El Sol, Cassis, France

After Andre’s Half Ironman in Aix en Provence, we took the Monday off and went to Cassis for the day. We walked along the beach for a while, then stopped in the little port where all the fishing boats were docked. 

There were many different restaurants on the port, but as we were a bit late (it was approaching 3pm on a Monday), most had already stopped serving lunch for the day. Luckily, El Sol was still open! We found a perfect table in the shade and ordered.

And then… Andre started off with the fish soup, fully loaded with cheese and rouille.I went for the roasted red peppers with anchoiade (chopped anchovies) on top, the perfect Provençal starter!

And we each had a sea bass as part of the menu. Nice and fresh, it was served with very olive oil-y smashed potatoes that were delicious!

And an isle flotante for dessert… this went down pretty quickly!After this, we took a boat tour (as we had the time), to check out the different cliffs near Cassis. And they were absolutely gorgeous. 
The view from above? Also amazing, literally one of the most amazing views I’ve seen, especially with the mist collecting on that small island in the background!

Le Bistrot, Aix en Provence, France

The weekend that we were in Aix, the city was overflowing with an extra several thousand people, there either to perform in the Half Ironman or cheer someone on. To top it off, many of the restaurants were for some reason closed on the Saturday night (?!). We got on Trip Advisor and were able to book something that looked okay… and were pleasantly surprised!

List of things not to be missed in Aix en Provence! And the menu… very cool, as each dish has a fun name… usually a French expression. Less funny was listening to the poor waiter explain the menu in English to some American girls, three times…

Finally, I went for the pate de campagne, served with a huge vat of cornichons, and Andre had the foie gras. Then, I had the special of the day, the curried monkfish with rice, while he had the beef.  All delicious, in a very charming setting… and a huge cheese trolley for the end of the meal – I would definitely come back and try some of their other dishes!

Yooji’s, Zurich

A day trip to Zurich, the weather was gorgeous as I walked around…

I found Yoobi’s as I walked along a long road with many restaurants, each that had their outdoor terrace and was welcoming the lunch crowd… I decided that between Greek, Italian, pizza, sushi, Thai or Swiss German food, sushi was really what sounded best to me.

The menu is quite easy to use, and you write down what you want to order… I got several pieces of sashimi and a “platter” that included a summer roll, a few sushi roll pieces, and a few nigiri.

The restaurant has its own soy sauce, either the regular kind, or a yuzu-flavoured kind, depending on what tickles your fancy…  And finally, my meal: the five pieces of sashimi, two tuna, two salmon and a yellowtail, were all super fresh. I had two pieces of salmon nigiri (fine), two pieces of summer roll (a spicy prawn summer roll, something I’d never had before, that was delicious), and four pieces of roll sushi: two of a salmon flower roll, which was raw salmon served with chives and some flowers on top (very tasty!) and two of a Caesar spring roll, served with pieces of what I thought was cooked tuna, but I guess were cooked chicken, in a sauce.

Overall, the perfect amount of food, and look at those colours! This was a great selection/value for lunch.


Sants Train Station, Barcelona, Spain

After a few days in Barcelona for a conference (stuck in a hotel all day for meetings… a very nice hotel, but still a hotel), I headed to the train station to take a train to Marseille. Andre was doing the Half Ironman in Aix that weekend, so I was going to meet him there.

After three days of meetings, I was pooped and sick of eating hotel food… not a single croquette or any other Spanish food in sight! So at the train station, I found a good cantine/restaurant where I could pick and choose what I wanted.

I went for a mix; a tuna salad, which is one of those Spanish salads filled with all sorts of delicious veggies… it really hit the spot, and then the fideos paella to boot, my favourite kind of paella that is made with vermicelli noodles instead of rice.

The fideos were also delicious… and for some reason, they gave me a huge dollop of aioli, which I didn’t touch (I mean, does that look necessary to you?)

But I was pleasantly surprised with all of the different choices we had, from about five different hot meals to all sorts of salads to desserts. Not a bad selection, should you find yourself coming through!

Barrio Alto Hotel, Lisbon

The next morning, we headed over to our favourite rooftop hotel for brunch… The Barrio Alto Hotel in Chiado has a direct lift up to a secluded rooftop, where you can order a meal or drink. It has a fantastic view of Chiado, the river, and the other side of Lisbon over the bridge.

We went for a rather simple breakfast, with the idea being that we’d grab lunch soon… I went for the cut fruit, which included some papaya, pineapple and orange. Andre went for the bread basket, which was plentiful and came with a bunch of jams… which watch quite enough for the two of us! We sat for a while, reading a copy of Le Monde that we’d found in our hotel lobby, and enjoyed the view…

Clube Nacional de Natacao, Lisbon

An afternoon hanging out at the racket and swimming club in Lisbon, we grabbed a quite bite afterwards… a veggie quiche and a pasta with smoked salmon, rocket and goat cheese… simple food that hit the spot!

Caviar House and Prunier, Heathrow Terminal 3

After messing up my flight dates and only realizing when trying to check my bag in at Gatwick, I managed to push that flight back a few months and to book a different flight leaving from Heathrow that night… Urgh.

I had been looking forward to a chilled out dinner in Lisbon with Andre that night, but instead was at the airport… so I made the most of it. I went for the special, which included two types of gravlax (regular and dill-marinated), a salmon tartare (mixed with some nice relish), king prawns, small pink shrimps with Rose Marie sauce, an oyster, and some potato salad, covered with a spoon-full of caviar.

If I had had any misgivings about eating seafood at the airport, they were instantly squashed… this was a delicious plate and good pick-me-up before I prepared to board my flight to Lisbon!