Hamburg: Dinner at Speisewirtschaft Opitz

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Speisewirtschaft Opitz

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!).

 

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Copenhagen: TorvehallerneKBH

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Smørrebrød from Hallernes for lunch

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.

 

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Copenhagen: Christian Puglisi Part Two: Relæ

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Relæ

 

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!

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Fiskebar: Koen’s Birthday

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The Birthday Boy

 

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!

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Stockholm: Greasy Spoon

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Greasy Spoon

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!

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Porto: Cantinho do Avillez

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Cantinho do Avillez

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!

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Porto: The Yeatman

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View of the beautiful dining room before all of the tables filled up

Koen and I love gastronomic tourism – you really are able to get a sense of the city and culture by eating the food. While in Porto, we couldn’t pass up the chance to eat at The Yeatman, one of only two 2 star Michelin restaurants in Portugal (the other being Belcanto in Lisbon). Most notable is the wine cellar at The Yeatman. Maybe the name sounds familiar if you’ve been reading my posts – it comes from the port house Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman, more commonly just called Taylor’s Port.

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Porto: Taylor’s Port

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Taylor’s Port

When we decided to visit Porto, Portugal, one of the first things I looked into were visits to the port houses! I love a glass of tawny port after dinner with some cheese and was interesting in learning (and tasting!) more.

One of the largest and oldest of the founding port wine houses is Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman – more commonly known as Taylor’s – founded in 1692. This was recommended to me by a client who had just been to Porto. So we made a reservation for the tour and lunch at their restaurant Barão Fladgate.

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São Miguel: Dolphin Watching in Ponta Delgada

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Harbor in Ponta Delgada

 

The Azores are really famous for being one of the best places to go for whale watching. Unfortunately we were visiting during the off-season, but we wanted to out to sea anyway. Luckily dolphins can be spotted year-round!

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Lisbon: SEA ME

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SEA ME

 

When looking up the best restaurants for seafood in Lisbon, you’ll find SEA ME – a Portuguese/Japanese fusion restaurant in Chiado. Because we love Japanese food, we really wanted to visit SEA ME! We discovered the restaurant a bit late in the trip, but luckily were able to secure a reservation our last night in Lisbon. I knew already a bit about the Portuguese-Japanese connection, because I watched a documentary about tempura in Japan, that it was introduced in the 16th century by the Portuguese living in Nagasaki.

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