New Orleans Day 2 – Muffuletta, Voodoo and more pretty houses

The best days start with sandwiches. Which in New Orleans means a trip to Central Grocery, home of the original MuffulettaCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Central Grocery for MuffulettaCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Central Grocery for MuffulettaItalian ciabatta, stuffed with layers upon layers of ham, salami, cheese and olive salad.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Central Grocery for MuffulettaThere are a few seats at the back of the store, from where you can eat your Muffuletta while reading messages left by those before you who did the exact same thing.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Central Grocery & Deli for MuffullettaIf you look closely enough, I garantee you’ll find something you can relate to!Cake + Whisky | New Orleans Travel Guide | Praline from the French MarketAfter this, we were stuffed, but this did not stop us from trying the pralines at the French Market… I mean, we have a different stomach for fudge, don’t we? Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansWandering back into the French Quarter, we spotted a few more pretty houses, and loads of tiny horses!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Presbytere museumWe made a pit-stop at the Presbytere museum, which had a fascinating exibition on hurricanes and other natural disasters. Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Presbytere museumCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Presbytere museumAs well as an entire floor dedicated to the Carnival and associated traditions.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans After hours roaming the museum, we were back on the (very pretty) street and starting to get hungry…Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | K Paul's restaurantLuckily, we made to K Paul’s right in time!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | K Paul's restaurantIf dinner there can be a rather pricy affair, lunch is a lot more casual and affordable. And very filling indeed!

Having had more than our fair share of fried chicken, gumbo and bread pudding, we were in the mood for some more cultural discoveries so headed to the Voodoo museum.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Voodoo museumCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Voodoo museumCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Voodoo museumCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Voodoo museumBeing just a few rooms big, it’s a fairly small affair, but I discovered a completely new world, full of ghosts and spirits. Spooky!

We topped the day off with more wandering around in the lookout for yet more pretty houses/doors/streets…
Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans We might have considered getting some cake, but settled for cocktails in the most beautiful bar EVER instead… but more on this tomorrow!

New Orleans Day 2 – Muffuletta, Voodoo and more pretty houses

French Clafoutis Recipe ??

? Happy Bastille Day everyone! ?

From what I’ve heard, calories from French food don’t count today, so it really is the day to stuff yourself silly with croissants and bread and cheese and all things good and buttery!Cake + Whisky | French clafoutis recipe Continue reading “French Clafoutis Recipe ??”

French Clafoutis Recipe ??

French Clafoutis Recipe 🇫🇷

🎉 Happy Bastille Day everyone! 🎉

From what I’ve heard, calories from French food don’t count today, so it really is the day to stuff yourself silly with croissants and bread and cheese and all things good and buttery!Cake + Whisky | French clafoutis recipe

I’ve had my fare share of all those things this weekend (early celebrations still count, right?), but I’ve taken advantage of the beautiful cherries that seem to be popping up on every market lately and made a classic French clafoutis to make today a little bit more special…

Cake + Whisky | French clafoutis recipeI mean, I’m already missing out on the Bank holiday and the fireworks, so obviously, I should at least have some cake (and so should you!). Cake + Whisky | French clafoutis recipe🇫🇷 French clafoutis (serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients:

65g self-raising flour

4 eggs

70g honey

120 mL milk

115g double cream/crème fraîche

1/2 punnet of cherries

Procedure: 

1. Preheat your oven at 180°C

2. Mix all the ingredients together in the same order as above.

3. Butter & flour your cake tin (I used a small oven tray)

4. Bake for 30-40 min.

5. Let cool down completely before serving.

What’s your favourite French recipe? Do you celebrate Bastille Day? 

French Clafoutis Recipe 🇫🇷

Arriving in New Orleans – Beignets, Cocktails and Jazz on Frenchman Street

We had just arrived in NYC and it was already time for us to pack our bags and head to our next adventure…

Which was all fine by me as we were heading to New Orleans with the firm intention to try all the Creole & Cajun food, drink the best cocktails the city had to offer and listen to the best jazz concerts. Which is pretty much exactly what we did!

We jumped off the plane and onto a bus, and off to Café du Monde we went! Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Café du MondeEveryone raves about it and I can definitely see why! There isn’t any place better for beignets and café au lait!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansAfter dusting the sugar off our clothes, we carried on our way to explore more of the city.Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansPassing by hundred of houses, each as stunning as the next.  new-orleans-18Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | St Louis CathedralStopping by Jackson Square to take a look at St Louis Cathedral…Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | St Louis CathedralDoesn’t it look like something straight out of a fairytale? Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansThe same goes for pretty much every balcony…Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New OrleansAnd the art galleries are not bad either!Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Bourbon StreetHaving wandered for a little while, we made our way to Bourbon Street, which is the centre of New Orleans’ nightlife. Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Lafitte barBoozy nightlife, that is. It would just have been rude not to, wouldn’t it?Cake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Burgundy StreetCake + Whisky | Travel Guide to New Orleans | Frenchman StreetBefore staggering (those cocktails are STRONG!) to a night of jazz on Frenchman Street… Not a bad day, New Orleans, not a bad day!

Arriving in New Orleans – Beignets, Cocktails and Jazz on Frenchman Street

NYC Day 1 – Midtown Manhattan & its iconic skyline

Manhattan’s skyline is one of New York City’s most iconic features and was probably one of the things I was most excited about when we started planning our trip.

New York is often presented as a city of skyscrapers, and I can’t really say my experience changed this impression. It truly is all about the heights! So much so that after my first day there, my neck ached from looking up so much!

Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineBut when there are so many cute details to see, you don’t really have much of a choice do you?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe iconic Flatiron building is one of my personal favourites. Despite it being triangular, it seems flat due to skewed perspective. Pretty mouldings + optical illusion, how could I not be in love? Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineMetal and glass giants everywhere…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd some smaller, older buildings that are just as fascinating!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineYou know what else is everywhere? Flags!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineCake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineFrom time to time, you’ll find one of those perfect spots where you can admire both & new mixing up together. No matter what city I’m in, I always find those juxtapositions fascinating. Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineMore flags (and some eye-shapped windows…)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe iconic Empire State building (aka tourist hell)… I must say I’m not sure I get what the fuss is all about. Yes, it is a very tall building, but there’s really not much that’s so special about it, is there?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnother passion of mine: reflections! I could stand there for hours watching stuff reflect in those bright, shiny buildings!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineGrand Central Terminal looking rather nice both from the outside…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd from the inside!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineBut my favourite of them all has to be the Chrystler building, with its elegant Art Deco roof!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineA bit of a shame we were not hungry while walking through Koreatown… I would have loved to try the dumplings those two lovely ladies were making!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAfter a day of walking, we took a well deserved break on the roof of 230 Fifth, which prooved itself to be an ideal observation deck to admire the sun setting on that skyline we had been looking up at all day!
Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineThe Empire State doing its illuminated trick (a bit of a shame I didn’t have my camera the day of Pride Parade, as it was all rainbow-like!)
Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineDiamonds are a girl’s best friend… and I’ll take mine in the form of buildings, thank you very much!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC Manhattan skylineAnd last but not least, the Chrystler building at its very best… My friend says it’s every New-Yorker’s favourite building, and once you’ve seen it at sunset,  I suppose there’s no way back.

Do you like skyscrapers? Which one is your favourite? 

NYC Day 1 – Midtown Manhattan & its iconic skyline

NYC Day 1 – East Village

Our first day in New York was quite a benchmark of how much we were going to walk during that whole American trip. Google maps might say 6.5 miles, but with all the zig-zaging, it was actually closer to 10…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageOn our first day, we decided to go explore the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the (unspoken) objective of finding my dream house (with one of those lovely fire-escape staircases, of course!).Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageDoesn’t that one look stunning? Who wants to move in with me?Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageThe red bricks are so caracteristic of this part of the city. Red, red, red everywhere! Not that I mind it at all! It is a major part of the atmosphere in this part of the city and gives it this homely feeling that made me want to move in almost instantly!Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageWe took a little break in the shade of Tompkins Square Park, together with many local schoolkids and dog owners (there’s a bone-shapped pool for dogs in the park! How cool is that?)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageSouth of the park, it was all about street art and I might have fell in love with a few pieces…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East Village(yes I know I’ve already shown you that picture, but it might well be my favourite of this entire trip!)Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageCake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageEn route, we stopped for a bit of shopping (who wouldn’t?)…Cake + Whisky | USA | NYC East VillageAnd seriously considered a glass of wine for added wisdom…Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYC… before heading to Katz’s for a (big) bit of lunch!

With very full stomach, we decided to head North to get up-close with New York’s iconic skyline… But more on that tomorrow!

NYC Day 1 – East Village

Katz’s Deli NYC

I truly believe that the best things in life are the ones you don’t plan too much for. And our first meal in NYC happened to be one of those.Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYC

We had been walking all morning (we walked A LOT, but more on that later) and stumbled upon the legendary Katz’s Deli just as we were getting hungry. Taking that as a sign, we settled down for lunch. And god, what a good idea we had then!Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCNeon signs and loads of happy customers welcomed us in. It was still relatively early in the day (I blame jetlag for our unusual lunchbreak timings!), but the restaurants was positively busy already!Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCWe grabbed a couples of drinks to try out while reading the (extensive) menu…Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCThe kitchen team is amongst the nicest we’ve met in NYC and will happily let you try anything. I think it’s meant to help you make your decision, but I’m not sure it really helped me as everything was absolutely delicious!Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCHaving taken a peek over neighbouring tables’ plates, we finally settled for the (gigantic) Reuben sandwich with fresh & pickled gerkins. Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCNot only did it look epic but the meat was seriously smokey and very more-ish. The accompanying pickles freshened the whole thing up quite nicely. All in all, a beautiful beast of a sandwich and one of the best I’ve ever had!
Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCCake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCnyc-day-2-24Once the billion necessary pictures taken, it was (finally) time to tuck in! Somebody was really excited about it!
Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYCAnd me? Oh, just like every other time I eat a gigantic sandwich, I was a true lady! 😂Cake + Whisky | Katz's Deli NYC

What? The best sandwich I’ve ever had (Reubens on Rye).

Why? Katz’s Deli is an institution for a reason. It’s a no-nonsense, cash-only sort of place, but they definitely know their way with meat.

How much? About $20 for two with drinks. Portions sizes are GIGANTIC, so you’ll have more than enough if you share, which makes it one of the best deals I’ve ever came accross!

Where? Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Katz’s Deli NYC

Postcard from New York City

New York City’s most iconic feature might be its skyline, but once you venture into the small streets, you’ll see a completely different side of the city.

Colourful, artsy, human… Maybe that’s why New York is better called twice!Cake + Whisky | The colours of  New York City Cake + Whisky | The colours of New York CityCake + Whisky | The colours of  New York City Cake + Whisky | The colours of New York CityCake + Whisky | The colours of  New York City Cake + Whisky | The colours of  New York City Cake + Whisky | The colours of  New York City Hope you all had a wondeful time when I was away and that you’re ready for picture-heavy American posts coming your way soon!

Postcard from New York City

First timer’s guide to NYC

{Day 9074 – We landed in NYC under the biggest, brightest sun. We took the (freezing, welcome to air-conditioned land!) Subway from JFK into the city and the second we stepped out, the skies open and in the space of 5 min, a downpour drenched us to the bone. And so began our first American adventure…}

Never sleeping, always rising, New York is a place like no other.

The sort of place that makes you dizzy from looking up so much and all the possibilities in front of you when you first visit.

What to see/do/eat on your first time in New York City ● Travel ● Making Memories

There’s so much to do, so much to see, so much to eat, SO many landmarks… Anyone’s first time in New York is a highly-anticipated, yet incredibly stressful-to-plan trip.

If you don’t know where to even begin, this first timer’s guide to NYC is a good way to tick all the New York City boxes.

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See

See the skyline

Just landed in New York City? Walking the Manhattan skyline is the best way to get a sense of this crazy city.

Yes, by the time you’ve been to the Chrystler building, the Flat iron building, the Empire State and the UN Headquarters, your feet will be tired, your neck will ache, and you’ll feel like a teeny tiny insect but it is worth is.

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Get bedazzled by Times Square

Another classic sight – and not one for the faint-hearted.

With crowds from morning til night and enough ad screens to give anyone palpitations, Times Square is insane at the best of times!

Which is exactly why you must go -no matter how crowd-averse you are- there’s no better representation of the country’s crazy over-the-top-ness.

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Take a peek at Grand Central

A couple of reasons for this:

  1. It’ll only take a few minutes out of your itinerary.
  2. It’s the prettiest train station there ever was (I mean, CONSTELLATION CEILING, what more do you need?).

Chew chew!

Stroll through Central Park

No natural landmark in New York City is as iconic as Central Park and no trip to NYC is complete without a stroll through some of its 843 green acre.

If the weather is nice, the lake is a good place to start… or you could sail a boat in the fountain, Gossip Girl style, or go straight for Wonderland instead…

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See the Financial district and the World Trade Center Memorial

With loads of surreal-looking skyscrappers and a very skewed sense of perspective and space, New York’s financial district is a confusing place.

But one that’s essential to visit in order to understand how money shapes the city, and pay tribute to the victims of the historical event that’s changed everything.

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Do

Walk, walk, walk

If you know me, you’ll know I firmly believe that the best way to see a city is to walk it.

Admittedly, NYC might not be the most walk-friendly place in the world. Because LOL, it might look close on the map but noooooop, blocks add up very quickly and that’s how you end up clocking 20,000+ steps a day, every day.

Well, at least I now understand why New Yorkers swear by wearing functional trainers everywhere.

And, also, yes, you deserve that burger/pizza/bagel/all of the above.

PS. If you don’t have that much time/drive for such long walks, commit to walking the High Line – it’s so pretty/cool/relaxed down there!

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Jump on a ferry!

Once you’ve gotten up close with all the landmarks, it’s time to get some perspective and see them all from a distance… and the best place for this is from the water!

The (free) Staten Island ferry is the most famous of them all (and give you a chance to get a peek at Lady Liberty), but the best views in my opinion are from the East River ferry, linking 34th street (by the UN headquarters) to Brooklyn.

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Cross Brooklyn Bridge

One of the most insta-famous bridges -and just as pretty in reality, it’s the perfect follow-up activity to a trip on the East River ferry (see above).

With some time saved up in the middle to look for Dan Humphrey, obviously.

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Eat

The Reuben at Katz’s Deli

The iconic Jewish deli – yes, the one where *that* scene from Where Harry met Sally was shot…- and just the place for a Reuben sandwich the size of your head. That also happen to be the best damn Reuben I’ve ever had.

Cheap as chips too (one sandwich is plenty to share, so about $20 for two with drinks).

The sort of place you’ll plan an entire return trip around.

205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA

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The eponymous dumplings at Vanessa’s

Good, cheap dumplings with a side of that horrific service we’ve all sort of come to expect from cheap Chinese spots… so get those dumplings to take away!

118A Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Dollar pizza

The NYC must-eat and the cheapest meal there is.

Every pizza slice spot does more or less the same thing so trust the queues to find the good ones!

Hot dog at Gray’s Papaya

It’s one of New York’s simple pleasures. (A New York Times backed simple pleasure, that is).

2090 Broadway (Btwn 71st & 72nd St), New York, NY 10023 

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Ess-A-Bagel’s cream cheese & lox bagel

Good bagels, LIFE CHANGING lox. Seriously.

831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Anything I’ve missed? Already compiling notes for a return trip (mainly for that Reuben & lox bagel tbh…)

First timer’s guide to NYC