Peabody Old Fashioned – Lobby Bar at The Peabody

Peabody Old Fashioned - Lobby Bar at The Peabody
Crushed orange and cherry served with “Peabody Select” Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, soda. $15
Lobby Bar at The Peabody, Memphis TN

I came to The Peabody to see the march of The Peabody ducks, hehe! I know it’s super cheesy, but I love this kind of stuff. I must say that it was kind of a cool experience. The build up was much cooler than the march itself, but it was nice to relax at The Lobby bar while waiting.

Tangerine and soda – Pineapple & Pearls

Tangerine and soda - Pineapple & Pearls
Purple sweet potato brioche. Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC

This was a fun and tasty intermezzo. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet and the presentation was cute. The fizz from the soda was also nice to help cleanse the palate.

Extra bite - Pineapple & Pearls
I forget what was in this tiny bite that was present after the lamb course. I remember that I didn’t much care for the brown stuff though, lol!

3-piece fish ‘n chips combo meal – Ivar’s Seafood Bar

3-piece fish 'n chips - Ivar's Seafood Bar
Original recipe Pacific true cod, French fries, white clam chowder, diet Coke. $12.99
Ivar’s Seafood Bar, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

3-piece fish 'n chips combo meal - Ivar's Seafood Bar
This definitely isn’t the healthiest option at the SeaTac Airport, but Ivar’s is such quintessential Northwest food that I couldn’t resist. Their fish is actually really good and the fries come out piping hot. I also love the consistency of their clam chowder. Noms!

White clam chowder - Ivar's Seafood Bar
Cup of white chowder.

Champ burger meal – Jollibee

Champ burger - Jollibee
1/3 pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup and mayo. Served with French fries and soft drink. 145 PHP
Jollibee, Manila PHILIPPINES

This burger tasted pretty similar to those in the States. I’ve found that sometimes hamburgers can taste drastically different depending on the country and the local ingredients used. This was one was decent and hearty enough. The French fries were pretty tasty too!

French fries - Jollibee
French fries.

Diet Coke - Jollibee
Diet Coke.

Malacanan Palace
Malacanan Palace.

Rooftop cocktails – Rex Hotel

Planter's Punch - Rex Hotel
Planter’s Punch: Bacardi light rhum, triple sec, lemon juice, pineapple juice, soda. 220,000 VND
Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

So this was probably the most we spent for cocktails while in Vietnam. We really wanted to check out the rooftop bar though (and get out of the scorching heat). The Rex hotel is historic and it was quite relaxing up on the roof so I really didn’t mind too much about spending a little more for drinks here. My Planter’s Punch tasted pretty weak and not as sweet and vibrantly colored as those you would find on a Caribbean island.

Gin and tonic - Rex Hotel
Gin and tonic. 240,000 VND

Salted peanuts - Rex Hotel
Salted peanuts.

Table centerpiece - Rex Hotel
Table centerpiece.

Rex Hotel rooftop view
View from the Rex Hotel rooftop.

Hella-peno burger munchie meal – Jack in the Box

Hella-peno burger munchie meal - Jack in the Box
Beef patty topped with American cheese, stuffed jalapenos, mayo-onion sauce and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. Served with two tacos, fries and medium Diet Coke. $6
Jack in the Box, San Francisco CA

OK people, don’t judge me – LOL! We had just driven back to the city from a gala fundraiser up in Marin County where they didn’t serve very much food, so I was STARVING! We walked in and my eyes immediately fell on the promotional sign for the Hella-peno burger. I had to try it! The burger was pretty lame, but it filled me up and it came with tacos, fries and a drink – all for six bucks so I’m not gonna complain. This makes me a bad person. 🙂

Seagull at the Ferry Building
Seagull at the Ferry Building.

Pub wings – Belltown Pub

Pub wings - Belltown Pub
Buffalo style with ranch dressing. One pound $11
Belltown Pub, Seattle WA

I’m usually a big fan of wings, but these were super small so they were pretty much all bones and sauce. Lame! A pound of wings also doesn’t get you very much so you’re left hungry and unsatisfied.

Bourbon Basil cocktail - Belltown Pub

Bourbon Basil: bourbon, muddled basil, limes, simple and soda. $7
This drink was just OK – a bit on the sour side and very little alcohol.

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sculpture Park.

Preboarding free food frenzy – Star Alliance Gold Lounge

Preboarding free food frenzy - Star Alliance Gold Lounge
Chicken sandwich, chicken satay, chicken cheese balls with sweet and sour sauce, Diet Pepsi, Guinness beer. Complimentary
Star Alliance Gold Lounge, London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

This was one of several plates I managed to devour before boarding the plane back to San Francisco. I was really impressed at how many food items, both hot and cold, that they carried at this lounge! The fried chicken cheese balls were my favorite though probably because everything tastes better fried and covered in sweet and sour sauce. And they also served a nice variety of sodas and beer. I will admit that I did stuff several bags of potato chips and Diet Pepsi’s into my carry-on bag, but only because I knew the food on United was going to be horrible and I didn’t want to starve for the next 11 hours. Lol, I’m pretty ghetto! 😉

Knealing cushions
Knealing cushions, St. Margaret’s Church.

Mixed appetizer platter – Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar

Mixed appetizer platter - Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar
Thai fish cake, calamari, chicken satay, salt and pepper spare ribs, spring rolls and prawn crackers. Set Menu A £11.80 per person
Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar, London ENGLAND

Oh lord, this plate was large! And unfortunately, everything on it was overcooked, dry, rubbery and disgusting. The only thing that was actually ok even when it was over-fried was the prawn chips. They still had a great crunch and good flavor. We kind of just picked through everything else, took a small bite and that was enough. That was probably for the better because this was just WAY too much fried items for two people especially since there was plenty more food yet to arrive. It made me sad to look at the large pile of uneaten food on this plate though. I guess that’s why the set menu was so affordable – they sacrificed quality for quantity.

Diet Coke - Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar

Diet Coke.

Statue of Winston Churchill

Statue of Winston Churchill, bronze, Ivor Roberts-Jones, Parliament Square.

Sandwich mixte – La Cooperative

Sandwich mixte - La Cooperative
Ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. 5,90€
La Cooperative, Paris FR

After a long day of sightseeing, we really needed some food on our way back to the hotel. We came across La Cooperative on our walk from the Louvre. It looked like a cute cafe and the clientele appeared to be a mixture of business people, locals and tourists so we decided to give it a try. The food was fairly good, but the service was really erratic. We were served by two different waiters both of whom were really difficult to wave down when we needed anything.

While this sandwich was pretty standard, the bread was really good. I also prefer the mayonnaise they use in France. It has a better consistency and flavor.

Drinks - La Cooperative

Coca-Cola light. 50 cl 7,20€
Kir au Sauvignon. 25 cl 5,70€
OK, I’m still baffled why drinks are SO expensive here! We spent more money on soda and water than we did our food. Am I just being a ridiculous American that I think this is outrageous?! 😦

Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero
Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero. The Gardens of the Trocadero are beautiful and a great place to view the Eiffel Tower and take photos. Of course I did a customary “jump” photo with the tower in the background, lol.