Spain – Valencia & Granada

Last November, R. and I went for a 3-week trip to Europe. Why 3 weeks? Because that is what it takes to forget about 11 months of stress! Needless to say, we had a fantabulous time and forgot about all the stress. We visited friends in Paris, London, made a quick trip to Brussels for the Belgian Comic Strip Center (and the gauffres) and finally spent a week with family in Spain.

In Spain, we visited Valencia (a Valencian recipe coming your way soon!) and Granada. R. and I loved both equally and enjoyed all the tapas we had!

Tapas? Read more here.

And now I’ll leave you with a few photos.


If you’re in Paris make sure to indulge in the best plain croissants in the world at Boulangerie Le Pain Au Naturel Moisan.

Address: 2 Rue de Bazeilles, 5eme arrondissement

Le Pain Au Naturel uses organic ingredients.

We passed by Le Pain Au Naturel on our way to Rue Mouffetard and to this day I regret not going back the next day for more. The croissants were buttery, light and smelled great! Note: One is not enough. Don’t make my mistake, get two croissants!

It’s good to be back!

It’s been one full month! I’ve missed blogging so much! I was on my annual leave from work. R and I went on a 3-week long trip to Europe to visit friends and family. We had a great time. I immensely enjoyed the cold weather and the rain. I liberally indulged in all the delicacies that came my way! I didn’t try to resist, I didn’t care, and now I do not regret any of the cappuccinos or hot chocolates or croissants or pizzas or tapas or tikkas or Ben’s Cookies or Valencian oranges or pain au laits with butter!

It was fabulous from start to finish. I had a great time with my friends, met fantastic new people (via our Couchsurfing experience) and enjoyed every moment with my brother and his family in Spain.

I will shortly upload a few photos from our trip with a few restaurant recommendations. Stay tuned and thanks for checking!

Oh Wow …

the South of Greece! You have to go through this amazing and mesmerizing set of photos taken by La Tartine Gourmande in the South of Greece. Absolutely breathtaking! I really really feel like shutting this computer down, handing in my goodbye letter to work and friends and taking the next plane to Greece. Wow. I love the colors, the people, the food, the sea, everything is simply simple and beautiful.

Here’s a glimpse:

Mate Infusion

I’ve had mate before but never at a mate cafe! The Mate Factory cafe in Aley, Lebanon is a small local place ideal for a warm gourd of mate when you want to take a break from the cold weather outside and want to warm your body with something herbal and unique. The menu for mate has a long list of different mate flavors that you can choose from. We chose the regular one, which came accompanied by nuts and salty sticks, but you can choose passion fruit mate, mango mate, citrus mate, etc…

All photos by Confettina