Where To Eat In Bologna

Where To Eat In Bologna

When it comes to Bologna, I am sure many of you would think of the famous spaghetti Bolognese. We are going to tell you where to get the most authentic and good spaghetti Bolognese and many other specialties of Bologna.

1. Ristorante da Cesari

Run by the Cesari family since 1955, this charming little restaurant has a cozy ambiance and serves authentic Bolognese dishes. One of the highly raved dish is it's pumpkin ravioli. Their ravioli will simply melt in your mouth with butter and shaved Parmesan. In winter, they specialize in truffle and mushroom dishes.

2. Nu Lounge Bar

This is one of the famous and good Tiki bars in Bologna. Most fashionable and beautiful people from Bologna come to this bar to chill and have a good time. There is also an outdoor seating even during winter months when the weather gets cold all thanks to the heat lamps they have. So you don't have to worry about freezing your nose off during the winter. With one of the best cocktail list in the world, you can try their infused vodka and cachaca drinks.

3. Antica Trattoria della Gigina 

On the menu, there are antepastis such as the Mortadella mousse and balsamic jelly with brioche and main courses such as tortellini in bolognese sauce and gnocchi with spinach Parmasan fondue and truffles. Other items on their menu include traditional Bolognese dishes such an entre with rabbit meat, which is commonly used in Bolognese cuisines.

4. Ditta Paolo Atti & Figli

This place is have some of the best tortellini in Bologna. The reason for their good tortellini might be using one egg for every 100 grams of semolina flour, giving their tortellini the distinct yellow colour. If you are in the mood for something light, you can grab some pastries as your afternoon snack while touring Bologna. Their apricot cookies and spinach pies are highly raved.

5. Dining with the locals with BonAppetour

Fancy a really good hearty and authentic Bolognese meal with dishes such as Tagliatelle alla Bolognese or Toretellini with cheese? Join our hosts at Bonappetour for an amazing home dining experience. You can even learn how to make the famour Ragu Bolognese yourself or watch our skillfull hosts make a tortellini from scratch. It will be a night you wouldn't want to forget!

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8 Ways to Eat your Avocado

8 Ways to Eat your Avocado

1. Just as it is

For those who like the fresh taste of avocado, simply slice them in half and eat them during breakfast or anytime of the day for a little energy boost.

2. Guacamole

Dice up or mash some aocados, add in your favourite seasoning and dip some chips in it. This is a healthier and tastier alternative to other snacks.

3. Eat it over toast

You can mash them up and spread it over toast with scrambled eggs. Serve with some sprinkled salt and pepper and it will be nutritious, cholestoral free breakfast option. Alternatively, you can also slice them into thin slices.

4 Avocado salad

Feeling like having some veggie boost? Why not make an avocado salad. Mix your favourite greens, such as kale, arugula and beans with diced avocados. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and it is good to go. If you are feeling more hungry, add a boiled egg on top. 

5. Avocado stuffed burgers

These avocado stuffed burgers are great for those meat lovers out there. SImple to make and it doesn't contain any carbohydrates. Check out the recipe here.

6. Pasta with creamy avocado sauce

Change your normal cream sauce with this creamy avocado sauce that's much healthier, has a fresh taste and less cholesterol.

7. Avocado smoothie

This is the perfect idea for breakfast. Blend an avocado with bananas and berries and you'll get a thick, creamy, sweet and tangy smoothie that is full of vitamins and healthy fats.

8. Chicken and avocado soup

On a cold rainy day, this chicken and avocado soup is what you need to warm your body up. The flavourful chicken stock and chunky avocado cubes will leave you feeling more than satisfied.

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Foodie Guide to an Indulgence at Europe’s Christmas Markets

Foodie Guide to an Indulgence at Europe's Christmas Markets

Ho ho ho! The year-end festive period sees Christmas markets sprouting all across Europe. These markets are immensely popular with both locals and travellers alike; filled with stalls selling handmade Christmas souvenirs and an abundance of treats, they are the perfect spots to shop for gifts for your loved ones and to grab a bite. Check out our guick foodie guide to make sure you don't miss out on the best treats in the markets!

1. Mulled Wine

Downing a warm beverage is especially comforting during the cold season. Stick to an all-time favourite at Christmas markets – mulled wine. Those who love their booze will not be able to resist this spiced drink.

2. Crepe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with piping hot crepes made on the spot. You will probably discern the delightful aroma of crepes wafting in the air before you spot a stall selling this treat. Most stalls offer a variety of sweet toppings, so go ahead and create a flavourful treat for yourself. Those without a sweet tooth will not be denied the joy of consuming this delectable treat – simply opt for a selection of savoury toppings to be loaded upon your crepe. 

3. Bratwurst

Delicious either fried or grilled, the bratwurst is a Christmas market staple not to be missed! It comes as no surprise that bratwurst is typically found in Germany's Christmas markets, as well as German-inspired Christmas markets across Europe as sausages are icons of German cuisine. At certain bratwurst stalls, you can ask for fries to go along with your sausage roll. It is vacation time after all, so do not hold back on indulging in decadent treats!

4. Apple Strudel

Warm and sweet, a serving of apple strudel drizzled with creamy vanilla sauce is the perfect antidote to combat winter blues. This is a must-eat treat for all dessert lovers!

5. Potato Pancakes

If you find yourself craving savoury, deep-fried fare, keep your eyes peeled for stalls selling potato pancakes. This German street food dish is usually served with applesauce, as the sweetness of the sauce balances out the salty flavours of the pancakes. Go for the sour cream dip if you are not a fan of contrasting sweet-and-salty flavours in a single dish. 

6. Gingerbread Cookies

No Christmas feast is complete without some spicy gingerbread cookies! You will easily spot these colourful treats from afar when you stroll through the market. Heartwarming messages and greetings are commonly writing in vibrantly-coloured icing on this cookie, making them ideal as gifts for your loved ones. Make sure you get some extra cookies, for you will not be able to resist biting into one right away!


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How To Eat Like A Local In Budapest

How To Eat Like A Local In Budapest

In the gastronomic city of Budapest, one will find a diversity of flavours that combines food influences from both the east and west. Most Hungarian dishes, particularly traditional items, are heavily influenced by the nomadic lifestyles and tastes of the Magyar people. Livestock, seasonal vegetables and meats were cooked over the fire, and stews, such as beef goulash and fish soup, as well as pickled vegetables and spices are often featured in the diet of the locals. This wide variety of local food in Hungary may be overwhelming to travellers new to Hungarian cuisine…until you get a handy list of tips on how to eat like the local Magyars in Budapest!

1. Angelo Café Bar

Kalvin Ter, along with other central locations such as Deak, Andrassy Road or Octogon offers a good number of dining options. The eateries here will suit tighter budgets, and you will be able to find all kinds of traditional food items here. One restaurant that comes with my recommendation is Angelo Café Bar. You will not have a problem spotting this place – the menus of the cafe are huge, and it is one of the first few restaurants that you see when you enter 6 Raday Street. 

Prices are affordable, and portions are generous for the food items sold here – a gigantic salami pizza costs just €5. Savour a taste of traditional Hungarian flavours by ordering the beef goulash, fish soup and cabbage wrap, or try out well-loved fare such as sandwiches and steaks. You must order the Elderflower wine spritzer to go along with your meal – the combination of aromatic elderflower and wine makes this a heavenly-tasting beverage not to be missed!

Location: 6 Raday St, alight at metro station Kalvin Ter

2. Nagyi Palacsintazoja (Granny’s Pancake House)

Hungarian-style pancakes are a must-try when you are in Budapest. A hiddem gem called Granny's Pancake House is tucked away at Batthyany Square. This eatery may not have an attractive location or fancy decorations, but it continues to draw flocks of diners keen on having a taste of its delightful pancakes. Browse through the menu, and you will find about a hundred different varieties of sweet and savoury pancakes, with fillings such as choclate, spinach and chicken stew. The eatery is open 24/7, so you can get a fix of pancake treat any time when the cravings hit. 


Pest City Center – Petőfi Sándor utca 17-19, District 5

Buda – Királyhágó tér 2, District 12

Óbuda Aquincum – Szentendrei út 131, District 3

3. Local Markets

Avoid the over-priced souvenirs and food produce sold at the touristy Central Market Hall. Instead, explore local haunts, such as the market located next to Allee Shopping Centre at Ujbuda-Kozpont. You will find an abundance of vegetables and fruits, such as cherries, strawberries and paprikas, sold at affordable prices. 

Location:  October twenty-street 8-10

4. Spar / InterSpar

Supermarkets offer heaps of options to go truly local. In Budapest, you will easily find a chain of supermarkets known as Spar. Once here, do not leave without getting a box of Pöttyös, a well-loved snack of chocolate coated with sweet cheese. The coating does not taste like traditional cheeses, for it is sweet and sour. This is the most amazing snack that I have ever tasted! 

All the Spar outlets offer a good selection of salamis with varying levels of spiciness and flavours. The salami with paprika is a must-try, and can be eaten as a snack, or used as an ingredient in dishes. Give the liver spread a try too – you will find tins of goose, chicken or cow liver spreads on the shelves. Spread over bread, and eaten with pickled cabbage and cold cuts, this makes for a simple breakfast often consumed by the locals. 

Locations: All over the city

5. Anna Café

Venture to Vaci Ucta, one of the most popular tourist streets in Budapest, and you will find Anna Café. The cafe offers a variety of traditional Hungarian cakes and desserts, as well as salads, sandwiches, wine and specialty coffee. 

Try the gundel palacsinta, a decadent treat made up of three gundel pancakes rolled up together, and coated with chocolate, peanuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you are not in the mood for an indulgent dessert, the cafe's strategic location makes it an excellent spot to spend a leisurely afternoon sipping coffee, people watching, and enjoying the views of the city. 

Location: Vaci Ucta 5, 1051 Budapest Hungary

6. McDonald’s

Yum! Creamy, filled with small wafer balls and containing a splash of rich chocolate, the Cornetto McFlurry is a treat that ice cream lovers will adore!

The baroque-style McDonald’s outlet at Nyugati Railway Terminal in Budapest is regarded as the most beautiful McDonald’s outlet in the world. Opened in 1988, it is the first Mcdonald’s outlet in Hungary, and also one of the first outlets opened in Eastern Europe. 

Location: Right outside Nyugati Railway Station

7. Street Food Stalls and Food Festivals

Lucky holidaymakers traversing the streets of Budapest during the summer will have plenty of opportunities to explore a slew of food festivals. Make time to visit Oktoberfest, set up beside Deak Metro station in the heart of Budapest. You will find stores selling different varieties of beer, sausages, stews, pickles and crunchy, deep-fried fare.

Be sure to try out kolacs when you see it sold at the street food stalls. This traditional pastry is made by rolling pastry dough around a cylinder, before cooking it slowly over fire. When it starts to brown and turn crispy, a generous dash of sugar and cinnamon are spread over the pastry before it is served.  

Nutritious and flavourful, the paprika is a favourite snack among the locals. 

8. Home-dining with the Locals

Want to tuck into a spread of Hungarian dishes in the cosy homes of the locals? A meal with Peter promises to be a culinary adventure. You will start dinner with a traditional soup served with Palinka, a local spirit made from fruits, and round off the meal with flodni, a layered Jewish cake packed with walnuts, apples and poppy seeds.

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