Food

Back in Rome

We arrived back in Rome and decided we would go out for dinner in the city. Usually, we just ate near the hotel, but this evening we decided we were going to take the metro and find a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain.

We came out of the metro station onto Piazza Barberini, with its 17th century Baroque fountain, and down Via del Tritone, a less-touristy area of the city, with shops and restaurants, office buildings, and people going about their daily business. ,

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Piazza Barberini
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Fontana del Tritone (Triton Fountain)

We turned into a side street and found ourselves on a narrow, cobbled street with tall buildings on either side, much more atmospheric with plenty of restaurants to choose from, some with al fresco dining, and tourists making a bee-line for one of Rome’s most famous attractions. It was buzzing with activity. Sorry folks, no photographs! 🙁

As we walked along, we were approached by friendly staff, trying to attract customers into their restaurants, which all looked inviting with smells of delicious Italian food wafting into the street. It was difficult to choose, but we decided on one called Ristorante Taberna Patrizi e Plebei.

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Ristorante Taberna Patrizi e Plebei

We by-passed diners who were happily enjoying their evening meals. The atmosphere was electric with their lively chatter and the clinking of glasses or cutlery on plates. We descended stairs into the cellar which was decorated with paintings of historical figures on the walls and ceilings, columns with carved capitals at the top, plush seating and circular tables down the middle and on either side. It was a good choice because the salad, to start, followed by pizza, breaded chicken breast and roast veal was scrummy, the wine was full-bodied, the staff, friendly, and the decor, beautiful. The only thing we didn’t like was the bill at the end! 😉 But, what the hell, we were on holiday, so the expense was justified.

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Ristorante Taberna Patrizi e Plebei
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Ristorante Taberna Patrizi e Plebei

After we’d finished, we walked further along Via del Lavatore to Piazza di Trevi and on the left is Chiesa Rettoria Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi, a lovely Baroque church which pales in comparison to the Trevi fountain. But, I still found it worthy of a photograph.

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Chiesa Rettoria Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a or Saints Vincent and Anastasius at Trevi

It sure is a sight to behold when you come to the end of the street, not only is the Trevi fountain huge, incredibly detailed and very striking, it’s also built onto a palace!!  As you do! 😉 Most definitely in Rome you do! 😉

Palazzo Poli is the backdrop for this majestic fountain with Corinthian columns and triumphal arch built onto the facade.

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The Trevi Fountain

The theme is the “Taming of the Waters” which tells the story of Oceanus taming a herd of sea horses. The use of strategically placed lighting creates a wonderful vision of light and shadows on the rock and in the crystal clear water.

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The Trevi Fountain

It’s the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous across the world. As with the Colosseum, the Trevi fountain is one thing that visitor’s to Rome have on their list of things to see, us included, but, boy, I didn’t expect to see so many people! On the first day, after we’d been to the Vatican, we walked to see this impressive work of art and there were so many people there then, it was difficult to get photographs and just sit and enjoy the view. And this evening was no different, I think the best time to see it would be really early in the morning, or, failing that, rent a room right on Piazza di Trevi! I think that would be a tad expensive, but imagine the view from your balcony while you’re having breakfast! Next time, maybe! Despite the hordes of people, we managed to get a spot close to the fountain, so we could throw a coin in, which is supposed to guarantee your return to Rome. 😉

Apparently, over €3,000 is thrown in each day and, during 2016, €1.4 m was collected and it’s used to help the poorer people of Rome. Unfortunately, people have been known to steal the money before it’s been collected which is, of course, illegal. I don’t really know how anyone could even begin to attempt it, there are security guards all over the place!

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The Trevi Fountain

These photos aren’t the best quality, my phone is rubbish when it comes to taking photos at night, but I think you can still see the magnificence of this opulent fountain. I know it’s cheating a bit, but I bought a postcard because I wanted an image without hundreds of people. And what a picture, don’t you agree?!

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The Trevi Fountain postcard!!

Next Time: Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

 

 

 

 

Charoenkrung Street Food Guide

Street Food on Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok
Street Food on Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok

Bangkok has some of the most delicious food on the planet and there are many places across the city that serve it up. Sarah Marshall at Centre Point dishes up the best places to eat on Charoenkrung Road. 

Best Places to Eat on Charoenkrung Road

The bright capital city of Bangkok is known for many popular attractions, one of them being street food. Whenever a friend tells me he’s planning to travel to Bangkok soon, I always mention how they can’t leave the city without trying a local dish prepared from a food cart. It’s the only way to truly enjoy the tastes and smells of spicy curry or tasty Pad Thai.

One of the most noteworthy street food areas in the massive city is Charoenkrung. The long street not only has delicious eats, but it also has great views of the Chao Phraya River, the river that cuts through Bangkok. We’ve created a guide to help you choose which food stalls you should eat at and what’s the best dish to order. Hopefully you’re not too hungry after reading this post!

Prachak Roasted Duck

With over 200 outstanding reviews on Google, it’s no wonder why Prachak Roasted Duck has been around for over 100 years! This fourth-generation owned eatery has stuck to the same recipe and practices of his great grandfather. You can taste the pride and joy in each tender bite of the duck roast. If you’re really hungry, we recommend ordering the “kao chepo” plate. This dish comes with all the famous meats of Prachak: roasted duck, stuffed pig tail, pork, and pork belly for a good price.

Location: 1415 Charoenkrung Rd.

Jao Long Luk Chin Pla

If you haven’t tried fish ball noodles, this is the place to grab a steaming bowl. Jao Long Luk Chin Pla serves awesome seafood noodle dishes. We recommend ordering the egg noodles with fish balls or the yen ta fo with fish balls. Yen ta fo is a common dish influenced by Chinese cuisine that you’ll find all over Bangkok.

Location: 1456 Charoenkrung Rd.

Jok Prince

What’s congee? It’s the comforting rice porridge that every local in Thailand eats for breakfast. The Thai word for congee is ‘jok,’ which is the main meal Jok Prince serves every morning. What makes Jok Prince’s porridge stand out amongst the rest is the flavorful ingredients and spices they add to it. When your piping hot bowl arrives, you’ll find seasoned pork balls and other yummy surprises. Don’t be alarmed if you have to wait 10 minutes to get a bowl though!

Location: 1391 Charoenkrung Rd., across from Robinson Bangrak

Thip Hoy Tod Pukao Fai

You can’t leave Bangkok without trying the popular fried oyster omelette, known as “hoy tod” in Thai. Thip Hoy Tod Pukao Fai is one of the famous food stalls that serves hoy tod and the stall’s name literally means “vulcanic fried oysters.” It received its name when it was originally a food cart and the owner used diesel fuel to prepare the omelettes, which would create huge fiery flames. It would attract many customers and tourists and now they have their own permanent stall on Charoenkrung. Don’t leave Bangkok without grabbing a greasy plate of this delicious concoction.

Location: 3 Charoenkrung Soi 50

Sor Boonprakob Panich

Are you ready for dessert? Don’t miss out on one of the oldest sweet shops in Bangkok! Sor Boonprakob Panich has been open for over 80 years, and after seeing their collection of sweet and sticky edibles, you’ll know why people keep coming back. You must try popular Thai desserts such as “kaotom pad” (banana and sticky rice) and any mung bean dessert or rice pudding. You can’t go wrong by ordering “khao neaw moon,” which is the classic sweet sticky rice. No matter what you order here, you can’t go wrong with your choice since it’s all soo good!

Location: 1474 Charoenkrung Rd.

Are you interested in discovering what else you should see while you’re visiting Bangkok? You should watch some local videos on the best things to see and do while you’re touring through Thailand’s capital. If you’re in need of a place to stay that’s close to Charoenkrung Road and other amazing attractions, I would recommend staying at one of our 5 Centre Point locations. You’ll be staying in a luxury hotel at an affordable rate while being close to the best amenities. Check out our rooms and rates and how we can make your trip the best in Bangkok!