Barcelona – Ciutat Comtal

After a long holiday, I have the motivation to writing again. I have so many restaurants and bars to write from both Italy and Spain. I will give the priority to Ciutat Comtal in Barcelona.

You need to be patience if you decide to go Ciutat Comtal especially if you are going after 7pm. There is always a long queue at the door and you need to put your name into a list. First day, we went around 9.30 pm and wrote our name to the list. We were still waiting by 10pm and gave up at the end because we were starving.

Next day, we went again around 4pm and tried our chance again. Waiting time was approximately 30 minutes and we went to another place.

On the third day, we finally did it😊 We were there towards 4 pm and by luck, we got the table without waiting. And I can say that the place is deserved to wait.

Here are the food we had tried:
Padron peppers, fried anchovies, tortilla, patatas bravas, russian salad with shrimp on top of a slice of bread, mini burgers, fries with egg and beef sandwich.

Padron peppers are my favourite. It was always my first order regardless of where we were eating. Imagine, we found the peppers in Sweden and I have been frying them for the breakfast since we are back:)


All of the tapas we have tasted were so yummy. My only suggestion is that better to go to Ciutat Comtal before you get starving. So you can enjoy with a glass of sangria while waiting for your desk in patience.

Lecce – Jolly Roger

I was in southern part of Italy last week and I have been in lovely places. Streets, restaurants, bars were full of people and mainly the local tourists.

Italian cuisine is one of the well known cuisine in the world and there is always something for everybody regardless of you are vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian.

The first place that I want to share with you was in Lecce. It is located one of the narrow streets in central and called Jolly Roger. It will be glittered by its outdoor decoration. Simple and cozy.

We were there for a lunch. Streets were quiet and I think it is the best time to enjoy your meal outside. During night time, it is getting difficult to walk and sit because of the crowd.

We have ordered vegan lasagne, gnocchi and salad with walnuts, honey, artichoke, cheese.

Salad portion was very big and it is a perfect option if you want to eat something light in a hot weather.

Vegan lasagne was delicious. It is one of the places where you can find something for vegans.

Gnocchi came in a small pot. Your first impression will be that you will not get full with that portion but you will. It was also delicious and fresh.

You will find something for yourself at Jolly Roger, for sure. If you want to spend sometime with you friends. go and chill for whole afternoon with a cold glass of Puglia wine.

Lahmacun

Lahmacun or lahmajoun or lahma bi-ajin is a well known food in Turkish and Middle East cuisine. It is a thin, crispy dough topped with minced meat and some other ingredients which you will see below;

Preparation: 1 hour

Servings: 1-2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 glasses of flour
  • 3/4 glass of water
  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Chili pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 of a parsley bunch
  • 200 gr minced meat
  • 1 table spoon tomato paste
  • 1 table spoon red pepper paste

Preparation

1- Put onions, garlic, parsley, tomato, green pepper to the food processor and processed them either together or separately whichever is easier for you.

2- Put the minced meat in a deep bowl.

3- Add all the ingredients in the food processor into the minced meat.

4- Add 1 teat spoon salt, black pepper, chili pepper, tomato paste and red pepper paste.

5- Mix all the ingredients by hand. Once you mix everything properly, add 1/4 glass of water because mix should be very juicy.

6- Add 1 table spoon olive oil. Mix everything one more time and cover the bowl and put it into fridge for about 15-20 minutes.

7- On the other hand, you can start preparing your dough.

8- Put the flour into a different bowl. Add salt and mix it with a spoon.

9- Open the middle of the flour and make a small hole. Pour the water into the hole. And mix it with the spoon slowly.

10- Once the water is absorbed by the flour, continue kneading dough by hand until the dough is not stick to your hand.

11- Your dough is ready now. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and make each piece a roll.

12- Roll our your dough pieces one by one. Size is up to you. But you need to roll it out as thin as you can.

13- Once you roll out dough pieces, take out your mix from the fridge and put the topping on to your dough with a spoon. And spread them by your fingers. They are ready to bake.

14- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Adjust the heat setting for both up and down without fan. Put a baking tray upside down into your oven. It should be very close to your oven ceiling.

15- Baking have 2 steps. You will first put your topped doughs on the oven floor without a tray or anything. Put it directly onto your oven floor. It helps to cook them like in a stone oven.

16- Once the dough is cooked, then you will put them onto baking tray which you already put it upside down very close to the oven ceiling.

Your Lahmacuns are ready to eat. If any direction is missing or if you have some questions, please let me know.

Baked eggplant / aubergine

I don’t know a name for dish. I can say aubergine with something 🙂 But it is 100% delicious.

Preparation: 60 min

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1.5 medium size aubergine
  • 1 glass of tomotoe paste
  • 2 glasses of sunflower oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • Basilica
  • 250 gr cheese

Preparation

1- Cut the eggplants as cubes. You can peel them partially if you want.

2- After you cut them, put into a bowl filled with salty water. This is for taking the bitter of eggplants.

3- Put two glasses of sunflower oil into your pan. And fry your eggplants for 2 minutes until their colour changes.

4- Once you fry all the eggplants, put them into a baking plate.

5- On the other side, chop your onion, garlic and peppers. First, put the onions into a pan with some olive oil. Secondly, put the garlics and thirdly peppers.

6- Once the peppers get softer, add your salt, black pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper and lastly, tomotoe past.

7- Add a glass of water into your pan. Wait till the sauce lose its juice.

8- When the sauce is ready, pour it onto your eggplants.

9- Bake them in prehaeted 225 degrees oven for 20-25 minutes. Around 15. minutes, add the cheese and continue baking.

Hope you enjoy.

Celery Root Salad

A nice , light and healthy salad for your lunch/dinner. You can also eat it as mezze with your drinks.

Preparation: 10 min

Servings: 1-2 people

Tip: As soon as you grate the celery root, mix it with the sauce otherwise celery will get darker.

Ingredients

  • Small piece of celery (approx. 100 gr)
  • 2 table spoon yoghurt
  • 1 tea spoon mayo
  • 1/2 of walnut
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 glass of sunflower oil (optional)
  • 1 tea spoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Preparation

1- Mix the yoghurt and mayo in a bowl. You can decrease or increase the amount of mayo depends on how much you like. 

2- Crush the garlic and put into the yoghurt & mayo and mix.

3- Grate the celery root. Pour into the bowl and mix with yoghurt, mayo and garlic. 

4- Crush the walnuts into the small pieces and add into the bowl.

5- You can put your salad into the serving plate.

5- This step is optional. Put the sunflower oil into a very small pan. When the oil heats, put the cayenne pepper into the oil and stir 1-2 minutes. Pour it onto the celery. 

My salad has the oil and cayenne pepper which will make your food less healthy probably 🙂 But you can try it in 2 ways.

Hope you like it.

Stockholm – Glashuset

I found this place by coincidence to be honest. The wind was biting us and we were walking by the sea. Then I saw Glashuset which was very crowded with too much decoration. And I have decided to go inside.

Making a reservation is highly recommended. We have waited like 10 minutes in the queue just to be able to write our name on the list. Then we have waited 30 more minutes at the bar. By the time, my husband ordered whiskey which was looking so cheap on the menu. (65 SEK)

Finally we got our table after 40min and we were starving. I have ordered Poké bowl Salmon sashimi, rice, baked egg, cucumber, soy dressing, scallion and asked to remove egg. My husband ordered Chicken, roasted lettuce, smoked porkbelly, crutons, parmesan and asked to remove pork.

We have waited 35 more minutes for the food. And we were almost leaving the restaurant after a big disappointment.

Anyway, our food came. And my food was amazing. I don’t normally eat sashimi and I don’t know what I was thinking while ordering. But I loved it. It was a big, open sushi.

My husband’s food was on average and it wasn’t enough to make full one person. It was a classic grilled chicken and I forgot to take photos.

Let me tell you something funny. We asked for the bill and SUPRISE! The whiskey that my husband ordered while waiting was 65 SEK (This is our thought) but that was the cl price which means barmen put 5cl and it costs 330SEK 🙂 So please don’t do the same mistake.

If you make reservation, you can give a try but no need to walk in and wait for long hours.

Here is the website of the restaurant.

Gothenburg – Byns Bistro

Byns Bistro is an eye catching place with its decoration. You expect an usual restaurant/bar from the outside but once you step in and turn left, you will see the small, cosy dining rooms.

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Most of the restaurants and cafes don’t accept cash payments in Sweden. This is one of the things that we have struggled in Gothenburg. Byns Bistro accepts cash so you can go in comfort, specially if you come to Gothenburg as a tourist.

They bring some tomato paste and bread as complimentary.

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We have ordered Moules Frited and Byns Burgare. I am really picky in terms of Moules because sometimes you can feel the sand if they are not cleaned well. Byns Moules was delicious especially the sauce and I have enjoyed it. Burger was also delicious and it is very big for one person.

 

You can give a gry to Byns bistro and if you try something else than ours please share your feedback and suggestions for my next visits.

Cheers!!

Doha – Chi Zen

Dear Asian food lover folks, from this way please…

Chi zen is the first restaurant where I have tried Asian food in Doha. This self-contained place is located at Oryx Rotana Hotel with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. They also offer delivery service but if you have a chance it is better to go there to eat the newly cooked fresh foods.

There is a ala cart menu. They also have business lunch menu within the weekdays from 12-4 pm. 3 course menu is 85QR while 2 course menu is 75 QR.

Starter is their complimentary chips.

For me, their best menu item is Hot&sour soup. I can eat this soup everyday. It made me a kind of addiction. It is highly recommended. Please reserve a space in your stomach for the soup.

If you like tom yum soup, it was also delicious. There is more ingredients then the usual one but still delicious.

I have also tried sweet and sour chicken and crispy chili beef. They are served with rice. Portion looks small but it is enough to make you full.

Final was deep fried ice cream which I can’t recommend you. Ice cream was not delicious at all and the fried part was oily. I didn’t enjoy with it.

If you are looking for a new place to discover, you can give a chance to Chi Zen. You will not be regretful at all.

Enjoy!!

Doha – Yasmine Palace

I have been planning to go to “Yasmine Palace” since it has opened. I will leave Qatar soon so I thought it is time to go and try their menu.

This two-level restaurant is located in Pearl. There are different concepts inside Jasmine Palace. We had our dinner at “Andalusia”.

If you are a modest person, the decoration of the restaurant may be a bit much. The furniture, paint, floor and even the forks are all decorated in gold color dominantly. There is a small fountain in the middle of the restaurant and in the background it plays authentic music.

You will be welcomed with a drink and mezze plate. So you don’t need to order mezze separately.

We weren’t aware of the complimentary mezze plate, that’s why we have ordered “Muhamara” and “Mutabal”as cold appetizer. Mezzes were so fresh and tasty.

“Batata Mutafayeh” is my favourite snack since I came to Doha. Unfortunately, there is just one place to eat best Batata located in Souq so far. Others are on average including “Yasmin Palace”.

We have made the final with “Mix Grill”. It comes with rice and enough for 2 people. Meats were grilled on barbeque. They were so soft and delicious. Nothing was left in the plate at the end of the dinner 🙂

The restaurant is a bit pricey but if you want to indulge yourself in delicious Arabic food then “Yasmine Palace” is the correct address.

You can find their menu here.

Doha – Champions Sports Bar

I’ve been living in Doha for over two and a half years, and I’m ashamed for how I’ve missed this place so far.

Walls are covered with screens broadcasts different channels. There are both bar area and table service. It is a smoke free area but there is also a designated part for the smokers. Reservations is not accepted. Hurry up, go early, choose your table, order your drinks and lay back.

Screens are everywhere

There is happy hour at Champions between 5-9 pm and the prices are still reasonable after the taxation. They have a simple bar menu and there is something for everybody including vegetarians.

We ordered “Champions Sampler” includes fire wings, cheeseburger sliders, fully loaded cheese and onion rings. Each item is on the menu separately but you can try all in one shot with sampler.

Fire wings – I loved them. I can eat it three times in a day 🙂

Cheeseburger sliders – Burger was delicious. It tastes like homemade. They look small but after the first one, half of your stomach will be full.

Fully loaded cheese – It is not like French fries. Goes perfectly well with a pint of beer.

Onion rings – I am not a fan of onion rings. I haven’t eaten enough onion rings so I can’t make an honest comment 🙂

This place took its place among my favourite places. I will definitely go again soon. Actually, I may go this Friday. Let me think 🙂