26/07/2017

Cheap Eats That Are Not Cheap | Zurich Day 1

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Burgermister - Langstrasse 238

As you know we've been travelling for just over 3 weeks now, and with a total of 5 weeks of travelling, we've claimed our fair share of cheap eats and in the past few countries, we've found some super cheap eats that were so good! Now that we're in Switzerland, that has all changed.

With already visited Burgermister in Berlin as one of their cheap eats, we thought the burgermisteer here would be the same. Get ready to roll around in laughter, we paid over £28 for 2 burgers, fries and a coke. When in Berlin, that would have at least been €10. At this point, we knew we were doomed.

The food was really good, as you'd expect it to be, but £28 would be step for anyone that isn't from here. So, we'd love to tell you that we'd be eating good, but probably not *dies inside* joking. I think.


Restaurant Ach'i - Brauerstrasse 4

Dinner and once again we attempted to find some cheap eat, but at this point if we've apparently hit the number one cheap eats in the city and it cost us about 11 pounds for a burger, then we are screwed and with this we have embraced this fact and continued with our choice of restaurant in the "cheap eats" section as this was probably the cheapest we were going to get!

After read a few good reviews, we had come across this Chinese restaurant which apparently is the best authentic Chinese food around. With being convinced with the large portion sizes in the picture we walked 6 minutes from our hotel to the restaurant.


The service was quick and the food was great. Big portions, just what we needed, but we paid for the tap water but whatever floats your boat. The price in the end wasn't to bad considering how much food was given: £34, including our lovely tap water.

We look forward to our breakfast buffet at the hotel tomorrow, which is included and make sure to return tomorrow to find out what "cheap eats" we find!



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25/07/2017

Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour | Ljubljana Day 3

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Onwards with our European food adventures, and now in Ljubljana, we had the chance to tour another fantastic city to find their signature dishes and culinary delights. This one would be a little different to the tours we've had in Amsterdam and Prague, as this time it was just the two of us alongside our outstanding guide, Lidija. 


We met at 12pm ready for three and a half hours of the best food that Ljubljana has to offer, and after a quick intro to the city and a small walk through a historical fish market. Our first stop was for some seafood - sun dried tomatoes, cod with fresh olives and bread. This went down perfectly well our first glass of white of wine from various Slovenian regions. 


Second up was the dish pictured at the top of this post, which comprised of a local sausage, mashed potato, buckwheat, mince and a mix of mustard and horseradish. As you can tell, each dish we tried were completely different from each, and it was great to jump from seafood to meat within minutes of each other. The sausage was so tender and juicy, just as we like it!

Jessica had her first red wine of the day here, but as I'm not a big fan of it, the option of a small beer saved me!


It seems like bread is eaten with almost everything here in these parts, and we had it again next with this delicious onion soup, along with pumpkin seed oil to drizzle all over. With the rain starting to pour and it being a little cooler than most other days, it was so good to have a hot and hearty course.

 Red wine was on the menu again at this stop, but this time with it coming highly recommended I just had to try it out. It was very much a pleasant surprise and very light compared to others I've had before.


The tour didn't stop at food though, below is a hand stitching which was made directly in front of us for free, and we also visited a few shops specialising in everything from juices to medical lotions and oils.


Our last savoury stop of the day brought us somewhere to have this amazing pasta, dumplings, mushrooms and sour cream. It may seem like a dish you can get across the world, but each of the ingredients are locally sourced, and Slovenia grows some of the best mushrooms you can get. This dish took us from getting full to stuffed, but luckily there was a bit of a break in-between here and our dessert stop.


The city centre is completely traffic free except for one vehicle. A mini shuttle taxi can take you anywhere within the pedestrian zone for completely free of charge. With the rain now drenching anyone who dare step foot outside, we gave a driver a call to pick us up and take us to the next destination.


In a similar texture to strudel, this apple and nut cake was definitely a highlight of the tour. So soft and easy to eat even when full, it was perfection with a cappuccino each. It was here that Lidija left us  to sit for a while more to digest our food and get on with our day.

We had a fantastic few hours which was all in all personal with it being just the two of us, extremely educational, fun and most of all tasty! A massive thank you Lydia for having us along and we'd definitely recommend it to anyone coming to this fantastic city.


Disclaimer: we were invited along to this food tour in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.



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24/07/2017

Babji Zob in Lake Bled | Ljubljana Day 2

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Babji Zob - Cesta svobode 8

We had an absolutely amazing day at the stunning Lake Bled which you can read all about in our travel post! With so much exploring and activities to do, we could only make this quick stop off for some lunch at one of the cheaper options in the area. With it being such a popular area with tourists, true 'cheap eats' were hard to come by but these great dishes at roughly £10 gave us just what we needed to continue on with our day!


Of course with it being another hot and sunny day, we had to have an ice cream by the lake. Macaroons and blueberry - fantastic!




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23/07/2017

Hostel Celica All You Can Eat Barbecue | Ljubljana Day 1

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With today being another travelling day, it was a matter of getting quick bites to eat for breakfast and lunch whilst on the go. However before we move on to this barbecue, a special mention to funnily enough... a complete stranger!

We've come to realise that in some countries that we are visiting, card payments aren't taken in a lot of places. Even in what appear to be national chains of shops, restaurants, or in our case this morning, a bakery, we are faced with "sorry, cash only." Although there has always been a cash machine nearby, it is at times pretty annoying.


When told we couldn't pay with card this morning, it was an even greater pain than normal because this would be our last purchase in Zagreb, and with them having their own currency, it meant we would end up paying far more than we'd like just for a simple coffee and croissant each. 

We knew the machines only gave out cash in 100 kouna notes, and our bill came to 44 kouna. That's about £7 difference, and when travelling for a month, every little counts! But as we were about to walk out and get cash, an English lady sat eating her breakfast overheard. As she was also about to leave the country with spare cash she wasn't going to use, she stopped us in our tracks and handed us a 50 kouna note. 

Legend! The world needs more people like this. We were so grateful!


Moving on and when we'd arrived at Hostel Celica, our home for the next two nights, we noticed an all you can eat bbq sign in the reception, and we were sold!

All pretty self explanatory, but they do these bbq's every Wednesday and Saturday, along with a different theme almost every night of the week. Freshly cooked and served in the outdoor seating area, it went down perfectly with a beer and cocktail from their bar.



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22/07/2017

More Cheese & Njummy | Zagreb Day 3

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Kava Tava - Britanski trg 1

Our tour guide from the other day told us that Croatia is not a big breakfast kind of nation, which we came to find out for ourselves as we limited and found ourselves back at Kava Tava. Not that we're complaining as we loved our dishes yesterday but today, we have opted for some hearty grilled sandwiches and iced coffees.


Technically this was our Brunch as we'd started the day pretty late. I, Jessica chose the ham, tomato, spinach and cheese - really, the melted cheese in the picture sold me and I'm so grateful it looked exactly like it in real life! James originally wanted to copy, but he went for the egg and rocket sandwich instead. We did give each other a half and both were such great choices.


Njummy - Ilica 24

For dinner, we have searched for somewhere cheap near the Funicular where we were at the time and Njummy came up highly recommended on the list. Njummy was pretty much hidden away in an alley from the main street, which we found quite odd.

Once we were inside, we were the only ones in there. Although the interesting tables had caught our attention. Each table was different from the next, some had different currency money, some had wine corks etc. No table was the same, but the lighting let us down with attempting to create the best instagram picture.


The food was delicious and was just what we needed, a proper full meal with a side of fries to share. Both getting chicken but in different ways. This meals was actually the most expensive out of all meals we've had here, a whooping £16 all together!

Overall, our stay in Zagreb has been probably the most calmest and cheapest places we've eaten so far, every meal we've had here had cost us more than £14 (except for the one above) and that's for both of us, including drinks.



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21/07/2017

Kava Tava & Croatian Baked Štruklji | Zagreb Day 2

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Kava Tava - Britanski trg 1

Thursday morning and it's officially our first full day here in Zagreb and our first duty was to find breakfast. We came across this really quirky restaurant that were serving a Full English, eggs, large toasties, pancakes and more.

Inside, there was an unusual seating area that was set up as the inside of an aeroplane, where people can actually choose to sit and eat, along with other strange pieces of decor. There was a gold vespa and all, it was pretty cool.

Even their place mats were interesting, apparently there are many "kissing spots" around Zagreb and Kava Tava is one of them. The place mats showed all the other places in Zagreb. Again, it was fun to look at and see where each place is.


James once again opted for the Full English and I went for the white chocolate and strawberry pancake stack. It looked like a lot, but they were small enough to just be the perfect amount (she says, but didn't finish her last two bites) but it was the best choice as that settled me good for the walking tour we were going to have later in the day.


La Štruk - Skalinska ul. 5

During our walking tour, we passed La Štruck and our guide suggested we try one of their traditional cuisines here, as this has been ranked to be one of the best. Funnily enough, without even knowing this is exactly where we were planning to have lunch right after the tour.

Štruckli is basically like a pasta/dough and cottage cheese base, you could either get it with salty cheese or sweet cheese - sweet is basically as dessert but some do have it as a main. It could be served simply on it own or you can choose to have it with extras - we both opted for the Chef's special which included garlic and cream. It was super tasty and hearty, just what we needed after a few hours of walking in the beaming sun. It was really cheap too, we'd definitely recommend it to any cheese lovers or anyone who loves trying traditional dishes.

They do cook every dish upon request, so when our dishes came out you could still see and hear the cheese bubbling away, from that, we knew it was love (okay, it's getting weird) we'd love to go back and try a sweet one, we shall see!


Kelly's Grill & Bar - Petrinjska ul. 55

For dinner we came across nearby Kelly's Grill and Bar, serving burgers, sandwiches and salads. We do probably have burgers a bit too often, but we couldn't resist them when choosing and ended up getting something pretty generic - it was good stuff though!



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20/07/2017

Heritage Croatian Food | Zagreb Day 1

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Heritage - Petrinjska ul. 14

With all the drama we went through today, we were in desperate need for some good food and good vibes. Heritage was on our list as it was down for cheap eats, as well as being traditional food in Croatia. Only a 14 minutes walk from our AirBnb, this was the prefect spot, opting to sit outside and enjoy the sunlight while it's still out.


The best of traditional delicacy in one bite. Heritage is all about having their groceries and products made in Croatia. They are trying to encourage small companies and local farmers to get involved, so they can proudly say that major part of their ingredients are coming from rural areas. 

We both decided to share the olives and cheese to start with, even the wild oregano was hand picked by one of the workers mother. The bread was warm and matched perfectly with the olive oil.

For mains we got two of their whole flat bread dishes, again another way of presenting traditional foods in a modern way. This is the concept behind everything that they serve here in a successful attempt to show diversity in Croatia's gastronomy, and appeal to numerous audiences.


To end our meal, our lovely waitress offered if we wanted to sample their blackcurrant dessert wine and it was so good! It was exactly like you'd imagine a very sweet strong wine taste, but it was good and helped us decide if we wanted dessert for ourselves and with that we shared a forest fruit ice cream, which was vegan, gluten free and sugar free.

The meal as a whole and the atmosphere from the workers was exactly what we needed and had perked us up for what we had left of the day.


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19/07/2017

DIY Eatery at Budapest Makery | Budapest Day 4

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Budapest Makery - Dob u. 38

Our final lunch in Budapest was definitely being built up to be the best, and it certainly was! We were invited along to the world's only do it yourself restaurant, where you are able to cook your own meal from a varied menu, and then of course eat it.

Taken step by step from the video lessons provided to you on a tablet, we were able to choose anything from Hungarian cuisine to mini cheeseburgers! Whilst sipping on our fresh juices we scrolled through the menu, watching a couple of the lessons to check out the difficulty and what we fancied having. I, James chose the Hungarian lesco, which is pork tenderloin with egg barley and vegetables, and Jessica chose the layered potato with egg and chorizo.



The great thing about coming here is that you don't have to worry about prepping the ingredients. The exact amount is provided to you like in the pictures below, and you can get on with the fun part of putting it all together and cooking it. They aim to only have dishes on the menu that will take no longer than 20/25 minutes to make, so you will have a similar waiting time to what you would have in a normal restaurant. Our waitress was also always on hand to lend any tip and advice if we were unsure or if things started to go wrong.


With the oven pre heated to 200 degrees, Jessica was able to get on with arranging the potato, chorizo, onion and egg in the oven dish, which was super simple to do and then allow it to cook for 15 minutes. Mine was a little bit more complicated, but still really easy and only used methods I was more than used to when cooking at home. 

After frying most of the ingredients and cooking the egg barley and pork tenderloin, it was just a matter of arranging and presenting it. It somehow came out a lot saucier than on the tutorial, but still so tasty and I'd definitely have it again!


With us both feeling very full after the main course, we decided to share the responsibilities of making a dessert. These apple roses with honey in puff pastry were just the perfect ending to the meal! We decided to make one each, but to be honest I was a little cautious as it looked very fiddly on first sight. I couldn't be more wrong though - after rolling the puff pastry, all it needed was a coating of maple syrup and apple, and then rolling it into place. 9 minutes after baking it in the oven it was ready to eat... and they were gone in seconds! We wish we hadn't shared now!


Budapest Makery only opened in February, but are already doing extremely well with bookings stretching well in advance, and gaining interest on company levels for social events and away days. Coming here in small or large groups means you can have exactly what you want, the way you want it. You have the license to change up the spice level for example, quantity of this, that, or make your layered potato more crispy than most would have it. 

We believe it is a fantastic idea and it's a miracle it hasn't been done already! With them looking to franchise the business in the future, do be looking out for more of these. We won't say it's the future, but it will definitely give you the choice of how you'd like to experience your next meal!

Although lunch is all we wrote about, see what we did for dinner.




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18/07/2017

Ice Cream Coffee, Meatology & Shakshuka | Budapest Day 3

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Vinyl and Wood - Wesselényi u. 23

GET LOST IN WONDERLAND! We found Vinyl and Wood on TripAdvisor as one of the top places to eat in Budapest, as well being in the cheap eats section. Luckily for us, Vinyl and Wood is only a 5 minute walk away from where we are staying, so it was the perfect spot to have coffee and something light to start up our day!
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17/07/2017

Lángos Burger & Nitrogen Ice Cream | Budapest Day 2

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We are so lucky to be staying just a short walk away from Karavan, a street food market offering a variety of great food and drink. We're loving it so much that we in fact had both our lunch and dinner here today!
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16/07/2017

Fancy Hotdogs & Ramenka | Budapest Day 1

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TöLTő - Wesselényi u. 31, 1077

Our first day in Budapest and we're already on the roll with finding cheap eats, and this time, it's what we'd call cheap eats, even cheaper maybe. We found a few places close to each other in the area where we are currently staying through TripAdvisor, and a whole street full of cheap eats and street food from just walking around exploring.
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15/07/2017

Bianca Is(s)t Cooking Class | Vienna Day 3

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Our time in Vienna is coming to an end, but before we head off for Budapest we had something very special in our plans! Today we attended our first cookery class, learning all about the history of Viennese food culture, and cooking up our own meal! We were lucky enough to work with Bianca Is(s)t, and had the most fantastic time!
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14/07/2017

Schachtelwirt & Eis Greissler Gelato | Vienna Day 2

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Address - Judengasse 5

Let's begin with, this first meal I'm about to talk about is dinner. Yes, dinner. Where did our other two
meals go? Well, James kindly and romantically made us breakfast in our little Airbnb flat, which was super cute, but apparently I didn't take a picture of it. There is a little snippet of it that should be in the vlog. Lunch? Let's be frank, we were too busy wanting to get as many things done during the day, that we simply wanted something cheap, quick and easy - McD's it is and there's no shame in that, but as you can imagine it's not the best looking thing to take pics of and write about, so here we are to the main meal of the day - dinner.
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13/07/2017

Dounteria & Schnitzels | Vienna Day 1

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Address - Margaretenstraße 9

So if you're a true reader and have been following our travels every single day, you would have noticed we had no post yesterday. Really, there not much to it but you can read about it briefly over on our travel post.

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11/07/2017

Hooters & Nase Maso | Prague Day 4

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Our last day in Prague and I know what you're thinking, why on Earth are we eating in Hooters? or maybe you don't really care, but either way we're going to tell you. If you're from America this is clearly nothing new to you, but we're from the UK and we've only ever seen it in films. From what we've seen, it seems like a place to experience.

We are fully aware it wouldn't have been the same and we knew Prague had so much more to offer, but we're not planning to go to America any time soon, so this was the closest we were going to get to it. Plus, sometimes you just crave them buffalo wings, you know?


Address - Havelská 25

As we suspected, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. but we were happy regardless as I, Jessica had fulfilled that chicken wing craving. We opted to share the mini sliders, along with the buffalo platter, which gave us a variety selection of chicken and shrimp (as they say in America) 

We wish we could have told you we had a beer as well, but we were saving ourselves for the day ahead. This as we were heading to a beer spa... yes a beer spa. Head over to our travel blog to read all about it.


Address - Dlouhá 39

For dinner we searched for some cheap eats in Prague and Nase Maso came top of TripAdvisor rankings for its price range. It's a butchers, as well as a restaurant and take away, serving up top quality meats at low prices - just what we were after! 


Going with the recommendations from our server, we had their best paprika and garlic sausage, and most popular rump steak. Both were so tasty, and although the steak bumped up the price and didn't make it such a cheap eat in the end, we're so glad we chose it! 

We had our last Czech beer to go alongside, but I think it's time we take a break from it when we get to Vienna!


We obviously couldn't resist getting their speciality dessert one more time. Again with ice cream, it was delicious, messy and probably the most Prague thing we could have to end our time here.

Hope you liked all our Prague eats, can't wait to see what Vienna brings!



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10/07/2017

Brunch, Burgers & Nachos | Prague Day 3

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Address - Na Florenci 1420/3


Before we properly begin the day, we're going to tell you that we're going to be mentioning two different coffee shops, one we went to today and one we went to yesterday. The reason for this is, if you've read yesterday's post, you'll see that needed it own post, so we thought we'd do a quick mention in today's one.


Yesterday - EMA Espresso Bar, were all about cute spaces and great coffee, with BeanThereAt's recommendations, we were not disappointed. I'm not usually a fan of regular iced coffees but this place has exceeded my expectations and the food was super tasty too, definitely filled that gap. 



With having starting the day pretty late, we ended up having our first meal at nearly 2pm. Outrageous isn't it? It was much worth it though, as we've taken a leaf out of BeanThereAt's book and have gone with their recommendation.


Today - Misto, this was actually a different location to what BeanThereAt had suggested but the same company as they had kindly tweeted us saying they had this new location if we're in the Prague Castle area and coincidently today we were, which you can read all about on our travel blog. 


Although it was late into the afternoon we both opted from breakfast dishes, so I guess you could call this Brunch. James getting a full English and I with poached eggs. Both deliciously good but is it just me who can't bare the thought of getting a full English when you're not in England? It's just not the same right? But this one wasn't too bad and not completely different I guess.



Purely based on the fact that it was way past lunch time and we were basically having breakfast, we obviously thought it was the best idea to get a dessert to make up for missing out on the most important meal of the day!



Address - Bubenečská 12

As always, James got the brownie and I opted for that 'pretty thing in the corner' which I clearly had no idea what it was, but it was worth the risk as it ended up being a peanut butter filling of a cronut. YUM. No regrets!


Address - Malostranské nám. 260/11

Now, throughout the day we felt very settled and satisfied with our choice of brunch which kept us going for some time until we decided to stop for a nice little beer stop at this beer house we just came across. Sitting outside among the beautiful buildings, we could help but get a cheeky portion of chips. Just something to munch on while you're drinking right? Then ended up us getting a burger and more fries to share. I know not your typical Czech dish but you can't really go wrong with a burger and a beer can you?



Keeping in mind we had something planned for the evening which requires a few hours without food, we still opted to share as we were only feeling peckish.

When the time came around, we did end up getting some nachos and olives to keep us going, as well as a full bottle of rosé wine, you can read all about our relaxing jazz boat evening here.

We can only apologise that this isn't the most exciting foodie post we've had yet but we've focused today more on the activity/travel side, so please do make sure to read that post too.

It's our last full day in Prague tomorrow and we've got a few exciting things planned. Make sure to come back to find out what we eat and get up to!




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