The Food Diaries

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~ Virginia Woolf

What do we want? Steak!

When do we want it? NOW.

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Happy August!

To celebrate the start of this wonderful month, which also happens to be my birthday month, here’s another entry for the Food Diaries!

Korean BBQ is something that I have always wanted to try ever since witnessing it in several kdramas that I watch. When Mutay and I were in New York and found out there was a Korea Town, we just had to go and check out whether there were any good BBQ spots! We didn’t do any research, but luckily we chose good because the place we ended up in was the best.

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I have so many entries for the Food Diaries, and it’s making me equally hungry and excited.

New York is chock full of amazing places to eat; from the streets of Brooklyn, all the way to Harlem you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

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Let’s take it international!

Last year, I had the fortune to go to Barcelona for a couple of days with some friends. Whilst there I experienced some of the nicest food, ever. From churros to the tastiest bubblegum ice cream, I was in food heaven all the time. I will never forget, however, the burger I had at Makamaka Beach Burger Cafe.

Boasting ‘¡Burgers y Besos!’, the food was so delicious. Located right near the beach, it’s a nice spot to chill after lounging about all day doing nothing.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to trek halfway across the world for a burger, but you might want to give it a think over. 😛

We did have to wait quite a while for a table, but that was to be expected as it was very popular with the locals and the tourists. We were seated at a tiny table with rickety chairs, but for some reason, I didn’t mind. It added to the feel and made it, I guess, a bit more authentic. It was like you were chilling in your garden on that chair you’ve had for years, but you don’t want to give up just yet.

Besides, the food definitely made up for the seating situation. There was so much to choose; from burgers (obviously) to salads to their amazing sounding desserts.

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After a long decision and lots of debating on everybody’s part, I finally decided on the Big Maka. In long: The Ultimate Beach Burger! 200 grammes of beef, grilled peppers, bacon, caramelised onion, gruyere cheese, & bbq sauce.

One word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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My tummy is rumbling just thinking about this burger. Just looking at the picture is making me drool. I could definitely do with one of these right about now. It was an explosion of tastes in my mouth. It was gorgeous. It was everything.

Don’t even get me started on their homemade fries… we went for their garlic and parmesan fries with garlic, rosemary, thyme and parmesan cheese. Heavenly.

That bread? All of the yeses.

If… no, when I go back to Barcelona I am definitely heading back to Makamaka. Can you blame me?

Passeig de Joan de Borbó 76
Barcelona, Spain
 
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I am always looking for new ways to spice up my blog. It’s kind of hard to blog when there’s nothing exciting going on in my life except for the increasing amounts of television I’m watching (although, I have yet to start Game of Thrones…)

One thing that is always exciting in my life, however, is all the new places to eat I get to discover. That’s why I’ve decided to start The Food Diaries, because what better way to document my love of food? (Other than on Instagram)

And so, to mark the first post of ’The Food Diaries’, my first entry will be about Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market.

“It’s all about the shrimp”

It really, really is. When I was younger I was actually allergic to shrimp, but I’ve now outgrown this allergy, and I am so glad because it made me appreciate Bubba even more. Not only that, but Bubba is inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump, which is one of my favourite films of all time.

My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

When one of my friends suggested it as a place for our little catch ups we have in our group, I immediately said yes as soon as I browsed the website. Usually I can choose what I want before I go from looking at their menu, but let me tell you this… Bubba’s menu is extensive. And the pictures just make you want to drool all over the place.

One of the highlights of Bubba is the merchandise store. Downstairs they had merchandise for the restaurant including t-shirts, iPhone cases and stuffed animals. They even had a bench with a briefcase and a box of chocolates where you take pictures! What I really liked was that with the drink I ordered, I was able to go to the store and get a free glass to take home 🙂

The setup is cool, as well. Once your seated, your waiter will explain to you how everything works. They have a flip board that says ‘Run, Forrest, Run’ and ‘Stop, Forrest, Stop’. When you’re ready to order you flip the board to Stop and when you don’t need anything you flip it to Run. I loved it! Alongside the main menus, they have table tennis bats with the drinks menu.

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After a lot of “hmm’ing” and “ahh’ing”, I opted for Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken with a skewer of shrimp. The menu describes it best: “Boneless Breast of Chicken, fresh golden Corn and Mashed Potatoes with Gravy…better than you can imagine!”

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Food has made me happy a numerous amount of times, and let me tell you – I was so happy when the food arrived. Along with my Tennessee Iced Tea, I was in heaven. What was even better was when I moved aside a piece of chicken and revealed more mashed potato. Oh lawd. The chicken was the perfect amount of fried and crispy, the gravy was delicious and don’t even get me started on the mashed potato. I absolutely loved the skewer of shrimp, especially with the lemon squeezed on it.

Service was excellent, food and drinks were excellent and I can definitely say that I will be back to visit. I definitely would love to try the starters and their desserts. Also, they play Forrest Gump on their TVs on repeat. You can’t get any better than that.

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London
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