Weekend lunch combo: Energiea and Origo

Weekend lunch combo: Energiea and Origo

Actually, this is valid for every day, but if we’re going for full disclosure, this is where my weekend lunches are most likely to happen: super good food at Energiea, topped by super tasty coffee at Origo.

And if this means that I’m super extra boring, well …I admit and proudly so😊

First thing first: both places are located in Bucharest, one next to the other. So, one trip, double gain. If you live here, you probably already know them; if not, and you’re planning a visit, make sure to put them on the list.

Second first thing, if you’ll allow me this wacky figure of speech: your taste buds will thank you. Of course, food preferences are extremely likely to differ from one person to the other, but I can say that, for me, Energiea is the place with the best food in town. Not the most cuisine or the most sophisticated, but definitely gourmet and everything that I’ve tasted here was excellent. And, very important, it remains so over the time, meaning that the quality stays the same and you’ll be guaranteed the same experience over and over again.

My personal favourite is the goat cheese salad, which works really well with the Artisan burger or with their signature fries. And a note of caution here, if you make either of these combinations, make sure that’s a meal for two, because the dishes are quite large in size.

The place itself looks very good. Again, this is a matter of preference, as what you will find here is an industrial design, kind of shabby and run down at first sight. Not the glamour kind of place, but definitely designish and cozy and I’m sure that the eclectic mix of elements will appear as at least interesting to everybody.

Another aspect that ranks high on my list of reasons to love Energiea is that the staff here is really nice. Being asked whether you would like your usual table sure sounds good to me, even if – once again – that might show just how boring I am😊

Last item I’ll add here, so that this post won’t get too lengthy, is that this is one of the most kids and dogs friendly place I’ve ever been to. Everybody is welcome and no, until now, I’ve never heard any kid screaming his or her lungs out or any dog making trouble. What I’m saying is that even if this is not your piece of cake, you’re going to have a good time.

Moving on to Origo…well, for this you only need to go next door. Or almost. Anyway, if you see a place where a party seems to just go on and on, that’s the one. When you enter, you’ll for sure be greeted by one of the baristas and you cannot fail to notice the good mood of everyone around.

The place is small and it feels like a community. Also, the baristas tend to remember you and what you like to drink and, really, what’s not to love about that?

To my knowledge, this is the first specialty coffee place in Bucharest – or, just to make sure I’m accurate here – the first I heard of. The design remained the same over time and it’s still fresh and modern. You may call it cliché, but the coffee cups decorations are done in a really smart way and still don’t look outdated to me.

Not to miss the most important aspect, yes, the coffee is great. And you can have it on site, to go or to prepare and enjoy at home. Either way, make sure to spend at least a few minutes in the coffee shop…I’m telling you, the good mood here is contagious…

And yes, if you had lunch next door with your kid and dog, bring them for a coffee break too. There’s a Babycino and a bowl of water waiting, so you’re all set to extend your weekend lunch a bit more.

Enjoy!

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

My favourite city in the whole world is in Italy, but it’s not Rome.

Rome is, though, the Italian city which I would love to live in.

Having recently paid a visit to the Eternal City, I figured that it would be a suitable start for the Places series. Which, by the way, will probably not be a traditional travel section, since I will not stick to cities and travels, but plan to take full advantage of the broad meaning of the word “places”. And, also, it’s definitely going to be very subjective, so I gather that you will find elsewhere better tips&tricks. Still, I hope you find this enjoyable.

So, getting back to Rome, here are a few reasons for which I find that the city lives up to its reputation and more.

Vatican City – well, that’s a hard one to miss. If you know nothing about Rome, chances are Vatican still rings a bell. And rightfully so. Yes, you’re up for a several hours queue to visit the museum, but I think it’s totally worth it. Once inside, you get the feeling of that time when this place was basically the center of not only the religious world, but also the political one and you get a grasp why. It’s magnificent beyond any doubt and even if you’re not an art connoisseur, you will still appreciate the masterpieces inside.

Trastevere – that’s the young and hip spot in Rome. At least, that’s how I find it. It’s a 20 minutes’ walk from the Vatican/Prati area and it’s packed with restaurants and bistros, for every taste and mood. That nice, cozy, shabby, corner restaurant…only that you find it in countless interpretations. People are especially lively and fun here, so would definitely recommend to give it a try.

Mimi é Coco – this is the coolest restaurant we’ve been to in Rome. It’s located in the Piazza Navona area, on a small street right next to it. Might have missed it (not because it isn’t pretty, but because all restaurants in Rome are pretty😊) if it weren’t for the joyful noise spilling into the street and an actual queue of people waiting for a table to become available. So, we’ve joined them and 30 minutes and some complimentary prosecco later, we understood why this place is so cool. Of course, the food is great, but I think the atmosphere is what makes it the best. The place is the definition of making you feel welcomed. I agree, it’s a very elusive distinctive feature, but I’m sure that if you try it, you’ll get it.

Feeling at home. I think Rome does this, it makes you feel like you belong, even it’s just for a few days. The fact that we stayed at a B&B in an apartment building probably helped. And the fact that the breakfast was served at a nearby corner café, where people in the neighborhood stopped for a brief morning coffee. I really enjoyed seeing them coming in, super noise and jolly (how are the Italian always in such a good mood? I need that recipe), talking to everybody and starting their day. I mean, kick-starting their day.

Wandering around. That’s an easy one and, to be fair, not an exclusive trait of Rome. But it’s one that just keeps on giving. Take the streets aimlessly and you’ll not get bored, that’s guaranteed. Maybe you’ll find a small church and take a look inside, or yet another great little restaurant, or an open market. Or just the street with its own undeniable beauty. In any case, it will not be in vain.

 

That’s my selection for now, until the next visit, but would love to know what’s your take on Rome and how it makes you feel.

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