Soso – Paros, Greece

Paros is a less known Cyclades island and a true gem. Much more relaxed than Mykonos and a lot less busy than Santorini, it offers everything you would hope for when island hopping in Greece AND everything is really good value for money.

Being in Greece for our honeymoon, we thought we would treat ourselves to a dinner in one of the best restaurants on the island. We headed to Soso which is rated #2 in Naousa on Tripadvisor. It was delicious, very charming, extremely tasty and CHEAP! The whole dinner with wine came to about 50 euros.

Want to join us for dinner? Follow the narrow streets of Naousa.

Paros Naoussa street

Take a sit at the most charming terrace. Everywhere you look offers  a picture opportunity.

Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant  Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant

If the food is as good as the place is charming we were in for a treat, and I was very excited!

Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant

So excited that I actually forgot to take pictures so you will have to take my word for it – I am French, I like to eat and I am telling you, this place is good!

We started with a selection of Greek spreads and appetizers. Tsatsiki, fish rillettes, beetroot and courgettes salads.

Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant

We then ordered the most delicious fava topped with octopus.

Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant

We also had the most delicate filo pastries.

Paros Naoussa Soso restaurant

All this was followed by a few more dishes, all delicious and complimentary dessert (how nice!).

After such a satisfying dinner, we enjoyed a digestive walk. Wandering around Naousa and heading to the beach to enjoy the sunset. Pure bliss.

Paros Naoussa streetParos Naoussa sunset

If you are in Paros, Soso absolutely worth the detour, you won’t be disappointed!

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3 things to eat in Santorini, Greece

Santorini has plenty of delicious food and wine on offer, but there are 3 products, specific to the volcanic island, that you have to try when visiting.

Santorini tomatoes

These are a variety of cherry tomatoes. They are known to be bright red and very sweet. The best way to eat them? Either on their own or in ntomatokeftedes (tomato fritters). You will find ntomatokeftedes in almost every restaurant on the island. They are commonly eaten as a starter. They are fried in olive oil, with peppers, onions, mint, and herbs in a thick batter.

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Aubergine dip at the top, fava in the middle and ntomatokeftedes on the right

White aubergine (eggplant)

The volcanic soil of the island help grow a rare vegetable: the white aubergine (or eggplant). This variety, unique to Santorini, has fewer seeds and a sweet taste. Many dishes on the island use it, you can also have it on it’s own as a dip.

Fava

Fava is one of the most famous dish in Santorini,  it is a yellow split pea purée. This dish is served warm with olive oil. It is sometimes topped with chopped onions or capers and served with fresh bread.

Greek food Fava
Fava topped with octopus

What’s – Kyoto, Japan

If you happen to be visiting Kyoto and fancy some beef, I may just know the place you want to go to!

What’s in Kyoto is one of those restaurants you would probably miss while walking around Kyoto city centre. It is in a quiet back street about 10-minutes’ walk from Shijo Dori, Kyoto main high street, and it really worth the detour!

Kyoto What's restaurant

Once inside the waiters will warmly welcome you. Everybody is very friendly, at What’s, and genuinely interested in where you are coming from, how you are finding Japan, and if you enjoy your time there.

If you are sitting upstairs, you will be asked to take your shoes off, very common in Japanese restaurants.

You will then be taken to your table which is more of a private booth than a table. Everything there is made so you can quietly and privately enjoy your dinner. No curious table neighbours staring at your plate here!

Kyoto What's restaurant

To order, just use the little bell on the table! As I said, the staff wants to make sure that you are not being bothered unless it is necessary. Japanese people are very considerate which extremely pleasant!

We were first treated to an appetiser, beef tongue, the name may not be appetising for all but it was delicious!

Kyoto What's restaurant

Once the grill was ready, we ordered the shoulder sirloin for me and the Selection of the Chef for Andrew.

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All meats are served with a selection of soy sauces, salt and wasabi.

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I find that cooking your own food make you appreciate it even more.

Kyoto What's restaurant

For sides, we went for some kimchi (fermented cabbage and radishes, so good!) and the steamed vegetables. Who knew steamed cabbage could be so delicious?

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It was truly one of our favourite meal in Kyoto! From the beautiful indoors, to the delicious food and the lovely staff, What’s really worth a visit!

Cul de Sac – Rome, Italy

Looking for a nice little spot for a refreshing glass of wine in Rome, away from the touristy crowd? Follow me!

Rome street

There is that little spot I know, right off Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona Rome

Head south of the Piazza. Walk past the touristy restaurants and head to the tiny Piazza di Pasquino. This is where you will find Cul de Sac (‘dead-end’ in French). The name may be French but the products are very Italian!

Piazza Navona terraces Rome

The wine bar is not huge but it has a lovely terrace. We decided to grab a bite inside as it was pretty hot on that day and we could do with an hour in the shade.

Grab a sit a choose from the thousands of bottles of wine surrounding you! We went for rose (of course!).

Cul de Sac restaurant Rome

Once the beverage of your choice on the table, order as many sharing platters as your belly can handle! Everything is delicious!

Cul de Sac restaurant Rome

Nothing fancy there, just very high quality products.

Where to eat in Puglia?

Food is delicious everywhere in Italy! In Puglia you have the added bonus of the extremely good value for money, hello 2.5 euro prosecco glass!

If you are planning to spend a little bit of time there this summer and are looking for tasty seafood and filling lunches, look no further and keep reading.

In Gallipoli, I highly recommend Al De Pace, their speciality is seafood. You enter the place and the theme is set with a very simple interior decor yet very sophisticated.

Al De Pace restaurant GallipoliAl De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

The dishes reflect the overall atmosphere, simple plates and sophisticated flavours. Everything was delicious.

We started with le fave, le cicorie, la aliciAl De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

My favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE dish was the il polpo, la sua acqua, il limone… It was to die for! Some sort of octopus version of spaghetti carbonara, as delicious and as comforting. I am still drooling looking at the picture.Al De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

It was difficult to top the pasta dish but the ‘secondi’ dishes didn’t disappointed and we ended with a safe Tiramisu.Al De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

Another great place for delicious Puglia food and completely off the beaten track is Sciamu Moi. The place was empty when we arrived but Italians eat late and we were off-season so don’t be deceived by the empty dinning room.Sciamu Moi restaurant

They use only local ingredients and everything was a discovery! Pick the thing you are the least familiar with on the menu and enjoy!Sciamu Moi restaurant

Pugliese food involves a lot of seafood, with the Mediterranean sea a couple of kilometres away, it will never disappoint.
Sciamu Moi restaurant

We were less adventurous with desserts and pick some classics, yet the presentation surprised us in all the right ways!
Sciamu Moi restaurantSciamu Moi restaurant

Finally if this is a lunch spot you are looking for? And if you happen to be in Lecce, I just know the place!

L’Angolino di Via Matteotti serves one of the best puccia in the whole of Lecce, and probably in the whole of Puglia.

L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

Pick your toppings and take a sit on the comfy terrace. L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

Bite into the most delicious ‘sandwich’ ever!L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

The Mr went for the meat version with meatballs, I went for the vegetarian one. Both excellent.L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

I hope I gave you enough reasons to go to Puglia! Now book that flight, you know you want to!

Buon appetito!

Simit

Simit, my favourite on the go breakfast in Istanbul!

Istanbul – 2015

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Tea time

Turkish tea is so good and super efficient! Your new breakfast best friend!

Istanbul – 2015

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6 things to eat and drink in Istanbul

Here is a little compilation of my favourite things to have when in Istanbul. Of course there are so many other things to try so be curious and enjoy!

  • Tea

So tea in England is a pretty big deal, but in Turkey it is to another level! It is their tap water almost. And in the risk of being controversial (my English friends may kill me for this) I actually prefer Turkish tea! No need for milk but add a little bit of sugar.

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  • Coffee

The strongest coffee you will ever have. It does the job on a morning when you need a kick. Just so you are aware though, the coffee grains are in the cup so do not drink it too fast otherwise you will have a rather unpleasant and grainy surprise.

Istanbul Turkish coffee

  • Simit

Sold in the street. Head to one of the cute little vintage carts you will find across the town and buy one of these ring-shaped bread for a breakfast on the go or a mid-afternoon snack!

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  • Turkish delights

Well obviously! I don’t have much more to say apart from the fact that they are delicious and the flavors you will find in Istanbul’s bazaars are endless!

Istanbul Turkish delights

  • Baklava

See my comment above 🙂

Istanbul baklava

  • Menemen

The traditional Turkish breakfast made of scrambled eggs, vegetables and spices. It is served boiling hot with bread to dip in. If you want to have a delicious one, make sure you go there!

Istanbul menemen

Fresh food

Going to Italy in a week time and I cannot wait for the delicious fresh food!

Sorrento – 2013

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