My Local Eats: Goa, India

My Local Eats: Goa, India

Hi! Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Rachel, a masseuse and travel blogger who blogs at Hippie in Heels. Rachel is a fellow Midwesterner as well as one of my favorite new bloggers so give her site a look! Today she tells us about what to eat in Goa, India, her home away from home.

I’m an American living in Goa, India, for the past year. There are so many Indian foods that you MUST try when you visit India; from veg curries with rice and fried veg pakora, to chai tea and dosas. The Indian food you’ll have here won’t be anything like the restaurants in the U.K. or U.S. so be warned if you come here already “loving” Indian food, you actually might not know what it really is! Everything is cooked with ghee, a form of lard, so be prepared to gain more weight here than anywhere else you may travel.

For lunch and dinner a nice thali or curry might be on the menu, but I want to introduce the street food you get in the villages along the Arabian Sea. Street food is not the same all over India; Goa is tropical and so is the food! In my new home, I am always shocked by the yummy snacks I never saw on my previous journeys through India.

1. Corn on the cob with lime and salt. It tastes a little like Mexico! These mouthwatering treats (my favorite) are at all the markets on Wednesday and Saturday, but you can also get it in small towns on a daily basis or at any festival. It costs about 40 rupees and is more than worth every cent. Served in the husk to prevent dripping, it makes me wonder why we didn’t think of that in the U.S.!

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2. Shawarma- some consider this Israeli food, but actually many countries have their own take on this sandwich and consider it their local food. You can get a foreigner’s version for 300 rupees, but it won’t be near as good as a local’s 50 rupee one in Siolim or Mapusa. Usually Chicken or lamb (but actually goat…) is used from a kebab. It’s sliced off as you order and put in a poi (a local bread) with mayo, tomato, and onion. You might need to ask for less mayo, as they love to pile it on! Of course, the Indian touch makes this shawarma unlike any other: spicy as can be! The same goes for samosas; they can be found all over India and the world, but Goa has a special spicy take on them.

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3. Sugar Cane Juice or Sweet Lime Soda. These are at all the street stalls and are “cures” for any form of stomach-ache or Delhi belly. The sugar cane is VERY sweet, so maybe you should try a small one first. It’ll cost you about 10 rupees. Sweet lime soda is great for a hangover and will cost about 30 rupees. Normally made with soda water, lime, and sugar, they can also make it “salty lime soda” with salt, lime, and soda water instead if you like.

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4. Fresh fruit juice. Obviously, a staple in more diets than that of India, but because of the social culture of fruit juice here, it must be mentioned! Unlike in America, where groups get together to drink booze at night, Indians also socialize during the day, early in the morning. They aren’t the type to sleep in. Don’t be surprised if your Indian friends call you up and ask the typical “Wanna get juice?” There are “cool” places like Ganesh Fruit Stand in Chapora, where the hippies hang. It’s a very trendy thing to do and can take hours! I usually get some fruit salad with ice cream by the end of it.

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5. Fresh bread from the local bike-riding bread man. Why buy bread at the market when an adorable dude on a bike is going to come by on a bicycle honking his horn to sell hot fresh bread at a better price? Better yet he may make the yodel-like bread call that’s he’s rolling by. We get our weekly poi,bagels, and roti from him. You’ll know it’s the bread man because he’ll have a big circled bucket on the back of his bike covered with a blue tarp.

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6. Cashew Feni- this one isn’t necessarily street food, but it is LOCAL. This is only available in Goa; nowhere else in the world makes homemade cashew feni. Like a moonshine, this comes from a cashew tree and bars make it in bulk. They have HUGE containers in the back and you can have a shot for about 50 cents. It’ll knock your socks off, so beware! It’s the number one thing Indian tourists stock up on to take home. Some call it “wine” but trust me, it’s more like rubbing alcohol… even the Indians use this as an antiseptic when they get a cut. To cure anything my driver says, “Pour feni on the bad place, then pour feni in your mouth… then pour feni on it again. Now rest.”

Rachel considers herself a contradiction: part dirty hippie/ part girlie girl. She is a travel blogger and masseuse, having quit her job as a nurse. She currently lives is Goa, India and blogs about traveling glamorously on a backpacking budget in India and beyond.If you want to get in touch with her you can follow her blog Hippie in Heels, or contact her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
My Local Eats: Toronto

My Local Eats: Toronto

Welcome back to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the world share their favorite things to eat and drink. Today we’re swinging over to Toronto (not too far from my hometown!) and hearing from Maria of the Happiness Experiment, who shows us what to eat in Toronto.

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This past August, while enjoying a warm summer’s night on a Toronto patio, I met a girl from Ireland. She was serving my table, and I was immediately curious about her story when I heard her accent. In her twenties and fresh out of school, she and her boyfriend had recently arrived to Canada on a two-year work visa. Wondering why they picked Toronto, of all cities in the world, to spend their typically European gap year (Can North America adopt this as a widespread rite of passage already?), she easily traced their decision back to food. Never having personally thought of Toronto as a destination for foodies, I was surprised by her answer. She explained that, unlike her home, where culinary variety is hard to come by, Toronto offers the opportunity to try many different cuisines in one city. Having lived just outside of Toronto my entire life, I realized that I had taken my ability to eat my way around the world without leaving home for granted. Before meeting this waitress, it hadn’t occurred to me that some cities do not share this luxury. Friends, I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite eateries situated in one of the most multicultural cities in the world: Toronto.

Osso Bucco

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Roasted garlic: Whole cloves of garlic served with crostini, a sauce of goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and pine nuts

Osso Bucco, located 40 minutes outside of Toronto in Brampton, a suburb of the city, is well worth the drive. (If you’re visiting Toronto without access to a car, it’s also accessible by public transit. From downtown, you can bus there in just over an hour.) It is my absolute favourite restaurant, taking into account everywhere I’ve eaten around the world, including the trattorie and ristoranti of Italy itself.

Being of Italian descent has resulted in extreme pickiness when it comes to Italian food, particularly pasta. Growing up, I consumed significantly high volumes of penne and tomato sauce, learning to distinguish the good from the bad before I could speak. Consequently, I am a tough critic of Italian food. Having lost faith in all of the “Italian” restaurants that I’ve been to outside of Italy, which fail miserably by comparison, I refuse to go to all but one: Osso Bucco, where the pasta is worth pulling pennies out of mall couches and my best friend randomly proposing to a stranger for (true stories). The textures of the pastas are perfect, the sauces are rich, and the portions are – in true southern Italian style – beyond generous.

Just as important as the food, the service is impeccable. I’ve been regularly visiting Osso Bucco since it opened years ago. Although there have been new additions to the family, the original staff remains, excitedly welcoming me whenever I walk through their doors. In fact, my best friend and I have eaten there so many times that we are referred to as “the Bucco girls,” a title that we wear proudly. The people behind Osso Bucco will do anything to accommodate their patrons. I basically make my own dishes whenever I go. Having tried almost all of the pasta on the menu, I shamelessly request to transform the available options. For example, chicken fusilli with rosé sauce instead of parmesan cream and shrimp instead of chicken for the same price as the menu’s version is not an outrageous request here. One time, they even made penne with pesto for me; meanwhile, a pesto pasta dish was nowhere to be found on their menu. For those who crave real Italian food paired with genuine Italian hospitality, Osso Bucco is a must.

Where to find it:

Website: http://www.ossobucco.ca/about_us Address: 341 Main St N, Brampton, Ontario Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Thursday – Friday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm Saturday: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Carnita

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La Carnita, a Toronto Underground Market (TUM) success story, combines Mexican flavours with sheer inventiveness. You may not find their taco and tostada creations throughout Mexico, but you will certainly be impressed by their unique spin on Mexican street food. La Carnita’s expansive foodie following and quick progression from a popup to a brick and mortar are testaments to its deliverables. Anyone who follows the Toronto food scene knows of La Carnita. Their flavour combinations are explosive. Not stopping at the food, their drinks are as creative as their urban fare. Just as much a part of La Carnita’s concept as its edible offerings, the street art that adorns the lively restaurant sets the tone for an electric night in Toronto.

Where to find it:

Website: http://lacarnita.com/ Address: 501 College St, Toronto, Ontario Hours: Sunday – Monday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Lisa Marie

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Lisa Marie’s Italian inspiration stops at the word “cicchetti,” found behind its bar and across its menus. It would be a disservice to the passion and originality spilling from each dish to simply file this restaurant under the label of any particular cuisine. I can best describe it as an unparalleled gastronomic gem created by the talented and imaginative Matt Basile.

Matt is a Toronto street food legend turned restaurateur with a story nothing short of inspirational. A couple of years ago, with a dream of starting a restaurant and without the funds to back it, Matt quit his job to start a popup food company, cleverly named Fidel Gastro’s. Since then, he’s launched one of Toronto’s most beloved food trucks, and has become pivotal to the growing success of Toronto’s street food movement. Lisa Marie is a testament to his many accomplishments in the underground food industry. Less than two years after starting Fidel Gastro’s, Matt opened his dream restaurant this past April. (Given his dedication to his passion for food, I, as the girl behind The Happiness Experiment, am obviously a huge fan.)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with cicchetti, they are best defined along Lisa Marie’s wall: “Kind of like tapas . . . but not.” Cicchetti are small plates, which are fabulous for trying a variety of dishes in one go. You could go to Lisa Marie with a few friends and easily order the entire menu (or, if you’re me, independently eat your way through as much of the menu as your tiny bank account balance will take you, which is pretty far at this place). What stands out most about Lisa Marie’s menu is the creativity behind everything. Matt balances flavours and textures that I never would have imagined blending. Beer battered figs topped with a hint of basil? Philly cheesesteak tostada refreshed with cilantro? Bone marrow doughnuts dipped in drunken cherry jam? Hook. Me. Up!

Beyond the food is the unbelievable staff. This is the type of place that you go to once and can expect to be remembered when you return. I have yet to visit Lisa Marie or Priscilla (Fidel Gastro’s food truck) without being heart-melted by everyone’s genuine enthusiasm to see me. They know my name, they know what I like, and they always know what to suggest. I may have made an impression by ordering two jars of Elvis for dessert, but I have a wonderful feeling that they remember everyone, making all customers feel like the most valued friends in the world. It’s just how they are. If the pictures above didn’t entice you (and how could they not?), visit Lisa Marie for the people. You won’t be disappointed.

Where to find it:

Website: http://fidelgastro.ca/lisa-marie/ Address: 638 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Thursday: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am Friday: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

The Food Dudes’ food truck

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Dirty VEG fries: Wild mushroom gravy, cheese curds, mozzarella, southwest slaw, smoked garlic aioli, hot sauce, and tempura bits

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Nutella bombs: Nutella-filled homemade banana bread with cornflake batter, bourbon caramel, and whipped crѐme

Since 2011, the Toronto food truck community has grown significantly, and one of my favourite trucks on the scene is by The Food Dudes, who first entered the industry as caterers. Their high-quality street fare is artistic. The flavour combinations are stimulating, and the presentation is illustrative of strong attention to detail. For a virtual taste of their creations, I highly recommend checking out their website, which showcases an elegant palette of beautiful dishes.

Not only are The Food Dudes talented cooks, they are great entertainers. If you ever happen to be visiting Toronto at the end of June, The Food Dudes’ annual block party is an event that no foodie should miss. This year’s event was held at MUZIK Beach, a large outdoor patio lined with cabanas surrounding a long, rectangular pool. It featured foods ranging from Islamic couscous to liquid nitrogen ice cream; unbelievably good music from the ’90s to present; and fabulous entertainment in the forms of food art, beer pong, jitz, bouncy Twister (I relived my childhood that night), a free photo booth, and more. Though definitely in the middle of Toronto, I felt like I had been transported to Vegas or Miami. While this is a once per year event, The Food Dudes can be tracked by following @TheFoodDudesTO on Twitter. Their food is absolutely worth stalking their truck for.

Where to find it:

The Food Dudes Website: http://www.thefooddudes.com/#/canvas Location and hours: For The Food Dudes’ food truck’s location and hours, follow @TheFoodDudesTO on Twitter.

Home of the Brave

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Home of the Brave, from the creators of La Carnita, just opened on King W in August. King W flaunts a particular culture of twenty-somethings that have outgrown Toronto’s Entertainment District, but not their stuck-up attitudes. I am definitely not a fan of the area; however, Home of the Brave’s menu was enough to convince me to mentally paper-bag the King W crowd for a TUM alum’s take on American cuisine. Fortunately, Home of the Brave’s atmosphere is nothing like the one just outside of it. The patrons are unlike the typical King W douches. I completely forgot that I was situated in one of my least favourite parts of Toronto. This place is a diamond in the past-prime clubbers’ rough. Similar to La Carnita, the staff is friendly and sociable. The decor is a street-art inspired play on American culture, with “Join or Die” being the central theme, referencing America’s melting pot. Furthermore, the music is incredible! If you love ’90s hip hop as much as I do, Home of the Brave will be your destination until close at 2 am. The music tops that of any club I’ve been to in the city.

As for the food, I join! Few Toronto food establishments boast American cuisine, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. To my satisfaction, I was exposed to dishes with influences from specific states evident in each. The inventiveness weaved throughout the menu is astounding. Amongst the many popular street-food inspired establishments appearing across the city due to the success of restaurants by various TUM alumni, Home of the Brave is a very welcome taste of something different in the heart of Toronto.

Where to find it:

Website: http://www.thehotb.com/ Address: 589 King St W, Toronto, Ontario Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Thursday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Maria Bellissimo was the protagonist of a sad, boring life until she turned her story into a happiness experiment. She chronicles her search for happiness on her supremely awesome and appropriately named blog, The Happiness Experiment, which she hopes will inspire others to launch their own happiness experiments. Connect with her on Twitter as well! @thehappinessx 
My Local Eats: Sydney

My Local Eats: Sydney

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had a My Local Eats post so I thought we’d kick things back off again with a whole new continent… Australia! Laura, a native New Yorker who now calls Sydney home, fills us in on her favorite places to dine down under. Without further ado!

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My Local Eats: Rome

My Local Eats: Rome

Hi! Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Liam, a Rome-based travel writer who originally hails from London. Today Liam shows us what to eat in Rome, and I don’t know about you guys but I love, love, love Italian food… get ready for some pretty scrumptious food porn!  (more…)

My Local Eats: Beijing

My Local Eats: Beijing

Hi! Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Agness who shows us what to eat in Beijing. Agness is a Polish vagabond and foodie who blogs over at the excellent budget travel blog, eTramping. I have a minor obsession with Chinese dumplings so this post was especially mouth-watering- Agness’ photography skills may have a lot to do with it as well. (more…)

My Local Eats: Seoul, Korea (Part II)

My Local Eats: Seoul, Korea (Part II)

Hi! Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today’s guest post comes from Amanda Slavinsky, a fellow Michigander who just finished her time teaching in Seoul, Korea. Amanda is a fellow foodie so anything she writes about is definitely good- this post seriously had my mouth watering! For more posts on food in Seoul check out Jessica Wray’s take as well.

Hi! I’m Amanda and I’m currently wrapping up two years of teaching English in Seoul, Korea and, more importantly, scoping out the food scene in this huge city. I was clueless about Korean food when I arrived and have put in a lot of effort to learn about the food of my temporary home.

I’ve come to love the communal aspect of Korean dining, the spiciness of the food, and the variety in the cuisine. I’ve also learned that in Korea, a chain restaurant doesn’t necessarily mean low quality ingredients and sub par food like it generally does in the United States. When I head off for my travels around Asia next month these are the places I will find myself missing most.

Mapo Galmaegi (마포갈매기)

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Everyone has heard of Korean barbecue, but this blanket term does little to explain the various types of meat (or intestines) out there. My favorite is called galmaegisal. Though galmaegisal can also mean seagull in Korean, you aren’t eating any birds here. This tender, marinated pork almost resembles beef in its color, texture, and taste.

What makes Mapo Galmaegi my favorite barbecue restaurant, though, isn’t even the meat- it’s the egg ring. A mix of kimchi and egg is poured into a tray that wraps around the grill and while the meat cooks so do the eggs. This creates a tasty barbecue panchan, or side dish.

Location:

Directions: There are multiple locations but I usually go to the one in Hongdae before a night out. Take line 2 to Hongik University Station. Go out exit 8 and immediately turn right. When the street dead ends make a left. The restaurant will be on your left, on the next corner. Open 24 hours.

 

Saemaeul Sikdang (새마을 식당)

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This chain of restaurants serves up another type of barbecue. Though it comes from the same animal, yultan bulgogi is nothing like the galmaegisal at Mapo Galmaegi. For this dish the pork is sliced extremely thin and topped with a spicy sauce before it is thrown on the grill. These flavorful bits of pork are perfect wrapped in a piece of lettuce with a clove of garlic.

My other must order dish at Saemaeul Sikdang is the 7 minute pork and kimchi. This is a thicker version of the ubiquitous kimchi stew found in many Korean eateries. It is said that 7 minutes is the perfect amount of time to stew kimchi to maximize the flavor.. The stew is served over rice and topped with bits of kim, or dried seaweed.

Location:

Directions: There are multiple locations but I usually go to the one in Hongdae which is across the street from Mapo Galmaegi. For more information, visit their website.

 

Fry Pan

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Koreans love fried chicken and there is no shortage of options here. My favorite place is the Fry Pan. They serve up “American style” chicken tenders that are juicy and flavorful. They come with two sauces- a sweet chili and a cream based one. I always order a set, what Koreans call a meal, to share with a friend. This comes with a salad and homemade potato chips. Oh, and don’t forget a large mug of draft beer. It’s only right when you’re eating fried chicken!

Location:

Directions: There are like a million of these around the country. It’s a running joke that one will appear when I’m hungry and in need. If you’re visiting, check out the one in Itaewon. Go out exit 2 and walk straight for a couple of minutes. It will be on your left. Open 5 pm to late.

 

I Love Sindangdong

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Tteokbokki is a common street food made with savory rice cakes and a spicy, red sauce called gochujang. Sindangdong’s tteokbokki bears little resemblance to its street food counterpart, served in a large pot with things like fish cakes, ramen noodles, dumplings, glass noodles, and hard boiled eggs in addition to the customary rice cakes. The sauce is also noticeably different in color and taste due to the addition of black bean paste.

I Love Sindangdong is one of the larger restaurants in this “tteokbokki town” and is about as no frills as they come, though, strangely enough, some nights they have live music. Be prepared to cook the food yourself! Use the tables next to you as a guide.

Location:

Directions: Take line 2 or 6 to Sindang Station and go out exit 8. In about 200 meters, take a left. You will see the arched entry that says “Sindangdong Tteokbokki Town”. The restaurant is one of the first on the right. Open 24 hours.
Amanda is an American who is currently counting down the days until her contract in Seoul, Korea ends and her trip around Asia in search of the best food begins. Her life philosophy is simple: travel, eat, and then write about it on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
My Local Eats: Washington D.C.

My Local Eats: Washington D.C.

Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today My Local Eats stops in Washington D.C., USA, a city I visited as an adolescent and have realized, after reading this post, that it’s high time I visit again. Manda from Break the Sky what to eat in Washington D.C.

Hi, I’m Manda from Break the Sky. I’m currently living in Washington, DC and have been for the last three or so years. While DC’s food scene still has some gaps, it’s definitely made huge strides in the last couple years and I had a hard time narrowing down my list of local eats!

 baked & wired

DC is first and foremost a cupcake city; there’s a reality show called DC Cupcakes, after all. As a cupcake connoisseur, I can safely proclaim that baked & wired in Georgetown has the best cupcakes the city has to offer. In addition to cupcakes, they offer a variety of baked goods from muffins to quiches, biscotti to pies. They’re also got a great cafe that serves handcrafted drinks.

Where to find it:

 baked & wired 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC 20007 (202) 333-2500 Mon-Thurs 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

Founding Farmers/Farmers Fishers Bakers

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 I’ve listed these restaurants together as they’re sisters. Both are proud proponents of the farm to fork concept; they source seasonally and regionally whenever possible. The food at both locations is delicious and award-winning – there’s a reason why I’ve chosen my birthday dinners to be at either restaurant! Founding Farmers is more about American food, while Farmers Fishers Bakers also boasts an amazing sushi bar and bakery/cafe. They also have a mixologist in the house so their drinks are to die for. I recommend anything and everything on the menu.

Where to find it:

Founding Farmers 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20006 (202) 822-8783 Mon 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Tues-Thurs 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 9a.m. – 10 p.m. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington DC 20007 (202) 298-0003 Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

Ben’s Chili Bowl

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I was never really a chili girl until I tried Ben’s for the first time. The chili here will change your life. My favorite thing to order are the chili cheese fries. Of course, you can’t come to DC and eat at Ben’s without trying a half-smoke. President Obama ordered it for a reason, after all!

Where to find it:

Ben’s Chili Bowl 1213 U St NW, Washington DC 20009 (202) 667-0909 Mon-Thurs 6 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri 6 a.m.-4 a.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 4 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

 

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

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Half bookstore and half cafe, Kramer’s is a popular location for books, good food and some of the best pie the city has to offer. Open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, I’ve spent countless hours either perusing the bookstore or catching up with friends over pie and drinks. I highly recommend the crab cake pasta and the wild berry pie or salted caramel cake.

Where to find it:

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20036 (202) 387-2825 Sun-Thurs 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Fri-Sat 24 hours

 

Wagshal’s

Wagshal’s has been frequented by celebrities and politicians over the years. Their sandwiches are some of the best I’ve ever had and their cured meats are renowned throughout the city! Wagshal’s also has a pretty good bakery selection, too. My favorites include the Parisian or East Coast sandwiches as well as the lemon meringue pie.

Where to find it:

<emWagshal’s 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016 (202) 363-5698 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Manda is a communications professional by day and blogger by night, which means she’s always writing something. A world traveler, she’s always dreaming about her next travel destination, although her home city of Hong Kong will always hold a special place in her heart. Other things she’s passionate about include books, cupcakes, makeup and tea. She has a tendency to listen to her favorite songs on repeat and has been known to crave noodles at 2a.m. She blogs at Break the Sky and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
My Local Eats: Chiang Mai, Thailand

My Local Eats: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wondering what to eat in Chiang Mai? Welcome to the second edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today My Local Eats makes its first stop in Southeast Asia, a region I have dying to visit since high school.  Alana Morgan, an American who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes Paper Planes, a beautifully photographed travel blog that regularly contributes to my Thailand envy. 

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My Local Eats: Glasgow, Scotland

My Local Eats: Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to another edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series that highlights travel bloggers’ favorite local foodie spots from around the world. Today we’ll be hearing from Neil, a Glasgow native who blogs at Locomotion Travel, about what to eat in Glasgow. 

I’m Neil from Glasgow, Scotland and currently back living in my home city after some years on the road. We love to mix it up when we eat and you can find an eclectic range of worldwide restaurants throughout the city. We’re also fond of a good drink so in addition to my favourite eateries to come, keep a look out for our many whiskey and wine bars in the city’s West End in particular. (more…)