Visiting Berlin: Where to Eat

When your belly grumbles in Berlin, you can easily find beer, pretzels, and currywurst to satisfy your hunger!

But what if you’ve got a hankering for something different?

My dear friend introduced me to three good restaurants:

Breakfast 🥞 🥓


You can have breakfast at Benedict 24/7!

My younger daughter got the French toast with strawberries, blueberries, and lingonberries and a side of bacon. The bread had a crispy cinnamon crust on top:

My older daughter got the blueberry pancakes – look how thick they are:

The best part of having breakfast at 2 in the afternoon? You can have beer, which is exactly what I did!

I ordered the Black Forest pancakes, which were so rich that it was like eating chocolate cake:

Website: Benedict


Uhlandstraße 49

10719 Berlin

Lunch 🍔 🍟

BRGRS BRGRS (Burgers Burgers)

They have more than one location. We went to the one on Greifswalder Straße.

The brioche buns were soft and the fries were salty – just the way I like them:



Greifswalder Str. 37

10405 Berlin

Dinner 🍝 🍕

I Due Forni

This family-friendly restaurant gets rave reviews for its pizza. However, I decided to have pasta:

Website: I Due Forni (Facebook page)


Schönhauser Allee 12

10119 Berlin

Prefer to cook?

My dear friend likes to shop for groceries at Edeka and Aldi, as well as organic stores, such as BIO COMPANY or Denn’s Biomarkt.

Another option is Lidl, the popular German discount grocery store.

I recently learned that there are Lidl stores in the U.S. — in seven states (so far): Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

At Lidl, you can get fresh baked goods like butter croissants and soft pretzels:

I picked up some snacks, like this microwaveable currywurst (I can still hear my dear friend laughing at me)!😉

I also got a couple of cans of beer for less than one Euro each!

Prost! (Cheers!) 🍻

the green lemon beer was light and refreshing

*More to come on my visit to Berlin

Visiting Seattle: Where to Eat

Starving in Seattle? I recommend you grab a bite at the following places:


Off the Grill: Two 2 Two, served with warm maple syrup

Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar

1517 Pike Place (located at Pike Place Market)

Seattle, WA 98101


Fun fact: The tiramisu scene in the movie, “Sleepless in Seattle” with Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner, was filmed at this restaurant!

This was the view from our table upstairs:

Elliott Bay and the Seattle Great Wheel on the Waterfront


The Madison Diner

305 Madison Avenue N

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


The diner is an old steel train car brought over from New Jersey!

Bleu cheese and bacon burger


Phở Bắc

1809 Minor Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101


Phở Tôm (Prawns) | photo by Jennifer

spring rolls, egg rolls, grilled pork with salad and rice


Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Concourse C at Sea-Tac Airport

17801 International Blvd.

Seattle, WA 98158


Mac and cheese | photo by Jennifer

We originally planned to visit Beecher’s at their Pike Place location, but the line was out the door! Fortunately, we got another chance to savor their cheesy goodness at their airport location before our flight home.

So if you’re looking for tasty food in a fast-casual and family-friendly setting, these places are sure to please!


This post is #5 of 6 in my Visiting Seattle series.

How Jewel Made Me Think of Breakfast

“I got my eggs and my pancakes, too/ I got my maple syrup, everything but you…”

-from “You Were Meant For Me” by Jewel (J. Kilcher/S. Poltz)

Today (May 23) is Jewel‘s birthday! I heard this hit song of hers the other day and its delicious lyrics inspired this post about my favorite meal of the day: Breakfast!

Breakfast, you were meant for me

Any time of day, I can eat traditional American breakfast foods, like yogurt with granola, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fluffy buttermilk pancakes with butter and maple syrup, and bagels with lox and cream cheese, to name a few.

But on weekday mornings, when I’m pressed for time, breakfast is something simple. I’ll grab a fruit or pastry to eat with coffee before I head out the door.

Here are some breakfast foods I enjoy when I have a little more time to savor them.

Homemade breakfast:

My younger daughter made this Egg in the Basket

In France, I remember enjoying a tartine, or toasted baguette with butter or homemade apricot jam. I remember the sweetest Joker orange juice, too:

Le petit-déjeuner chez M. Didier

Sometimes I’ll try to recreate it:

Breakfast in restaurants:

that’s not a saucer, that’s a plate! Giant butter croissant from Piedmont Café & Bakery in Oakland, California

avocado toast from The Bistro in Rancho Cordova, California

When you make eggs, do you “break the yolks and make a smiley face” like Jewel sings in her song? 😀

I’m curious about breakfast foods from around the world!

Tell me in the comments below: What’s your favorite breakfast?