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A few of my Paris recommendations


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Paris recos coming up! These are far from all, but here are some of the best for you guys (since basically everyone seems to be in or around Paris ATM).

Without wasting your time…from me to you (and if you end up enjoying anything based on my recos, please share the link with your friends and networks. Thank you in advance <3)

 

East Mama

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I’m putting this first because it is the restaurant I’ve received most questions about. And the restaurant that served me a better fresh truffle pasta than all of Italy did (sorry to all my Italian friends). Go to East Mama, and order a truffle pasta. Just do it. We ordered coppa ham, parmesan, olives and burrata to start with which was also delicious. And the burrata salami pizza… Good god. The menu is as fresh as it comes, and with 4-5 pasta options, and 4-5 pizzas. Limited, and made to perfection. I don’t even want to say more because the food speaks for itself really. Oh and did I mention that the staff is from Sicily, so you know it’s legit. Just go there already!

 

Hollybelly

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Best breakfast in Paris. Have the savoury pancake stack with fried egg and bacon. Or eggs whatever way you prefer them with some signature baked beans, halloumi, mushrooms, bacon, or why not a home made hash brown. Warning warning though its always slammed and they don’t take reservations. Go anytime after 9.30 and expect at least half an hour in line, probably more.

 

Costes

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Hotel Costes… Well, where to start? Its as Parisian as it gets. High end as F. A hostess who will only let a certain crowd in (we know because we’ve been rejected in the past. For real and I’m still recommending it). Half of the staff force is rude and I’m pretty certain they’ve been told to be rude to go with the vibe. BUT, that aside… It’s amazing. It’s anything you’d ever want when you’re in Paris, so go at least once. Leave your tracks at home and just go. Food is amazing there (have the plain lettuce or endive salad, steak béarnaise with frites, the fish, or the delicious lobster pasta. Leave room for desert… The light cheesecake, the fresh berries and cream, and the creme brule. Saif is a cheesecake fanatic and he says its the best cheesecake he’s ever had so…there you go. If you don’t feel like spending much, have a desert and a coffee. People watch – there are some really interesting characters that pop by here and there. If you’re dying to celebrity watch, I’d say find yourself a seat and get comfy. They’ll keep coming. Enjoy!

 

Ferdi

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Second home to the Kardashian’s, Kanye, and the Hadid duo, this place is another Paris staple. They don’t take reservations online or over call – only by SMS. They’re ALWAYS slammed, so make sure you book on time unless you’re famous. They’re famous for the burger, Mac and cheese and their Mexican menu. They make a banging spicy margarita. Its a really cute place and although a lot of people say its overrated, we all really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely go back every time I come back to Paris. Tasty, cozy, quirky and cute.

 

Lou Lou’s Diner

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There’s a Lou Lou’s by the Eiffel Tower, and there’s a diner. They’re not the same, but they’ve got the same name basically, so make sure you’re going to the right one (I think the one by Eiffel Tower is pretty pricey? At least its one of those restaurants without prices on their menu…). Go to the diner to save some cash and eat some really good food. Their menu is great, and so is their steak tartare, cheeseburger and fish and chips. Highly recommend!

 

Entrecote

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Steak, fries, sauce and wine. Sounds delicious? Well its the only thing they serve. There’s one in London too. You pay a fixed rate for the food, and you can eat as much as fries, steak and sauce as you want. They’ll keep refilling your plate until you tell them to stop.  If you love steak and fries, you’ll love this! There’s also something special about everyone in the restaurant eating the exact same thing? No chance of wishing you ordered something else etc… (happens to me all the time)

 

When in Paris, make sure you also…

  • Have a beer or a coffee/tea in the red umbrella area in the garden by the Louvre

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  • Visit Notre Dame cathedral on a Sunday at 12pm noon for Sunday mass. Its gothic, its dark, its haunting and its beautiful. Light a candle for someone you’ve lost to the other side. Look at the stunning architecture and the beautiful, colourful window art. I cry, overwhelmed with emotions, every time

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  • Have cocktails at the Little Red Door – trendy, fun, candle-lit, and with incredible cocktails. Go go go
  • Don’t wear a bra
  • Drink champagne/prosecco/sangria at an outdoor cafe

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  • Have a croissant with jam for breakfast (every day)

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  • Walk around Luxemburg gardens

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  • Find a grassy parky area and bring a bottle of rose or some coffee or snacks and just be. P.S. they also sell wine by the glass in the park but its not amazing. Drinkable though!

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  • Visit the classic Shakespare and Co bookstore for every famous book in the world

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  • Have a handmade ice cream at Pierre Marcolini

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  • Order something with béarnaise sauce. Then devour it. Order more sauce.

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  • Have a drink at Hemingway Bar at the Ritz (because the head bartender is supposedly ranked ‘the best in the world’ over and over again) – Warning: expensive. And may get you hammered.
  • Order creme brûlée everywhere you go

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  • Eat a French onion soup. And a steak tartare if you’re not vegetarian

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  • There are cute boat bars along the canal in the summer

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  • Go to jazz bars in and around Bastille area. We went to some amazing dive bars and live music sessions when we were there – I can’t remember the names though, but there are plenty. Google it!

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Going to go cry a little bit over the fact that I don’t know when I’m back next. Enjoy this beautiful city when you go – and if you liked these recommendations, I’d be happy to share even more… There’s so much beautiful to eat, drink, do and see!

P.S. If you ended up enjoying anything from my Paris list, please share the link with your friends, networks etc. 

Thanks friends!

Food, Travel

Another day another meal plan


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We make very specific food plans while traveling. I’m a very spontaneous person, and feel sort of claustrophobic when my day gets too boxed in with plans and commitments, but when it comes to food I’ve learned to trust Saif’s decision making.

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Yesterday, we kicked off the day with breakfast at Shoreditch House, where we’re staying. Saif had his favourite – eggs Benedict – and I had an avocado toast. Soho House in London makes banging breakfast, both in Notting Hill (at Electric Diner, where you can go even if you’re not a member/staying at the hotel) and here in Shoreditch. The membership-only club doesn’t allow photography inside, so except the meal-shot, I wasn’t able to capture the vibe for you. Its an excellent place to work, eat and catch up though.

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After breakfast we walked around Shoreditch. I had an afternoon meeting scheduled at 4pm, so we grabbed a quick lunch at Bleeckers Burgers in Spitafields Market – the one burger place I follow on Instagram. So good! If you love burgers, this one is a must-try.

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After lunch and a 2.5 hour meeting/catch up with an old friend, Saif and I met up and made our way to Soho. We walked around exploring the area for a while, before getting in line at our favourite restaurant – Barrafina. We come here once every time we are in London. It’s the world’s only walk-in/no reservations Michelin star restaurant. I’m really NOT a Michelin star restaurant kind of person, but the Spanish tapas + incredible wine + relaxed vibe + wonderful staff makes it…to die for. The wine in the photo is one of the best wines I’ve ever had–we drink it every time we come here. If you’re into heavy, full-bodied wines, this wine is going to become your best friend.

Yesterday was a Friday night, and packed – we waited in line for two hours before we got to sit down at the bar and enjoy another incredible meal. So worth it!

So today – another day, another meal then. Today we have The Breakfast Club, Palomar, and some local Italian place on the menu. Might sound slightly crazy, but life is food and food is life I guess. Blessed!

Food, Lifestyle, Travel

Bangkok calling


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Guys, I wrote this last weekend but I never posted it, so now I’m just posting it as is… I wrote a few blog posts basically, but never posted them because the wifi was too slow to upload photos. So, more Thailand updates to come.

We’re in Bangkok! I’ve not been back here in over 20 years, so to me its all new all over again…

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We arrived early morning, so the first thing we did was to check in to our hotel, shower and change. We are staying in the most beautiful room – I’ll make a separate post about it before we leave. Promise!

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We were starving for breakfast, so we left straight from the hotel to a place we had recommended to us by several people. Roast – I too highly recommend this place, by the way.

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Last Sunday I was at Zara at the mall in Lower Parel in Mumbai, and accidentally left one of my favourite pairs of sunglasses behind in the changing room. I realised it four hours later after finishing up brunch at the Oberoi and Saif and I rushed back. Found them where I left them. Lucky. Me. Now these glasses weirdly give me a positive spark of energy every time I wear them!

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Roast is located in this cute three-story food court with coffee shops and other restaurants. Highly recommend going there even if just for a drink or a coffee. Food is banging too though…

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Roast is located on the ‘Top Yard’

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Here he is – the love of my life. Hello!

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Saif ordered a breakfast plate with all his favourite things. I was tempted by the salmon, capers and sour cream on toast…

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My stomach was really bad a couple of days ago, but I am better now, and this was the first real meal I had after about 48 hours of rushing back and forth to the bathroom. So tasty – bacon, corn and zucchini pancakes, tzatsiki and avocado salsa…

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The courtyard where Roast is located is full of little bars, coffee places, a little Mexican restaurant, and a Pink Berry ice cream stand. This area is always buzzing with people, but early morning when we were there it was still empty.

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After breakfast we hailed a cab and headed into town. Cabs are so much cleaner in Bangkok than in Bombay…but I find cab drivers in Bangkok generally slightly more rude. Could be a language barrier?

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Traffic was just about picking up…

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We went to Central World mall to start off with, because I had pinpointed out a few local designers that I was really excited about checking out… If you’d like me to share a post on best of Bangkok shopping – let me know? I did quite a bit of research before going.

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Pretty much all shopping in Bangkok is located inside huge shopping malls.

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Saif was determined to try different type of street foods and explored different king of grilled meats on a stick. I decided against it. The older I get the more I’m also weirded out by eating meat. Can’t help it tbh.

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It looked good though. And tasted good too apparently. Not for a weak stomach, though.

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I was trying out a new filter on the camera, as you can see. Can’t decide how I feel about it, which probably isn’t a great sign.

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…so I switched over to a regular filter and skipped the vintage vibe…

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I’m obsessed with nice wrapping and packaging, so the idea of a grilled meat stick in a transparent, cute little bag is…cute.

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Then I took more photos of food I’d never try but love to capture.

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Same here. I think they’re making Pad Thai?

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After eating and shopping a bunch, we headed back to the hotel. We booked a nice room at The Muse Hotel while still being back home, and when we reached we ended up upgrading our room to a beautiful corner suite with a huge balcony. Huge.

More to come on Bangkok guys. More to come.