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Finally back in Zermatt – 5 days of sunshine, perfect slopes and gourmet cuisine!
To start our long ski weekend we had a table booked with some friends in After Seven.
I just found out that the last time we were there is already 3 years ago.
The food was great as expected. Some dishes were familiar but some small surprises tickled and picked on our tongues….I want to leave the surprise a surprise for the ones who still plan to go so you have to find out yourselves.
Barcelona (Playa del Bogatell) – As we wanted to spend some time at the beach but also have a decent lunch, we chose La Guingueta/Xiringuito Escriba – actually two restaurants working together: one restaurant at the beach, the other just over the beach foot path.
The great thing is, everything you can eat in the restaurant can also be served at your beach space. The umbrella and the sunbeds cost some extra but it is so relaxing and therefore so very much worth it.
The food was very good, if you are a frequent reader of this blog you remember my post about the other “La Guingueta in Barceloneta“. The food quality was the same high standard. Escriba is also a bakery/shop in Barcelona…so desserts should be great as well, sadly, we were full and not able to try any more….
Barcelona – This restaurant was recommended by a friend and he told me, even Robert de Niro was a visitor when in Barcelona. But the bar is really a must to visit in Barcelona.
The restaurant/bar is very small and has some high tables and some low tables but always packed with people. You need to reserve a table about 2 days in advance.
You can just order from the menu hanging on the wall or ask for small plates as a surprise….they will only stop serving when you say you had enough. The food is really good and the Spanish wines very selected.
Barcelona – Barceloneta beach is just some 5 minutes walk from the city centre and actually really nice for a city beach.
If you become hungry after all the volleyball, swimming or just laying around – there are loads of restaurants, but the Guingueta caught our attention as it looked so open, friendly and modern. You can just have a freshly squeezed fruit juice or a wheat grass shot (….it felt like I just ate a whole golf green) or get a whole lunch.
The sandwiches and burgers are really tasty and the desserts looked great as well. This concept by Carles Abellan is the modern interpretation of a chiringuito “Guingueta” in Catalan (small restaurant with simple but good food at the beach). And I was so happy to find my very Spanish and favourite drink on the menu as well: Tinto de verano (but do not mix it up with Sangria!).
New York – While in New York one has to visit a real steak house. We were very happy to get a table in the “Quality Meats” near Central Park.
The dining area was a little dark, that’s why I have no pictures of our most juicy, tasty and enormous porterhouse steak.
Better to book in advance. The restaurant is not thought for a romantic dinner or important conversations…its quite loud but I would go again anyway.
New York – One of my favourite location during my last visit in New York was definitively the Standard High Line Hotel besides the High Line Park.
The complex is located in the Gansevoort/Meat packing area where there are other countless great places to shop or eat/drink.
On the ground floor of the Standard is a lounge “The Standard Plaza” where you can relax outside in summer and drink or eat all day/evening long. The Biergarten also belongs to the hotel…I do not have to explain what the Biergarten is?
But my favourite spot is on the very top of the building: The BAR. “The Top of the Standard”. You have stunning views over the city and the water. But you should also look inside: The architecture, decoration…and most stunning staff with the most amazing shiny silk mini dresses I have seen as a “staff uniform”….So it does not really matter if you go during afternoon, enjoy the sunset or the night scenery, your eyes will be delighted anyway.
The also do brunch on Sunday, book in advance, cocktail attire is required.
New York – People say Peru has one of the World’s best kitchens. But why does it seem so difficult to find good restaurants that are capable to serve a good ceviche or tiraditos….not to mention the REAL pisco sour.
But in New York we were lucky. We found Raymi and started with a pisco sour ….and ended with some emptied glasses of it. I can really recommend – if you are not hungry – just go and have a pisco.
The food was delicious as well. Definitively to go again.