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The Hungry Nomad: 07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011

July 31, 2011

Sunday at the Sea (Athens, Greece)

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July 24, 2011

Rouge (Istanbul, Turkey)

After having read this article in the New York Times just before heading to Turkey, I was determined to try out one of the wine bars in Istanbul. While waiting for my travel partner one afternoon close to the large Taksim square, I headed to Rouge to check it out. As lovely as the place looked, as equally lovely was the service. Chatting with the waiter about the city, its people and its products, he offered me a glass to sample while perusing their menu.

Our meze-style dinner later that day consisted of small plates with Turkish cheeses, eggplant rolls, shrimp with a range of delicious sauces, sweet pies for dessert and more, all accompanied of course with, unknown to me before then, delicious Turkish wines. All in all it was a delightful evening, enjoying beautifully presented modern versions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, surprisingly good wines (personally recommended to go with your meal by knowledgeable staff) and a relaxing atmosphere.

Rouge also includes a store downstairs to bring some bottles home as well as, as the friendly waiter told me, live jazz music once a week at their restaurant.

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July 18, 2011

Les Faux Bourgeois (Vancouver, Canada)

Last night I finally got to try Les Faux Bourgeouis- the french restaurant that everyone has been raving about. I've actually tried to go a few times however they are always full and I can't get reservations. So last night we decided to just show up and hope for the best. The time estimate for a table at the bar was 45 minutes...and so we walked over to the Japamaican restaurant next door: the Lion's Den to wait. 

Within 20 minutes we were called to our bar space. The restaurant is not really in an area known for its food yet the restaurant has managed to get the crowds flocking to this corner of Kingsway st.  

The inside is very chic and simple. I felt like I was back in Paris- especially as soon as the bartender welcomed us in his lovely french accident. Almost all of the staff were speaking french which added to the french ambiance. 

Like all french experiences we started out our night with a bottle of red wine. For starters I ordered the onion soup and my friend, the goat cheese salad. The goat cheese salad looked and tasted amazing- and was on par with most salad de chevres I've had in France. However, I can't say I was overly impressed with the onion soup. It was average- the broth was lacking in flavor and it was served warm. I was also not very happy with the chunks of bacon- however the melted cheese was perfect. 

Onion Soup
For our entrees we both ordered the steak/frites- which was cooked to perfection and served with a side of delicious crispy fries. 

Steak Frites
For dessert we ordered the chocolate mousse which was very chocolaty and made me very happy. 

Chocolate Mousse
Midway through the evening...after a few glasses of red wine and french food and the buzzing of the francophone bartenders and waiters... I felt that I was dining in a local Parisian bistro. It was a great way to spend the evening and I will definitely be going back to this treasure of a restaurant again. 

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July 10, 2011

Through the Looking Glass (Paris, France)

The Nomads share many loves; sweets, cheese, travel and many more. Paris is another one of our loves. The Hungry Nomad has recently written an amazing and thorough guide to the city of light for all of us lucky to visit this vibrant city. I was happy to also spend some time in Paris a bit before and ooh, the food, the wine, the style, the culture, the vintage shopping! Since we never seem to get enough of this city, here a few impressions of my recent trip.

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July 2, 2011

Poffertjes (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Every time I come across my favorite local foods, well, sweets I get a bit nostalgic and I just have to have them. No different this time around. Poffertjes, loosely translated as little puffs, are tiny pancakes which you pair with icing sugar, butter and preferably a splash of liqueur (I chose one creatively called 'brides tears', a liqueur with aniseed and orange zest). You can find poffertjes at fancy fairs, festivals and basically any outdoor event in summer and winter. Yum!

Here a few bites to get a taste of what 'home' is to me. Let's start and finish with lots of mini pancake goodness.

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