Food and Drinks You Should Try in Lisbon

Food and Drinks You Should Try in Lisbon

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is trying all the local food and drinks! Lisbon did not disappoint in that area at all. Situated right on the ocean, you can get fresh seafood and enjoy a beautiful view. The Portuguese also really love to eat meat, so you will see a lot of meat dishes on the menu. I’m starting to get hungry thinking about it so let’s get right into the food and drinks you should try in Lisbon!

Pastel de Nata

These are custard filled tarts that are sooo good! I didn’t really think I would like them as much as I did. There are rumors about what place has the best ones, but to be honest I didn’t have one I didn’t like. So get them everywhere!

Green Wine

Or Vinho Verde. This wine is not literally green, but it just means it is young wine. It is usually sweeter also. I was also not disappointed at all at my glasses of green wine 😉

Any Seafood

There is A LOT of seafood dishes in Portugal. They have so many that are their “specialty” too so it’s hard not to just put all of them on this list. At a restaurant you are at ask them what their specialty is or what is Portuguese and they will help you out.

Cheese

Each restaurant will have a choice to get some local cheeses. I would definitely recommend trying some. You can even get a meat and cheese board if you would like.

Sangria

You can get a liter of sangria for around 12-14 euros and it is very refreshing. Eating some cheese and drinking sangria while sitting on a patio is my happy place!

 

 There are so many different foods to try in Lisbon! I don’t think you will be disappointed with any of it. I will say I was surprised that it was not as cheap as what people advertised. On average we spent 20 euros on a meal (it did include wine or a drink of some sort). This may be because Lisbon is getting more popular so prices are rising.

If you want to read about what I did while I was in Lisbon click HERE. If you are interested in taking day trips click HERE.

What was your favorite thing to eat in Portugal?

 

 

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Food You Have to Try in Barcelona

Food You Have to Try in Barcelona

Spain is one of my food heavens! My number one is still France, but Spain is right behind it. Sitting at an outdoor table with friends, beer, and tapas is my ideal day. While on my weekend trip in Barcelona we even tried to do a tapas crawl (we didn’t make it very far). But I did get to try some yummy food. If you are planning a trip soon, I’m sharing food you have to try in Barcelona!

Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes)

Four Things You Should Do in Barcelona

This was a group favorite. The sauce is almost like a chipotle mayo. Overall super delicious and a must try.

Paella

Food You Have to Try in Barcelona

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I don’t think it’s a trip to Spain without trying some paella! Since you are right on the Mediterranean Sea you can get some with fresh seafood! If you are not a seafood fan you can also have meat or vegetarian version.

Bombas

Food You Have to Try in Barcelona

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These are mini potato croquettes with two different sauces.  You can usually order them by whatever amount you would like!

Pa amb Tomàquet

Food You Have to Try in Barcelona

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The only reason I actually tried this is because it was brought to our table on accident. No one ordered it, but we ate it anyways! We were all glad it came to our table.

 

Spain is a great place to relax either alone or with family/friends! The relaxed feel, architecture, food will make you fall in love instantly. If you have never been abroad or looking for a place for you next trip I would definitely recommend Spain as your destination. I have only been to Barcelona, but I have only heard good things from others who have traveled to different cities.

 

This is just a short list of the good food available in Barcelona. I could go on for days!

What is your favorite food to eat in Barcelona?

 

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Healthy Recipes for Spring

Easy Healthy Recipes for Spring

 

Every time spring rolls around we start to come out of hibernation and shedding our thick layers. A lot of times, unless we have sticking to our healthy meals, we realize the extra pounds we have gained during winter. Or maybe you just want to have a fresh start on eating healthier foods. Whatever that may be, spring always feels like a fresh start and makes me want to get outside, be active, and eat fresh healthy food!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult either! I love simple recipes that don’t take forever or use a million ingredients. No one has time for that! So today I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy recipes, that are also easy, to try out this spring!

Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad from Yay! For Food

 

Look at this! This salad basically screams spring! I am a huge fan of salads and could eat them everyday especially during spring and summer. This salad has all my favorite things like cucumbers, strawberries, and feta cheese. It’s topped with an apple cider vinaigrette. Perfect and easy spring meal. Check out this recipe HERE!

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche by The Food Charlatan

Lately I have really been loving quiches! I used to think quiche was such a hard thing to make, but after finally making one, they are so easy! And delicious 😉 This recipe has cheery tomatoes, spinach, and used almond milk instead of milk or cream. Check out this healthy recipe HERE!

Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Asparagus by Home. Made. Interest

This recipe only has 7 steps and one of them is to enjoy! So quick and easy, which I love. This year I have been experimenting with citrus in foods more and have really loved using lemon in recipes. It goes great with pasta and also chicken like in this recipe. Check this healthy recipe out HERE!

Now let’s get to cooking! What’s your favorite spring recipe?

 

 

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10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

Other than the question of “what language do they speak there,” I mostly get asked how different the food is in Finland. Honestly the everyday food is not that different for me because I make dinner, but there are some traditional Finnish foods that I really love and wanted to share! Here are 10 Finnish foods you need to try!

Rye Bread

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

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This is one of the things on my list that I didn’t like in America, but here it is so good! Rye bread is popular in Finland and very common to eat for breakfast or night snack.

Licorice

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

This one is not really a food, but something I think you need to try when in Finland. I hate licorice in America, but in Finland it taste amazing! You should also try salted licorice and get a mix with fruit candies in it too.

Blue Cheese

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

 

Blue cheese in Finland is completely different than in America! It is creamier and just all around better. During the Christmas time they also make a gingerbread roll with blue cheese in it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am interested in giving it a try.

Cloudberry

10 Finnish Food You Need To Try

Cloudberries grow up in the Northern part of Finland, Lapland. This fruit is a must try when you’re in Finland! You can get them in yogurt, pastries, cakes, or just the berries at a local stand.

Hernekeitto-Pea Soup

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

Pea soup is traditionally made on Thursdays with pancakes (see below). It tastes great with sour cream and bread!

Pannukakku- Pancakes

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try
http://theculinarycellar.com/kropsu-finnish-baked-pancake/

These pancakes are thick and dense compared to American pancakes. They taste great with jam on top!

Karjalanpiirakka

10 Finnish Foods You Need To Try

This is one of my favorite foods in Finland. They are filled with potato usually, but they can also have rice or sweet potato filling. They are traditionally topped with butter and egg, but you can also top with cheese and your favorite vegetable.

Korvapuusti

Kalma Cafe

These are delicious cinnamon and cardamon rolls! You can usually find them at any cafe along with other delicious pastries.

Meatballs

They still call them “Swedish meatballs” here, so really you can get them in Sweden also (or at home). But there are still yummy here 🙂

Joulutorttu

10 Finnish Food You Need To Try

The translation is “Christmas tart” and they are made starting in October. You make these along with a drink called “glogi” that is a warm mulled wine.

 

What is a favorite traditional food from a country you’re not from?

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Discover Indy: Mass Ave Restaurants

Mass Ave Indy
http://www.downtownindy.org/neighborhoods/chatham-arch-and-mass-ave/

Recently while out with a friend to eat, we both noticed how many people were out in downtown Indianapolis! Over the past few years there has been a growth in restaurants, apartments, and also population in Indy. One area that that is popular with great restaurants is Massachusetts Avenue or Mass Ave. I love this area and going to brunch or dinner and drinks on Friday or Saturday. I have not made my way through all of the restaurants yet, but here is my top places that I always love going to.

Bakersfield Indy
http://www.bakersfieldtacos.com

Bakersfield is by far my favorite restaurant on Mass Ave. With their pitchers of margaritas (even spicy and pineapple), tacos, and guacamole can it get any better?? You can order tacos individually so you can try different flavors, my favorite one is the Mole. I also really love the Papas tostada, it has just the right amount of spice and is also meat free for my vegetarian friends.

Bru Burger Indy
http://www.bruburgerbar.com/indianapolis/

Bru Burger has amazing burgers that are also so unique. The honey chipotle bbq burger is one of my favorites with bacon, caramelized onions, white cheddar, onion rings, bbq pulled pork, and black pepper mayo. Seriously so delicious! Their burgers do not come with a side, but I do suggest getting the bru fries along with it to share. The fries come with three house made sauces, which are all delicious.

Ralston's Drafthouse Indy
http://ralstonsdrafthouse.com

Ralston’s DraftHouse if you love bloody mary’s, then I suggest trying one here. I like mine a little spicy, but not much so you can still enjoy it. The Peachy Pig flatbread is topped with pulled pork, cheddar, ginger, and has a peach-chipotle reduction. I never realized pulled pork and peach could be so delicious.

Mimi Blue Indy
http://www.mimibluemeatballs.com

Mimi Blue is a restaurant that is centered around meatballs! You can even get meatball sliders. You can choose the meat that the meatballs are made from and even the sauces. They also have brunch where you can get lemon thyme pancake balls which are amazing.

I love patios, so all except Mimi Blue has great ones that are perfect for brunch or enjoying a drink. I love trying new restaurants and food, what is your favorite place to eat in Indy?

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