Going French in London

First impressions last. While it may have been French inspired, our first lunch at Aubine in London’s trendy Mayfair district left a pleasant taste in our mouths from first to last bite.

It was the perfect start to what promised to be a visit to a foodie’s paradise. Many times a good friend told us London is the best food city. We now wholeheartedly agree. But more research is required. Too many restaurants, too little time … c’est la vie.

Aubine was just the beginning of our culinary adventure, but a noteworthy one that set up a trip of pure taste pleasure. I was even more surprised to find out later the bistro is part of a chain.

Panini Paradise

Thanks to our tour guide, Federico, for recommending this panini-making paradise. The long line at All’Antico Vinaio and our rumbling stomach led us astray one day, but we returned the next a little earlier to make good on our panini passion. Now we know the shop churns out sandwiches well worth the wait.

We spiced up our paninis with sun-dried tomato and artichoke spreads. Other delicious choices included a tomato-based meat sauce, marinated zucchini shavings, smoked eggplant, creamy cheese dressing and truffle paste.

Another nice feature is the self-service wine bar with small glasses you can take to the curb with you as you savor your sandwich. Perfecto!

Flavor potluck with a badass jaca

When we stopped by a rustic roadside fruit stand on the outskirts of Manzanillo, Mexico, I wasn’t expecting to eat anything, much less a spiked fruit the size of a large watermelon called a jaca.  

Our guide Donato told us when you open a jaca, also known as jackfruit, you never know what flavor you’ll get – coconut, papaya, mango, pineapple? When I tried a taste, it reminded me of all of those fruits, but was distinctly its own.