bugaloo’s / providenciales

i love how they have rearranged this place, where most people didn’t even know there was such a beautiful site. we come to five cays once in a while, for the banana bread at liz bakery or the lobsters at provo seafood, and we like it because it is so un-touristic.

we’ve been to bugaloo’s a couple of times, first when it opened last year, and then again last week. they keep turtles and bunnies, so kids always have a good time looking around.

conch is their speciality, but last time we tried the cracked lobster and i tell you, it is so, so good. i think the restaurant has been busier than they thought it would, so service can be slow, just make sure you are not in a hurry when coming here. i like it that you meet locals, residents and tourists all in one place too.

for more information, check bugaloo’s facebook page.

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viajante / london

i like casual places to eat, with simple and fresh flavours and a happy atmosphere. but sometimes i like to try out restaurants where i am surprised with the experience,  the mix of flavours and the textures i would’ve never thought of.

viajante is one of these, it has been on my bucket list for a while, and i finally got to try it out on my last trip to london. plus, it makes me proud, to try out a michelin star restaurant in london, by nuno mendes, a portuguese chef.

we booked for sunday lunch, and since we were on a lower budget, we went for the three course meal. if you add up the different amouse bouche before and the petit fours to end the meal, it wasn’t such a small lunch after all.

there were three amouse bouche – thai explosion (not pictured) – amaranth with sorrel, the tamarind and popcorn made a surprising texture – and potatoes with yeast and lardo, would have never thought of yeast flavour, and it’s good!

bread and butter, a reminder of how good bread can be, with smoked and ham flavoured butter.

the main dishes were warm mackerel with red pepper juices and soaked bread, and turbot with seaweed sofrito and seafood rice broth.

we were then served a sorbet to clean the palate, pickled and raw cucumber with reduced milk sorbet, another amazing surprise.  and dessert was milk in three textures, which i thought was simple, yet perfect to allow for a couple of petit fours to follow.

to end the meal we had a freezing olive oil toffee snap frozen in liquid nitrogen that melted in our mouths (sorry, it was too hard to wait to be pictured), and the chocolate and cepes mushroom truffle.

i specially liked having lunch with a view to the kitchen where our lunch was being prepared in total silence, as if the chef’s work was all synchronized. the service was very friendly, attentive and discreet.

viajante, 3 course meal for lunch – GBP 35 per person

note – i am no food critic, i simply enjoy food and sharing meals with friends.

first photo by conde nast traveler, all other photos by myseastory

broadway market / london

i just came back from a short weekend in london. i always love going back, catching up with a few friends and live like a londoner for a couple of days.

one of my favourite plans is going to the broadway market, it’s a ritual i have with my friends – a healthy brunch at home and a morning spent in the market, buying fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread and pastries.

there is something special about this market that makes it different from other more popular ones in london – there is a neighborhood feeling to it.

i like starting with a capuccino from climpson and sons (always packed, but worth the wait) and then head to my favourite stalls in the market – the pesto from borough olives (i have never tasted one like this), and catherine tough’s lavender hearts are staple stops.

by the time we leave it’s lunch time, so we get to share a few snacks – a smoked salmon bruschetta, a mushroom risotto, and a garlicky courgette and artichoke pizza!

click HERE for broadway market’s website

abc kitchen / new york

the same way i have a shopping list for whenever i go to new york, i also keep a list places to eat. i try to go to the spots i haven’t been to. abc kitchen was on the list.

it is conveniently located, close to our favourite shops on fifth avenue, near union square,  at the back of abc carpet.

we went for a quick lunch, and the menu, by jean georges, includes organic and the freshest local ingredients. the atmosphere is casual and happy.

we shared a few starters, our favorites were the crab toast with lemon aioli and the tuna sashimi marinated with ginger and mint.

i had a big kale craving so i had the kale salad with lemon, serranos and mint, for entree. it was delicious, but my mouth waters just as i think of the veggie burger i also tried. with minted yogurt and whole wheat pita, it was to die for.

lately, i’ve been trying to cut on sweets and desserts, but we couldn’t resist on sharing the salted caramel ice cream with candied peanuts and popcorn – a huge sin but so worth it!

next time, i will sure try their dinner menu.

abc kitchen contacts.

lemon 2go coffee / providenciales

i have a new addiction in provo – and it’s the cappuccino from lemon2go coffee.

i know you would think that living by the beach and in the heat of turks and caicos i would be addicted to rum punch or margaritas.

i seriously have to stop myself from stopping by for a cappuccino every day – the quality of the coffee is amazing (forty ninth parallel) and the cappuccino is perfectly prepared every-single-time.

they have other coffee options, like iced lattes and frapuccinos – check their facebook page for their daily inspiration.

the setting is gorgeous, they have, not only, the best cappuccino on island, but they also sell the most beautiful flowers. i love every time i come in, the shop is packed with flowers, candles and soaps, amongst other temptations – i want to buy them all!it’s my definitely my favorite coffee spot and oh so miss it when i’m off island!the shop is located on grace bay road, in front of salt mills, call them on 1 (649) 941-4487 or check their Facebook page and their website.

thanks to simone for graciously posing for the pictures :)

more foodie spots on island here