CABSLAM Berlin | Travel

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I love brunch, there’s just something so much better about having brunch than breakfast or lunch. Even though 99% of the time I’ll have all three . . . I can eat okay?

I love all of the food that you can get because there’s usually loads of different things including avocados, eggs, fancy different things which you never knew excited. So on my recent travels to Berlin as soon as I heard about the place CABSLAM which is meant to be the place for breakfast/brunch I knew I needed to go.

CABSLAM – Innstraße 47, Neukölln, 12045, Berlin

CABSLAM actually stands for The California Breakfast Slam so you can understand why they shortened the name, even though it’s nice putting that everywhere would take ages. The name comes from the fact that it’s an American style place that serves breakfast and brunch served with some California love.

Have I already mentioned how much I love this place? Like I honestly fell in love with it and would love to go back to Berlin simply for this place, if you’re ever in the city it’s a must.

Fair enough it is a short trek to find it and we did get a little confused by our map apps, it took us through some of not the best streets which was a little scary but at the same time I loved it, you really got a feel for the place and saw the bits that’s not just on show as you would expect. This doesn’t mean that CABSLAM is in some sort of run down, unsafe slum by any means – you’re perfectly safe.

I opted for the Huevos Rancheros in the brunch size for €8.90 and if you’re not aware what that is it’s basically a plate of two homemade corn tortilla with two fried eggs, black beans, fresh pico de gallo salsa, guacamole and sour cream. I’ve never tried this before but thought it sounded like the perfect thing and oh my days was it one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
It was honestly so good and just writing this post and looking back at the photos is making me drool, I might have to try and recreate this myself at home one day.

Mark on the other hand opted for the Breakfast Burrito for €6.90, not going to lie I was completely tempted to opt for this one myself because it sounds amazing. ‘Flour tortilla filled with egg, bacon, cheese, black beans, ranchero sauce and potato.’ – I would be lying if I said I didn’t end up eating probably half of it, I can’t help it. I have a thing for eggs okay?

Overall get me on a plane back to this place asap.

The Chipiron Restaurant Barcelona | Travel

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Ahh paella, the most delicious meal known to man, or well me, myself and I. Ever since I’ve gotten back from Barcelona all I’ve been dreaming about is the amazing paella I ate over seas, it was honestly some of the nicest food I’ve ever eaten and I know I say that about everything I eat but this is just next level stuff.

I’ve tried Paella a lot and from loads of different places but the seafood one from The Chipiron Restaurant in Barcelona is amazing. The thing that makes this so great isn’t just the food itself it’s the view, it’s sat right on the waterfront with mirrored ceilings making it extremely scenic.

We got the large original seafood paella to share which I don’t regret doing in the slightest because it came in this GIANT pan where you just helped yourself. Did you know the best part of a paella is the crispy parts on the edges? Not just a fact from me, a fact from everyone.

The fact that you can sit either inside or outside depending on you mood and the whether is fab too, usually I’m not much of a fan of sitting outside especially when I’m eating because of the flies. I don’t usually like sharing food anyway never mind sharing them with pesky insects. But sitting outside in the warm spanish sun with the salty breeze from the water, eating paella is just something else.

The prices I think is very reasonable with the paella costing €16.85, I did want to try the sword fish and baby squid paella but sadly I couldn’t convince my boyfriend to go for it. Next time I to The Chipiron Restaurant go I’m definitely going to be getting that one though!

If you ever go to Barcelona I definitely recommend going to The Chipron and trying the paella!

Why You Need To Visit Barcelona Food Markets | Travel

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I am a massive foodie, always have been and always will be. I’ve always been facinated about food, from the flavours, textures and how it looks. So obviously finding out that Barcelona had a food market just off of St Rambles I had to take a detour back to my Air BnB to check it out.

If you ever go to Barcelona definitely make sure you check out the Barcelona Food Markets like this food market Mercado de La Boqueria at La Rambla, 91, 08001 It’s honestly so amazing and I would go back to Barcelona just to go back to this market. Although I didn’t actually know that there was so many different food markets in Berlin because I definitely would of tried them all out, but because this was the most raved about and easiest to find I’m glad I went to this one.

They sell so many different types of foods and drinks from fresh fruit juices which are absolutely devine so cooked baby octopus, which is also amazing. You can get seafood, cooked or raw (to cook at home, it’s not sushi.) Fruit, chocolate covered things, churros, meat, paella, cheese, loads of other cooked foods. There’s just so much to chose from that you will definitely want to visit more than once.

The octopus is something that I still dream about.

Be aware that it is usually super busy, I went on my own and did feel a little bit like a sardine in a tin. I also didn’t have enough arms to carry and eat everything I wanted. Also the only reason I bought this coconut is for the photo puposes, I think it was only about €1 and thought it would look great on my Instagram.

I would say to definitely give it a go at least once, have a sangria, eat some food, take loads of photos. Just enjoy yourself.

For more posts about my travels to Barcelona click here.

Barcelona Tapas Tour | Travel

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It feels like it’s been forever since I went to Barcelona never mind since I’ve last wrote a post on it but alas here I am typing away because I’ve yet again got that travel bug – but I can’t quite afford to book another trip yet so I’ve decided to relive it all through my photos and posts.

One thing that I say you have to do is to book a tapas tour, the ones I booked was from TBB which is Tapas Tours Barcelona which is just a Barcelona Tapas Tour and it was amazing. The main thing that I like about the tapas tours is that you really get the experience Barcelona and try loads of different foods that you may not of tried and even visit places that you didn’t know existed!

You can either book and pay online which I did or just reserve a place then pay at the end of the tour which some of the people in our group did. The group we was in was small with only about 5 or 6 of us and the tour guide so it made it easy to get around and even better to try all of the foods – you are walking for the whole tour so I recommend wearing comfy shoes, since I was an absolute idiot and wore brand new mid heel sandals and by the end of it I had about 7 blisters and could barely walk . . .

I think we went to four different places altogether which was all around Barcelona wear you got a drink and some Tapas at each one, my personal favourite was the third place because it was some of the most tastiest food I’ve ever had in my life! All though all of the food I had was pretty amazing.

With the walk you get to see some beautiful sights and our tour guide from originally from Catalan and spoke amazing English so she was even trying to teach us some Spanish around which was pretty cool. She also gave us loads of facts about the city and all the different parts we was at, as well as facts about each restaurant and what we was eating – basically we learnt a lot!

I’ll definitely be doing the Barcelona Tapas Tour again next time I go to Barcelona because even though it  €20 it really is worth the money, because lets face it that’s a steal!.

Staying In A Air BnB, Would I Recommend It? | Travel

 

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Back in May I stayed in my first ever Air BnB and it wasn’t even me who booked it. I’ve been debating about ever staying in one before because I had never seen that many reviews on them before and a part of me was scared that it was going to be completely dodgy, dirty or that I was going to have a serial killer great me at the door and then watch over me sleep at night.

Since actually staying in one myself thought I would definitely go back because it’s so nice, it’s like a home away from home. The only flaw from my experience is that there wasn’t any lifts so I had to walk up about four flights of stairs everyday and with the fact we was leaving the apartment about three times a day it meant I was exhausted by the end of it, but that could of also been to do with the fact we was walking around all day, everyday not the stairs.

The place I stayed in was completely clean and cute with a little balcony, it had a little kitchen that we could use and a fridge which was great for keeping the sangria in – we even had wifi which if you know me at all was something that I felt like I needed. I’ve even browsed the Air BnB website myself before and after staying in one, it’s just so easy to navigate on even with the filter options to make sure you’re in a certain bit, that you have wifi etc – plus there’s even places you can stay in for months or just one night, it can work out cheaper than a hotel or about the same as a hostel if you look right or go with a group of friends.

Overall I actually loved staying in a Air BnB and will be staying in more to come in the future, I loved staying in it more than some of the hotels I’ve been in!