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Brussels

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I’m kind of upset with Brussels because I got horribly sick while we were there.  It started with my breakfast while waiting for the Euro star. I had ordered an almond croissant.



It came stuffed with some kind of rich custard inside which would have been fine for dessert but really didn’t make my stomach feel so great that early in the morning.  The heavy cappuccino didn’t help things much either and I was feeling a little weighed down on our train ride.



However I bounced back once we got to Brussels and went out for some fantastic beers at Mappo Mudo (loved sitting upstairs and staring down at all the people) and big silly Leffe Brun’s at La Lunette.  Look at this head on the Duvel!



I had heard some good thing about In 't Spinnekopke so we headed over there for dinner.



The place was very quaint and old fashioned. Our waiter was great with helping with the menu and we ended up ordering two dishes to split.  I got some sort of chicken dish that was really good but after what happens…

St. John Bread and Wine

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Our last dinner in London we made an early reservation to try the offshoot St. John Bread and Wine. We started off with some beers nearby and tried a really nice and fruity Kronenburg Blanc.



If you’ve heard of Nose to Tail Eating then you know about the pioneer of this place Fergus Henderson and his approach to eating. He believes that if we are going to kill animals to eat them, we should use the entire body. Anything else would be rude. We showed up at right around 6:30 and got a nice table on the side of the big airy room.



We were having some truly beautiful London weather.  The big glass windows in the front were open letting in the last rays of sunlight as well as a slight breeze. We ordered up a fantastic bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (that had the coolest looking little dude on the front) and decided to split four dishes.



Here's our menu for that night.



The first was the special of the night the Langoustines with Mayonnaise.



These were pretty good. Nice and large I think the ones at…

London- J Sheekey and The Wolseley

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Our second day in London we awoke severely jet lagged and kind of a mess. We headed out to see the sights and had a quite piss poor meal in one of the pubs. Note to self- whenever there is an item called the Big Ben Burger on the menu in London, you're probably not in the best food place. However we stopped in for some wine and snacks at the Wolseley and completely made up for it.

The Wolseley is a beautiful restaurant located inside of an old bank with fantastic marble floors, shimmering silverware and quite a group of good looking clientele. We stopped in the front bar and ordered up a Croque monsieur and some almonds.



The almonds had just the right amount of salt and came quite nicely presented in its little silver dish.


The Croque was delicious as well.



Really gooey Gruyere cheese inside some thick bread that had been liberally buttered and grilled to a crisp. It was the perfect little midday treat. For dinner that night we headed to J Sheekey and grabbed a seat at their newly op…

The First Leg of the Trip

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To be honest, the first leg of the trip started out at Yankee Stadium for a 1:00 game filled with lots of food and beer.

Luckily we kept ourselves somewhat in check and made it to the airport on time and sober enough to get past security.

Once on-board however we decided the best thing to do was to continue drinking so we could pass out.

So our trays looked a lot like this for the start of the journey.



It worked like magic however and suddenly the lights in the plane were on and we had arrived in London.

Needless to say we weren’t exactly in the best shape. I’m not sure if anyone will ever see the pictures of us getting off the plane. We look a little bit like zombies.

We jumped on the tube and made it safely to our hotel and went to the Sherlock Holmes bar across the street for a few drinks to wait until check-in time.

We were absolutely starving by the time we checked in and headed out in search of some good eats.

About two blocks from our hotel we ran across Wagamama.

Wagamama is suppose…

Seriously? We're Off??

Mr. T bought me this trip for my 30th birthday...

Yes that's right. I am officially old. That was back in September but it feels like in a blink of the eye it's here!!

We are headed to the Yankee game and then racing to the airport to grab our plane to London- followed buy jaunts to Brussels and Munich!

I'll try to do a few posts along the way so stay tuned and wish us luck!!!

NY Noodletown

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After lots of baseball watching and a few too many beers last weekend we made one of the greatest decisions one can make in this state of being at 1:00 AM.

We went to NY Noodletown of course.

NY Noodletown is seriously one of the best places to grab some awesomely delicious food that’s cheap and open late.

At 1:00 AM it can be absolutely packed at times but we got lucky and there were a bunch of open tables.

Okay I’ll be honest- there were only three of us but if you see the amount of food we consumed you would think we had a party!

We started out with a dish of Roast Pork.



OMG the roast pork here is so crispy and delicious. The skin is crispy with a nice layer of fat underneath that seeps all of its ooey gooey goodness into the meat making it incredibly tender.

Mr. T went a little crazy and ordered another plate right away before we even finished the first one.

Talk about crispy skin our next dish really needs no introduction!

Roast Duck over rice.



Okay seriously do I need to even say how deli…

Foley's Bar

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This was the first Friday night where there Yankees were playing so we decided to go out and enjoy the game with a couple of beers.

We met up with some friends at Foley’s. Foley’s is an old Irish pub that is an absolute must for baseball fans. It’s covered in tons of memorabilia and has some really cool things like seats from Camden yards to a Lenny Dykstra scary head.



It’s named after the sportswriter Red Foley who worked for the New York Daily News for years.

It’s actually more of a Mets bar but they seemed to have no problem putting the Yankees game on in the back and even turned the sound on for us.

I was pretty excited because I had heard they had a sandwich similar to the chicken finger subs they make in Buffalo.

It’s actually called the David Wright sandwich and it had grilled chicken covered in hot wing sauce on a roll with lettuce tomato and blue cheese.

So really instead of the chicken being grilled instead of fried in finger form it sound quite similar.



Unfortunately it was nowh…

DiFara's Is Truly the Best

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I happened to be in Midwood last week for work and was heading back to the office to grab some lunch.

For some reason I happened to think of DiFara's and decided to google where it was in relation to me.

When the map came up I realized I was only two avenues away!

I literally ran over the two avenues and got there right around 11:45 and was only the third person in line outside.

I must have hit the timing just right because within 5 minutes the line was over 30 people long.



It was funny waiting in line.

In the front were two classic Brooklyn guys who were arguing about the Yankees while every so often touting their pride at being the first in line and finally being able to sit down for their pizza.

Behind me was a middle aged man who had brought his mother for the first time. She just stared in wonder as more and more people piled into the line behind her.

The rest of the people were a mish mash of local firemen, construction workers and a whole bunch of locals and tourists alike.

I kind o…