I was recently invited to try out a local Italian restaurant, Vapiano in London. Whilst they usually supply a range of exquisite pizza and pasta dishes, I would be visiting on the first day of ‘Viva Oliva’ (meaning ‘long live the olive’), a 15-day olive festival to focus on a range of meals and dishes featuring olives.
On first appearances, the restaurant has a vibrant, busy atmosphere with a constant flow of visitors. Whilst waiting for my friends, I counted at least twenty groups of customers in the space of five minutes. I couldn’t believe the footfall and was even more amazed that I had never heard of the restaurant despite this location being open for over four years. Don’t let the active environment put you off, there always seems to be space for customers with a relatively short turnaround and a shared seating layout. If you spot a space on an occupied table, feel free to help yourself to the space. Continue reading Celebrating ‘Viva Oliva’ at Vapiano, London
For my first visit to New York I had arranged to stay in Brooklyn – and was so pleased that I did. Not only was it a lively, culturally diverse part of the city, but it also had some fantastic restaurants to satisfy the foodie in me at non-Times-Square prices.
During the visit, I found three fantastic restaurants that I needed to share. Each one offered fresh, quality food, great flavour and a range of appetising drinks, along with friendly service and welcoming atmospheres. They all seemed to be consistently busy, always a positive sign in my opinion.
Continue reading Foodie heaven in Brooklyn, New York
We were recently visiting Paris for another chance in a city that we simply… adore. Amongst highlights like the Louvre and Notre Dame, we were bound to find a foodie treat.
However, whilst strolling arm in arm along Champs Elysees, we were stuck by hunger pangs. Our Eurostar train back to London was due to leave in a couple of hours (which we ended up missing), so we considered that we had enough time to spare, and followed the calling of our stomachs to Pizza Vesuvio. Continue reading Pizza Vesuvio, Champs Elysees, Paris