Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tien Hiang, Paris France

Location: 14 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France

One of my favorite restaurants in Paris is Tien Hiang. Everything we have had here has been amazing and what I still have to find in Berlin. Their mock meats are my favorites and it is just really good. So when we went back to Paris for a few days the first place we visited was Tien Hiang. Really we had wanted to go back at least once more on that trip, but we unable to fit it in. We started this visit with the fried dumplings. I love dumplings and these were tasty. The sauce that came with them was odd. Sweet and kind of like a barbecue sauce which was interesting and not expected.

We also tried the radish cake. This was also good, but greasy. It had a light flavor, but I enjoyed it.

Our first main was the caramelized chicken clay pot which was so unbelievably good! I could have eaten a heaping plate full of this stuff. It was mock chicken, shallots, coconut milk, ginger and tofu. There were large pieces of ginger and the mock chicken was my favorite kind, though I don't know what it is exactly. It was so good. I wish I had some now...

We also tried the Vermicelli with lemongrass beef - lemongrass, onion, tofu, soya pieces, peanuts, cucumber and mint. This was also very tasty. Fresh and light, but hard to top the caramelized chicken. Still very good.

Overall - I love Tien Hiang. Definitely try and stop by if you are in Paris.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Yumcha Heroes, Berlin Germany

Location: Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Our second visit to Yumcha Heroes started off the same as the first - with Pak Choi. It is so tasty and light and just a great dish. The baked ginger goes nicely with the pak choi.

Then we also both got some dumplings, though I got the dumpling soup since we were sitting outside and it was getting a bit chilly. That and I love soup and this one is delicious. It comes with the same dumplings that you get steamed, just with broth added. So tasty.

Then we decided to try something new, the silk tofu cube - silk tofu baked with vegetables and a soy ginger sauce. This was just alright. I am not sure I would get it again as it is more expensive, but not that much food and not amazing. I mean it was good, just not great. I would just stick with my small dishes and be done with it.

Overall - Yumcha Heroes is great for light delicious foods.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Makoto, Berlin Germany

While my in-laws were in town we needed to find some places for meat and veggie eaters (we usually eat at veggie places). After reading a good review we decided to check out Makoto for dinner one night. We started off with the miso tofu - tofu with miso sauce. This was really good, light miso flavor and was just a nice light starter.

We also tried the vegetable croquettes - mashed potatoes, peas, corn and onions fried (comes with mayo so you have to ask to leave that off. They didn't understand me the first time and they came out covered in it so they fixed it for us). These were alright. Just mashed potato cakes. Good but not amazing.

We then tried the Yasai Don - fried vegetables and tofu with ginger sauce served over rice. This was quite tasty, very nice light ginger flavor. Not too overpowering like ginger can sometimes be. Very good.

Overall - We will definitely be back to Makoto. The food was tasty and fresh.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tanne B, Berlin Germany

Location: Eisenbahnstraße 48, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Tanne B is one of our favorite ice cream places. We stopped by a little while ago and it was chilly outside and they had a red lentil coconut soup listed as vegan so we thought we would try that (as well as our usual waffle and ice cream). The soup was delicious. It had pieces of carrots and sprouts, lentils and was creamy but light. So tasty with a light heat to it. Perfect for a chilly day lunch.

Overall - We love Tanne B, and now we will be back to try more of their soups!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hot Dog Soup, Berlin Germany

We were walking by Hot Dog Soup one day and their sign outside stating they had vegan options so we stopped in to check it out. We started with the Hawaiian - veggie dog with pineapple, fried onion, ketchup and sweet chili sauce. This was really delicious. It was sweet and really tasty.

The other hot dog we tried was the Kraut - veggie dog with fried onions, sauerkraut, ketchup and mustard. This was good, but I am not a huge mustard fan and there was a bit much on this for me. It kind of overpowered everything for me and since I don't like mustard it kind of made it just okay. If you like mustard though it is really good.

Overall - If we are in the area and need something to eat we would stop in again. The hot dogs were tasty and service was super quick.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cake Prinzessin, Berlin Germany

We were wandering through the Mauer Park Flea Market one Sunday and saw a sign for Cake Prinzessin with vegan cupcakes so we of course had to stop and try one. They had a few flavors but the choco-chai called to me. The icing was actually really tasty, and usually I am not a huge icing fan (usually it is too sweet). The cake however was really dry and just not very good. Disappointing.

Overall - The cupcake was not very good. The cake was dry and just not tasty, though the frosting was delicious.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sfitzy Veg, Berlin Germany

I know I have posted about Sfizy Veg before, but it really is one of my top two places to eat in Berlin. So tasty. Some of the best pizza I have ever had. Everything we have ever tried here has been amazing. I know it can take a while to get your food if it is busy, but it is always worth the wait. Every time we go we have to keep trying new things until we have gone through the menu. This is what we told ourselves or else we would keep getting the same thing and never find new favorites! On this trip we tried the chorizo pizza. I was expecting more of a chorizo crumble, but the slices were tasty.

We also tried the spinach ricotta pizza. This is a new favorite as it was so light but delicious. The ricotta was light and spinach went well with it. The crust as always was delicious.

Overall - Definitely stop by Sfitzy Veg if you are in Berlin. It is one of two restaurants I would definitely eat at if I only had a short time here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vego Foodworld, Berlin Germany

We probably eat at Vego Foodworld way too often. I almost always get a burger because every one I have tried has been amazing. On this visit I had one of my favorites - the bacon cheeseburger. Bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and sauces. So good.

Raymond will sometimes get non-burger items. This visit he went with the currywurst, which is not my favorite. I just...not sure I like this ketchup/curry combo. Sometimes it is good, but this one is just not for me. Raymond really likes it though and he gets it once and a while.

Overall - We love Vego. We eat there way too often. If you are looking for greasy burgers and fry type place this is for you.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Viasko, Berlin Germany

For our anniversary this year we decided to go to Viasko for dinner. We had eaten here years ago when we were just visiting, but had not made it back since we moved to Berlin. We started with the Wonton lasagna with avocado and beetroot mousse with caramelized tofu red cabbage salad. This was so amazing. The avocado mousse could overpower the whole dish, but the beetroot mousse was amazing. Really I never had anything like this, the crispy wonton, the velvety mousses, the smokey salad all came together into an amazing bite of food. So good and probably my favorite thing we are there.

We also tried the cheese spatzel. We had this dish in Munich and loved it so I was hoping for a similar dish. This one was very different, it reminded of us breakfast foods. It came with a salad and onion rings and had smoked tofu in it, which I think helped make us think of bacon and eggs. It was really tasty, but not as cheesy as I expected. Still really good and I would go back for more.

The last dish we tried was the seitan ragout with homemade dumplings and green beans. The dumplings were really tasty, with herbed breadcrumbs. The green beans were cooked well and were quite good. The seitan ragout was tasty, but a little overwhelming with the flavors. This was our least favorite dish we tried, but we still enjoyed it. We were going to get some dessert, but these three dishes were so much food we couldn't fit any in our stomachs.

Overall - I really liked Viasko. Everything we had was good and I would definitely go back. They have brunch on the weekend, which we really need to try out. They also change their menu often so we will be back to try some more dishes.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Bishops Arms, Kiruna Sweden

Location: Föreningsgatan 6C, 981 31 Kiruna, Sweden

While in Kiruna we stayed at The Bishops Arms, which is also a cozy bar and restaurant. We decided to eat dinner there one night with some drinks since they had a few veggie options which could be made vegan. We tried the veggie wrap - asparagus, snow peas, lettuce, tomato, carrot, and a light sauce served with fries (and it said guacamole, but really it was some creamy something that was not vegan). This was just okay, which is a shame since there were so many tasty veggies in it. I was disappointed.

We also tried the veggie burger (without coleslaw, aioli, or cheese). The burger was a root burger, which was quite crumbly, was a little sweet and pretty tasty. Not my favorite burger ever, but good and if we go to Kiruna again I would eat one again. Raymond really liked it, and the fries were tasty.

Overall - I really like the atmosphere in the Bishops Arms. It is cozy and a great place to have a drink and veggie burger. Stay away from the wrap though.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Thai Kitchen, Kiruna Sweden

Location: VÄNORTSGATAN 8, 981 32 Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna is a tiny town above the arctic circle in Sweden. I didn't have high hopes of finding things to eat here, but a wander through the downtown area revealed Thai Kitchen. Thai food if my favorite so I was pretty excited. We ordered the Pad Thai which was alright. Light flavors, a little sweet with lots of veggies. Raymond didn't like it much, I think because not all the veggies were fresh, but I thought it was good. I mean rice noodles = great in my book. And they were cooked perfectly so it was good. Not the best Thai food ever, but good considering where we were.

We also tried the noodles with black bean sauce, which I didn't like as much. This had more ginger and didn't taste of much else, but it was okay. Still lots of noodles and veggies and tofu that was not very good. I don't know how they made the tofu so not good, but the rest was okay.

Overall - Thai Kitchen is just okay Thai food, but in a tiny town of Kiruna I was happy to find it.