I am lucky enough to have travelled quite a lot. My background is travelling. My degree was European Business with French and German, followed my 2 years living and working in the South of France. All of my jobs have involved travelling, which has been great. I can’t complain about any of it. Now I’m in my thirties and I have Scarlett, the glamour has worn off. Working abroad is now something I dread. Travelling away for work means a child care headache, heart ache missing my princess, constant guilt and a very rushed, stressed trip. Anyway, like I say, I’m not complaining. I have also loved travelling in my free time and even though I haven’t visited quite as many countries as I would have liked and still have plenty more on my bucket list, I have been to some amazing places and eaten in some great restaurants. So, as a slightly diverse post to my usual fashion based blogs, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite eating places.
Cabbages and Condoms restaurant is truly one of the most bizarre restaurants I have visited. The restaurant was created to promote the importance of safe sex. This quirky restaurant sees Christmas trees made of condoms, condoms instead of mints at the end of the meal and the gift shop has an array of different condoms. The restaurant itself is warmly lit in a central area in Bangkok. The food, is good, but it is certainly the experience, rather than the food that puts this in my top restaurants.
http://www.thelardercaferestaurant.ie/ holds a special place in my heart. It is one of the first restaurants that Ian and I ate in together. It is just around the corner from www.the clarence.ie where Ian and I married. We visit it every time we are in Dublin and the staff always remember us. The style is shabby chic. It is an intimate bistro with an ever changing menu. The menu itself is quite diverse and the theme differs every time we visit. The staff really make it. They are so warm and friendly and make you wanting to keep going back again and again.
3.Nobu-Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London
Nobu is certainly one of the “trendiest” places I have ever visited. I took Scarlett there as a baby and met a friend. The food it amazing. It is a Japanese Michelin Star restaurant. I adore Japanese food, so for me it was out of this world. The atmosphere, quite pretentious, not to the point in which you feel un-comfortable, but you certainly know that this was the place to be. In hindsight, not a baby friendly place and we had to carry a pram upstairs, but they didn’t make us feel guilty for bringing kids in, which many places do. The price was pretty hefty, not a restaurant you would perhaps visit often, but certainly worth a try.
4. One if by land, two if by sea, New York City
https://www.oneifbyland.com/ Ian and I visited here on his 40th birthday. It was the end of January and New York was experiencing severe snow storms. This quaint, romantic restaurant was just the ticket to warm us up. The room is dark, red, velvet and darkened. The big open fire kept it warm and cosy. We were sat by a full length window with a view of a cute door way totally lost in a mound of snow. The menu was a mixture of meat and fish, I would say something for everyone. I was pregnant at the time, so didn’t get to experience the wine list!
5. Korbel, California (http://www.korbel.com)
This place isn’t really a restaurant, it’s a “Californian Champagne” making vineyard, with a great cafe. This is the most relaxing place to chill out. After a bit of wine tasting you can pick from a great, but simple menu in the cafe (we had pulled pork sandwiches) and a 10$ bottle of fizz. Sat in the sun in the beautiful Sanoma countryside is just a heavenly experience.
6.The Beach, The Maldives
OK cheesy picture I know, but I had to add this to the list as memorable meals I have had. This meal on the beach in The Maldives in just candlelight was just perfect. So romantic and relaxing. This was just pre getting pregnant, so un-likely that I will get the chance to do this again (or at least for a long while). This is certainly something I would recommend if you ever get the chance.
7.Sicocco, Lebua Hotel, Bangkok.
If we are going for WOW factors, this is without a doubt top of the list. This restaurant is on the 60+ floor of the The Lebua hotel. It is without doubt the most pretentious place you can ever visit, but if you’re not impressed with the out of this world panoramic view of Bangkok, you can amuse yourself with a bit of people watching. The prices are crazy, but for the experience it is just amazing.
8. Cleaver East, Dublin
This is a place I visited recently. It is attached to The Clarence, which is owned by U2’s Bono. The old “Tea Room” restaurant was a bit out dated, so Bono asked the owners of CleaverEast who already had 2 Michelin star restaurants in Dublin to take this over.
The staff are very professional and clearly have a great knowledge of food. The food could almost be described as Tapas. Small taster dishes, which were absolutely delicious! The atmosphere chilled and friendly.
9. Degusto, Porto
I love this little restaurant in Porto, Portugal. We have visited a few times, but probably the most memorable was on my 30th birthday and the 5th birthday of the restaurant. They had a set menu with appropriate wines. We were also mixed with other couples, which at first was really off putting, but we met a lovely couple who we chatted all night to and they pointed out the best parts of the city to visit. A great wine list and fab service.
10. Le Tire bouchon, Nice
http://www.le-tire-bouchon.com/ is in the old town of Nice. I used to live about two streets away, but at the time didn’t have that much spare cash to be eating out. This restaurant is typically French with a slightly arsey waiter, but the food is great and it’s in one of my favourite cities and it is a fab spot to sit and people watch with a nice glass of vino.