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The Most Amazing Types of Coffee Around the World

The Most Amazing Types of Coffee Around the World

Cuisine Crawl 9 MINS READ

Watching baristas grounding coffee beans before their café opens in the streets of Vienna, visiting extensive coffee plantations in Vietnam and Brazil, and actually drinking a warm cup of joe in a new city: there is no doubt that coffee is capable of providing amazing experiences for travelers. And, aside from being comforting and delicious, coffee can help you learn more about a destination’s culture while traveling.

Across the globe, there are infinite ways of roasting, preparing, and drinking this dark elixir of life, so enthusiasts might wanna learn about all the amazing coffee around the world.

In fact, there are many different myths involving coffee around the world. In Africa, Moroccan Sufi mystics stated the existence of birds of unusual vitality only to find out they ate berries from coffee trees. This led the mystics to assume that the coffee beans have healing powers. In Oman, there’s also a belief surrounding the special benefits of coffee. Legend says that there was a man who survived an exile and then turned into a priest after drinking the “miracle drug”. Even Ethiopian hunters used to consume the beans for energy and hunger-quelling on day-long treks.

While you probably won’t turn into a priest or gain healing powers after drinking coffee, you might wanna know more about the coffee-making traditions around the globe. That way, you can travel from Europe to Asia, while drinking some of the most amazing coffees there is.

So ditch the instant coffee, the black tea, and the hot chocolate, because you’re about to learn how to make a seriously good coffee.

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Popular coffee drinks, such as flat white, cappuccino, latte, and americano are surely delicious. Plus, you can find them at almost every cafe you go to, in any corner of the world. But there are many other delicious coffee drinks that you might now know of — yet.

In case you want to try something different and spice things up, why not learning how to make a coffee with a twist? From the spicy Mexican coffee to the famous Hong Kong iced coffee, here are some of the unique ways this drink is prepared around the world. You just have to pick your favorite and make it at home!


A warm, steamy cup of Moroccan coffee over a table.

Morocco is all about rich flavors and spices. So, after making your coffee, mix things up by adding some cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg to your drink. This will provide your coffee with a “warmer” taste, which is even more perfect during fall or winter.


A cup of Vietnamese coffee is made using a Vietnamese Phin.

To make your coffee à la Vietnam, use a Vietnamese Phin instead of a French Press or an Italian espresso maker. This brewing tool is perfect for a cold drip coffee, which has a slighter stronger taste, even if you serve it with ice. In case you want a thicker and creamier texture to your drink, try adding a bit of sweetened condensed milk, coconut oil, coconut milk, or butter to it. You can also try it with almond milk, or the traditional milk and sugar.


A shot coup filled with coffee and a rich, thick foam on top.

Make it sweet! Instead of following the conventional white-sugar cube, add some brown sugar or use sweetened condensed milk, as the Vietnamese do. And, of course, you can also try to make the classic Irish Coffee drink, which consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, all stirred and topped with cream. This drink is not originally from Ireland, but it’s still worth the try!


Brazil’s billion-dollar specialty coffee is all about experiencing the popular drink in unconventional ways. The best tip? According to experts, when boiling water is gradually poured, the infusion drips into the jug not too quickly. If you want to drink coffee the Brazilian way, you can have a simple coffee with milk for breakfast, which is the famous “Café au lait”, or drink a strong shot of espresso — without sugar — after lunch.


A cup of espresso coffee being made.

If you are in a hurry and cannot dedicate enough time to brew the perfect cup of coffee from the grounds (or beans), use the coffee ampules, especially when you want to keep it fresh. You can also try to make a typical Portuguese shot of espresso, which is usually full-bodied and less acid, with Arabica and Robusta beans. You can also prepare a “Galão”, which is the Portuguese version of the Café au lait, made of espresso and foamed milk.


Want to make coffee the Cuban way? Then get ready to prepare a “Café Cubano”, which is a type of espresso shot. The Café Cubano is usually sweetened with brown sugar and can be made either using an electric espresso machine or a Moka pot.


Close up on a cup of warm, black coffee.

Have you ever heard of Café Touba? Famous in Senegal, this coffee drink is flavored with grains of Selim or Guinea pepper. The spices are mixed and roasted with the beans, and then ground into a powder. You can prepare the Café Touba using a filter. In case you don’t find the Guinea pepper, you can use cloves and make and a new version of the Café Touba.


Turkish coffee being poured on a white cup.

No coffee tour around the world would be complete without including the famous Turkish Coffee. This drink is made using very finely ground beans, which you might find in your local coffee shop. Then, you just have to mix the powder with cold water on a pot until it’s all well combined. Then, place the coffee pot on low heat and let it cook for a while, stirring two or three times. When the foam rises, use a teaspoon remove it, and place the foams into each Turkish coffee cup. Return the coffee pot to heat and remove when it boils. Pour the Turkish coffee into the cups and serve it!.

Hong Kong

A glass of Yuenyeung, a traditional Hong Kong drink made with coffee and tea.

This is where things start to get interesting. In Hong Kong, one of the most popular drinks is Yuenyeung, which is coffee with tea. So, to make the famous Hong Kong coffee, you have to combine strong black coffee with strong black milk tea. It’s three parts coffee to seven parts of black milk tea. You can have your Hong Kong coffee with ice and sugar, or even warm.


A decorated earthen clay pot filled with Cafe de Olla, a typical Mexican drink.

The most traditional Mexican coffee is the Cafe de Olla, which is made on a traditional earthen clay pot. This utensil gives a special flavor to the Café de Olla. When making this Mexican coffee, also add some cinnamon, and raw dark sugar, which provides the coffee with a sweet, spicy taste. Cafe de Olla is a perfect drink for winter, as it has a very warm feel to it. Just avoid adding milk, as it might overpower the taste of the delicious spices. The Cafe de Olla is served hot and can be paired with some homemade churros dusted with cinnamon and sugar.


A barista making a latte art on a cup of coffee.

Cafè Crème is the most traditional German coffee, which is served in a large cappuccino cup, which is filled 3/4 full with long coffee. But there’s also another drink called “German Coffee”, which is a cocktail made with Kirschwasser, coffee, and whipped cream.

If that is not enough, here is a tip from Jamie Foster, a mathematician from the University of Portsmouth:

“If you want a stronger cup of coffee, you should grind your coffee finer.”

The Best Coffee Around the World

Now that you know what are the best brewing methods and recipes from around the globe, here are the best coffee varieties you’ll find.


If you go to Africa, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a must-see (and must-taste!). In the origin country of Arabica beans, coffee is brewed in large coffee pots, but contradictory to a Japanese green tea ceremony, it is served in a hurry by only one host. The pot, called jebena, sits in hot coals and when served, sugar is added for an additional dose of energy.


In Morocco, mint tea is more popular, yet coffee is occasionally served as well. You’ll find Arabic coffee beans roasted on charcoal fire and ground in a mortar. Take a break from the mint tea and experience Morocco by drinking some of the best coffee available in the region.


You will find Poland’s specialty coffee, Robusta, in every store you go – from Krakow’s coffee stores to Warsaw’s cat cafes. They’re actually from central and western sub-Saharan Africa, but most cafes in Poland use this small, round, and brownish to yellowy grains.


From Nestle and Lofbergs Lila to other widely known Quora coffee brands, Swedish coffee is mostly characterized by its differences in brewing water. In the South, the water is hard which has high mineral content and leaves plenty of calcium deposits. Whereas in the North, the water is softer which pulls a lot more essence and taste out of the coffee grounds. In the end, it all depends on the coffee brewing.   Regardless of where you are in Sweden, try the local coffee brand Zoegas or the famous Arvid Nordquist Classic.  


Japanese are known for their tea tradition, but in recent years, coffee is the king. Japan is now among the world’s largest importers of coffee! Their national brewing techniques of the siphon and pour over (hand drip) are impacting the global modern coffee movement.


Apart from eating Pizza Ebraica and gelato, making an Italian caffe from a mokka pot is a must-do when visiting Italy. Originally used by Muslims in Kaffa (the Southeastern side of Ethiopia), the mokka pot was later distributed through Europe and eventually became a staple for Italy. You can easily find them from local vendors and coffee shops!


What makes Indonesian coffee unique? The answer is two-fold. Indonesian coffee cultivation began in the 17th century and has grown to be one of the largest producers of coffee in the world today. A cup of Indonesia’s premium coffee, Kopi Luwak, can cost as much as $100 a cup; it is considered the most expensive coffee in the world. The drink is made from coffee cherries digested by Asian palm civets that remove the fruit pulp. However, it is not the most animal-friendly or sustainable practice so we suggest going on a budget and animal-friendly when visiting Bali. There are plenty of delicious (and animal-friendly) coffee cafes and roasters in Bali!


The coffee culture is a big deal in Guatemala, and among the most well-known in the world. Rightly so. Currently producing more than 3 million bags of coffee beans a year, the mountainous and cloudy regions are perfect for producing toffee-sweet and nutty coffee beans.

Jamaican Coffee

Jamaica is known for its Blue Mountain Coffee. It is the lack of bitterness that makes it so special. Growing in high altitudes on mountains, the coffee is bold in taste and specially farmed by the Jamaican government.  The coffee beans are a must-buy when shopping for souvenirs from Jamaica. 


Vietnamese coffee or cà phê đá uses Vietnamese grown coffee with a metal drip filter. Grown in Trung Nguyen in Buon Ma Thout, Vietnamese coffee drinks can vary from simply ice-cold coffee with condensed milk to the traditional egg coffee.

Hawaii, Honolulu

Hawaiian Kona coffee is one of the best known in the world and compares well with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee due to its full-bodied flavor. Coffee trees grow in rich volcanic soil, providing the special taste that Hawaiian coffee boasts. Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains are a place to go if you want to visit coffee plantations on the island.


In Vienna, coffee is made especially fluffy and is enjoyed as a dessert type of coffee. Made from two espresso shots and topped with a fluffy layer of heavy cream, you can’t go wrong with a coffee in Vienna.  Ask for Mellocino, Einspanner or even Kapuziner types when visiting Vienna.


Thought as a serious rival of the Irish stout, the rich black coffee drink is flavored and full-bodied with a shot of whiskey. Also topped with heavy cream, the Irish coffee will not leave your sweet tooth unsatisfied.

While a caffe latte or an Americano may be your way to go around the world, people watch, work, or get warm during winter spell, there is much more to making a perfect cup of coffee. From Moroccan spiced coffee to the highest-quality Guatemalan bean, there is amazing coffee found everywhere in the world. Make new travel memories by attending a coffee ceremony and bring the coffee beans back home to share the deliciousness from around the world. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or share our travel tips by pinning:

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8 Countries that Boast Pet-Friendly Travel

8 Countries that Boast Pet-Friendly Travel

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When planning a getaway there is a question that every pet owner has to ask themselves: to bring or not to bring our four-legged friend? Well, we are here to help you make that decision a little bit easier by sharing the top 7 countries that boast pet-friendly travel. It’s no surprise that travelers all over the globe would rather bring their pets with them along for the adventure. Especially, if the alternative is leaving them at home or at an over-night kennel.

Tips for Traveling with your Pet

Before choosing the right travel destination, a good idea is to do some research and learn everything you can pet travel. You can look up what airlines offer the best conditions for pets, what are the ones that allow them to travel in the cabin, and what are the most dog-friendly airlines if this is the case.

Once you have an idea about the best airlines, learn the basics about pet travel, especially about the bureaucracy. You might need to bring your pet’s medical records, and even get an ID for your animal, so it’s better if you learn about that in advance.

Before your travel, also be sure to look up accommodation that allows pets, and book it in advance. In many cases, pet-friendly hotels only have a limited amount of rooms available for travelers and their pets, so it’s best if you get all the necessary information about it beforehand. You should also find out if the hotel offers any pet-sitting service, just in case you need to go sightseeing in a specific place and not allowed to bring your furry friend.

Pet-Friendly Destinations

When planning your future trip to these locations, you won’t have to worry about that at all. The memories you make with your special companion will last a lifetime. While taking a trip tomorrow is not possible everywhere, we can use this time to plan the perfect adventure. Check out the top countries for pet-friendly travel in the Americas, Asia, and Europe to start preparing your itinerary for you and your pet, today.


woman and her dog

The Swiss really go the extra mile to ensure that your pet-friendly experience is of the highest quality. Restaurants even make it a priority to offer your dog water and treats. Have you heard of the fondue tram? Well, your dog can even enjoy this delicious and cheesy experience with you too, for a small fee of course. Enjoy hundreds of hikes in the Alps to walks around the stunning cities such as Zurich and Geneva. Your furry friend will adore your trip to Switzerland together.

The United States

man and his dog

It’s no surprise that with over 60 parks protected by the National Park Service, the United States is one of the best places to go with your four-legged friend. From road trips to outdoor monuments and sight-seeing in pet-friendly cities like Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego. To beach getaways in Florida, from coast to coast there are thousands of travel destinations to visit with your pet. Pick the perfect pet-friendly accommodation on CuddlyNest, and start planning the adventure you and your furry friend have always dreamt of.


Black and white dog running on a green park during the day.

The doors of almost every establishment are open to pets in Germany. Known as one of the most pet-friendly countries in the world, Germany takes a lot of pride in their animals and is a global example of how to treat pets with care and respect. In fact, Berlin is home to the largest animal sanctuary in Europe. By following their pet-friendly policies you and your pet can visit the country and have a one-of-a-kind experience amongst the resident pet. You may even want to consider adopting another furry friend after learning about the adoption possibilities in Germany.


A wet German Shepherd dog standing by a lake at the foothills of the North Shore Mountains, in Vancouver, Canada.

British Columbia’s city, Vancouver, is known worldwide as one of the best places to bring your pet in North America. While there are hundreds of pet-friendly vacation rentals and hotels to visit, Canada also boasts epic road trips filled with nature fun for you and your pet. From visiting Lake Banff to taking the pet-friendly Canadian ferries where your pet will travel in ultimate comfort, there are so many ways to explore Canada with your dog or cat by your side. He or she will love traveling by both land and sea.


Dog looking at the Eiffel Tower on a cloudy autumn day in Paris.

Does your pup want a seat at the dinner table? If yes, then take your pet on a French escape. France has a pretty relaxed policy when it comes to traveling with your pets because this country deserves to be visited by everyone and everything. Looking for the perfect destination to mix fun and exploration? Take your furry friend to the Pyrennees where they can roam freely while you sit back, relax, and enjoy your holiday break.

The Netherlands

White and brown chihuahua on a bicycle carrier.

What’s one of the best parts of visiting the Netherlands with your pet? They can ride on any public transport for free, and on trains for just 3€ for an all-day pass either in your lap or in a carrier, depending on their size. While like all destinations your pet will require the proper paperwork and vaccines to visit, The Netherlands is a great place for you and your dog to explore the many open-air outdoor attractions including parks, the Amsterdam canals, the charming neighborhoods, and more. Amsterdam was even named the most animal-friendly city in the Netherlands in 2019. We can’t wait to visit with our own pets.


Kitten up on a cherry blossom tree, in Japan.

While the busy streets of Japan’s larger cities, including Tokyo, may not seem like the best place to visit with your pet, the country has actually made major strides to promote a pet-friendly culture and atmosphere for both its residents and tourists. With almost 1,000 pet-friendly hotels, pet-friendly offices, and spacious parks, there is so much to do, see, and explore, with your pet pal. He or she will also love visiting Japan’s beautiful beaches where they can run and enjoy the water. Be sure to check Japan’s passport rules for animals before jet-setting off to the country to avoid any issues upon arrival.


Woman walking with her unleashed white poodle in Vienna, Austria.

From Vienna to Salzburg, Austria is home to many places for you to explore with your furry friend. In the capital city, you can take your pet on a cruise along the Danube river, stroll with your dog in the Ring Road and go to the famous Naschmarkt, Vienna’s outdoor market, with 120 food stalls and restaurants. Vienna also has a multitude of pet-friendly cafes and restaurants, and dogs are allowed on public transport. Small dogs traveling in a container or in a fully-enclosed bag are free of charge. Other dogs have to leash and muzzled and have a half-price ticket.

Salzburg, the Austrian city located on the border of Germany, is also a perfect pet travel destination. The city is more compact and walkable than Vienna, so you won’t have any problems strolling around with your dog when exploring the history of Salzburg by wandering around the narrow alleys of Salzburg’s Old Town.

So where will you plan your first pet-friendly getaway?

With so many places to explore, you and your pet will have a full itinerary ready for future trips. Be sure to check the pet-friendly travel policies and guidelines for both you and your pet before making any travel plans, including paperwork and vaccines. Always take the extra time to make sure you have everything, so you can avoid pre-trip mishaps and focus on the experience with your best pal. We can’t wait to hear what are the travel destinations you plan to visit. Let us know and we will provide you with the perfect pet-friendly accommodation on CuddlyNest. Find more information about pet-friendly travel on our blog.

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Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex

Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex

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Have you ever wondered what the difference between Tex-Mex vs Mexican food is? If so, this blog post is for you! We recently watched Taco Chronicles on Netflix, which made us think, “What is the difference between Tex-Mex vs Mexican food? So if you’ve been pondering this question just like we have, read on as we delve deeper into this common query.

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The fifth of May is an important day for many Americans and Mexicans, as it celebrates Cinco de Mayo, or Mexican Independence day. Just like Mexican food and Tex-Mex, this holiday has its own misconceptions. We are going to debunk myths about the celebrations surrounding this holiday. As well as the difference between the two delicious cuisines.

Cinco de Mayo: Why is it celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo is a United States holiday that celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. However, this is a very famous misconception, as Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16, 1810. In Mexico, this day marks the “Battle of Puebla.” This battle was fought on May 5, 1862, between Mexico and France. The Mexicans unexpectedly defeated the French, thus they were able to keep the independence they already had.

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Why Cinco de Mayo is really a celebration of Mexican Food:

Two years after Mexico won the Battle of Puebla, the U.S. began celebrating Mexican culture on May 5th. Since then, millions of Americans celebrate this tradition every year. From festive parades and dancing in the streets to large tables of nachos and enchiladas, this celebration is all about food and fiesta.

cinco de mayo dancing

Food and Drink Consumption in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo:

  • According to the cocktail market, about 126 million liters of tequila were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2019. It is also the seventh-largest beer-drinking holiday.
  • The California Avocado Commission says that about 87 million avocados were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2017.
  • Fiesta Broadway is the largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It is held every year in Los Angeles, California.
  • Mole Poblano is the official holiday dish.
  • There are over 360 tortilla factories in the U.S. that contribute to the production of tortillas.

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Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex: What’s the difference?

In order to truly celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you need to know the difference between Mexican food and Tex-Mex.

  • The term Tex-Mex is short for Tex-Mexican (Texas and Mexican), a combination of both American and Mexican cuisines.
  • The most notable difference between the two cuisines is the ingredients. In almost all Tex-Mex dishes, cumin is the main ingredient, however, most traditional Mexican dishes don’t include it at all. Traditional Mexican plates use ingredients such as chile peppers, oregano, cacao, cilantro, and more.
  • Tex-Mex taco shells are typically hard tortilla shells, while Mexican taco recipes call for soft corn tortillas.
  • If you find cheddar on your Mexican food, then it is a Tex-Mex dish. Mexicans always use white or yellow cheese.
  • Many typical Mexican dishes including enchiladas, tacos, and more belong to both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. However, Tex-Mex prepares them with their own flavors and style.

Iconic Tex-Mex Dishes

Here we’ve listed a few iconic tex-mex dishes to give you some ideas about what to eat during your next Cinco de Mayo celebration!

  • Chili con Carne: Chili con Carne is a classic Tex-Mex dish made of chili, which is chilis, chicken broth, and your own (or others) secret ingredients, and Carne, either chicken, beef, or pork. If you haven’t tried traditional Chili con Carne before, then what are you waiting for?
  • Steak Fajitas: Fajitas are grilled meats usually served on a taco and doused with delicious spices and toppings. A definite must-have during your next traditional Tex-Mex celebration.
  • Queso: Queso has been described as one of the pillars of Tex-Mex cuisine, and is even sometimes referred to as the “national party dip of Texas”. Essentially gooey, melted yellow cheese with green chiles, you’ll be able to find this dish almost anywhere Tex-Mex food is served.

Iconic Mexican Dishes

Mexican cuisine is a diverse and massive array of cultures and ingredients, so it’s hard to list just a few dishes. However, we’ve listed a few traditional Mexican foods here just to give you an idea of what Mexican cuisine offers.

  • Tacos: Tacos are a hugely popular Mexican food all over the world, and for good reason. At its most basic, tacos are small tortillas filled with cheeses, sauce, and fillings such as meat, beans, or vegetables. Traditionally, a Mexican taco is very basic, and rarely contains more than just meat and some sauce and few toppings.
  • Enchiladas: Enchiladas were made for cheese lovers! A large tortilla stuffed with veggies, beans, and meat, then covered in cheese and baked, this mouthwatering dish is a Mexican classic and one you won’t want to miss.

 We hope you learned a thing or two, about Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy your feast, and don’t forget to let us know what you make at home.

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Guide to Traditional German Must-Eats

Guide to Traditional German Must-Eats

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Bist du hungrig? In German, this phrase means “are you hungry?” We want to know! If you have ever visited Germany, you came across delicious pretzel stands, pints of beer in traditional beer steins, bratwurst the size of your forearm, and much more. With so many different flavors and dishes to try it’s hard to narrow down the list of what not to miss out on. We are sharing our favorite traditional German food to try on your next getaway to Deutschland.

beer garden in Germany

Our favorite traditional German foods:

  1. Laugenbrezel
  2. Bratwurst
  3. Kartoffelpuffer
  4. Spaetzle
  5. Pork Schnitzel
  6. Knodel
  7. And last but not least, Apfelstrudel

Learn more about each of these dishes here:

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Laugenbrezel – German Soft Pretzels

If you went to Germany and did not try a laugenbrezel, then you need to go back someday. Thick and soft with a browned exterior, German soft pretzels are simply irresistible. As well as quite famous not just in Germany, but around the world!

  • According to many popular legends, pretzels were first created by Christian monks.
  • Pretzels are considered a good luck symbol in Germany.
  • National Pretzel day is celebrated on April 26th in the U.S.
  • Pretzels were brought to the states in the 1800s by German immigrants.

While traditional German pretzels require a couple of special ingredients, you can make them like the pros, here

bratwurst dish


Bratwurst (Brat – finely chopped meat, wurst – sausage) is one of the most typical street foods in Germany. While you can find them all over the country, this meal is most commonly found in stands all over Berlin. Here are some other fun facts:

  • The bratwurst sausage originated in Germany in 1313.
  • It is commonly served both on a stick and in a bun, which makes it the perfect on-the-go meal.
  • Bratwurst is made from pork, beef, and veal.

Learn how to make the perfect bratwurst, on a stick or in a bun, here.

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Kartoffelpuffer – Potato Pancake

There isn’t a holiday or festival in Germany that doesn’t include Kartoffelpuffer, German potato pancakes. What’s not to love about a delicious treat?

  • Kartoffelpuffer is prepared differently than many other potato dishes as it is grated from raw potatoes, not boiled potatoes.
  • The most traditional way to eat these potato pancakes is with a side of applesauce, which adds sweetness to its savoriness.
  • In order regions of Germany, Katoffelpuffer is known as Reibekuchen and Kartoffelpfannkuchen.

Making this dish is simple and easy. Check out the recipe, here.

egg spaetzle dish

Spaetzle – Egg Noodles

While the photo above may look like yummy scrambled eggs, it’s actually another type of food in the egg family — noodles. Interested in learning more?

  • If you don’t have a spaetzle maker handy, you can use a colander or cheese grader to make spaetzle at home.
  • Spaetzle is one of the most popular traditional dishes in Germany, as well as in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary.
  • The dish is prepared very similar to macaroni and cheese.
  • It can be topped with anything you like, and it serves well as a side or the main course.

Make spaetzle at home with these easy steps, here.

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Pork Schnitzel – Pork Chops

Who doesn’t love making pork schnitzel? This German-style pork chop is juicy, incredible, and so easy to make. Here are some things you may not know about pork schnitzel:

  • Schnitzel is not actually the type of food, but the name for how the pork is prepared.
  • Another name for schnitzel is schweineschnitzel.
  • Hammers are used to thin the pork before coating it in breadcrumbs to make a crispier crust.

Serve pork schnitzel at your next virtual dinner party, and learn the recipe here.

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Knödel – Boiled Dumplings

Knödel is a staple side dish to many German meals. Making these dumplings is very easy! But did you know that they very different than any other dumpling? For starters, Germans make these dumplings by poaching or boiling them and then add egg and flour. Here are some more interesting facts:

  • Knödel does not require yeast, unlike many other doughy foods. This is what gives it its uniqueness.
  • The dumplings are traditionally quite large, and can even be as large as tennis balls.
  • Present-day, many Germans include plums and apricots in their dumplings for flavor.

Learn how to make the perfect knödel, here

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Apfelstrudel – German Apple Pie

This delicious dessert originated in the 18th century, during the Austro-Hungarian empire. However, Apfelstrudel is very much popular and traditional German food, today. Here are some other things you may not know about this apple dessert:

  • Traditionally Germany people eat Apfelstrudel warm as it contains a rich creamy apple filling. However, many people also eat this dessert cold. It all depends on your preference.
  • Apfelstrudel has its own English name which is apple strudel.
  • Apple strudel also has its own U.S. holiday on June 17th. Bakeries throughout the country love to celebrate this holiday with delicious pastries for everyone.
  • The term strudel is German for “whirl or swirl,” due to its form once baked.

Make the perfect apfelstrudel for dessert, here.

 Don’t forget to let us know what you are cooking up at home. Have you ever made any of these dishes? We can’t wait to experience them in Germany with you. Guten Apetit!

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Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

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Are you looking for the perfect meals to whip up this week? Look no further because we have prepared a menu of five traditional Italian dishes that are easy to make and will leave you wanting more. Before you start cooking and become the next master chef, it’s important to learn a thing or two about where traditional Italian dishes come from and why they are an integral piece of Italian culture. Let’s start with the origin and ingredients.

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Before we get cooking, let’s learn about traditional Italian dishes and cuisine:

Restaurants around the world have adapted certain plates and recipes to create their own version of Italian food. However, when it comes to traditional preparation, it’s important to know the correct methods and ingredients in order to make your Italian dishes just right. Or Perfetto come Italia, as the Italians say.

  1. Italians don’t use very much garlic.
    While you may find garlic bread at the top of most menus in Italian restaurants around the world, traditional Italian restaurants don’t serve garlic bread.  Rather, bread is typically served plain. Italians avoid overusing garlic in their dishes. They prefer to rely on flavorful and fresh ingredients.
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish.
    Don’t worry, we’re not denying spaghetti and meatballs is delicious, however, it is not an authentic Italian dish. Italians actually rarely serve meat in their pasta.
  3. Pepperoni means “bell pepper” in Italian.
    If you have ever walked into a pizzeria in Italy and asked for a pepperoni pizza, you were probably surprised when a pizza with bell peppers was brought to your table.
  4. Naples (Napoli) is the most popular city in the world for its pizza.
    The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997, with pizza as we know it originating in Naples, Italy.
  5. On average, an Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year.
    You heard that right! In North America, a person eats around 15 1/2 pounds of pasta to compare. Yet, we think the more pasta, the better.

italian dishes caprese salad

A Traditional Starter: A Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Juicy and full of flavor, the Caprese salad topped with a pesto dressing, is a staple in any Italian meal. Originating from the Island of Capri in the 1950s, this salad is simple to prepare and requires only a few fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and homemade pesto sauce to dress. Learn how to make the famous Caprese salad with pesto, here.

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A Hearty Pasta Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

If you have ever had pasta in Italy, you probably tried spaghetti alla carbonara. One simply hasn’t lived until you’ve had this meal. The real key to making traditional carbonara is making it with guanciale, not pancetta. This recipe requires only spaghetti, eggs, peppercorn cheese, guanciale, and pepper. However,  if you can’t find guanciale in your local market, pancetta is perfectly acceptable to use. Indulge in a plate of carbonara, here.

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A Classic: Pizza Margherita.

Learn how to make a classic Margherita pizza from professional Italian chefs in Napoli. You can turn your kitchen into a cheesy paradise in just under thirty minutes. All you need is flour, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil and a lot of love to make a pizza like the pros. Find an authentic recipe, here.

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A Delicious Main Course: Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

For all meat lovers, you will not want to miss having Fiorentina steaks at your Italian dinner. It’s a known fact that at least one person in every Tuscan home knows how to make this steak. With just a couple, easy steps, you can learn how to traditionally make Bistecca alla Fiorentina, too.

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A Must-Have Dessert: Tiramisù.

An Italian feast isn’t complete without an incredible dessert. Tiramisù is a classic. With no need to bake, and requiring just a few minutes to prepare, it’s the perfect dessert to any dinner. The coffee biscuit and mascarpone cream are simply irresistible. You’ll have to try it for yourself after learning the recipe, here.

Now that you know how to prepare these five traditional Italian dishes, enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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All You Need to Know about Japanese Tea Traditions Before Travelling to Kyoto

All You Need to Know about Japanese Tea Traditions Before Travelling to Kyoto

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Japanese Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha are important parts of Japanese traditional culture to understand the extraordinary culture of Japan. After all, Japanese is claimed to be one of the most intelligent nations, thus signalling the benefits of green tea.

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Japanese Green Tea

While India is widely known for its long run tea-growing tradition, from Darjeeling to Dirlgiji tea, in Japan the presence of tea was first documented only in the 9th century. The tea tradition is process-focused, as brewing and serving of the tea are the two main variables.  

However, the tea itself carries an important role here as well. Green tea contains not only caffeine but also an amino acid L-theanine, which makes it available to cross the blood-brain barrier, thus leading to healthy long-term development.

The key to a wholesome Japanese green tea flavour lies in its brewing. While you should definitely visit the Ippodo tea store in downtown Kyoto, we also recommend bringing some tea back home as a souvenir to your family and friends.

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Celebrate with Tea: Breaking the Seal and Celebrating Light

Japanese tea ceremonies, just like songs and religious music, are varying from season to season. While some traditional ceremonies are held no matter the season, some are specific to the occasion, or time of the day. Kuchikiri-o-chaji 口切の茶事  tea ceremony, just as 暁の茶事 celebrates the new beginnings.


The first celebration is held in November. Green tea leaves are usually harvested in spring, and then safely stored in a cool place until late autumn. The tradition of breaking the jar on the first week of November, Ro is used to indicating the start of the winter. In November, when the new tea is plucked again, there is a breaking of the seal of the tea jar, in Japanese Kuchikiri.

To be a part of the celebration in November, head to the Kyoto chastise tea rooms to experience the Japanese tradition considered the most formal of all. For where to participate in tea ceremonies, head here.
With the new season, tea rooms also replace paper on their sliding doors and do all other repair work in order to celebrate the new season.

Winter Tea Ceremony Akatsuki-no-chaji

The latter, Akatsuki-no-chaji, or dawn tea ceremony, is held in early winter, to enjoy a light rising after a cold winter night. Albeit not commonly held in public tea rooms, the dawn tea ceremony has magic on its own.

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Enjoy the Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Since the day Buddhist monk Eichū brought green tea to Japan, and served sencha (underground Japanese green tea) to the emperor, tea has been one of the central traditions to Japanese nobles. 

Today, you can participate in tea ceremonies in Japanese temples, like Jotokuji temple, or in tea rooms or Kyoto hotels.

Camellia Tea House

Camellia tea ceremony is held in English. Just in between the Ninen-zaka steps and the famous Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, the place s an oasis for peace and quiet, away from tourist crowds. Cuddlynest tips: order Uji matcha tea and wagashi for a sweet treat here.

Ran Hotel Kyoto

Ran Hotel in Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy the tea ceremony if you are looking for a tatami tea room. Taisho Period art decor will accompany the ceremony, but you can just simply sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Chion-in Temple Tea Ceremony 

Traditional tea, anyone? Hop into a metro and go to the geisha and entertainment district of Gion in Kyoto. In Chion-in Temple, you will be served tea by English speaking waitresses in kimonos. The simplicity and sheer natural taste of the green tea will make your Kyoto trip much more enjoyable.

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How to Overcome FOMO: Guide to Valencia and La Tomatina 2019

How to Overcome FOMO: Guide to Valencia and La Tomatina 2019

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La Tomatina is well known around the world, but apart from 20 000 people throwing 120 tons of tomatoes on the streets of Buñol, the region has so much more to offer for those looking for a bit more relaxing stay than Barcelona.

Here we tell you what’s in and hot (literally!) in the East of Spain Valencia region capital. Whether you are getting involved in tomato fight on August 28 or not, you can surely enjoy the Spanish laissez-faire approach to life. No more Fear of Missing Out!

Valencia | Basic Facts

Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city. It homes around 800 000 people, which is a little more than Seville (read: what to do around Seville). It is a modern port city and a centre for business. As for currency, you will get by euros. Valencia is also known for the Fallas festival – save the date for June 2020!

In Short:

Region: Southern Europe
Language | Catalan
Currency | Euro
Population | 800 000

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideThe Talk

Yes, you may be excited to have taken Spanish classes back in the day, but there are some things to keep in mind when going to Valencia.
As a matter of fact, not all Valencians speak Spanish. The official language is Valenciano, a dialect of Catalan. Therefore, when greeting someone, use Bon dia which is more frequently used by locals than Boenos dias. To say goodbyes, say Ow – meaning See you later!

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideWhat’s Hot

If you’ve never heard about La Tomatina Valenciana, you probably just landed from Moon. The famous tomato fight festival has been around since 1945 from an ordinary street fight. At first, vegetables form a market stall were used, but in the years to follow people would bring their own tomatoes in quarrels to fight. Although illegal in the 50s, the tomato vibe is taking leaps and the festival becomes larger with every year.
While tomatoes take up the central stage, there are parades, paella cooking contests, fireworks and so much more! That said, the world’s largest food fight will take place on August 28, 2019, and you better be there.

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideKey Area

To have a taste of the local Spanish life, head to El Cabanyal. Located just behind Las Arenas Beach, the main beach of the city, the district is full of modernist style buildings. Pioneered by Antonio Gaudi, and scattered across the whole Barcelona city, Catalan Modernism is all around Cabanyal-Canyamela neighbourhood. Here, the building are low, and you will see the real Spanish life unfolding between the ceramic facades and colourful, patterned tiles. On abandoned house walls, artists splash the life in with street art, graffiti. This is the birthplace of illustrator Sorrola amongst many other artists, whose work will be exhibited in the cultural centre in the former Cabanyal slaughterhouse. You will most definitely find an Instagram-friendly spot here!

To truly get the vibe of city, meet the locals. While the residential area is calmer during the middle of the day, you can have esmorsaret, the little lunch prepared by locals, for locals. The neighbourhood food scene is quite diverse, and exotic restaurants from Japanese to Chinese and Mexican represent the true queerness of the place. Get the essence at  La Pascuala or El Ultramarinos.

At night, listen to flamenco concerts at Mar d´Amura. Spanish and Mediterranean spark friendly attitudes towards tourists and asking for directions will have success if you address locals with ”Bon día rey/reina/cariño.”

When there is enough of wandering around the streets of El Cabanyal, you may want to have a walk in the beach where artists from Sorolla and Goya to even Hemingway walked in their time.

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideKey Souvenir

What to take home from a place that is so full of diversity? In case you come from a place as hot as Valencia, we suggest getting a beautiful, hand-painted wooden fan with roses, flamenco dancer or matador.

Eastern Spain is also famous for its fabrics and embroidery. Level up your shopping experience visiting Plaza Redonda. The tiny, locally owned textile shops have great embroidery and textiles to bring back home. Pro tip: remember taking a picture of the store and its owner– your home-stayers will be amazed knowing where the gift comes from!

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideObsession Food

Paella, paella, paella. Whereas tourist restaurants in Spain are offering food to tourists all over the country, the birthplace of the food is Valencia. Same case as pizza and Naples. Valenciennes sit down to paella on Sunday. To not to give out yourself as guiri, a Northern European tourist in Spanish, or extranjera, remember that the dish is always eaten during the daytime, and never at night. To know you get the real thing (although it will be the case anyway), know that the traditional dish is made from chicken, rabbit and garrafó white beans. You can also seek seafood and vegan options (read: where eat vegan in Spain, Granada), or paella with artichokes, or even snails! Go to La Rogeta cuina vegana  for vegan paella and El Racó de la Paella for traditional paella.

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideThe Landmark

Along the world-famous Sagrada Familia and Alhambra, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. The complex translating into English as City of Arts and Sciences is also the most important tourist destination in the region, and rightly so.
Taking almost a decade to build, the huge architecture centre now houses Oceanografic the largest aquarium in Europe. When you are tired of looking at sea lions and sharks representing marine from the Mediterranean to polar oceans and even Red Sea, walk around Agora. Built to host Tennis Open (but didn’t – it happened to be too expensive for Valencia), it now stands empty, waiting for the opening as an event space.

The Refreshment

When hot is becoming too hot, look out for horchateria or a simple ice cream store. Horchateria Santa Catalina is our favourite, and you simply must ask: “Hola! Quiero una  horchata de chufa, por favor.”We already wrote about the traditional drinks in Europe, and Valencia happen to be the home of Horchata. Made using the milky juice from tiger nuts and mixed with sugar, the drink is cool and refreshing in hot summer days and makes a healthy vegan alternative to ice cream.

The Breakdown

To get you tipsy, taste the Aigua de València, translating into Valencian Water. Served in jugs, and drank from champagne or cocktail glasses, the drink will splash refreshing sweetness. Valencian Water is made from cava (Spanish sparkling wine), orange juice and vodka or gin.

The Face

Meet the talented seamstress Lindsay, the owner of one of a kind Spanish 50s vintage dress shop. She left her job 8 years ago, leaving the life of headteacher back in England and moving to Valencia to become an owner for the store full of vintage gems. She sources and styles vintage dresses for performers, prom nights and even weddings, and you can take a moment and dive into the sugar-pastel world of the 50s.

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guideThe Stay

To enjoy Valencia to the fullest, rent apartment in Valencia centre. Spanish modernist housing in El Carmen historical centre neighbourhood features high ceilings, natural materials and modernist interiors. You can also look for apartments around the centre to escape the more touristy areas.

Valencia La Tomatina Cuddlynest guidePracticalities

How to Get Around?

To get around Valencia, walking is surely the best option. If you want to get from one attraction to the next in no time, though, get a metro ticket. The Valencia underground metro zone map shows the destinations. One-journey tickets Billete Sencillo (one-way) for €1.50  or Billete Ida y Vuelte (return ticket) €1.50 are normally within zone A. If you have to travel further, you can specify the zone (-es) – see the adjusted prices here. The return journey can be used until the end of the day after using the first journey. Both are the best options if you are around for a few days. However, if you are keen on slow travel, the Bonmetro 10-day ticket may be useful. When buying tickets at the metro station, you can navigate the machine in English. Cash, cards and coins are all accepted to buy a metro ticket for Valencia.

What Apps to Download?

Before going to Valencia, we suggest you downloading for offline navigation and El Tiempo for accurate weather forecasts. We already wrote about the full Spain best travel apps – you can re-visit the article.

What Gives Out You’re a Tourist?

Coming to practicalities, there are some simple rules to remember to fit in. First, do not pack shorts, especially if you are a man. Women after 25 usually wear dresses or skirts. In general,  conservative dressing style is always preferred. Also, leave your sneakers at home and pack leather shoes, espadrilles or flats for your Valencia trip. You will also encounter a lot of leather and fur around here,

Local Etiquette

Although Spanish are known for outgoing and loud interactions, a piece of good advice to Americans is to lower your voices while here. Another tip? Keep your hair well done, and – finally – eating on the street is a no-no. Packed with some of these tips, you will feel more respected by locals, if not entirely fitting in.

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5 Weird European Drinks You Must Try on Your Next Trip

5 Weird European Drinks You Must Try on Your Next Trip

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Europe needs no introduction. A perfect getaway all year round, the Old Continent is a veritable wonderland for all travel types. It has paradisiac beaches on the Mediterranean Coast, distinct mountain ranges, culture-filled world capitals, and much more.

Home to 44 countries, Europe brings together a profusion of different cultures, which also makes it an amazing destination for foodies. And as you probably already heard about the soulful Spanish cuisine, the heavenly Italian pasta, and the delicate French pastries, you may not know much about European drinks. They are, after all, a gateway to some of the continent’s most unique cultures. Are you intrigued? In this post, we’re going to introduce you to a less-explored part of the food culture in Europe: the drinks.

From a Macedonia fruit brandy to a Hot Beer commonly drank in Poland, here are 5 drinks you must try on your next trip to Europe.

Horchata de Chufa – Spain

Spain is surely famous for its soulful food, which is heavy in fresh seafood, meat, rice, olive oil, and vegetables. This Mediterranean destination is also well-known for alcoholic beverages such as the beloved Sangria, and Cava, which is a sparkling wine made in the same way as champagne. But Spanish cuisine also includes a few unusual drinks, such as Horchata de Chufa, or just Horchata.

Highly consumed during the summer, this creamy non-alcoholic white drink does a pretty good job of cooling you off. Originated in Valencia in the 13th-century, this drink is made of dried and sweetened Chufa, which is also called the tiger nut. In Spain, this drink is so popular, that there are special “horchatarias” shops dedicated to it.

Curious fact: this drink is consumed also outside of Spain. In Nigeria and Mali, they drink a variation of the Horchata, which is also made of tiger nut milk and it’s called Kunnu Aya. In Mexico and Guatemala, the Horchata is made of rice, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Poppy Seed Milk – Lithuania

A cup of Poppy Seed Milk, a typical Lithuanian drink and one of the most weird European drinks.

You are probably acquainted with vegan options for milk, like almond, rice, soy, and oat. But did you know that in Lithuania there’s popular vegan milk made with poppy seeds? Yes. Known as aguonų pienas, this non-alcoholic drink is consists of soaked poppy seeds, which are then ground, mixed with water, and then drained until they turn into a poppy milk concentrate.

The aguonų pienas is one of the dishes Lithuanians eat on Christmas Eve, which is also called Kūčios. Rich in traditions and ceremonies, the Christmas dinner in Lithuania is traditionally meatless, eggless, and dairy-free, and consists of 12 dishes prepared to represent the 12 apostles. The aguonų pienas is usually served together with sweet pastries.

Rakija – Macedonia

Rakija – or rakia – or raki –, is one of the most famous alcoholic drinks in North Macedonia and all over the Balkans. This liquor is a clear spirit brandy made from fermented fruit and it has an alcohol content of between 40% and 50% ABV. Rakija is actually a very important piece of the Macedonian culture and many of the local families have their own production of this drink. In fact, each family carries its own secret recipe, which makes the drinks super distinctive. In Macedonia, this drink is made from yellow and white grapes, which are mixed with a blend of honey, anise, and other fruits.

The drink is usually produced by the families from November to March when they take the grape pulp leftovers inputting them inside a sealed copper vat, where the mixture is boiled. As the liquid comes to a boil, it releases steam, and the steam becomes the famous Rakija.

The most common types of the liquor are the Medova rakija (enjoyed as an aperitif), the Shlivka rakija (strong and plum based), Trevarka rakija (made with mint, lavender, sage, and rosemary), Mastika (Made from herb anise), and the Imela rakija (made from the stems and leaves of the mistletoe). Fun fact: this drink was used as a painkiller before the 20th-century.

Kvass – Central and Eastern Europe

A glass of Kvass, the traditional brown bread Russian beer.

Although Russia is commonly associated with vodka, one of the most popular drinks in the country is the Kvass. Made from leavened rye bread, the drink is also famous across Central and Eastern European countries, and it could be described as a barely alcoholic beer. In Russia, Kvass is made by soaking the brown bread in water and then adding yeast to it. The mixture ferments for a few days, leaving the Kvass with a small percentage of alcohol and a tangy, distinctive flavor. This mixture can also be fermented with additional sugar for faster processing.

Sometimes regarded as one of the weirdest drinks in the world, the Kvass is especially popular during summer, when it’s served from a big barrel on wheels. Curious fact: in Russia, there’s a well-known summer dish called cold okroshka soup, which is made using kvass as its base.

Baked milk – Russia

So, by now you already know that Russians love Kvass. But there’s another unique drink in the country you should learn about: the baked milk or ryazhenka. Also popular in Ukraine and Belarus, this non-alcoholic drink is a type of boiled milk and can resemble a yogurt or even condensed milk. For this reason, it’s usually a perfect addition to breakfast, as it has a “desserty” quality to it.

Ryazhenka is one of the varieties of Russian cultured milk, and it’s made from fermented milk, which was previously baked at low oven temperature. This slow heat gives the milk a creamy texture, and even though this drink has a curious name, it sure sounds delicious.

Norwegian Mead, Norway

Associated with the Vikings, mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey, water, yeast, and sometimes fruits and spices, depending on local tradition. The preparation process of this drink is similar to wine, with the main difference lying mainly in the ingredients. Ancient Norwegians actually thought that both meed and beer had divine qualities, as they’re both results as the fermentation process, which was considered mystical and even initiated with a reverence. But interestingly enough, many people say that the mead is closer to wine than beer, and this drink is also known as “honey wine”.

Grzane Piwo, Poland

A glass of Grzane Piwo, the traditional Polish beer, which is drank warm.

Grzaniec, also known as Grzane Piwo, is a hot lager beer with froth. Spiced with artificial syrups, either ginger or raspberry, as well as spices, such as cinnamon and clove. Served in bars all over Poland, this alcoholic has a special zesty flavor and it’s particularly popular during winter, as it’s consumed warm.

But before ordering your glass of Grzane Piwo in Poland, here are a few tips. The first one is to be patient, as it takes from 5 to 10 minutes for the beer to be heated. The second is to have in mind that the drink is spiced with syrup, and there are two particular ones which you’ll be asked to choose, the ‘imbirowy‘ (ginger) or ‘malinowy‘ (raspberry). Another quick reminder: Polish still hold onto gender standards when it comes to beer. The choice between imbirowy (ginger) or malinowy (raspberry) is largely defined by the color in the country, but this doesn’t mean you have to follow the “rule”.

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22 Breakfasts Around the World’s 22 Most Awesome Cities

22 Breakfasts Around the World’s 22 Most Awesome Cities

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Breakfast Around World Cuddlynest Travel Blog Rent Vacation and Holiday Rentals Online Good morning!

We know you love brunching. We too. That’ s why we sent our CuddlyNest foodie to review this Barcelona brunch bar. But today, we are taking you around the world – and showing you what the world has on the breakfast table, city by city. Let’ s dive in!

Miami – USA

Desayuno! If you travel to Miami, then do it the traditional way – get yourself a  traditional Cuban breakfast. What’ s on the menu? A warm and sweet latte coffee Cafe con Leche paired up with a Tostada Cubana, a flattened bread frilled on a panini grill. 

Miami Florida – Where to Stay

Luxury Miami apartments



New York – USA

If there is anything that screams New York, then it surely is the Breakfast at Tiffany movie scene. Sounds simple, right? Go out for the amazing music, and start your next day with a  black coffee and croissant, while glazing over the diamond necklaces in a shop window at Tiffany’s.

New York – Where to Stay
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Midtown West Edward Flat



Honolulu – USA

Opposing to other USA cities, Honolulu holds a sweet spot for the morning meal.  Portuguese sausage linguiça, eggs, and white rice will fill you up for the upcoming day.

Honolulu Hawaii – Where to Stay

Direct Oceanfront Hawaii Apartment



Los Angeles – USA

Los Angeles is famous for its doughnuts, and rightly so. From berry to caramel glaze, to chocolate and other varieties, you have all the options you can think of. If doughnuts is not your thing, though, you can get fluffy ricotta blueberry pancakes, topped with maple syrup and served hot to wake you up.  Grab your coffee and get going!

Los Angeles California – Where to Stay

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London -UK

British breakfast is world-famous.  Bacon, sausages and eggs, served with English breakfast tea. Are you brave enough? Then try black pudding, a blood sausage made out of pork blood and cereal.

Where to stay in London England

Modern Private City Apartment 



Berlin – Germany

Berlin is a city of alternative culture, be it music or living, but when it comes to breakfast, Germans like to get it right. Starting with warm tea, coffee, or hot cocoa, you will get a bread (Brot), bread rolls (Brötchen) and a buffet for layerings. Have an orange juice on the side!

Where to stay in Berlin Germany

Bright and Natural Berlin Apartment



Barcelona – Spain

Have an espresso, a glass of orange juice, and breakfast bikini, a toasted cheese and ham sandwich.

Where to Stay in Barcelona Spain

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Stylish Wooden Apartment 



Paris – France

Bonjour! Do you find yourself in Paris? You are probably holding a piece of baguette, spreading a jam on it, and drinking a  cup of black coffee. Oh, and grapefruit juice, of course. 

Paris France – Where to stay?

Charming Duplex in Montmarte



Rome – Italy

Buongiorno! Get a cornetto – a plain one (semplice),  with jam (marmellata) or cream (crema), and start your day on a cheerful note before heading to Colloseum!

Where to stay in Rome, Italy

Traditional Luxury Rome Apartment



Lisbon – Portugal

There is Portugal, and there is Pastéis de Nata. The two are inseparable. Bom apetite!

Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal

Bright Modern Lisbon Apartment 



Vienna – Austria

Brothen, cheese and ham. Some orange juice, and beautiful ceramic pottery. Here you go, Wiener Frühstück.

Where to stay in Austria

Warsaw – Poland

Keep it simple and balanced with a hard-boiled egg and croissant on the side. Black tea in bonus!

Where to stay in Warsaw Poland



Athens – Greece

Καλημέρα! The typical greek breakfast is staka (thick butter from goat’s milk, from Crete) with eggs. 

Where to stay in Athens Greece



Copenhagen – Denmark

God morgen! Contrary to what you may dream of, the Danish puff pastry is not all over the table in breakfast buffets. Have a healthier option instead – get yourself a youghurt and oatmeal, and eat like a Dane.

Where to stay in Denmark

Cosy Minimalist Flat 



Dubrovnik – Croatia

Dobro jutro! Eat polenta and cornbread with lard. Sprinkle over some paprika, get a cup of strong coffee and feel yourself Dalmatian.

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik Croatia
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Neoclassical Dubrovnik Apartment



Seoul – South Korea

There is no defined breakfast – Koreans typically have rice, soup, meat, and side dishes of all can think of.



Shanghai – China

早上好 Shanghai breakfast has it all – from soybean milk to steamed buns. You can have tofu pudding for dessert! Any excited vegans there?



Dubai – UAE

Found yourself in Dubai? You are likely to get Balaleet. This breakfast dish consists of sweetened vermicelli mixed with eggs, raisins, cardamon and saffron. شهية طيبة

Where to stay in Dubai حجز السكن

Spacious Apartment with Lake View



Delhi – India

A bowl of idli, anyone? These steamed black lentil and rice cakes will make your mouth water.



Sydney – Australia

Fried smokey bacon, grilled tomato and mushrooms. Or, hash brown. The choice is yours, but we can say that everything tastes Aussie-good!

Where to Stay in Australia



Riga – Latvia

Are you on a  run to grab breakfast! Get yourself a  traditional black bread sandwich!

Where to stay in Latvia



Lviv – Ukraine

Ukraine is well known for its pancakes, and you should definitely not skip those!

Where to stay in Ukraine



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Ice Cream Month: Where to Celebrate in July

Ice Cream Month: Where to Celebrate in July

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To celebrate the smooth, creamy, refreshing treat of the summer, the National Today announced July as “Ice Cream Month.” The best part about a holiday is being able to celebrate! Couldn’t get any better, right? On the 3rd Sunday of July, the whole world will enjoy this tasty treat. To many of us, ice cream is something we crave for on a hot summer day. It is a staple for any beach family vacation or a stroll around a city in search of the best Instagram spot. But did you know ice cream is very different all around the world? Let’s learn more. 

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How Ice Cream Came to Be:

Ice cream originally comes from China. In 618-97AD the King Tang of Shang had a good take on ice-cream. There were 94 ice men working to make buffalo milk, flour, and camphor into a tasty treat. Later, in 200 BC Chinese mixed milk and rice. Then, they packed the mixture in the snow to freeze, thus resembling the ice cream we know today.

Europe Takes Over:

When Roman Emperors discovered the refreshing dessert, they sent slaves high into the mountains to bring the ice back. Then Romans flavored the ice and served to the high blood families in Rome, Ephesus, Carthage, Alexandria, and elsewhere.

Marco Polo Brings the Recipe to Medieval Europe in the Golden Age:

At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought the recipe back from his trips to China. In the far-away land, ice-cream was a popular dish. He introduced ice cream to Italy. It spread over the high castes of Europe fairly soon and later was brought to the Americas.

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Where to Go for the Best Ice Creams Around the World:

Ice Cream – Germany, The UK, and the US

Before we get into the many types of ice cream, let’s start with the original type we all know and love. The best places to find your everyday ice cream? In Germany, the UK, Netherlands, and the US. Standard, yet incredible ice cream, must have at least 10% milkfat, and the base must not increase in volume by over 100% in the churning process. In Germany walking the streets in Munich or around Lake Garda typically serve ice cream with whipped cream, jam, and strawberry sauce. The Germans really know how to perfect this dessert. 

Gelato – Italy

The magical cities of VeronaSicily, and more not only offer so much culture and history, but also delicious Italian gelato. Stroll down the streets where Romeo and Juliet wrote their letters to each other, or enjoy watching the famous glass crafts being made while enjoying your tasty treat. Made from custard base just as the regular as ice cream, it is higher in milk and lower in cream and eggs, sometimes having no eggs added at all. You cannot visit Italy without having gelato at least once a day. 

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Cream Anmitsu – Japan

A dessert bowl of mochi, fresh fruit, Anko, cubes of agar, and chestnuts, is a traditional Japanese treat. When topped with a scoop of ice cream, you can find it in the streets of Tokyo as Cream Anmitsu.

Dondurma – Turkey

Battered Ice Cream, also known as Maraş ice cream, is a type of mistic ice cream distinctive to the Middle East region. Close to Syrian booza dessert, it is made out of cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.

Sorbetes – Philipines

Distinct from sorbet, the Philippino frozen dessert is made from coconut or ordinary milk, peddled by street hawkers. It is served in a small wafer or a bread bun.

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Faloodeh – Iran

When tasting faloodeh (or paloodeh) for the first time, you will find it similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin starch noodles in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. When served, faloodeh is spritzed over with lime juice and sprinkled with ground pistachios.

I Tim Pad- Thailand

The thin rolled ice cream, also stir-fried ice cream, originates in South East Asia and is made on streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket. The ingredient list consists of liquid base, usually cow’s or soy milk, and comes in generic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry.

Ais Kacang – Malaysia

Traditionally made from only shaved ice and red beans, the frozen dessert now comes with different ingredients, like attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, and cubes of agar.

Now that you know about the best places to try ice cream and its many similar types, be sure to let us know where you adventure to first. Never miss dessert. 

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5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Alicante, Spain

5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Alicante, Spain

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Traveling to Spain, or even Italy and Portugal may be at times burdensome for those thriving on vegan diets. Filled with hearty meats, super fresh seafood, cheese, and other animal source foods, these countries’ typical dishes are delicious, but not suitable for everyone. So, if you’re vegan, a good idea when traveling is to look up vegan-friendly options on your destination beforehand.

Known for its soulful cuisine, Spain sure offers a myriad of delicacies that are filled with meat and seafood, but you should know that the country also has amazing vegan restaurants, from North to South. In fact, Spain grows almost all known varieties of fruits and vegetables, and thanks to its privileged location in the Mediterranean basin, the country produces almost ten million tons of fruit annually. Spain’s healthy supply of fresh fruits and vegetables includes apricots, artichokes, onions, berries, oranges, cherries, and several types of peppers.

And, in case you’re looking for a vegan-friendly destination for your next trip to Spain, you might wanna consider going to Alicante. Located in the Valencian Community, this port city has a showcase of vegan options for all tastes and budgets. Plus, Alicante is filled with mind-blowing beaches, a bustling nightlife scene, and ancient gothic buildings.

Take a look at the list to find out what are the best vegan restaurants in Alicante, Spain. To which one you’ll go first?

Best Vegan Restaurants in Alicante

Purpura Project B’art

Purpura Project is both an art gallery and a vegan restaurant in Alicante, Spain. Aside from hosting art exhibitions, the restaurant offers a range of vegan and gluten-free eats made with super fresh ingredients. The restaurant serves a variety of salads, tasty main courses, and desserts, which you can eat with your hands. The bonus: craft beers and eco wines are on the menu. Definitely worth a try!

How to get to Purpura Project?

The restaurant is located in Calle San Agustín, 2. To get there, you will have to walk about 30 minutes up the city, so plan your lunchtime ahead.

What are the opening hours?

Open Mon 7pm – 11pm, Wed-Thu 1pm-4pm, Thu-Sat 8pm-11pm, Fri 12pm-4pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm. Closed Tue.

Our recommendation

The staff is always friendly and recommend you the freshest food, but the CuddlyNest team loved the Battered ‘squid’ sandwich for early lunch and green rice (Arroz Verde) and vegan tiramisu for dinner.


“Bodhi” means “awakening” in Sanskrit, and that’s exactly what this vegetarian restaurant in Alicante intends to do: to awake our bodies and minds by providing us with super fresh food made with natural ingredients. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Alicante, Boddhigreen also serves gluten-free, vegan, and raw dishes.

On their menu, you’ll find creative adaptations of typical global eats, such as tacos, burritos, pad thai, and hamburgers. Their “Bangin Burrito”, which is one of the restaurant’s specialties, combines kale, roasted vegetables, brown rice, eggplant chutney, and guacamole.

How to get to Bodhigreen?

The restaurant is located in Calle San Fernando, 46, and you can get there by bus (09, 21, 23, 24, C-6), light rail (L1, L3) or train (C1, C3).

What are the opening hours?

The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday at lunchtime from 12:30 pm to 4 pm, and dinner from 8 pm to 11: 30pm.

Our recommendation

You should definitely try the restaurant’s specialties, such as the Bangin Burrito, the Raw pad Thai, the Hippie Dream “Vurger” and the Boddhi Bowl Bibimpap. All of them have vegan options. For dessert, why not order a raw chocolate and mint vegan pie or a vegan chocolate brownie?

Mish Mish

“Our food is never about the cooking of just a single dish, it is about delighting ourselves with no less than a thousand and one flavors.” This is how Mish Mish, in Alicante, describes their food. Inspired by the rich Middle Eastern flavors, this Lebanese restaurant has a concept menu (Monday-Friday), which allows you to select 3 individual Mezza dishes, together with the main dish and a dessert.

Some of the “Mezza’s” (small appetizers typical in the Middle Eastern cuisine) are the famous hummus and the baba ganoush, which is roasted eggplant, garlic, and olive oil. These can be combined with vegan options, such as stuffed vegetables and chickpea falafel. Mish Mish also has a brunch menu, in case you want to have a late Middle-Eastern breakfast.

How to get to Mish Mish?

Mish Mish is located in Plaza San Cristóbal, 8 Bajo, within a walking distance from the 1600s Concatedral d’Alacant Sant Nicolau de Bari. You can take the bus (21, 23, 24), train (C3), or light rail (L1, L3)

What are the opening hours?

The restaurant is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm. Mish Mish also has a tea room, which is open daily from 3:30 pm to 11 pm. You can also order take out!

Our recommendation

Mish Mish has more than 15 Mezza dishes for you to choose from. In case you want to stick to the basics, try the hummus or baba ganoush. But if you feel like eating something more different, order the vine leaves stuffed with rice, parsley, mint, onion, and pomegranate molasses.

Restaurante Lluvia

Lluvia is a real vegan paradise in Alicante, Spain. Inspired by Asian, Italian, and Latin American flavors, this creative restaurant will take you on a gourmet tour around the world. The dishes take fresh ingredients sourced by the Alicante Central Market.

How to get to Restaurante Lluvia?

The restaurant is placed in Calle Poeta Quintana, 20, close to the Mercado Central d’Alacant, a bustling food market with a range of vendors.

What are the opening hours?

From Mondays to Tuesdays, and Thursdays to Saturdays during lunchtime (1 pm to 4 pm), and dinner (8 pm to 11 pm). On Wednesdays during lunchtime (1 pm to 4 pm). Closed on Sundays.

Our recommendation

Sushi lovers can try their vegan Uramaki, which is stuffed with fresh peaches. Fancy some pasta? Then order the orecchiette with broccoli cream. In case you feel like eating Mexican food, eat their tacos filled with guacamole, black beans, and pico de gallo sauce.

Kambon Alicante

Kanbon is a new concept of Thai Street Food cuisine in Alicante, Spain. Filled with vegan options, this restaurant will take you straight away on a quick trip to Thailand, where you’ll be able to try dishes made by chefs from Bangkok. On the menu, there are all kinds of Thai dishes, from the most traditional ones to authentic delicacies from the Bangkok street markets.

How to get to Kanbon Alicante?

Kabon is located in Plaza de San Cristobal, 4, in the Old Town of Alicante, which is in the very heart of the city.

What are the opening hours?

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during lunchtime (12:30 pm to 4 pm) and dinner (7 pm to 11:30 pm). On Thursdays from 4 pm to 11:30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

Our recommendation

Kanbon Alicante has a special vegan menu, where you’ll find dishes such as Thai style banana flower tempura, and the Kaeng Lueang, the famous Thai yellow curry with tofu and vegetables.

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What are Balkan Countries

The Balkan region is countries located in southeastern Europe. Culturally diverse, yet historically connected, the region consists of a bunch of small countries. It includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro. Also North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Greece, and Slovenia.

 1. Your tastebuds will be forever grateful for trying Croatian Pag Cheese

2. You will learn that good wine does not have to be expensive

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3. You will learn how to swim (in case you cannot, yet)

4. You will discover that eggplant can be tasty when on bread – taste Ajvar

5. You will learn to dance crazy by Balkan music rhythms

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6. And you will never forget the parties at Belgrade floating party boats

7. Summer music festivals are cheap and good

8. You will get to Eat Burek when visit Balkans summer 2019

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9. Drinks here are good and cheap and turn white when mixed with water – try Rakia

10. You will learn where democracy was born when visit Balkans summer 2019

11. You will discover the generosity of people

12. And, you will discover the cultural differences between East and West

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13.You will be in a region where you can’t guess the word and will learn to adapt when visit Balkans summer

14. Fresh foods will make you want to change your diet for good

15. Turquoise see will make you wonder leaving your daytime job for a life in paradise to visit Balkans summer 2019

Still wondering when and where in Balkans to go this summer?
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