It was the 200th year anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner recently and Baltimore really celebrated in style with gorgeous fireworks–as Lana Del Rey would say, “Red, white, blue’s in the sky.” On top of that, it was my roommate Lauren’s 21st birthday so delicious celebrations were in order of course. Our restaurant of choice, Ouzo Bay, boasts everything we love about authentic Greek cuisine: delicious seafood fare with a lovely selection of wines and possibly the best bread basket we’ve had in a while.
From exciting street foods to celebrity-chef restaurants, Taiwan is a mecca for food enthusiasts. And fortunately, to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, my family was able to rendezvous at W Hotel Taipei for a lovely couple days this past week. After enjoying iconic Taiwanese breakfast choices earlier in the morning (such as “Dan Bing,” fried egg pancakes), we found a nice afternoon tea spot in Taipei 101. Located on the 4th floor of Taiwan’s tallest building, the cafe was the perfect resting space in between shopping. After all, delicious afternoon tea cakes can substitute for a glamorous birthday cake right? (I definitely thought so!) But of course, no birthday gastronomic rendezvous is complete until a proper family dinner. After positive reviews, we made our birthday dinner reservation for YEN Restaurant on the 31st floor of the W Hotel. Boasting an amazing skyline view of Taipei, we were extremely excited to have some high quality Asian cuisine.
This past weekend, Talia, one of my best friends & partner in crime I regularly kidnap for brunch, turned 21! To be able to celebrate with Talia and all our friends we’ve met in London was really a fabulous time. Afternoon teas have been a highlight of our time in London and Bake-a-Boo is probably Talia and I’s favorite. Not only do they provide Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free options, the shop itself is everything girls love: pastel colors, gorgeous tea sets, and endless choices of fairy cupcakes.
Sunny London makes everything better: the traffic, the people, just everything! After one of my last language classes at LSE, a couple of my Japanese classmates and I decided to try out the Thai restaurant right by LSE campus. Chirpier than usual, and definitely hungrier, we were excited to find Thiwanya had all our favorite selections of authentic Thai cuisine. The spicy duck curry was nice and creamy–if you’re a red-curry lover, you will definitely enjoy this dish. Personally, I find Thai spices and thinly sliced grilled duck to be my favorite order at every Thai restaurant I go to! The beef pad thai was also amazing with the ground peanuts and bean sprouts (although I would’ve liked it a little spicier). Paired with some nice Thai beer (the Singha and the Chang) we were overall really satisfied with our main courses. Of course, we were definitely not going to finish the meal without dessert. After all, one of my good friends is French, and we all know the French know best how to enjoy a full course dinner! The Thai-grilled bananas smothered …