Eating in London with your teenager

My ideal trip with my teenager daughter includes experimenting with different foods, visiting farmer’s markets, tasting local dishes, having a unique experience and going to (at least) one fabulous restaurant. It is also important to have a plan B, a reliable and healthy food place that you can find in multiple locations. These are our favorites in London:


1) Best Food Market:


Borough Market:
8 Southwark St, London

London’s oldest food market, where you can get incredible produce, cheese, bread, olive oil and much more! Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialities from around the world.

We love:  the chorizo and rocket roll at Brindisa, the duck confit sandwich at Le Marché du Quartier, the oysters at Richard Haward’s Oysters, the coffee at Monmouth Coffee. And a visit to Neal’s Yard Dairy, providers of  cheeses sourced from around 70 specialist cheesemakers all over the UK and Ireland.



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2) Best Fish and Chips:


The Golden Hind:

73 Marylebone Ln, London W1U 2PN, United Kingdom

A 100 year old restaurant in the heart of Marylebone serving Britain’s most iconic dish: fish and chips!


3)Best British Pie:


The Windmill :

6/8 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AZ

The Steak Pie at this proper British pub is a three times national award winner, and it’s always available. There are also traditional favorites such as fish pie, shepherds pie, chicken pie and vegetarian pies.


4) The fabulous restaurant:



21-22 Warwick Street
London W1B 5NE
Tel: 020 7494 9584

Chef-owner Yotam Ottolenghi’s inventive cooking has a firm foundation in the Middle East and takes bold flavour forays into the Mediterranean and Asia. The dishes to share are a must!

5) The experience:

Afternoon tea at Sketch:
9 conduit street
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This is a very sensorial experience that lives up to its hype, from the beautiful room designed by India Mahdavi, to the assortment of teas and finger foods conceived by the french chef Pierre Gagnaire, the “delicious” live music and the artwork by David Shrigley.

DS_gallery_1The Gallery at Sketch


6) Best Pizza:


Pizza East (various locations) : with the coolest interiors by Martin Brudnizki this is the home of my favorite crispy pork belly, tomato, mushroom pizza.

7) Best takeout concept:


Wasabi Sushi & Bento (several locations): a great option when you are on the go: sushi, bento boxes, soups, poke, hot food etc…

I do Poké

My favorite meal lately: Poké. The Hawaiian staple is basically marinated raw fish, with a variety of fresh toppings.

(Poké is one of the biggest trends in food, and poke restaurants are very popular in Los Angeles and are popping up in New York and the rest of the country).


We ordered this tuna poke beauty at Ohana Poké, during a recent trip to L.A.:



If you want to make your own poke, Food 52 has the best how-to guide:



From my kitchen:

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Planning a trip to L.A.?  These are great spots:

Ohana Poké

Sweetfin Poké

New York? Get the list from the New York Times :

Sons of Thunder (the NYT says it is the best!)


Wisefish Poké


(photo 2 by Linda Xiao, photos 1 and 3 by moi)

New Gourmet Food Halls

Um conceito antigo, o Food Hall reúne sob um mesmo teto, restaurantes, lojas, mercados e estandes de alimentação. Cada vez mais interessantes (e nem sempre caros), eles estão aparecendo, e sendo re-inventados, em diferentes cidades do mundo.


Os novos (e os renovados) gourmet Food Halls:

Los Angeles: Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market, a downtown landmark since 1917, brings together the cuisines and cultures of LA.



New York: City Kitchen at Row, NYC

City Kitchen brings New York’s most desired and hyped food concepts to the bull’s eye of NYC – Times Square. Visitors and locals can delight in the city’s best dishes – without having to travel to taste them.



New Orleans: St. Roch Market

An iconic centerpiece of downtown, the St. Roch Market was a mainstay of the turn-of-the-century creole neighborhood carrying the same name. The St. Roch Market has returned, showcasing local produce, sundries and prepared foods from a talented and diverse line-up of chefs.



Rotterdam: Markthal

The Netherlands’ largest indoor market, with about 20 shops/restaurants and 90 different vendors, is an architectural destination.



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Copenhagen: Copenhagen Street Food

Copenhagen Street Food on Papirøen (Paper Island) in Copenhagen is the city’s first and only genuine street food market. In the small food trucks you can get delicious sustainable street food from all corners of the world – and enjoy it indoors in the raw halls or in the sun overlooking the city’s waterfront.



Florence: Mercato Centrale di Firenze

“For years, the upstairs floor of Il Mercato Centrale Firenze, which opened in 1874, sat empty. A recent renovation transformed it into the ideal Italian food court, stocked with a cheese monger, a craft-beer stand, a wine station, and stalls of salumi, pizza, gelato, fresh-made pasta, and chocolate.” (Saveur)



Madrid: Platea

“The former Carlos III cinema in Plaza Colón has been converted into a spectacular food market with restaurants, bars and stalls of myriad kinds, all overseen by three Spanish chefs with a total of six Michelin stars between them.” (The Guardian)



photos:2.New York Mag., 3.Rush Jagoe, 4.Michel Porro (via The Guardian), 5.via Boon Edam

Summer still

Inspiração para celebrar o restinho do verão :


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tumblr_lj6t96jWR11qh08rmo1_500In the Spirit of Capri


h1Perivolas, Santorini


ScoglioBLinguine Scoglio ( From the Kitchen)


O restaurante Hartwood em Tulum, Mexico: a nova meca culinária:


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“Eric and Mya are doing something extraordinary at Hartwood. They are living in rhythm with the nature of the place, and have become deeply connected to the Mayan culture: farming, gardening, foraging, harvesting, and exploring the unique and fascinating flavors of the land. The restaurant and this beautifully composed book are a tribute to the way of life they have created, and all that they have learned.”
—Alice Waters, owner, Chez Panisse


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Coffee Table Mags

Um bom café e uma boa revista: que ótima maneira de desfrutar momentos que são só seus…




Para saber o que há de novo no mundo das publicações “indies”, eu busco o site Coffee Table Mags, criado por Thorsten Keller, um alemão tão apaixonado por café, fotografia e revistas, que criou sua própria marca (loja, e-commerce e blog) para promovê-los.

Veja as novidades:


tumblr_ntfchxcdyO1tt0vqno1_1280The Weekender (edição especial Los Angeles)


tumblr_ntdjiuJijP1tt0vqno1_1280Cereal Magazine (New York guide)




tumblr_nsk0b3j5wt1tt0vqno1_1280The Gourmand (North American Cuisine issue)


tumblr_nr5pxi7vQp1tt0vqno1_1280Deriva (a guide to urban wandering)


tumblr_nqdxn9bWSQ1tt0vqno1_1280Monocle (Mediterraneo issue)


The best travel, food, lifestyle, design and architecture publications can be bought online at


Coffeetable Mags blog