RIGA, LATVIA ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป: โ€œCOMFORT FOODโ€ MAC โ€˜Nโ€™ CHEESE at TIKI BAR RIGA

Itโ€™s been soooo cold and snowy here in Riga. I didnโ€™t even know I needed Mac โ€˜nโ€™ Cheese until I saw the signโ€ฆwalked into Tiki Bar Riga, and I was immediately โ€˜comforted.โ€™ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Classic Mac โ€˜nโ€™ Cheese at Tiki Bar Riga Audฤ“ju iela 8 23Dec21

AUSTIN, TEXAS FOOD: TEN TACOS !

Walton’s Fancy & Staple, W. 6th St. – Breakfast Tacos $9
Zombie Taco, 2552 Guadalupe St. – Grilled Adobe BBQ Chicken $4.33
One Taco, Brazos & 4th St. – “El Jefรฉ” $5.50
Taco Shack, 2825 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Black Beans on Corn Tortilla $3.24
Torchy’s Taco – 2801 Guadalupe St. – Baja Shrimp Taco $5.36
Kesos Tacos, 600 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Surf ‘n Turf Diablo – $4.95
Tacodeli, Congress & 3rd St. – Frontera Fundido Sirloin $4.87
Cafรฉ Medici, 2222 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Cheese $4.50
Kerbey Lane Cafรฉ, 2606 Guadalupe St. – Bacon, Egg, & Cheese $3.99
Dos Amigos Taco Truck – Stopped at 3500 Guadalupe – Chicken Fajita Taco $2.75

June & July 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK PIZZA: “IN PIZZA WE CRUST” ~ 11 TOP PIZZA SLICES IN NYC

ย $ 2 ~ Cheese Slice at Artistic Pizza, W. 3rd St., West Village https://www.instagram.com/artisticpizzanyc/?hl=en
ย $4.90 ~ Buffalo Chicken Slice at iPizzaNY, 705 W. 9th, Hellโ€™s Kitchen https://www.instagram.com/ipizzany/?hl=en
$4.25 ~ โ€œFuzzy Dunlop Sliceโ€ , sausage slice at Upside Pizza, 598 8th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/upsidepizza/?hl=en
$5.44 ~ Grandma Slice at Lexington Pizza Parlour, 1590 Lexington Ave. https://www.instagram.com/lexpizzaparlour/?hl=en
Frank Ape in Williamsburg, Brooklyn https://www.instagram.com/frank_ape/?hl=en
$5 ~ Margherita Slice at NY Pizza Suprema, 413 8th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/nypizzasuprema/?hl=en
$3.27 ~ Cheese Slice at Famous Original Rayโ€™s Pizza, 204 9th Ave. http://Cheese Slice at Famous Original Rayโ€™s Pizza, 204 9th Ave.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$5.66 ~ White Slice at Zazzyโ€™s, 201 W. 11th St., Greenwich Village https://www.instagram.com/zazzyspizza/?hl=en
$1 ~ Cheese Slice, at 99ยข Fresh Pizza, 390 6th Ave., West Village
Frank Ape ~ Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$4.25 ~ BBQ Chicken Slice at Bleecker Street Pizza, 69 Seventh Ave., West Village https://www.instagram.com/bleeckerstreetpizza/?hl=en
$3 ~ Buffalo Chicken Slice – http://Buffalo Chicken Slice at $1 Pizza Slice, 23rd & 7th
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$1 ~ Cheese Slice – 2 Bros. Pizza, 755 6th Ave. https://www.instagram.com/2_brospizza/?hl=en

May & June 2021

COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA: 6 TOP EATS IN COCOA BEACH 2021!

There are some great restaurants with delicious and reasonably priced food, right here in Cocoa Beach. I highly recommend all featured below. (Prices may vary.)

SQUID LIPS ~ Thai Peanut Sauce Burger & Fries ($14) ~ Location: 2200 S. Orlando Avenue ~ Ph: 321-783-1350 https://www.squidlipsgrill.com/
THE SKINNY MERMAID ~ Buddha Bowl w/ Shrimp ($14) ~ 66 South Orlando Aveย . ~ Ph: 321-613-5079
THE SKINNY MERMAID ~ Buddha Bowl w/ Chicken ($14) https://theskinnymermaid.com/
THE TINY TURTLE ~ (CARIBBEAN FUSION) ~ Chicken Sofrito Burrito ($14) ~ 249 Minutemen Causeway ~ Ph: 321.446.7361
THE TINY TURTLE ~ Chicken Sofrito Burrito http://thetinyturtlecocoabeach.com/index.htm
JUICE-N-JAVA CAFE ~ Tuna Melt & Chips ($11) ~ 75 N Orlando Ave. ~ Ph: 321-784-4044 https://juicenjavacafe.com/
THE FAT DONKEY ~ Medium Soft Twist Cone ($3.20) ~ 247 Minutemen Cswy. ~ (321) 652-3126 https://www.thefatdonkey.com/locations-storefronts/ko0tzmxlpgm9jaq9hsrhzxe0ynr4gq
CAFร‰ SURFINISTA ~ THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK & a Cappuccino = Melted Havarti Cheese w/ a Side of Strawberry Jam ($9) ~ 86 N. Orlando Ave. ~ Ph: 321-327-4570 https://www.cafesurfinista.com/cocoa-beach/menu

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช: TRAPPIST BEER ๐Ÿบ

๐’ช๐“ƒ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“‚๐“Ž ๐“…๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ ~

๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐ต๐‘’๐‘’๐“‡ ~ ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐‘…๐“Š๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ:

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๐Ÿฃ. ๐‘€๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐’ท๐“‡๐‘’๐“Œ๐‘’๐’น ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐“ˆ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐’ถ ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐‘€๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡๐“Ž

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๐Ÿค. ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ท๐“‡๐‘’๐“Œ๐‘’๐“‡๐“Ž ๐“‚๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’น๐’ถ๐“‡๐“Ž ๐’พ๐“‚๐“…๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡๐“Ž

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๐Ÿฅ. ๐’ฉ๐‘œ๐“‰ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“‰๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’น๐‘’๐’น ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐’ถ ๐“…๐“‡๐‘œ๐’ป๐’พ๐“‰-๐“‚๐’ถ๐“€๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‹๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’. ๐ผ๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“๐’พ๐“‹๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐‘’๐“๐“…๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“€๐“ˆ. ๐’ฒ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‰๐‘’๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“‡๐‘’๐“‚๐’ถ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ, ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’น๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“‰๐‘’๐’น ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‡๐’พ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐’ป๐‘œ๐“‡ ๐“ˆ๐‘œ๐’ธ๐’พ๐’ถ๐“ ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“‡๐“€

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๐Ÿฃ ~ ๐’ช๐“‡๐“‹๐’ถ๐“, ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฃ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿค ~ ๐‘…๐‘œ๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐’ป๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰ ๐Ÿช, ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿฅ ~ ๐’ฒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“‚๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘’ ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’พ๐“…๐‘’๐“, ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿจ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿฆ ~ ๐’ฎ๐“…๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’œ๐“๐‘’, ๐Ÿค๐Ÿข๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅ, ๐’ฐ๐’ฎ๐’œ

๐Ÿง ~ ๐’ต๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’น๐‘’๐“‡๐“‰ ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’พ๐“…๐‘’๐“, ๐Ÿค๐Ÿข๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅ, ๐’ฉ๐‘’๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡๐“๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ

๐Ÿจ ~ ๐ฟ๐’ถ ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“…๐“…๐‘’ ๐ผ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐’นโ€™๐‘œ๐“‡, ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿฆ, ๐’ฉ๐‘’๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡๐“๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ

๐Ÿฉ ~ ๐‘…๐‘œ๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐’ป๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰ ๐Ÿจ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿช ~ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“Ž ๐ต๐“‡๐“Š๐“ƒ๐‘’, ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿช๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฅ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿซ ~ ๐’ฒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“‚๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘’ ๐’Ÿ๐“Š๐’ท๐’ท๐‘’๐“, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿข ~ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“‚๐’ถ๐“Ž ๐’ฏ๐“‡๐’พ๐“…๐‘’๐“, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“Š๐“‚

๐’ฅ๐“Š๐“๐“Ž-๐’œ๐“Š๐‘”๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐Ÿค๐Ÿข๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿซ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐ต๐“‡๐“Š๐“๐‘’๐“๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ, ๐ต๐‘’๐“๐‘”๐’พ๐“†๐“Š๐‘’

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: TOP 8 FOODS (& DRINK)

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Chifrijo:ย bowl of rice and beans topped with fried pork meat and avocado, pico de gallo, chimichurri, and lime. Mine was served with plantain chips. Tortilla chips are also an option.

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Gallo Pinto:ย traditionally served with breakfast, itย is a slowly blended dish of rice, beans, onions, red peppers, and cilantro.

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Pork Casado

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Arepa con pollo, queso, y huevos.

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Pancakes, eggs, and papaya with coffee.

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Arroz conย mixto y purรฉ

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Ice Cold Imperial at Rayuela’s on Avenida 2

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popular chocolate brand

 

feb-apr2019 San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA FOOD: SODA RIVERA

A soda is a traditional “Mom and Pop” Costa Rican restaurant where the food is cheap and delicious. Soon after I arrived to the city in mid-February, I was on one of my explorative jaunts which always, never rarely, find me lost. But, lost is good for me. It’s how I find the unique things cities have to offer. Soda Rivera is so off-the-beaten path, that it doesn’t have a website or any mentions I could find on the internet, so I can’t even give you the address.ย 

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I wasn’t necessarily looking for a place to eat yet. Wasn’t actually hungry. What drew me to the place was this image of this man painting. The street art documenter in me was intrigued. I was just going to get a couple of shots and move on.

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I must’ve stood out like a sore thumb, because this man, I think the manager, came out to greet me and usher me inside. Look at his sweet smile. I couldn’t tell him no.ย 

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He sat me down and then said some things to his staff, who then came over to help me and take my order.ย 

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Some Ticos (Costa Ricans) enjoying their lunches.ย 

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My first Chicken Casado in Costa Rica! And I was not disappointed. The plate was HUGE and it cost about $3.50 (usd) = 2100-2300 colones, if I remember correctly.ย A casado (Spanish, “married man”) is a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entrรฉe that may include chicken, beef, pork, fish and so on.ย The term may have originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home. Another theory is that the rice and beans and/or the grouping of dishes are married, since they are always together.ย (wiki)

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Close-up because…damn! Salad, Red beans, Plantains, chicken, rice, diced potatoes, onions…what a happy marriage!

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It was amazing to eat in a full-on Tico establishment, with no other foreigners around. My seat was the open one you see across the counter between the man in the baseball cap and the (only other) woman.ย 

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I happened upon it again a couple of weeks later, but I still don’t know where it is. But, you can see the sign has been finished.ย 

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Fresh melon juice included with your meal. Ticos tend to drink juices with their meals, rather than water.ย 

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I like to see big jugs of picante sauce.ย 

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More sauces.

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I highly recommend this place if you can find it. It’s total pura vida.

FEB/MAR2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.