El Al and the White Villa, Tel Aviv, Israel

Back to my trip to Tel Aviv, quickly… the flight over actually had quite good food… I took El Al and was not especially excited by the packaging and set-up of the dishes…  I mean, see below… lots of plastic and not great plating… but you know, the food was delicious. I had originally ordered the fish dish, which they ran out of by they got to my row, so I could choose between the chicken curry or the veggie mezze… and the flight attendant strongly suggested I go for the mezze, so I did.

And they were really good, different peppers, vine leaves and cabbage, all stuffed. Served on a bed of tomato roughly chopped base and slightly herbed and spiced, these were really good! A small jar of harissa and another of tahini acted as good dipping sauces on the side.

The next morning, at my hotel, the White Villas, I was treated to a delicious breakfast… labneh, fruit, a salad,a mni gazpacho soup with small mozarella balls in it, and lots of bread served with olive oil, nutella, and jam. YUM.

Then, it turns out that there is also hot food included in breakfast… the first day, I had to try it, as all the hot options sounded so good… I wanted to get the shakshuka (we are in Israel after all), but the lady suggested that I wait…

In her words, if this is your first shakshuka in Israel, don’t eat this one, as it’s kind of fancy… go into a hole-in-the-wall, shitty place and order one there first, an authentic one! Haha, I appreciated the honesty.

Instead, I got the two fried eggs served on a bed of sauteed greens and onions, and oh wow, was it delicious. Topped with some cheese (kind of like a fontina, but with more salt in it, and lots of black ground pepper.

I was disappointed that this dish wasn’t bigger, as it was SO good. The greens were varied and really fresh, so had a nice taste, especially with the sweet red onion. And the cheese melted over the eggs… yum.

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Bread & Bean, Holloway Road, London

A Thursday morning, I have a meeting up in north London and decide to garb some breakfast before heading to my next meeting (it’s one of those days when I’m running around and might not make it to the office!)

I’ve walked past the a few times, and it looks super cute, on a road filled mostly with kebab shops and corner stores. I went inside and took a look at the very long breakfast menu… nice! You order at the till, then they come to your table with the food when it’s ready.

I went for the vegetarian breakfast, which had tons of different bits and pieces on the dish… baked beans (I have to start asking them to keep these off… I never eat them so it’s a waste, plus they end up bleeding into everything else on the plate!) … along with a cooked tomato, cooked sweet potato, roasted red pepper and aubergine, some polenta (yup, those are nicely flavoured blocks of polenta) and a fried egg, all washed down with a delicious piece of toasted sour dough (smothered in salted butter)… mm.

As I hadn’t finished my cappuccino before heading out, they gave me a takeaway cup to finish it… how cute is this?!

The Lounge, Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto

So try to leave town, I did, but they didn’t make it easy for me. I was supposed to be on a 3pm flight to Montreal, which was cancelled. Then, a 9pm flight, which was also cancelled (at 1am, after three hours delayed in the terminal and after we had been sitting on board for an hour after that, since the flight crew had now gone past their hours working deadline.) Right.

So I tried again the next morning, after a lovely four hours’ sleep at the Ramada Inn Newark, this time, going first to Toronto to then make it to Montreal, for my flight leaving back for London that night. So fun.

So my first stop was Bill Bishop Airport in Toronto. I had no idea that there are two airports there, but I will never use another one than Billy Bishop again, it’s small, veyr well organised, and right next to downtown. Check it out, see how close we are, about to land:

At this point, I wasn’t especially hungry, so opted for a mini salad in the lounge. Oh, that’s right, everyone sits in the waiting lounge and has access to free coffee and cookies – then, you can buy all sorts of healthy snacks, salads, wraps and other bites. Genius.

This was my chickpea and kale salad, which also had red peppers, tomatoes, courgette and pineapple, and was a very nice appetite whetter.

Harlem Food Bar, Harlem, NY

A Sunday afternoon, we cycled up Central Park and intro Harlem, looking for a delicious brunch! Everything was booked (especially Melba’s, oops!) so we ended up across the street at a place called the Harlem Food Bar.

The menu is your typical weekend brunch menu, with eggs and sandwiches. I eventually went for the turkey burger… I wanted some kind of meat but wasn’t feeling a regular burger.

Honestly? It was the juciest turkey burger I’ve ever had (I didn’t realise that they can be juicy, just overcooked or undercooked!) Yum. The fries on the side were good, not amazing.

Andre had their omelette with sauteed onions and mushrooms… his potatoes looked really nice, as they had four different kinds of potatoes roasted on the plate… but you know what? They really didn’t have much taste. Disappointing!

Then we went Halloween mark shopping…

The Detox Kitchen, Soho

After a yoga class in Kingly Court, I headed downstairs to the Detox Kitchen to pick something up for lunch. The Detox Kitchen always has a long queue at lunchtime, so I had never had the courage to wait for my lunch there, but today, the line was a bit shorter, so I decided to go for it. And boy, was I in for a treat!

You can have a variety of lunch boxes, but the most common are either a protein and two salads or a protein and three salads. I went for the protein plus two, getting the veggie burger (a chickpea and corn burger that tasted like a big fritter, delicious, with some coriander sauce drizzled on top and a pea and mint puree on the side).

The choice of salads was also good, I went for the slaw (nice and simple, with edamame added) and the roast sweet potatoes, roast in a curry spice blend and topped with a little coconut butter. Yum.

I’ll be back soon to try their other salads and mains for sure!

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!