Continuing on with my Monday instragram series here are some of my favourite foodie accounts. By sharing just five accounts I know I am missing some great ones- so let me know your favs in the comments.
1. Oliver & Bonacini (@oliverbonacini)
Obviously I am very partial to Oliver & Bonacini, and I love following along on instagram to see the amazing dishes the Chef’s are creating and staying in touch with company updates and events.
2. Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver)
My love of Jamie is very well documented in this blog. His instragram is fantastic and feels really personal. He is constantly posting, with long comments and sharing pictures of what’s going on at his restaurants and in his personal life. It is clear he is proud of his employees and what they are accomplishing, and loves his family!
3. Hummingbird Highh (@hummingbirdhigh)
Who doesn’t love a dessert and baking blog transferred over to instagram? Michelle shows off her baking and photography skills, and adds some personal photos as well. (including ones of her cat)
4. Smitten Kitchen (@smittenkitchen)
Smitten Kitchen always has me drooling. Lots of traditional food for the soul with a modern twist. The rich colours from instagram translate to rich flavour when I follow the recipes.
5. Half Baked Harvest (@halfbakedharvest)
This is the foodie instagram account for amazing and high quality pictures. Everything looks so bright and delicious, Tieghan is not only a talented cook, but also a talented photographer.
Oh- and me? You can follow me @aleyestok! Do you have an instagram account? Let me know in the comments and I’d love to check it out!
Since we had a very relaxing stay during our time in Nice, food became a real highlight. There are two amazing restaurants we visited in Old Nice which were both amazing and worth sharing.
Oliviera is a great restaurant focusing on amazing olive oils. Every dish served (including appetizers and desserts) has it’s own unique olive oil paired with it to really bring out the flavours. The owner is there every night serving all the tables himself and sharing his true passion for not only olive oil but locally grown produce. We had a feta cheese and fig appetizer which was truly outstanding. He told us that he goes each morning very early to get the figs before they go on sale at the market so that he can ensure they have the best ones for the restaurant. You can really taste the quality in every bite at Oliviera. My only caution is to not expect quick service. This man is on his own with a very busy restaurant to look after so it is not the place to go if you are in a rush. Reservations are required most nights, but can easily be made a day or two before. This restaurant excepts cash only.
The Owner Stocking Up on Fresh Produce
L’Archairdo was recommended to us by a tour guide as a great place for tourists and locals alike. As soon as we walked up to the very busy restaurant, we saw a couple with the Rick Steve’s guide to France and knew we must be in a good place. The couple, who were also Canadian were just leaving, and by luck we were able to snatch up their outdoor table and enjoy one of the best meals we had in France. Our meals were simple but elegant and delicious. I definitely recommend the steak as they sure know how to cook it perfectly! Unfortunately, I can’t find a website for this restaurant, however it is located at 38 Rue Droite in Old Nice.
The charming exterior of this great little restaurant
** Images via Oliviera and Nice Tourism
For those of you who don’t know or are new to the blog- we have left Canada for the UK and are currently on a vacation in Europe. I have shared a snapshot of some of the best place in Brussels, and here is part two all about food.
In Brussels menus are bilingual- French and flemish. It seems that in most places the primary language was French. Luckily JT went to a french high school and I minored in French in University so we were able to do alright with communication- although it took a few days. Essentially if you listen to the servers speak in french and can order of the menu they will speak to you in a mix of both English and French. In the more touristy areas they all speak English.
Our best meals in Brussels were traditional French, Flemish and Italian. There were also many Greek places- but they seemed to be very touristy so we avoided them.
Here are three restaurants we loved!
1. Et Qui Va Remener La Chein
It is located on Rue de Rollebeek the area all of our favourite restaurants are located since it was recommended by our wonderful host and didn’t disappoint. This restaurant is fairly traditional french and seemed to be packed with locals. I would suggest the filet mignon as it is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious.
2. For Italian food, we fell in love with Bocco D’ora. Unfortunately they do not have a website but the service was amazing and JT and I both got “the special”. It is the most amazing veal parmesan, but they do call it something untranslatable. Just ask for it as it is not on the menu (we saw the locals eating it). The sauce is the most amazing and totally makes the dish. I am hungry just thinking about this dish.
3. The third must try place for lunch (or even breakfast) is Le Pistolet. We were told by our host that is is very authentic Belgium food and we loved it. The staff were lovely and very accommodating and proud of their food, and the local Belgian beer they served. We will definitely head back if we can!
So there you have it- three amazing restaurants to keep away your “hanger” in Brussels!
I’m curious, have you been to Brussels? Any recommendations for our next trip?