S u i t e : a u : C h o c o l a t

[suite au chocoloat | Trier ]

WRC, (thats world rally championships for those like me who had no idea) was in town for the weekend. To me it was like a massive go kart track for big kids!

Anywho, we happened to duck into a side street before the the streets were closed off and snuck in a bite before the engines rolled.


The espresso & espresso machiato was pretty good, but not as good as Cafe Lecca

Due to the name we thought we’d sample Sweet crepes, but they were unfortunately off the menu for the day, so we ordered Galettes…

what are galettes I hear you ask?…

Galette is a general term used in French to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes.[1][2] One notable type is the galette des Rois (King cake) eaten on the day of Epiphany. In French Canada, the term galette is usually applied to pastries best described as large cookies.

Galette, or more properly Breton galette (French: Galette bretonne, Breton: Krampouezhenn gwinizh du), is also the name given in most French crêperiesto savoury buckwheat flour pancakes, while those made from wheat flour, much smaller in size and mostly served with a sweet filling, are branded crêpes. Galette is a type of thin large pancake mostly associated with the regions of Normandy and Brittany, where it replaced at times bread as basic food, but it is eaten countrywide. Buckwheat was introduced as a crop suitable to impoverished soils and buckwheat pancakes were known in other regions where this crop was cultivated, such as Limousin or Auvergne.

It is frequently garnished with egg, meat, fish, cheese, cut vegetables, apple slices, berries, or similar ingredients. One of the most popular varieties is agalette covered with grated Emmental cheese, a slice of ham and an egg, cooked on the galette.[3] In France, this is known as a galette complète (a complete galette). A hot sausage wrapped in a galette (called galette saucisse, a tradition of Rennes, France) and eaten like a hot dog is becoming increasingly popular as well.

Prociutto with walnuts was a little salty and dry, but was still very appetising.

The Galette ‘italianische’ was seriously yummy boasting with essential Italian flavours : fresh tomatoes, fresh mozerella and fresh basil. All lovingly drizzled in olive oil.

The cars may have been driving fast and loud, but breakfast on this particular sunday was eaten slowly and peacefully.

I’ll be sure to come back to play with the chocolate.

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Tastefully yours,

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C a f e : L e c c a

[Cafe Lecca, Trier]

Definition | Lecker is the german word for ‘delicious’. ‘Lecca’, therefore I assume is a variation of that.

Trying to find a good coffee in Trier is like trying to find good coffee in starbucks [apologies to starbucks lovers…]  I think a great coffee is a team effort: good beans, clean water and a talented barsita!And just when we were on the verge of giving up on enjoying good coffee in Trier, we came across Cafe Lecca near the Haupbanhof…this is where the 3 elements unite.

We ordered espressos to taste the true flavour of the coffee…

At first we were overwhelmed by the aroma…it was sublime!!!

It was soo good, we wondered how the breakies would be like… We came back the week after around 1ish, sadly to find breakfast had finished for the day. The waitress laughed as she said, ‘but it is too late for breakfast ja?’… I nodded sadly, holding back from yelling out, ‘but breakfast should be available-all-day ja?’…

Nevertheless, we ordered what was left over and what was available for lunching… it was delicious!!! 🙂 What a relief!… hellooo new local!!! 🙂

I ordered a bagette with basically a Calabrese salad inside…DIVINE!! 🙂 filled to the brim with flavour, so simple, yet the freshness of the ingredients shone through!.

Paul ordered this amazingly hearty ‘soup of the day’, which was basically a creaaaamy vegetable soup! the day was a bit gloomy, so the soup went down a treat!

The search was over! we had finally found a coffee destination that offers a simple yet delicious breakfast too!. 2 birds with one stone!!

We’re definately coming back for round 2 of breakfast @Lecca 🙂

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‘Leckerly’ yours,

Joanna

B r ö t c h e n : l e c k e r

[meine Wohnung, Germany]

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh brotchen/puro on a lazy sunday morning…[nearly arvo] 🙂

Patri and a couple of her closests friends were down at our joint for a few days, we took the opportunity to dive into some proper sunday breaky. It was a fusion of German and Melbs styles, with plenty of fresh ‘brotchen’, puro drizzled with olive oil, a kind of omelette and ofcourse some fresh fruit.

Sitting on the balcony wrapped in a blanket [t’was a tad cold] and enjoying some good food amongst good company was just sublime.

A mixture of fresh, warm brotchen, eggs, strawberries and fresh OJ danced around our noses and lightly tickled our tastebuds… the sounds of laughter, deep relaxing breaths… the view of the green, green mountains surrounding our valley with a light, atmospheric fog above. It was so low, I could almost poke at it like fairy floss [YUM!!] And post the sunday sesh, the round and satisfied tummies around…it was truly a wonderful and relaxing breakfast.

Sunday is my fave day for breakfast, it allows for the true nature of the beast to prowl….available all day, to be eaten all day. There really is no other meal like breakfast, no matter what time you eat it, whether it truly is the first meal of your day or just a cheeky tastey escape, it is the most un-biased meal of the day.

You can indulge it in bed, with the paper [or your iphone] still in your pjs and slowly pondering the thoughts of the day… You can even don the pjs to your local if you really wanted to! I’m not too sure how that would go down in old german town, but I guess I’ll only know the result if I try it haha!!. 😀 Whether it is sweet or savoury or just a coffee, breakfast is the single most relaxing, flexible and delicious meal of the day!.. out of breaky, lunch and dinner… I think breakfast is the most cultured and the most experimental, although sadly often the most forgotten.

So the saying goes, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’… may we not forget that delicous fact! 🙂

Join us next time for some breaky-licious, lecker-licious relaxing times coming to a screen near you…

Happy eating!

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tastefully yours,

Joanna

Made in Germany

[Trier, Germany]

Breakfast is truly a personal and cultural representation of a society…[and lets not forget DELICIOUS] 🙂

Living in Melbs has allowed me to be consumed by a wonderful culinary creature, every chance we get we indulge in some of the finest, the simplest, the most international, the most exiting, the most experimental and fresh food in the world… I really could just continue.

Travelling has allowed me to view the world of tasty treats in a different light.

The sheer magnetism of simple yet delicious food will provide a ‘coming-togetherness’ of people that leaves a delicious memory in your mouth and hearts.

I truly love breakfast – doesn’t matter what time of day, where I am in the world, who I share this moment with, breakfast is the first meal I consume for the day. And there is something quite special about that. Ofcourse, like beautiful moments, breakfasts are so the more rewarding shared. Share a moment and share a meal.

I think there are really only a few elements in life that make it worth living- beautiful friends, good tunes, something to hope for and good food, essentially its always important to be mentally, sexually, physically & spiritually stimulated. That is the adventure that is our life.

I like to have little adventures in the kitchen, some of which aren’t so successful, however its really about being creative and giving it a red hot chilli go! 🙂

Below is a montage of oven baked poached egg w/salami & basil. The delicious oven baked egg oooozed yolky perfection and was devoured so quickly! And below that is thinly sliced sweet potato chips lightly showered with dried paprika, this was served with chilli oil mayo. 🙂 sooo yum!!

and again, sweet potato chips w/ chilli mayo.

Sometimes its nice just to have a platter of tasty treats to ease those hunger pains. So fast and so satisfying…sometimes you just feel like grazing.

I used the insides of the tomato(from the baked tomato dish) and with a (big) splash of olive oil, salt & pepper, this became a Spanish style fresh tomato spread for the warm sliced bread.

Served with pan-fried zucchini & Capsicum, slow cooked until soft and deliciously melty and soft!! 🙂

and voi la!, breakfast on a lazy Sunday listening to some Miike snow, cold war kids 🙂 and ofcourse doesnt hurt to throw some beautiful Sia in the mix… stir well and serve warm and with love. 🙂

Just looking over these images is seriously making me hungry!! Ich habe hunger!!! 🙂 ja ja genausoooo 🙂 hahah!!!

Enjoy breaking the fast, and always make sure tastebuds dance 🙂

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tastefully yours,

Joanna

V a l e n c i a : d e l i c i o u s !!!

[Valencia, Spain]

In search of the best Paella….

Day 1: Coast side restaurant in Valencia

Paella is always served for a minimum of 2 ppl, its always best enjoyed together in other words 🙂

‘Paella (Spanish pronunciation: [paˈeʎa]) is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, alagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.[1]

Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain’s national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella (Spanishpaella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanishpaella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanishpaella mixta), but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white ricegreen vegetables, meat (rabbitchicken), land snailsbeans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.

Most paella chefs use calasparra[2][3] or bomba[3] rices for this dish. Other key ingredients include saffron and olive oil.’

Seafood Paella + Sangria + hot night = trouble!… I think I shortly fell into a food coma after this meal!

Day 2: something different 🙂

Entree was a local potatoe and egg dish, I’m not the biggest fan of sunny side, but it was a very interesting meal nonetheless.

It was a bit heavy for entree, but I think for a breakfast – it would be lovely after a big night out or on a cold sunday morning.

then, we tried NOODLE Paella! that was VERY interesting. Apparently it was a local speciality, it was surprisingly salty but very tasty and bursting at the seams with seafood! 🙂 yummm!!!

Day 3: Amstelleria, Aqua shopping centre.

We were staying accross the road at Hotel Melia Valencia (which was an absolute treat at a bargain price), and we ventured towards the new shopping complex to see what it was all about.

It was an interesting space – all very open and no use of air-conditioning in the foyer area because it had been designed with the environment in mind – it used the natural flow of air as ventilation.

For lunch, we decided to try something different, and I think we both agreed this place was amazing!

Beer on tap on you table!!! – what a seriously cool idea!!!

I ordered a salmon bocadillo and we were on our merry way to becoming a little tipsy 🙂

[Last day brunch]

At the only place that seemed busy on the Sunday we were leaving, we were treated to a massive brunch including drinks and coffee for only 10 Euros each!

Paul got an amazing roast entree and lunch…I think it was a bunny rabbit (:( )

and I got this pan fried egg and potatoe thing again – with patee this time.

I’ll have to say, I probably wouldnt go back to try the same, but Paul’s roast was seriously melting off the bone type deal. yum!

It wasn’t the best service, as there on only one woman pretty much running the front, but she did the best she could.

And given the circumstances, it was all very quick and filling.

Desert was also simply, but fresh and delicious.

[strawberry sponge cake & fresh melon]

Overall a pretty ‘delicious’ Spanish summer holiday, and would definitely go back to try the other parts of Spain’s specialities.

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tastefully yours,

Joanna

S p a i n : E s p a n a

[Peniscola | Alsossebre]

Post the partying that was Beni, we were compelled to go in search for a) the best paella in the Spanish east coast and b) for some quiet chilled out beaching!

First point of call was Peniscola! Despite the obvious immature reaction from my behalf, it was a surprisingly nice town, but just not what we were in search of. Small? I think not, quiet?…hmmm we both agreed, it was a quick bite and vamos!

It was getting late so, via the help of a tourism desk in Peniscola, we ventured towards Alcossebre…

It wasnt quite the atmosphere we were after, but it was getting late and quite hot, so we checked into the only available hotel. [Alcossebre Hotel]

By absolute chance, we happened to get a cracking deal for the master suite… unnecessary, however as sleeping choices were getting limited as the warm Spanish set, we checked in, showered, and pretty much had the best sleep ever!.

There is something indescribable about your first hot shower with unrecycled water, not amongst 10+ semi naked folks around and a line behind you…This shower had 4 jets…I used all of them simultaneously as I washed off the sand, the dirt, and the sounds & smells of Benicassim…

I know what your thinking… what did we eat that night? Please don’t ask… It was late, and all we could find was this beach cafe type thing, which is quite common in Spain. [Basically some weird ‘Russian salad’ and some tapas, but it wasn’t the best] The view was beautiful, we ate ____ as we saw the evening sun paint the sky red.

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[L’ampolla]

The first night, all I could think about eating was Paella!…

So here we started our ‘search for the best Paella’.

FRESH seafood Paella for you with a bottle of semi-sweet dessert wine to follow. Again over looking the pink sky, warm sea air tickling our skin.

The flavours were just amazing!. Rich in seafood, texture, colour and ofcourse flavour.

I did miss the slight crunch of the ‘burnt’ bottom layer of a perfect paella, but it was still amazing and there were definitely no complaints from us. [Even though they decided to play top 100 songs from the 80s and 90s, good bottle of wine drowned that lovely sound :)]

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Day 2 in L’ampolla

Dinner @ ‘Casa David was a venture away from Paella’s for the time being…

It had been another perfect day with glorious relaxing weather, we spent hours sitting and soaking in the sun, exploring and watching the long day go by. It was time for dinner and boy was I exited!.

Honestly, the simplest things wow me! [as AM says :)], but its true, its always the simplest elements in life that make you go ‘ahhhh’. 🙂

I WAS actually on my way to say ‘i’ll have the Paella please’, when Paul suggested I flirt with something different… the truffle ravioli with truffle sauce? hellooo! done deal!.

I just need a moment here to compose…

This meal, was seriously, THE MOST YUMMIEST RAVIOLI I have ever TASTED! ever!!!!

I think Paul actually died a little death with every stolen mouthful, and secretly, although his squid-ink spaghetti was delicious, I think he wished HE had ordered the truffle-gasmic culinary delight.!!!! so good!!!!

A lot of the time pictures just dont do it justice. Although its just a mess of creams with speckles of black…it was truly a magical dish… and would be more than happy to try that again!!

Although this was an entry about dinner, I guess if its the first real meal of the day, and it ‘broke my fast’….whos to say really 🙂

it was delish, and satisfying and relaxing, what more can you ask for.

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Tastefully yours,

Joanna

B e n i : t i m e s

[Benicassim festival  |  La Terraza Avinguda de Salvador Ferrandis, 12560 Benicasim, 964 304 292 España]

What makes the perfect summer [festival] holiday?…

A small town in the autonomous community of Valencia,  during the summer transforms into a 4 day non-stop music|party|dance|food|beach|camping frenzy where we rest & eat by day and party into the night and early morning…

‘Benicàssim (SpanishBenicasimArabic: بنو قاسم according to Numismatic findings [1]) is a municipality embracing a beach resort located in the province of Castelló, on the Costa del Azahar in Spain. It is located 13 km north of the town of Castelló de la Plana, on the north of the Valencian Community. It has a population of 18,098. Its main economic activity comes from tourism; most notably the town is famous for the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, one of the most important summer music events in Europe.’  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benicasim)

Its quite out of this world, really quite something…The only camping music combo I’ve participated in was Meredith… which was also a beautiful/surreal experience.

Being first timers, [for me even to set foot onto the country] I don’t think we were quite ready for the 4 days ahead. Sometimes it felt like time was going incredibly, unimaginably slow, and others went so fast- it was 4 am before we knew it and we were vibing!

Still very warm into the night, often beni punters were scantily clad dancing hypnotically, in an amazing heat|music induced trance.

And after a quick nap in the morning, post dancing, you were awoken by the intense heat of the sun. Sometimes your ‘core body temperature’ [thank you Romeo 😉 ] reaching something in the ‘deathlies’.

Time just seemed to roll into one experience. And one never to forget. 🙂

Arriving at 3 am or so to Beni, after a manic effort collecting the team at various airports ;), resulted in us being refused entry… but we were delirious and decided a creepy, meandering, NO ENTRY ‘road’ was the way… and somehow we scored entry and were on our way trolloping through campfib looking for shelter and somewhere to rest our asses! To our surprise, we were in what seemed to be little UK |OZ…

did someone say we were in Spain?  maybe we were so tired, we drove to London instead… ? 😀

As we tended to doze off around 6am… breakfast really was an all day tapas event ending in dips in the warm beni water, and soaking in the beautiful soothing sun as we all dozed… it was truly something amazing.

We, like pigs, feasted on these amazing paellas, cheese platters, bocadillos, spanish tomato puree pizza thing. [La Terraza Avinguda de Salvador Ferrandis, 12560 Benicasim, Spain 964 304 292] Washing it all down with an icy cold Cerveza, Sangrias and Agua con gas. Perfect food for when feeling a little rough :). What a holiday!

So I guess for the perfect summer [festival] holiday…

Add 4 days of warm glorious sun

Sprinkle an awesome Lineup

Scatter around festivals enthusiasts from all around the world [mostly UK and OZ haha]

Tents to taste

Alcohol of choice

Mix together in a crowded, yet lively beach scene*

and roll around in Beni, be sure to mix well!!

ENJOY!

*Beach style: No tan lines…

And always be sure to enjoy safely, and remember to look after each other AND your passports! 🙂 [esp in Prodigy….the circle…]

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Tastefully yours,

Joanna