True fact: I would happily spend an entire trip to France eating just bread. No butter. Just warm, long pointy, baguette parisienne. Sure, I’d be happy to add in some stinky roquefort or a nice spicy saucisson. But honestly, I could eat baguettes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, when I was a kid, I’d visit my family in Montreau and make a constant request for bread. I made the request so much, my grandfather asked my parents if I actually like the food they were cooking. After that, my parents put a swift end to the constant bread requests and I happily moved onto better things like “stinky cheese” and “patè.” Last year, G + I took a 5 day trip to France, where we basically ate our way through the Paris and the Burgundy region. I thought I’d share some of my favorite food pictures.Quick tip: if you’re planning a trip, drop the frantic trip advisors searches and just wander around. My favorite meal was an impromptu restaurant while waiting for our Airbnb to open up. I hope you enjoy.
- We had a wonderful Vlaamsche Stooflees (flemish stew) at ’t Gezelleke
- The best beer — and I say this as a none beer drinker— was the house beer at the Staminee de Garre Warning: it does look like you are breaking into a private courtyard. There are no signs at all.
- The waffles at Chez Albert are completely instagram worthy
- If you need a fancy dinner, try the Park Restaurant.
- The Best frites (fries) are at Frituur Big Sint-Jacobs
- For handmade, incredible chocolates try: Chocolatier L. Van Hoorebeke
- We had the coolest, local pub experience at Water House on the Bierkant
- Last but not least, my absolute favorite thing that we’ve done— tourist wise— in Belgium is visit the Ghent Altarpiece It’s tucked in a small room in the Cathedral and they do a wonderful audio tour of it’s history (including ALL the times it’s been stolen).
Over the weekend, G and I ventured out of the city to the spacious apple orchards of Fishkill, NY. Surrounded by the other “leaf peepers”, we did the most quintessianal basic couple activity around- took Instagram-worthy photos of us picking apples. Now G spent a long time researching different apple orchards within a 2 hour drive of NYC, and landed on Fishkill Farms. It’s a wonderful small scale sustainable farm and apple orchard. Seriously, they have FIELDS of eco-certified apples that won’t leave your mouth tingling from chemical pesticides. From now until Oct 29, they are running a Fall Harvest festival with apple picking, fresh apple cider donuts, live music, wagon rides, a corn maze and fresh (hard) cider tastings. G and I weren’t actually into apple picking (don’t let the staged photos fool you), but we drawn into the live music, super fancy food truck (hello, truffle fries!), and the PYOV, where we picked as many cherry tomatoes as our hands could carry. It was such a wonderful day trip, complete with a dinner stop in Sleepy Hallow for the ultimate Fall festival. Enjoy the apple-related recipe, coming soon. – A
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Jct, NY 12533 (around 2 hrs from Brooklyn)
Admission: $5 per person (Kids, CSA & Farm Members Free)
PYO | 9am-5pm (entrance closes at 5PM).
Diving into Durga Puja
- I am not an expert
- There is no way to capture “what is hinduism” because it varies from person to person
- Hindu celebrations vary widely and few are celebrated the same way
- Most spiritual terms cannot be wholly translated into English
- My most wonderful cousin- Sanchita Bhattacharyya- is an incredible photographer and provided me with all the photos of Kolkata Durga Puja.
- I could not do this with out my mom- I am indebted to her brilliance and compassion.
What is Durga Puja?
Durga Puja is a four day celebration in late September or October of the goddess Durga. During Durga Puja, Hindus celebrate her victory over evil with special prayers, readings, decorations and dramatic events recounting her legend.
© Sanchita Bhattacharyya
Skilled Craftsman from Kurmatoli © Sanchita Bhattacharyya
When my parents announced they were tacking a couple of vacation days onto my mother’s conference in Montreal, I did what any good kid does:
let them have a mini-vacation for themselves invited myself along. I’ve made a couple of trips up to this beautiful city and fall more in love with the cobblestones, electric dining options and massive public art collection each time. Plus, they are obsessed with bagels so really it’s paradise. I hope you enjoy this quick guide to a weekend trip in Montreal.
If Amsterdam is a city of canals then Montreal is the city of food. I read somewhere (and am now to lazy to google) that the number of restaurants per capita is greater than New York City. So spend your time gawking at public art and then fill up on tasty delictables from across the globe.
I travel A LOT. I’ve made 19 trips this year alone and it’s only September! I generally don’t dole out a lot of advice (except obviously when it comes to my true passion of recommending where people should eat and what dish they should try ) but a good friend asked me what I can’t travel without…and this blog post was born. I promise there are no #ads and I have absolutely no allegiance to any brands. Let me know what you can’t travel without in the comments below.