Thursday, March 15, 2012

Eating in Tallinn, Estonia, part 5: pizza night!

What to eat on a night out when it's already late and almost all restaurants are closed? Pizza of course! We were lucky that in a mall in the old city of Tallinn, the pizza place Vapiano was still open, so we went there. We never say no to pizzas, especially if it is in an italian restaurant. They tasted really good and according to the taste they were definitely made with fresh products and cooked in a wood stove. Here are the ones we ate that night, it can give you ideas for your own pizzas nights! And if you want to make the dough, I have already published a recipe on a previous post: Sweet and Sour Pizza

Pizza prosciutto e funghi (ham, mushrooms, tomato sauce, mozzarella)

Pizza diavolo (spicy Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Eating in Tallinn, Estonia, part 4: lunch in the old town

After touring around the city on a cold but sunny day, walking hours on wet and icy sidewalks, warm food in a nice place was needed! So just opposite the beautiful city hall building, in a small restaurant/wine cellar called Rae, we found warm couches to sit on and warm ourselves. It was also lunch time and after the whole morning going around the old town, we were of course hungry. So we ordered some food, and were really happy about what we got there!
Here is what I've had on that day:

As a starter I ordered garlic bread, and got surprised when it arrived! Usually when ordering garlic bread, I always get some kind of baguette, but this was definitely different: it was crispy, grilled garlic bread sticks served with a garlic sauce. This was absolutely delicious and I really want to try to cook those myself!

As a main dish, as I absolutely love goat cheese, I ordered goat cheese pasty! As you can see the goat cheese slice there is really a big one, and the nice thing was that this piece of goat cheese was covered with liquid honey. This combination tasted really good. And about the pastas, the sauce was really creamy, and the salad with cherry tomatoes there were a touch of freshness in the meal. All together this pasta dish was really good, and I will remember it next time I cook goat cheese pasta.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Eating in Tallinn, Estonia, part 3: Sacher Torte

As told in the previous post, Tallinn is full of small coffee places serving delicious sweet delicacies and awesome hot chocolates. Here is what I've tried when in one of those "oh so awesome" coffee places. I love chocolate, everything with chocolate, so I tried their Sacher Torte. But what is exactly Sacher Torte? Well it's a kind of chocolate cake: The cake consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate cake (traditionally a sponge cake) with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream without any sugar in it, as most Viennese consider the Sachertorte too "dry" to be eaten on its own.(source of definition: wikipedia).
And this cake is so delicious, I especially loved the thick dark chocolate icing. At each bite, it was melting slowly in my mouth. So chocolaty!  So next goal in my baking adventure: mastering in Sacher Torte! And when I do so, I will share my recipe with you!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Eating in Tallinn, Estonia, part 2: cacao vs hot chocolate

In Estonia, you will find many little coffee places everywhere, which is very nice when going there in the winter and you then need to reheat yourself with coffee, or better, with hot chocolate. But in Estonia for what in other countries we usually only call "hot chocolate", they have two different drinks: cacao and hot chocolate. Here they are: 

This one is the one called "cacao". It is the most common one, the one with cacao powder, milk, and cream (for the delicious foam on top). 

This second one is the one they call "hot chocolate". So first it was like a normal hot chocolate with whipped cream on top and chocolate chips: really refreshing in mouth! The big surprise came when after I ate the whipped cream. And it looked like that:
Instead of the usual cacao powder + milk, I discovered it was REAL hot chocolate! Melted dark chocolate to drink! Oh My God!! This was total heaven in my mouth! I've never drunk such a delicious hot chocolate! And I will definitely do that myself at home some time soon! 


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