Eat Like a Local

My favorite part of travelling is tasting my way through a new city. For me, food is a window into culture. With each bite of Spanish tortilla I begin to better appreciate the long, storied history of Spanish family meals, cultivated locally, cooked from memory and always shared. Sinking my teeth into a fresh baguette while walking the winding streets of Paris helped me further understand the importance the French place on fresh, flavorful food prepared by experts and sold fresh daily.

When I visit a new city, the one recommendation I’m always searching for but which is always the hardest to find is a good restaurant recommendation. After much trial and error, here are the foodie gems I’ve found along my travels. Each post has an array of recommendations for where to eat when traveling to Madrid or Paris (with many more to come!). Hope they can bring you the same tastebud-dancing joy!

Madrid, One Tapa at a Time

Tapas Don't Get Better Than This

Huevos rotos con chorizo

Napolitana con Chocolate

Napolitana (chocolate-filled croissant)

One of my favorite tapas: croquetas! La Pasa serves theirs as round balls, rather than the traditional log shape.

Seafood and mushroom croquettas

Falling in Love with Paris, 8 Bites at a Time

Croque Monsieur from L'Escuria

Croque Monsieur

Macaroons at Gerard Mulot


Almond, Chocolate Croissant

Almond-chocolate croissant

Pintxos: The Haute Couture of Spanish Tapas

Calamari Pintxo

Calamari Pintxo

Tomato Jelly and Goat Cheese Pintxo

Tomato Jelly and Goat Cheese pintxo

Sundried Tomato, Cheese and Quince Pintxo

Sundried tomato, cheese and quince pintxo

3 Reasons Why Madrid is Actually Food Heaven

Spanish Vegetarian Buffett

Spanish-Style Vegetarian Buffett

Sepia a la Plancha

Homemade Pan-Fried Squid

Delicious Tomatoes

Heavenly tomatoes on an ultra-fresh salad!

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