fact that is quite expensive. While we tried to keep our meals as budget-friendly as possibly, we did find it a lot more difficult to find cheaper options. However, we did have some amazing meals.

Stockholm Food

Malarpaviljongen | Made to Order

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I’m not even going to try to pronounce the name of this restaurant, but we went three times. It wasn’t super cheap but it wasn’t crazy expensive either, and the atmosphere was just amazing. It is right on the water in Kungsholmen and is all outside. There’s an area with picnic-type tables, a large gazebo, and even an area that floats out over the water. They also sold all types of plants and ceramic and things I wanted to buy. After double checking the name on Google I did find that it is a summer-only cafe, so if you want to go you have to go in the summer…although I would imagine that’s the best time to go to Stockholm anyways. Moving on to the food, this was my first Swedish meatball experience! Now I have to attempt to talk about meatballs without creating a “that’s what she said” moment. So for this meal I got probably about 10 small meatballs, mashed potatoes, cucumbers, and lingonberries with gravy on top. It was soooo delicious. Sam got a halloumi burger, which is an actual burger made out of cheese instead of beef. Needless to say he liked it. The other two times we went for dessert and got some delicious pie and cinnamon rolls. The food was really good but the atmosphere is what made us come back every night.

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Malarpaviljongen | Made to Order

Pelikan

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Pelikan | Made to Order

The next night we ate more Swedish meatballs at a restaurant called Pelikan. I went here on the request of Essie Button’s Scandinavia vlogs. Yelp also agreed that this was probably the best Swedish meatballs in Stockholm. These were a little different from the pervious night as they were much larger and we only got four. I could barely finish them though. Again they came with lingonberries and pickles, and we also got a side of mashed potatoes. I have to say, I think these were better than the last ones. They were just cooked so perfectly and the gravy was amazing as well. This was a little bit of a fancier atmosphere, and I think it was probably our most expensive meal, but it still wasn’t crazy. They also have a ton of other traditional Swedish meals on the menu. Sam was going to get the reindeer but that was insanely expensive. I would definitely suggest coming here if you’re looking for a really traditional Swedish meal.

Primo Caio Caio Pizza

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Primo Ciao Ciao Pizza | Made to Order

We stumbled across this restaurant when we sadly were unable to go to Herman’s because it was closed for renovation. We figured we might as well try pizza everywhere we went, so we chose to try it for lunch on this day. Unfortunately they didn’t have an English menu and none of the staff could speak good enough English to tell us what things meant, which is kind of surprising for Stockholm. But anyways, we just kind of guessed and ended up with what is pictured above. My pizza just had cheese, tomatoes, rocket, and red onion and Sam got a cheese calzone. It was all brick oven pizza and we watched them make it right before they brought it out, so it was really nice and fresh. Overall it was pretty good, but I kind of wish I could’ve read the menu to chose a more exciting pizza… but hey that’s part of being in another country right?

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Rosendals Tragard | Made to Order

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While this picture might not look that appealing, I really loved this place. It’s situated in a little green house in the middle of a park in Djurgarden. My favorite part about this place is that it seemed to be centered around the dessert, which is my kind of place. As you walk in there is a fairly large buffet full of cookies, cakes, and pies. Each item has a price next to it and you can grab all you want. At the end of the bar there were a few sandwich options as well. They did have daily specials for entrees, but again, they didn’t have an English menu, so we just grabbed a half of a sandwich each and a bunch of cookies. For some reason I only took photos of two cookies, but believe me there were many more. The atmosphere here was just lovely and I could’ve sat there all day. They had seating inside the greenhouse, as well as outside. They also had a nice little store where they sold things like fresh made jam and honey.

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Rosendals Tragard | Made to Order

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Rosendals Tragard | Made to Order

And that is all of the delicious things I ate in Stockholm. We also made a few trips to 7-11 for breakfast to save some money, but I don’t think you’re interested in seeing that. Stockholm was such a beautiful city and I can’t wait to go back one day.

Let me know if you’d like me to do some more travel-focused posts on actual travel tips rather than food as well.

Eating My Way Through Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands | Made to Order

One thing that I’m very passionate about it traveling. I love being immersed into new places and new cultures. In my opinion, one of the best ways to get to know a culture is to eat the food. When I go somewhere new, finding good food is one of the things I get most excited about, is that weird? Well anyways, this summer I was lucky enough to take a two week trip to Europe, and Amsterdam was the first stop.

Amsterdam was interesting because there wasn’t necessarily that many things that were really traditional dutch foods. And unfortunately those few traditional foods I forgot to take pictures of…of course. I’ll go through everything I did manage to photograph and write a little blurb about everything else at the end.

I hope you guys like looking at pictures of other people’s food…

The Foodhallen

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Foodhallen | Made to Order

If you ever get the chance to go to Amsterdam I highly, highly recommend the The Foodhallen. I had seen this place on a lot of the blogs I looked at when trying to get an idea of where to eat and was so excited to find out our Airbnb was literally a block away. Needless to say we ended up going every single day…whoops. This was like the foodie’s version of a food court and every single thing I tried was delicious. The first thing we tried was the gourmet hot dog stand called Bulls and Dogs. Mine was a greek-style dog with taziki sauce and scallions, Sam’s had pimento cheese, onion, and olives. Both were in pretzel buns and were so amazing.

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Bulls & Dogs | Made to Order

We also tried a little dessert place called Petit gáteau. They had amazing little mini tarts in just about every flavor you could think of. I’m not gonna lie…we definitely went here more than once, but I only photographed one visit. This was a vanilla, a strawberry crumble, a caramel, and an apple crumble and they were all amazing.

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Petit gâteu | Made to Order

We also tried a few places that I, unfortunately, didn’t photograph. I think my favorite of these places was a little pizza place called Pink Flamingo. Apparently this place is a chain, but I don’t even care because it was so amazing. You can basically make your own personal pizza by choosing 4 different slices of whichever pizza you wanted. We ended up getting two pieces of Almodovar, which was chicken, chorizo, and shrimp, and the Obama which had bacon and pineapple chutney. We tried to go back another night but sadly they were closed. I also tried a spring roll from a Vietnamese stand and Sam tried a spinach pot pie from a pie stand.

Lunchroom Wilhelmina

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Lunchroom Wilhelmina | Made to Order

The next stop was to a little cafe called Lunchroom Wilhelmina. We just happened to pass this place on our way into the city center on our first morning and I am so glad we did. It was a tiny little cafe in an area close to Vondelkerk and an entrance to the Vondelpark. Sam and I both got this incredibly simple, incredibly delicious meal of rye bread with goat cheese, bacon, and honey. We also tried to go back here but when we went back their electricity was out so they couldn’t make anything hot. It was very unfortunate. Looking at this picture is making me really sad….. moving on.

Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx

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Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx | Made to Order

This is one place I saw on pretty much every single website I looked at when doing research for the trip. They are said to have the best fries in Amsterdam. I didn’t actually try any other fries in Amsterdam but these were pretty damn good. I love that they just plop the sauce on top, and they were definitely not shy about the amount of dipping sauce they give. I got samurai sauce, which was basically like a spicy mayo. These were sooo so good, so cheap, and so easy to eat while we were walking around as well. Apparently the lines can get really long but we got lucky and only had to wait behind 3 or 4 people.

De Italiaan

Amsterdam Food 6

De Italiaan | Made to Order

We ended up being in Amsterdam for Sam’s birthday and he wanted Italian, so we went to De Italiaan. Pizza was a major theme of our trip. We ended up getting pizza in all three stops at least once, so prepare for a lot of pizza pictures over the next few months as I post about the rest of the trip. This was a delicious wood oven pizza with pancetta, red onion, and mushrooms. Sam also got some amazing gnocchi with cheese sauce. This was also probably our most expensive meal or the trip, and it wasn’t even that bad. So if you’re looking for fairly budget friendly food in Amsterdam all of the places I’ve mentioned are great.

Amsterdam Food 7

Happy Pig Pancake Shop | Made to Order

Happy Pig Pancake Shop

One thing you shouldn’t miss out on while in Amsterdam is the dutch pancakes. We stumbled across this little shop near Dam Square after the original place we wanted to go to was closed. But this place did not disappoint. Sam and I both opted for sweet pancakes, or course. Mine had apple, raisin, and cinnamon with toasted almonds on the inside and a salted caramel sauce on top. It was amazing.

Kartika

Amsterdam Food 8

Kartika | Made to Order

One of the things that I was most excited to try in Amsterdam was Indonesian food. I had read so much about how the Indonesian food there is so amazing and authentic. So from what I’ve read (aka what Google is telling me write now as I type this post), the Dutch used to trade spices with Indonesia. When the Dutch East India Company went bankrupt, Indonesia actually became a colony of the Netherlands, causing the Dutch to embrace Indonesian cuisine. What intrigued me most about Indonesian cuisine is that it wasn’t just new food, it was a whole new experience. They bring you 12 small dishes on a hot plate for two people to share. This was actually one of the cheaper Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam but it was amazing. It ended up being one of our favorite things we ate throughout the whole trip. We got the Ramayana meal, which is suggested for first-timers.

Amsterdam Food 8

Kartika | Made to Order

It included chicken satay with peanut sauce, beef in spicy coriander sauce, stewed beef, chicken with spicy Balinese sauce, chicken with ginger and soy sauce, Indonesian salad with peanut sauce, mixed vegetables with coconut milk sauce, green beans in spicy sauce, boiled egg with spicy sauce, fried potatoes, sweet and sour salad and fried bananas. They also had a vegetarian option, and an option which had more “adventurous” meat choices, like lamb. If you are ever in Amsterdam I HIGHLY recommend giving Indonesian food a try. It was such a fun experience.

Well it looks like I’ve run out of pictures. In terms of other traditional Dutch food, one of my favorite things that we forgot to take pictures of was Poffertjes, which were like tiny little bit size pancakes with butter and powdered sugar. One of the traditional foods that I didn’t try was the herring. They say its good but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat a whole raw fish. Another thing we loved to do was walk through all of the different markets. There was always good, cheap, street food available wherever we went. Overall, I thought Amsterdam was a beautiful city with amazing food and I definitely hope to go back sometime. Keep an eye out for posts about Stockholm and Copenhagen coming up soon.

Eating My Way Through Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco

Travel

Long time no blog!

I’ve been missing in action the past week because I was over on the West Coast for Spring Break. I went to Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco and it was amazing. I had so much fun visiting friends, spending time with my boyfriend, doing fun new things, and not to mention eating delicious food all week. Obviously none of these restaurants are right around the corner for you to go to, but I thought I’d do a little food synopsis of my trip. Maybe you guys will be in one of these cities looking for a restaurant at some point and hopefully I can help you out!

I guess I don’t really need to give a detailed description of every meal, but I’ll share pictures to make you hungry and tell you the best restaurants I ate at.

Here we go!

ImageThe first place we went was Wild Abandon in Portland. I think Portland had the best food out of the three places I traveled to. Everything was really unique and delicious. At Wild Abandon we all got Garlic Bread to share and it was amazingggg. For my meal I got Shrimp Mazatlan, which was shrimp with peppers and onions and a spicy sauce, served with polenta cakes. ImageThe next night in Portland we went to a place called The Red Fig. It was an asian fusion restaurant, and again, delicious

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For appetizers we got Chicken Potstickers and Grilled Mushrooms. For my meal I got Soy Ginger Salmon. I’m not sure why but I’ve been obsessed with Salmon lately, so this definitley satisfied my cravings. Plus, the salad with Wasabi dressing that came with it was on point.

The next morning we went to Voodoo Doughnuts. Disclaimer: I know I’m a nutrition student and I shouldn’t recommend eating doughnuts, but oh my goodness these were amazing. My friend Jason that we stayed with said that every person visiting Portland has to go there, and I certainly did not put up a fight. They have a ton of different flavors. I got one doughnut for that morning and one for the bus ride to Seattle the next day.

Image“The Dirty Bastard”: a cake doughnut with chocolate frosting, topped with oreos and peanut butter

Image“Maple Bacon”: Just like it sounds. A cake doughnut with maple frosting and bacon.

Finally, to end our trip to Portland, we went to happy hour on the 30th story of a beautiful building at Portland City Grill. Since it was happy hour we all kind of munched on different things, but the few things I got were amazing. Plus, the view was incredible!

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Seattle
So I’m a bad blogger and forgot to take a few pictures of meals in Seattle, but don’t worry I got the really good ones. The ones I didn’t take a picture of: lunch at Palaminos (turkey sandwich and soup) and just a subway type place called Potbelly. See, not that exciting. Here’s the good ones!

Apparently I was in a Maple Bacon mood because I also tried a Maple Bacon Cupcake from The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.

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For dinner we went to a lovely little Italian restaurant called Assaggio. I got my boyfriend addicted to gnocchi at this restaurant 🙂 I got some amazing gnocchi with brown butter and sage sauce. We also got bruschetta for an appetizer.

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Sorry for the bad lighting on this one. I think this was a bit of a fancier restaurant that we just happened upon, cause it was candle lit. We were a tad under dressed, but thats ok. It was soo scrumptious.

Finally, we decided to get brunch at the restaurant in our hotel because I would never ever turn down brunch. I was so pleasantly surprised! I expected a continental type breakfast, but this restaurant was amazing! I got fruit and cream stuffed french toast.

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Oh and don’t forget the bakeries at the Pike Place Market, including one with tiny little cheesecakes! I got a Kahlua and white chocolate one.

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Finally, San Francisco! We ended up eating at some fairly sketchy places in San Fran, maybe partly because we were starting to run low on money. While I did feel like a local, I did forget to take pictures. We got Mexican at this incredibly sketchy place near our hotel at like 11pm the night we got there. The next morning we got doughnuts from another weird place. Although sketchy, I can’t complain about either meal. We then met up with some friends and got breakfast for lunch near Alamo Square. This place wasn’t really sketchy, just small and I figured you knew what Pancakes look like. For dinner we went to Grott’s, which is apparently a pretty well known chain in Cali. But again, I figured you knew what chicken tenders look like. The next night though, we ended up in Napa for dinner after a day full of wine. We came across a lovely Italian place in Downtown Napa called UCA Trattoria. I got some delicious Ravioli with brown butter sauce. Plus, I ended up getting a free glass of wine when I went to Yelp to look this place up. Moral of the story: Always Yelp it.

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Well that concludes my vacation of eating through the West Coast. Hopefully I made you hungry with all these pictures and maybe helped  you out for a future vacation?