The land of poutine: 6 things to eat in Toronto, Canada

We spent a few days in Toronto last summer, and I must say – Canada is great ey! It was my first time in Toronto (and Canada), but I’d always had this feeling that I was going to absolutely adore the United States’ northern neighbor. And man, was I right about this inkling. As soon as we landed I got a big smile from the immigration guard, and as opposed to the rather somber mood that the US immigration lines often have, when he said “Welcome to Canada” I really did feel welcome!

We had a bit more than 36 hours in Toronto, and in less than 2 days we managed to eat from 7 corners of the world (and as we walked so much our jeans still (kinda) fit at the end of the adventure). Our food crawl included Canadian dishes (that brunch poutine tho),  Italian veal sandwiches, Mexican tostada snacks, Japanese katsu curry, Nepalese momos (dumplings), a pretty authentic pad-Thai, and South Indian dosas.

Here are the top six things I would recommend you eat if you find yourself in Toronto, Canada. 

The first stop we made on our whirlwind Toronto tour was St. Lawrence Market, which many say is one of the best food markets in the world. I would definitely class it within the top 5 of my global food market rankings, but nothing beats Barcelona’s La Boqueiria when it comes to food heaven on earth, at least not in my opinion. But St. Lawrence Market is impressive that’s for sure and with what seems like hundreds of food stalls spread out over two floors, this is the kind of place you want to visit with a group of friends who can’t decide what to eat (cause you won’t need to make a decision – you can have it all!) Make sure you go early (we went at 11 am on a weekday), as the place gets really busy around lunchtime.

Foodie tip #1: It’s time to try that famous peameal bacon sandwich at St. Lawrence Market

The first place we hit up after properly exploring all of St. Lawrence Market was the Caroussel Bakery for a peameal bacon sandwich, a Toronto classic. Canadian bacon (omg), dipped in peameal (less omg to be honest), and a bun (it was fine), served warm and freshly made. I wasn’t super impressed. I mean I love bacon. I love sandwiches. I really love Anthony Bourdain (who recommended this place). But this sandwich was missing some sauce, some extra fillings, maybe some toasted bread. I don’t want to mess with tradition guys but I jut wasn’t that overwhelmed. Sad face. But! You still can’t leave Toronto without trying one of these bad boys and I’m really glad I had one.

Foodie tip #2: Try the Italian veal parmigiana sandwich from the basement of St. Lawrence Market (get it with all the cheese)

The other place I’d read about at St. Lawrence Market was an Italian sandwich establishment located in the basement, where they serve up veal parmigiana sandwich with breaded eggplant and mozzarella cheese. The sandwich was huge, it was stuffed with fried breaded goodness, and it was super cheesy. It was so big that we ended up taking out the veal and just eating that (need to save room for later right?) but my god was this a taste explosion.

Foodie tip #3: Have a bacon Bloody Mary and brunch poutine

On our second day in Toronto we decided to skip the public transport and walk from our Airbnb into town. We strolled along Dundas West Street, checking out all the little stores and food shops along the way. By the time we’d walked for an hour we decided it was time for breakfast and a coffee, and lo and behold we stumbled upon Old School, a cafe that served brunch poutine and bacon Bloody Mary’s. Recommendation: Whatever you order, share it with a dining partner if you can – you’ll have more room for more food later.

Foodie tip #4: Head to Bobbie Sue’s for some epic mac and cheese to curb those midday munchies  

Alright y’all, this place is as good as it gets when it comes to mac and cheese insanity. You may already have noticed that I have a weakness for this glorious pasta dish, but this mac and cheese was beyond amazing. Located in a shack (basically), you have a number of mac and cheese flavors to choose from including classic (had to put that in), buffalo chicken, pulled pork and carbonara mac and cheese (amongst others). We had the pulled pork because my other half is a major barbecue fan (to be fair so am I), and we shared a small portion. I repeat – we shared a small and it was WAY more than enough for tow people. But by god, every bite was what I imagine a crack addict must feel when they get that much needed hit. Warm. Juicy. Loving. Creamy. Just pure sexiness really.

Foodie tip #5: Have a porchetta sandwich from Porchetta & Co.

This is another Toronto foodie destination that was recommended by Anthony Bourdain, and as opposed to the peameal bacon sandwich this really did live up to our expectations. Pork crackling and roast stuffed in a hot bun with onions, hot sauce and mustard. Simple. Elegant. Divine. Also really friendly on the wallet, but you probably won’t find a seat when you get here as there are only a few bar stools at the window which we were lucky enough to snag.

Foodie tip #6: Hit up the Steam Whistle Brewery for some real Canadian ale 

Truth? We tried to go to the Toronto aquarium and the line was insane so when we saw a brewery across the street we thought, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere and we headed straight for the Stream Whistle Brewery. Upon entering this magical establishment (beer is good, mmkay?) we were given a sample of the brewery’s flagship beer, which obvs made us decide to spend the next few hours sipping on Canadian ale and eating giant pickles.

Stay tuned for more upcoming posts from our trip to North America. What are your favorite foodie spots in Toronto? Or anywhere in the world? Leave a comment below or catch me on Instagram @thetastytraveller. ‘Til next time!

Hotel Review: Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, Scotland

So I’m upping my blog game and have decided that since we stay in so many quirky and awesome hotels (and AirBnB’s) while traveling around the world, it’s time to start dedicating some reviews to them. So here’s my first hotel review of the Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, Scotland where my fiancé and I stayed for a one-night treat last Christmas. This is one of the nicest hotels we’ve ever stayed in, and has also been voted the most glamorous hotel in Scotland, so I’m a bit embarrassed to say we didn’t get many pictures of our visit as we were too busy enjoying everything that we forgot to document the details 😉

Upon arrival at the Prestonfield House you will know right away you’re not staying at any ordinary hotel. As soon as you enter the grand hotel lobby (which looks like the entrance to a small castle) you are greeted by a team of friendly concierge,and it’s no wonder this has been named as one of the world’s best hotels.

After a personal check in where you are invited to sit down and relax in a private lounge, you are brought to the hotel room of your dreams, decked out in maroon and burgundy shades and gold trimmings throughout the suite. Complete with a Nespresso machine, homemade cookies and treats next to the bed, Sky television (and DVDs too) and a turn down service to prepare you for undoubtedly sweet dreams. Oh and there’s a tea menu too!

Breakfast is complimentary and can be served to the room, which we took advantage of. The kedgeree is stunning, and the Scottish breakfast is a feast for any hungry soul. The Rhubarb restaurant on site is worth a visit, and is just as impressive as the hotel itself (restaurant review coming up). Definitely one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in.

*The Tasty Traveller hotel ranking: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Eating it up in Portland with Maine Foodie Tours

This summer we spent several days in Portland, Maine to indulge in some of the beautifully fresh fish, lobster* and other delicacies that this region of the Northeastern United States has to offer. Now first of all, let me start by saying that if you haven’t been to New England, you really need to visit. From the bustling nightlife of Boston (or Bawstan as the locals would say), to the rolling hills and snowy mountains of Vermont (if you’re visiting in the winter obvs), all the way up to the gorgeous coast of Maine, this region won’t disappoint even the pickiest of travelers.We decided to go on the Maine Foodie Tour based on all the brilliant reviews we had read online, and the fact that we were guaranteed to try lobster mac and cheese. Also it was a great way to see a lot of Portland in a short time and as we had a baby with us the late night brewery outings weren’t high on the agenda.

First stop – Lobster mac and cheese: The way to a foodie’s soulWe kicked off the three hour walking tour at Vervacious, a shop dedicated to selling incredible salts, spices and balsamic vinaigrettes from all over the world. The story behind the owners of the shop is that the couple gave up their corporate jobs, bought a boat and travelled around the world with it. When they came back to Maine they wanted to share all the amazing spices and flavors they had experience abroad, and this is how Vervacious came to be.

We had the lobster mac and cheese at the very first stop, and tested five different flavoured salts to add to the insanely creamy dish. The combination of pasta, cheese and lobster was like porn in my mouth. We also tried a number of incredible balsamic vinaigrettes, including a chocolate vinaigrette and a really nutty espresso balsamic.

Second stop – Chocolate with mashed potatoes because why not?One of Portland’s claim to fames is the Needham chocolate, which is a traditional fudge like sweet with one added bonus: mashed potatoes. The spuds help give the sweets an extra creamy texture, and to be honest if we hadn’t been told there were mashed potatoes in it we wouldn’t have known. We tried our first Needham ever at Dean’s Sweets

Third stop – An incubator for small foodie businesses with soup as good as lust
Next stop on our tour was to the Portland Public Market House which has become an incubator of sorts for small restaurants, giving young people and those without tons of cash the chance to run a business in one of the stalls in the two story building. First stop was Karmasouptra, which I’m sure you can guess is a food stand dedicated to all things soup.

From tomato and grilled cheese soup (incredible guys!) to the classic New England favorite clam chowder, you can taste as many soups as you want while on the tour. Once you’ve decided on your favorite you choose a bowl and then enjoy the creamy richness of whatever you chose (I was boring and went with the chowder) while sitting with the rest of the group. We also had blueberry sticky rice for dessert, based on the classic Thai dessert sticky mango rice and since the soup wasn’t so pretty I’m posting a pic of the dessert instead 😂

Fourth and fifth stops – Award winning blueberry jam and shepherds pie spring rolls 
Our second to last stop took us to Stonewall Kitchen, a store known for its award winning blueberry jam. Seriously guys, the jam has won like four foodie oscars. To be super honest I didn’t love the jam, but I’m much more of a savory gal in general. The other people on our tour loved the jam though, and we brought a jar home for my parents who also sang high praises for the jam.

The last stop on our tour took us to an English pub (can’t seem to get away from those no matter where I go), where we tried blueberry ale (goddayummmm it’s good), and shepherds pie spring rolls (ok, but as my British fiancée said, perhaps a bit overkill). Either way I always enjoy a good roll (spring roll ;)) and loved the concept. We ended the tour by staying in the pub because what more appropriate way is there to show you’ve really enjoyed your tour than to keep drinking at the last place they took you to?

Thank you for an absolutely awesome day of food adventures @Maine Foodie Tours!

*Fact: Did you know that until the 1880s, lobster was so abundant in New England that it was the main source of protein served to prisoners? After many years, the prisoners rebelled (and lobster started to become a popular food among the elite), and the incarceration centers had to start serving the inmates something other than lobster. And now? We pay a grand price for the sweet and light saltwater delicacy!

Learning to cook traditional Tuscan food with a real Italian mamma

For my 30th birthday I was whisked away to Tuscany by my fiancee for a four day Italian adventure which included a full-on, traditional Italian cooking class on the Sunday.

We spent our first full day in the area exploring the Tuscan countryside around Chianti, and in the evening I was delighted to find out we were booked in to eat dinner in the middle of a magnificent wine vineyard. The four course gala dinner is an event held three times each year at the organic winery hotel we were staying at (look out for an upcoming post on the meal, and a hotel review about the fabulous Querceto di Castellina).

After a brilliant evening eating Tuscan food under the stars, we spent our Sunday morning and most of the afternoon learning how to cook traditional Tuscan recipes with the owner of the vineyard, Laura.

Laura is 71 years old, and teaches her Tuscan cooking class with enthusiasm on a daily basis with a profoundly deep knowledge for the ingredients and dishes she cooks up.  By the end of the day you will have whipped up more dishes than your stomach will know what to do with. Laura owns the winery, hotel and cooking school and runs the estate along with her two sons and daughter in-law Mary.

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During our class we made three antipasti dishes, two primi platti pasta dishes, and a main course with a vegetable side and dessert.

Antipasti – Appetizers 

Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

Crostoni with stracchino cheese and sausage pork with truffle

Crostini with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts

Primi platti – Pasta dishes

Farfalle with zucchini and saffron

Penne with black olives and mushrooms

Secondi platti – Main course 

Filet of pork in shirt (pancetta)

Verdure – Vegetables

Spinach with raisins and pine nuts

Dolce – Dessert

Sheep cheese “alla Caterina del Medici”

The class started at 10 am, and we sat down to eat our feast at around 3 pm which gave us several hours in the kitchen for some hands on experience. We kicked off the day by preparing the sauces for the two primi platti pasta dishes and putting together the most delicious tomato and basil bruschetta topping I’ve ever had. The tomatoes in Tuscany are truly sweet with a bit of a bite to them, and the basil is fresh and smells divine.

The filet of pork in bacon took several hours on the stove (after wrapping it tightly in pancetta), and we drank red L’aura wine (yes it’s named after the chef), and chatted with the other students as we cooked up our lazy Italian feast.

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My top 3 favourite dishes were the crostoni with stracchino cheese and sausage pork with truffle appetizer, the bruschetta with tomatoes and basil, and the farfalle with zucchini and saffron. The pork was also outstanding, but if I had to choose, the three first dishes were my top choice as they were so simple and gorgeous without being overly filling or rich. There was something so beautifully simple about taking the truffle sausage out of its casing and placing it straight on bread which we then literally just popped into the oven for ten to fifteen minutes, and the bruschetta with tomatoes was fresh and light, and not too garlicky. We learned that the trick to a perfect tomato bruschetta is to put in several cloves of garlic (un-chopped but peeled) a few hours before serving, and then remove them when ready to eat. Presto!

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Laura’s Cooking Class was a great way to meet other travelers and spend a day really delving into the history and heritage of traditional Tuscan dishes. The first, but definitely not the last time we will be cooking up these Italian delights, but also not the last time we’ll be visiting Laura and her beautiful family in Chianti.

Grazie mille Laura! 

 

Cooking up a Balinese food storm in Sanur

Last summer we decided it would be fun to try a cooking class while holidaying in Bali and we found Caraway Cooking Class on TripAdvisor and quickly decided it was exactly what we were looking for. My boyfriend, mom and I were picked up at 4 pm by the owner of the school, the lovely Ibu Dewi, who drove us back to the cooking school, which is also her private home a little bit outside of Sanur.

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Cooking up a storm in Ibu Dewi’s kitchen.

When we arrived at the school Dewi’s best friend and young niece were both there to greet us, and we quickly got started on our lesson. We spent around three hours preparing traditional Balinese food, and we also ended up making Indonesian beef rendang (which is not something that is usually on the menu, but we requested it and Dewi was kind enough to go out of her way to show us how to make my favorite dish). Ma kasih ya Dewi! 🙂

We spent the late afternoon and early evening learning how to make homemade vegetable spring rolls, grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce, mi goreng (fried noodles), acar kuning (yellow pickled vegetables) and a coconut dessert. It was a truly spectacular day, and I would recommend anyone in the Sanur area to take the same class.

Our entire experience was very hands on, which we all really loved as we got to learn the intricacies of each and every dish we made, and obvs asked a ton of questions along the way. As I spent my childhood in Indonesia I’ve always been accustomed to (and loved) spicy food, but I really didn’t realize how many chili peppers typical Indonesian and Balinese dishes contain, especially in notoriously hot dishes like rendang.

One of the tricks to making awesome Indonesian food is to prep your herbs and spices before you start cooking, so that you can easily throw them in when their cooking time comes. We spent about an hour preparing all our garlic, chili, ginger and spices, so that once it came down to cooking everything, it all came together in a flash.

The final Caraway Cooking Class feast consisted of beef rendang slow cooked with coconut milk, red rice, grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce, yellow  pickled vegetables, mi goreng (fried noodles) and a beautiful coconut pudding for dessert.

This was the first time any of us had tried a professional cooking class (but certainly not our last), and we not only walked away with extremely happy stomachs and giant smiles on our faces, but also with a rich understanding for the basics of Balinese cooking.

Terima kasih banyak Caraway Cooking Class. Sampai jumpa lagi!

 

8 ways to have an epic Lisbon adventure

I visited Lisbon for a long weekend last summer, and although it may be super cliche to say, I fell in love with absolutely everything about this stunning city by the sea. Portugal’s capital has a really genuine and relaxed vibe, and in the evenings the vibrant energy of the city can be heard through the sounds of the deep and beautiful melancholic sounds of Fado in the old town’s narrow streets, balanced perfectly with locals laughing from rooftops.

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So, without further ado, here are my top eight tips for enjoying yourself to the max in Lisbon, Portugal.

1. Stay in an Airbnb

Experience the city like a real Lisbonite, and set yourself up with a cozy Airbnb somewhere near the city center. This will let you live like a local or a tourist, depending on what most tickles your fancy. We took advantage of the local restaurants, supermarkets and bars in our area, and felt lucky to see a side of Lisbon that we wouldn’t have visited otherwise. We managed to score ourselves a stay in an architect’s house, which was complete with a back garden where we enjoyed our breakfast in the morning sun and cocktails in the evenings.

2. Eat seafood until you burst – and then have some more 

Lisbon is chock full of amazing seafood, and our daily dose of fresh fish, prawns, crab and other delicacies freshly caught from the sea was definitely the highlight of our trip. When visiting Lisbon, a must-do is going to a Cervejaria, a traditional Portuguese restaurant specialising in either meat or seafood. Be prepared for frantic service and to sit shoulder to shoulder with locals gulping down kilos of fresh fish, cockles, and crab, and get ready to have a lot fun! The seafood is consumed with your hands, and you wear a plastic bib to protect your clothes from the shellfish mania. I had seen an episode of Anthony Bourdain where he visited a Cervejaria before our trip, and as I dipped my sixth salty shrimp into the fresh garlic aioli, and gulped down my ice cold Sagres, I whole heartedly agreed with Bourdain’s Cervejaria recommendation.

We visited O Palacio Restaurante Cervejaria, which was to die for, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves seafood, beer, and friendly, down-to-earth Portuguese service.

3.  Head to Cascais for a day

Although we only had a few days in Lisbon, we had heard so many wonderful things about Cascais that we decided to jump on a train after breakfast one day to explore the Portuguese seaside town. It took us less than an hour to get to Cascais from Lisbon, and as we started wandering around the quaint little town, we were met with bursts of flora crawling across beautifully designed houses, and the smell of freshly grilled seafood wafted in the air.

This naturally meant that our attention soon turned to lunch, and after taking a dip in the sea we wandered into town to have a light bite. This quickly turned into a three course meal complete with a cheeky bottle of Portuguese rose wine (obvs) to wash down the beautiful seafood. We finished the meal and wandered back to the beach, where we spent the afternoon reading books, dipping in the warm ocean, and sipping margaritas at at beach side bar.

4. Enjoy the sounds of Fado at dusk

Fado is a traditional Portuguese music genre dating back to the 1820s (according to this Wikipedia post), and the melancholic songs are sung in a somewhat opera like manner. Lisbon is full of ‘Fado’ restaurants where you can go and enjoy a traditional dinner whilst listening to these hauntingly deep songs sung with a moving passion. We didn’t make it to a restaurant with Fado music, but were privy to several performances on our wanderings around the city.

5. Explore the city by foot and check out the amazing tiles!

Lisbon, and Portugal, is known for its tiles. And what would the country be without them? Lisbon is a brilliant blend of old and new, and I adored wandering around the city noticing all the different pieces of meticulous art that decorated many (if not most) of the buildings. I hadn’t been aware of the history of these artistic masterpieces before visiting Portugal, and unsurprisingly they are an Arab influence, dating back to the 13th century. ‘Azulejo’ (meaning colored stones) were used not only as aesthetically pleasing decorations for buildings, but also as a way to control the temperature of houses, keeping them cool in the blistering Mediterranean sun.

6. Talk to the locals

Portuguese people are not only friendly, they are really, really hospitable and open to tourists, in a way that I haven’t felt very often in other European cities. Most of the locals we met spoke fluent English, and everyone had a story to tell and pieces of advice on which restaurants, bars and sights to see.

Posting to my social channels (especially Instagram and Twitter) was also the perfect way to get insider tips, and I quickly met fellow Instagrammers residing in Lisbon who were keen to tell me about their favourite city haunts. They say there are over 365 different types of Bacalhau (cod) dishes in Portugal, and that you could literally eat a different traditional Portuguese version of this fish every day for a year without running out of choices. Upon hearing this (through Instagram), I decided to take on the challenge of trying as many types of Bacalhau as I could on our long weekend, kind of like the Forrest Gump of Cod, if you will. I bought my first tinned Bacalhau as soon as I landed in Lisbon, and managed to try at least five different types on our three day tour. From tinned and salted cod, to cheesy fritters, the best Bacalhau of them all was had at the Museu da Cerveja in downtown Lisbon.

7. Relax and enjoy being next to the ocean

I am inclined to say that Lisbon is one of my favorite cities in the world to wander around aimlessly in. The seafront is a romantic haven which will keep your ears occupied listening to live tunes blending with the gentle splash of waves while your hands nurse your fourth cocktail. The salty breeze speckled our nights with warm balminess which was the perfect respite after a day spent in the warm sun, and we truly enjoyed just sitting by the water, watching the world go by.

8. Check out Time Out Mercado da Ribeira Lisbon

A few years ago the city’s old main market hall was transformed into the foodie haven that is Time Out Mercado da Ribeira Lisbon, which is a HUGE indoor space made up of everything a hungry traveller could dream of: small restaurant stalls serving modern Portuguese food with a twist, innovative cocktail bars to gulp down fresh and fruity concoctions, specialist shops devoted to tinned Portuguese delicacies, a stall dedicated to edible plants and herbs, the list goes on.

We kicked off our snackventures with a traditional duck croquette with an orange compote finish from Cozinha Da Felicidade, which was a glorious mixture of sweet and savoury, with the duck fat marrying nicely with the tart orange dressing. Next up on the list was a steak tip dish with jalapeños and pickled vegetables from the same place, which wasn’t nearly as good as the croquette, and had a bland finish to it. We rounded off our late afternoon snack session by ordering glazed pork belly with sweet potato mash from Marlene Vieira, which was bursting with flavour, but the crackling wasn’t crispy, so that was a bit of a letdown. We may or may not also have had several other croquettes during our foodscapades, but these were not documented.

And finally, no trip to Portugal would be complete without trying the Pastel de Nata, a traditional Portuguese egg custard tart topped with cinnamon. We didn’t make it to Belem, home of the original Pastel de Nata, but we had one really good flaky goodness alternative at Pastelaria Orion in Lisbon.

Our trip was short, but oh so very, very sweet. Until next time, you beautiful lady by the sea.

Obrigado Lisbon! Stay tuned for more adventures from #thetastytraveller!

 

9 (mostly cheesy) things to eat in Annecy, France

Let’s start with the obvious. One can not go to the Alps, nor France even, without indulging in some of the local regional delicacies. Whether it be a marvelously crunchy, freshly baked walnut loaf with duck pate or a Tartiflette swimming in cheese and lardons, what you eat when on holiday is so inherently important to your vacation pleasure that the effect these calorie bombs may have on your waistline will be long forgotten at your baguette’s first cheesy dip.


Having spent many an evening researching the French town of Annecy before traveling from Paris for the long Easter weekend, I must say that I thought I was beyond prepared for the foodie adventures this small Alp town has to offer. But alas, TripAdvisor may have a plethora of reviews, but the sheer excitement at seeing the cheese, the wine, the fresh produce and everything in between is something no website could prepare me for.

We arrived on a Friday evening and stayed at Hotel des Marquisats, which is about a 20 minute stroll from downtown Annecy. With a balcony room overlooking the lake, we knew we were in for a weekend of supreme relaxation and sporadic gluttony as soon as we pulled up. Cue happy feelings.

The Rhône-Alpes region in France is famous for its cheesy delicacies, and although this wasn’t the prime reason we decided to spend our long weekend in Annecy, by the time we sat down to our first meal it was already painfully obvious that we would be rolling ourselves out of most of the establishments we were lucky to frequent.

1. Fondue. Any. Type.  

It’s important to note that there are several varieties of fondue (with mushrooms, without, with three cheeses, with meat) the choice is endless. We decided to stick to the very traditional 3 cheese fondue, with an extra side of charcuterie for added protein. The fondue is made up of 3 local cheeses, cooked with a dry white wine to cut some of the fat. The result is a beautiful cheesy soup which requires you to dip French baguette directly into the warm medley with metal prongs. It’s a bit sadistic, and it’s amazing.

We enjoyed our 3 cheese fondue at La Bastille restaurant, which is situated right on the canal in Annecy’s old town. Although the place doesn’t get great reviews on Trip Advisor, we were pleasantly surprised at not only the quality of the food, but the prices and service were also top notch.

Where?

La Bastille Annecy: Try the Fondue Savoyarde aux 3 Fromages made up of a melted medley of Emmental, Comte, and and Beaufort cheese, served with crusty baguette and green salad. The baked Reblochon cheese (see #8) was also beautiful.

 2. Bacon and cheese baguettes (yes, really) 

Because not having time to sit down at a restaurant should not mean that you miss out on the award winning medley of cheese and bread (please see fondue above for more information). This bread is for the wild foodie who’s in a bit of a rush.

Where?

Across from L’Estaminet: Any of the many bakeries around Annecy, but there is one really cute bakery right across from L’Estaminet in old town and they also serve the most amazing walnut tarts with honey, and walnut bread which will still be fresh in the morning and has a beautifully imbalanced walnut to bread ratio. In favor of the nuts.

3. Tartiflette 

After moving to France last year I’ve heard many locals gush about the joy of the Tartiflette. In essence this is a baked dish made up of sliced potatoes, cream, lardons and onions topped with heart stopping amounts of cheese and baked in the oven. Traditionally served with a green salad and baguette to mop up the creamy love pools at the bottom of your plate.

C’est extraordinaire!

Where?

Le Ramoneur Savoyard: Along with fondue and raclette, you can have this dish almost anywhere in Annecy. However, I had my Tartiflette at Le Ramoneur Savoyard, which is a super cute little restaurant a view streets away from the hustle and bustle of the canals. The service is friendly and warm, and the food is even more comforting.

This was the Tartiflette with Reblochon cheese and green salad, which came out to be 16€50 (which was around the standard price of a meal in town).

4. Mussels (because some people can’t live on cheese and cheese alone) 

There comes a time in any cheese lover’s life when their palate needs a change. For my significant other this came on day two of our Annecy adventure, and so he ordered Spanish inspired mussels with chorizo, prawns and garlic. In his words it was a beautiful foodie dance of epic Spanish & French proportions.

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Where?

L’Estaminet:This was right across from the bakery where you could buy Bacon and Cheese baguettes, and we had been eyeing this restaurant on the Saturday when the weather was amazing. We walked past it several times, but with each hour the place only seemed to get more busy, and our impatience pushed us to try another restaurant that day. However, on the Sunday the weather had turned, meaning L’Estaminet finally had a few available tables (outdoors, in the cold), so we merrily sat ourselves down to give the place a try.

The Moules Les Madrilènes were cooked with white wine, onions, shallots, garlic, chorizo, Spigol and prawns, and were served with beautifully cooked french fries, for around 17€00.

5. Raclette meets Tartiflette 

If the old saying of you are what you eat were true then I’d expect many French people to walk around with heads shaped as Comte or Brie. This analysis leads me to conclude that the saying isn’t true, and so my cheese induced Annecy adventures continued with this mix of Tartiflette with spicy sausage and raclette melted cheese on top. Mon dieu 😄

Where?

L’Estaminet: As my boyfriend enjoyed his mussels and frites, I continued the epic culinary cheese adventure with this Tartiflette complete with sausage and raclette cheese melted on top. Served with fresh bread (which was much lighter and fluffier than the other baguettes we were served), this meal was extremely hearty, a bit spicy, and probably not the best base for walking around the city all day. But I did it, I survived, and although we ended up hanging out at a pub for a few hours after this meal, I put that down to the rain, not the creamy cheese gain.

6. Steak 

After a three day tour of Annecy’s local delights we decided to take a break and head to a steakhouse. I ordered a beautiful, 200 gram Pepper Beef steak with a side of creamed spinach and a cheeky glass of wine (because France). My boyfriend had an order of ribs with barbecue sauce and was very pleased with his order. There was no cheese in sight.

Where?

Le Wyn: A steakhouse a bit outside of Annecy center, this restaurant reminded us of an American barbecue joint, complete with cow decorations and friendly, laid-back staff. The meat was cooked with respect and love, and the portions were perfect for an indulgent carnivorous midday excursion.

The 200 g Rumpsteak  was served with homemade bearnaise sauce and salad for 18€00.

7. Fusion Cheese Sandwiches 

Fancy some Tartiflette but don’t want to miss the last thirty minutes of the market? Have a Tartiflette sandwich! Craving Raclette but need to catch a bus? Have a Raclette sandwich!

(I am in no way endorsed nor connected to any Tartiflette nor Raclette sandwich establishments in Annecy – I am just truly very excited by this fusion sandwich invention).

Where?

Across from The Captain Pub: This sandwich place was right across from Annecy’s cutest pub (in my opinion) and it seemed very fitting to build up your appetite with a few pints of good ale in the rustic pub before heading across the street to indulge your senses in a raclette sandwich.

8. Baked Reblochon–cheese served with ham, potatoes & salad

This was the first meal we had in Annecy, and was basically baked Reblochon cheese served with all the mountainous staples you could dream of. Smoked ham, boiled potatoes, green salad, pickled onions and cornichons all paired with crusty baguette and washed down with a beautiful Cotes du Rhone was truly an epic way to lay the foundation for our Annecy culinary adventures.

Mountain food and mountain mood = Perfect attitude

Where?

La Bastille Annecy: Same place we had the fondue (see above), the Reblochon Pane et assortiment de Charcuterie came in at 19€90.

9. Savoy Burger with Reblochon cheese

I call this a Savoy Mountain Burger. Cause if you’re in the mood for a classic meal like a cheeseburger with fries then why not add some melted Reblochon cheese, caramelized onions, and sweet pickles on top of artisan Marmillon bread?

Where?

Le Ramoneur Savoyard: This was the same place I had the Tartiflette with Reblochon cheese and green salad, whilst my boyfriend had the Savoie Burger with Reblochon cheese and fries for 17€50.

Annecy is a beautiful place, and although we only had a few days there I am already planning a longer visit for next summer where we spend at least a week exploring the region and its delights in depth. The tiny cobbled streets lined up against turquoise canals and maroon and duck egg colored houses, all leaning up against the snowy mountain capped range make for a stunning setting for a weekend getaway.

 A bientôt Annecy, and stay tuned for more adventures from #thetastytraveller!