The Hallyu (Korean wave) that swept many cities the past years not only brought about the fame of Korean culture, K-dramas, and K-pop, it brought along the popularity of Korean cuisine, too. We used to just refer to their grilled meat as Korean barbecue, which when viewed might be like your normal barbecue day anywhere. But no, gui (grilled dish)/ Korean barbecue includes thinly sliced meat (beef in particular) that has been marinated in a sweet-savory sauce.
My love for Vietnamese food has grown so much through the years, there’s not a week that I don’t eat a Gỏi cuốn (summer roll), Chả giò or Nem rán (fried spring roll), or a simple mango salad of their specialty. I’ve learned to cook some of the easier dishes but whenever I feel like indulging in Phở, Bun Nem Ran, or just anything with shrimp and coriander, I go to Chap In, an eat-all-you-can Vietnamese restaurant near Vienna’s Westbahnhof.
It’s supposed to be a sunny spring afternoon, but as April would have it…there was some rain, gray skies and quite cold winds for this time of the year. It does happen often in April, dubbed as the crazy-weather month that does what it likes in this part of Europe. The sky would have been perfect in blue, as a backdrop for the tulips that I, unfortunately, didn’t see much this season.
“Just because I can’t sing, doesn’t mean I won’t sing.” – My mantra since I have friends who can really belt out high notes and can manage to cover new hits without so much a sweat. Now, double that singing gathering with good food and I will really give it my all. While the Philippines, Japan, and Korea among other Asian nations will have karaoke bars in literally every street possible, Vienna has very few.
On a rainy and cold day, nothing’s better than having a warm bowl of soup and a good book for company…that, or you could fly off to sunny Spain to temporarily escape the wintry feel that’s blanketing the region. The second option proved a bit expensive so I instead went on with a plan to dine out with a friend. It was at a Spanish restaurant at one of Vienna’s oldest streets.
London has a lot of busy markets that locals and tourists both enjoy. Not just the food; the souvenirs and the trinkets that are sprawled all around the area make it a treasure trove of finding something even the thriftiest person would fancy. Maybe one we are most familiar with is the Portobello Market.
Portobello is easily accessible from Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park tube stations and by bus routes servicing Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate. And yes, Portobello road is where most of the movie Notting Hill was filmed.