It isn’t weekend without Koen’s fresh-baked sourdough bread
Every weekend Koen makes two loaves of sourdough bread. It’s a weekend treat that I look forward to and I love experimenting with different toppings! The best part of baking bread is that we can slice the loaves, freeze them, and then toast them throughout the week.
If you look up the most mysig, or ‘cozy’, restaurants in Stockholm, Knut will be on the list. Koen and I have passed Knut a lot and it’s always full of patrons, warm lighting, and delicious looking food! So with Hannah and Chris visiting, we had a reason to make a reservation.
First up, the Swedish dish raggmunk, or potato pancake. The raggmunk are prepared by making a pancake batter of wheat flour, milk and egg, into which shredded raw potatoes are added then they’re fried in butter. We opted for the traditional serving combination of bacon and lingon berries.
On our drive back to Belgium before arriving in our final destination Stockholm, we spent the night in Hamburg. With the opportunity to only eat one meal, we wanted to experience a typical North German meal. Luckily I have ex-colleagues in Hamburg and they recommended Speisewirtschaft Opitz. So we happily made a reservation and enjoyed the vintage atmosphere and delicious Hamburg-style food (aka lots of North Sea shrimp and fish!).
If you don’t have a lot of time in Copenhagen and want to try a few specialties, TorvehallerneKBH is a great place to visit (but also super busy!!). This is a centrally located food hall where you can eat and buy Danish specialties to sample and/or take home – like the Danish openface rye sandwiches, aka smørrebrød, pastries, fish, cheese, coffee, etc.
For our second restaurant of Christian Puglisi, we had lunch at his highest acclaimed restaurant, Relæ, currently (2019) ranked #56 on the list of best restaurants in the world. Relæ is also the first Michelin restaurant to be 100% organic – so the food is not only good for your tastebuds, but for the world as well!
This year for Koen’s birthday we headed to one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Antwerp – Fiskebar Fiskebar on the Marnixplaats. We enjoyed oysters, North sea shrimp, and fish…plus we were excited to find a limited edition sea buckthorn beer from Mikkeller on the menu!
I love a good brunch. Normally when Koen and I travel, rather having to go out for two meals, we generally enjoy a nice big brunch around 11ish. We looked up places close to our AirBnB and found Greasy Spoon, the Odenplan location. I was so excited when I saw the specials for this week – Chicken and Waffles! So of course we had to go!
For our last dinner in Porto we decided to eat at Cantinho do Avillez, the more casual and relaxed restaurant of Chef José Avillez. Chef José Avillez is the most famous chef in Portugal and is most famous for his restaurant Belcanto, currently ranked #75 best restaurant in the world. Whereas Belcanto is pure Portuguese cooking, Cantinho do Avillez is Portuguese with inspiration from trips abroad. The cherry gazpacho and green bean tempura were the best!