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L’Orecchietta, London UK

2 Aug

Yes more pizza.

I stopped by this bar/restaurant a few times for lunch while working down the street in London.

At first appearance it did not look like they would have good food here, it was a dark, subdued bar, but they had plenty of table seats and a menu so…

After finally figuring out I needed to order at the bar, I walked up and placed my order.

I was pleasantly surprised by the great quality of the pizza that I ordered and enjoyed it very much.

Lesson learned, never go by appearances only….this one was a hidden gem – if you like pizza that is…

This pizza is parma ham with mascarpone cheese – I love wood fired pizza’s!

L’Orecchietta is located at 29-30 Wakley St, Islington, Greater London

Yard Pizzeria, London UK

2 Aug

Yard Pizzeria London

After work, on another hunt for a local restaurant in London, I went searching for a few highly rated places to have dinner.  Unfortunately the first one was so crowded there was a line out the door and down the block – damn they must have really good food there!  It was time to revert to plan B which was a pizzeria that was down the road another block.

When I found the restaurant, I was surprised to see it was in a former fire engine house.  The decor was top notch and interesting, but instead of sitting inside I opted to sit at the outdoor seats and enjoy the warm night air and watch life go by in London.

Service was quick and efficient, the menu selection very good, and the food tasted excellent!

I had their Rocket & Prosciutto pizza which had black olives, mozzarella and tomato sauce, topped with prosciutto, fresh peppery rocket (arugula) and shaved Grana Padano.

This pizza paired nicely with a local brew called Camden Hells.

Having very much enjoyed the quality fresh pizza I had to also try their desserts and picked out their Vanilla Pannacotta that came with a mixed berry fruit compote.

I was really amazed how great a pizza could taste – this place wowed me on all levels.

Yard Pizza can be found at 140 Tabernacle St,Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4F
Website: http://www.yardrestaurants.co.uk/

From their website:

The Yard, Shoreditch is set in a converted fire station and retains many of its original features. Inside; The Yard has a unique warehouse feel – whilst outside you will find a great seating area, but we’re not just famous for our location and atmosphere – we are renowned for serving up a diverse selection of pizza toppings and our unbelievable ‘Yard of Pizza’ which is perfect for sharing.

Fish Central, London UK

2 Aug

Fish Central Restaurant London

On my first night in London, I was beat. After a long 25 hour day of traveling (from the time I left my house until I arrived at my hotel in London), I was beat and ready for dinner.

I knew of a couple of nice restaurants a few miles away but after the long day I wasn’t up for taking a cab or walking around so I searched my iphone apps for a local restaurant near my hotel and I found a well rated seafood place right behind my hotel.  Turned out it was even better then I was expecting.  Nice ambiance, good service and the seafood tasted very fresh and very good.

Fish Central can be found at 149-151 Central St., St Luke’s, Greater London EC1V 8BY
Website: http://fishcentral.co.uk

About Fish Central from their website

We believe the national heritage of the “Great British invention”, fish and chips, something we have built our reputation on for 40 years will always be with us.

However as eating out has become one of the nations favourite past times Fish Central has evolved into a bustling neighborhood restaurant with a private function room. we serve the well known as well as the more exotic varieties of the freshest fish, combined with daily produce purchased from borough market to create a value for money menu for everyone.

We endeavor to purchase the freshest fish and Crustacea from ethical and sustainable sources without compromising the high standards our loyal regulars come to expect.

In short we try to do the best for our customers, producers, fishermen and the environment, so we can be here for another 40 years.

Anchovy Appetizer

Port wine with chocolate souffle and sweet biscuit

Lunchcafe Blom, Amsterdam NL

2 Aug

One day for lunch I walked thru the streets for a while before I came upon a cafe who’s entire front of the restaurant was opened up making it a sort of inside/outside restaurant which was cool to see and made for a nice ambiance.

The name of the place was Lunchcafe Blom and they are located at Nieuwendijk 117-119, 1012 MD Amsterdam
Website:  http://lunchcafeblom.nl/en/

For a good cup of coffee, cappuccino or espresso, a nice lunch and the best sandwiches, and even an English breakfast.
Everything is made fresh from the finest ingredients.

For today’s lunch I had their club sandwich with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, chive and mayonaise and to wash it all down I had a lemon soda, not to be confused with lemon-lime soda aka sprite.

Lemon Soda

Salmon Sandwich

 

Ristorante Savini, Amsterdam NL

1 Aug

While working in Amsterdam I dined out nightly at the local restaurants.  There were many great ones to choose from, all featuring authentic dishes to their ethnicity – it was foodie nirvana!

This night I dined outside at an Italian restaurant called Ristorante Savini, Cucina Italiana.

Located at Spuistraat 1D, 1012 SP Amsterdam, their website can be viewed at http://www.savini.nl/eng/index.php

Dining around 9pm is uncanny in Amsterdam as it does not get dark until 10:30-11pm. The late afternoons seem to never end, which is a good thing.

Tonight I had the beef carpaccio and house penne pasta with Italian sausage.

Healthiest restaurant food I’ve ever had

6 Apr

While searching for vegetarian food during my travels in Oregon, I found a great vegetarian restaurant in Bend called Cafe Yumm located in the Old Mill District.

Their entire menu is all about healthy eating and they have a very good variety and selection of good for you foods.

I tried grilled tempah for the very first time (it’s interesting) and I also had their Cafe Yumm Bowl which consisted of brown rice, black beans, olives, tomatoes, cheese, avocados and salsa. I honestly think that was the most healthy bowl of good for me food I’ve ever had, and it was delicious!

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Light Lunch

6 Apr

Here’s a photo of what I call a light lunch.

Tuna (not tuna salad) half sandwich with side salad and vinegarett dressing, less then 400 calories.

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Eating healthy when dining out

6 Apr

After the start of the new year I really started paying attention to menus and food choices and found it is possible to eat healthy when dining out. It’s all a matter of making the right healthy choices.

Many restaurants now offer healthy selections somewhere on their menus, you just need to look for them and observe calorie counts and nutritional balance in the meals you are ordering.

To my amazement I was even able to find healthy choices at Red Robbin Restaurant which is known for their burgers. I had a turkey croissant sandwhich with a side of black beans instead of fries that was very good.

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The worse thing to eat is french fries, avoid them as often as possible, they are around 300-400 calories just for a side of fries.

Know your food labels

6 Apr

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Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon

5 Apr

In case you were not aware, there are a lot of breweries in Bend, Oregon.

You’ve probably heard of Deschutes Brewery and maybe 10 Barrel, Good Life, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Boneyard, Solstice, Silver Moon or one of the other of the many breweries in Bend. There are a lot.  Personally, I’ve been to nearly all of them over the past year while traveling for work in the area, it’s been fun exploring the culinary scene there.

Sign

Well, I have to tell you that now, there’s a brand new brewery that just opened in Bend – called Worthy Brewing Company and I have to note that it is now #1 in my book for best  Brew Pub in Bend Oregon.

Worthy is located at 495 NE Bellevue Drive, Bend, Oregon http://www.worthybrewing.com/

This brewery and restaurant are a sight to see, it’s a large industrial modern building with an outdoor raised bed hop garden, hop green house, a full scale brewery and a very nice restaurant section.  The wood rafters and the bar top in the restaurant are all made from recovered wood from an old insane asylum in Oregon where the movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed.  So right from the start, this place already has built-in history, that’s pretty cool.  Needless to say the ambiance is outstanding.

Worthy Brewing Company

Hop Garden

They have a very good seasonal chalk board beer menu at Worthy. They not only serve their own beers, which are all very good, they also have guest taps with other beers and ciders from all over the west.

Beer List

The food is what really pushes this place to #1 from day 1. It is outstanding! They have a really nicely tiled wood fired pizza oven that they use to make great tasting pizza’s and entree’s.  I’ve been there 4x’s so far and every thing I’ve eaten has been excellent.  Some of their pizza’s have a wow factor with their creativity using a melding of delicious ingredients with a great tasting wood fired pizza crust.

Irish Pizza

To round it all out, service was impeccable.  I could not have asked for anything better.  My beer glass never ever sits empty, and my food is always served promptly.

Two big thumbs up for Worthy Brewing Company!

Beertopia

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