Where to eat in Bangkok, Thailand: Issaya Siamese Club

During spring break I visited Thailand with my family, and we got the opportunity to go to Phuket and Bangkok. As you may know from reading my previous blog posts, I love reading other blogs, magazines, and reviews to find the hidden gems of any place I’m planning to visit. My trip to Bangkok was no different, I did my research before the break and I had a list of places I wanted to visit while I was there. One of these places on my list was the Issaya Siamese Club, which impressed my family and me so much so that I decided that I should share it with you guys!

My family and I were on a mission to find authentic Thai food, and I had read some reviews about the Issaya Siamese Club, so we decided to try it. Often times I’ll research a restaurant and persuade my family to try it, and it ends up being terrible. This was NOT one of those experiences. The Issaya Siamese Club is set in a beautiful garden in an old-style villa and the decor inside is fun and colorful. Some of the dishes on the menu even feature herbs grown in the garden! The food was really great, and it was presented in fun and artistic ways. I would definitely go back if I were in Bangkok again! Have you tried this restaurant? What are your recommendations for Bangkok?

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The Australian Cafe Experience

Some of my most favorite posts to write on this blog are my travel posts. I love being able to share the interesting places I’m able to visit and give my recommendations to you guys. In return, I also enjoy hearing your recommendations for any new place I’m visiting! In this post, I wanted to share one of my favorite breakfast cafes from my trip to Australia.

Before visiting Australia, I spent months pouring over blogs and magazines looking for the best places to visit. I noticed that most people wrote about breakfast cafes and brunch spots, as that seemed to be part of the ‘Australian way of life.’ I wasn’t complaining about this, because breakfast is the best meal of the day in my opinion and I was super excited to try all these cafes! On our first morning in Melbourne we headed over to The Kettle Black, and after a long flight and some serious jet lag, the breakfast there was just what we needed. We had it all from iced chocolate, chia pudding, and chili scrambled eggs, to some of the best ricotta hotcakes I’ve ever had. The cafe was very bright and cheerful, and the food was delicious, I would 10/10 recommend it to anyone visiting Melbourne.

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Where’s your favorite place to eat breakfast? Let me know in the comments!

Little Miss Expat


The Byron Bay cafe guide

This winter was my first visit to Byron Bay, and I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be my last! I loved spending each day waking up early, walking down to the beach, and eating so much delicious food at the local cafes. Before I got to visit Byron Bay, I had seen so many bloggers on Instagram visit this place and eat some great looking food. So by the time I actually visited Byron Bay, I had an extremely long list of all the places I wanted to try. As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. So here are my top breakfast spots in Byron Bay! I hope you enjoy seeing photos of the food as much as I loved eating it!

Three Blue Ducks

This was the first breakfast place we visited and it did not disappoint. Three Blue Ducks is located in the middle of a farm, and its menu is packed full of fresh local produce. It’s a popular spot and gets busy quite quickly, so I’d recommend getting there early to avoid a wait.

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Folk

I already wrote a whole blog post about this cafe because I loved it so much! The food, ambiance, and location were just a perfect blend, and quite different from most of the places I’ve visited. Their menu is also very unique, and worth the trip just to try one of their interesting dishes.

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Bayleaf Cafe

One thing I loved about all the cafes I visited in Byron was that they each had their own take on the usual breakfast dishes. Sometimes it can get boring when you’re traveling as you end up eating variations of the same food every day for breakfast. But each spot I visited had something different and special going on for them. I don’t remember the exact name of what I got at Bayleaf Cafe, but it was a variety of roasted vegetables on a flatbread and it tasted sooo good.

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These are my three top breakfast cafes in Byron Bay! Let me know if you’ve tried any of them, and which ones you recommend for next time I visit!

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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Byron Bay Cafes – my top pick

As some of you will know I spent the majority of my Winter Break in Australia! I traveled to Melbourne and Sydney, but Byron Bay was by far my favorite. I’m a sun lover and I dream of living by the ocean, but what made this place even more special was the AMAZING food and nature that surrounded this town. It’s something I don’t get to experience a lot, having lived in big cities my whole life, and it was a breath of fresh air. Being in Byron was like a step back from the life I’m used to, everyone seemed to laid back and the lifestyle was just so relaxing and fluid. One of my favorite days I spent in Byron Bay was at Folk.

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Folk is a cafe on a patch of land surrounded by nature, and it’s heaven on earth. It’s a caravan type building where you can order your food and take a seat in their quaint little garden. I’m not used to this kind of thing, so as a typical tourist, I found it intriguing. And let me tell you, it looks like a small side of the road cafe, but the food that comes out of there is soooo good. (just writing about it makes me crave it) The beautiful location adds to the tranquility of the cafe, and with good food in your mouth and the sun on your back you can’t help but feel like everything is perfect.

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I LOVE restaurants and cafes with lots of different juices, smoothies, and health lattes to try out, and Folk did not disappoint. I think I sipped on all my familys’ drinks, but as usual, I stuck to my signature matcha latte, which they had sprinkled dried rose petals over. I don’t know what I was expecting the food to be like, but it exceeded all of my expectations! The dishes are not like the boring regular breakfast dishes you would find in any other place. I had a bowl full of hummus, dips, avocado, poached eggs, and some rice filled with spices and it tasted insane. I liked how their food was different and exciting, but still tasted amazing (and it was presented so beautifully, an added bonus!)

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I would highly recommend this breakfast spot for anyone in the area, and would even go as far as to call it the best breakfast place I ate at during my whole trip to Australia! (and I ate a lot of good food, so that’s saying something…) Let me know if you’ve ever been to Folk, and what your Byron Bay recommendations are (as I’m sure I’ll find my way back there soon)

See you next week,

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The places you NEED to try in NYC

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@Little.Miss.Expat) you will know that I’ve been spending the past few weeks around the East coast of the United States. So far I’ve been to Washington D.C., New York, Newport, and I just finished a summer school course in Boston. I learned so much at the course, and I can not wait to share a lot of it with you guys! I’ve absolutely been loving my time in America so far, and I’ve come across so many hidden gems that I want to write about! So I decided to put together a guide to some of my favourite places in New York City, and if you like it, perhaps I can do some more for the other cities I visit this summer.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York quite a few times, but I don’t think I had ever experienced it to the full extent that I did during this trip. I LOVED it. As I’ve said, I love being around nature, but I’m also a city girl. I’ve grown up in two large and bustling cities: London and Dubai. So it’s no wonder that I enjoyed the experience of being in New York. I stayed in SoHo, which I think is the most ‘happening’ and alive neighborhood because there are so many cool things close to there! Before we arrived in New York I had a rough idea of all the places that I wanted to visit while we were there. But I discovered so many more during our trip! In this post, I’m going to share all of the interesting places I visited with you guys. Obviously, there are many more spots in New York to visit, but these are the ones I’ve personally been to and would recommend to you guys.

Cha Cha Matcha

You guys know I am a matcha addict! I’m not a huge fan of sodas or coffee, but give me a matcha latte and you’ll win me over!!! I had seen Cha Cha Matcha all over Instagram before I went to New York, and it had always been on my list of places to try. And let me tell you it was not disappointing… they had every kind of matcha drink you could think of. I decided to get the matcha soft serve ice cream, as I wanted to try something different, and it was soooooo good!

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The Matcha Bar

So this was also another matcha place which I loved! What is it about New York and all these matcha spots??? They had a window bar on Crosby Street, where you could place an order for any kind of matcha infused concoction or sweet treat, and enjoy it on a bench outside.

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Dig Inn

So I discovered Dig Inn for the first time this summer and I am so happy I did. It was delicious! I’ll always opt for a local and fresh option if there is one, and Dig Inn was so convenient for this! Basically, they cook up a bunch of options daily that you can create your own bowl out of. Such as rice, grilled vegetables, salmon, etc… It’s a nice option when you need something more filling than a salad, and you’re out and about.

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By Chloe

I had read about By Chloe before coming to New York, and I was intrigued to try it. It’s an all-vegan restaurant, but their food is just as adventurous and delicious as any other place. I was surprised to find myself eating a burger, fries, and Mac & Cheese that was all vegan and tasted so good! It was definitely an experience, and it sold me on eating more vegan options in the future.

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Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen is one of my all time favourite places to eat at when I’m in America. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically the best salad restaurant you will ever go to. You can pick one of their options, or make your own salad with their fresh ingredients. I also love getting their iced jasmine tea along with my salad.

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Jacks Wife Freda

So I had heard so much hype about this place and naturally, I wanted to go check it out! Let me tell you the rosewater waffles were AMAZING. The one I went to in Lafayette was quite small, so be sure to be ready to wait or get there super early if you want a table.

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The Butchers Daughter

This little breakfast spot was sooooo cute and is fully vegetarian (and has lots of vegan options). We went to the location in Nolita which had plenty of outdoor seating for a nice summer day, and the food tasted really great!

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Sadelle’s 

If you’re going to try one of the breakfast spots on this list, it should be this one. IT WAS AMAZING. They are known for their bagels here and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. According to my sister and dad, the smoked salmon here is the best they’ve ever had, and I personally loved their breakfast potatoes. It’s in a super trendy setting, and the breakfast options are all so fresh and taste great.

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They’re well known for their bagels, and there’s a reason why…

Georgetown Cupcake

So I’ve been to their stores in Georgetown, NY, and Boston because I absolutely love their cupcakes! They’re so light and fluffy, and they have a lot of interesting flavours. I would totally recommend checking out the store, but be ready to queue as it gets super busy.

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Dean and Deluca

So technically this is a deli, not a restaurant, but I would definitely still keep it on my list! On nights where everything was busy in NY, my family and I got a selection of salads and snacks from Dean and Deluca and had a little feast in the garden. I like how they have daily dishes that taste really great, and they’re convenient for anyone on the go.

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So that wraps up my eating guide to NY, and all the places I tried that I would definitely recommend. I hope that you try some of these places, and let me know if you do! Also comment down below what your favourite eating spots in NY are as well!

See you soon!

Little Miss Expat

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The perfect study spot – Wild & The Moon Dubai

Hey Guys!

I have been super busy recently, and I am really excited for Spring Break! I have a tonne of really exciting and helpful posts planned for you guys, that I hope you’ll enjoy. Something else that I’ll also be doing during Spring Break is preparing for my AP exam, if you don’t know what that is, it’s the big examinations that all students in the American curriculum take if you’re in an Advanced Placement course. I’m really nervous for this exam, as I have a lot of content to study, but I’ll take you guys on that journey with me and give you guys some of my tips about studying for a big exam.

However, something that I’ve really been practicing recently is taking breaks. Usually, I like to get everything done early on the weekends, and I don’t get to spend time doing things I like and just giving myself some time to chill out. I talked about this a bit in my ‘February In Review’ post, but one thing that I’ve been doing to give myself more relaxation time is to schedule in breaks. Now… I LOVE food, I’m always up to try a new cafe or restaurant, and any place that makes a decent matcha latte is practically heaven for me. And I love being able to bring my laptop along so I can get a bit of work done while I wait for my food. Not in an unsociable way, but sometimes you just have a lot to get done! I have been looking for the perfect ‘study cafe’ for a long time, and I think Wild & The Moon wins.

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It literally has the cutest interior and gives off calm and relaxed vibes. I love being surrounded by plants and greenery, so as you can imagine this cafe is my dream. It’s very peaceful and simplistic, but there are lots of plants dotted around the place. It’s the perfect place to bring your laptop and get a change of scenery while you’re studying and have a delicious drink.

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If you know me at all, you know I love supporting ethical and environmentally friendly companies, and Wild & The Moon is perfect. It’s full of organic and plant-based foods, made from simple and fresh ingredients. I love this line from their philosophy “We need nourishment to grow, blossom, seed and spread…” Isn’t it just beautiful? It’s honestly my new favourite spot in Dubai, and I’ll definitely be back during Spring Break while I’m studying for my big exam. I really want to try some of their cool juices and smoothies next time I’m there, and I’ll let you know how they are.

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Let me know if you try this cafe and what you think!

See you next week for a super exciting post,

Little Miss Expat

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The Vienna Eating Guide

Hi Guys,

So, if you’re one of my regular readers you’ll know that over winter break I visited Vienna, which meant that I ate lots of yummy Christmassy treats and snacks. One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was to visit Christmas markets, instead of going to the big tourist attractions. And because I LOVE FOOD, I got to try lots of different fresh and delicious street food snacks at the markets.

I tried a mix of traditional food and general street food, but I wanted to share it all with you. Here you go!

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You have got to have roasted chestnuts, they’re my all-time time favorite winter street food!

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You CAN NOT go to Austria without trying an Apple Strudel!

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This chocolate cake is traditional to Vienna, it’s called the Sachertorte… it’s a must-have if you’re visiting Vienna. 

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How beautiful do these strudels look?

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I WANTED TO EAT EVERYTHING… I’m not joking…

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In one of the dessert shops, we could see the chefs working on their cakes.

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Finding yummy snacks at the Christmas markets.

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Chocolate covered fruits and nuts were sooooo good! And it made me feel like I was being a little bit healthy.

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And of course, because it was Christmas time, I had to try all the gingerbread!

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I didn’t try this cheese, but how cool does it look?

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These sweet pastry rolls were delicious

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And of course, you can never go wrong with fries and onion rings…

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I’m literally drooling looking at this sandwich right now, it was amazing!

These are all the different foods I tried when I was in Vienna, I hope the pictures aren’t making you too hungry!! Have you ever been to Vienna, if so, what did you try? And if you could try one of these foods, which one would it be?

Little Miss Expat

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