Posts tagged ‘photography’

April 25, 2011


Well it`s been 2 weeks since my last post, I’m not really proud of it though! Plenty of things going on here, work and work and work, which is not bad, so I`m not complaining, just wish I had some more time (or energy)  for blogging. But, of course I`ve been cooking, and taking pictures, so soon plenty of new recipes coming your way! Thank you for the visits and comments, and hopefully you`ll all be back for more!


The Wonderingchef

Ps: Here are some pictures about the future recipes!

Brie and Ruccola Spring rolls with blueberry jam!

I`ll see you after eight cupcake!

Feta Cheese pockets

Feta Cheese Pockets!

January 23, 2011

New York: Billys Bakery

Billy’s Bakery

184 9th Avenue
Between 21st and 22nd Streets


If you are visiting New York, and if you have this thing for cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery isn`t the only place worth visiting. In fact the city is the heaven for cupcake lovers, offering fresh delights almost on every street or corner. I found “Billy’s Bakery” in Chelsea, and the fresh cakes being frosted and decorated in the huge window just attracted me in. They were so cute, colourful, and pretty, we had o try one. Red Velvet cake is of course the favourite, the only other place beside the states was London`s “Hummingbird Bakery” where I could find them, they were delicious.

The shop in Chelsea, is tiny, but plenty to choose from. I loved the rustic interior design, Everything is so colourful, like you were in a fairy tale. Here you could also have a small look on the cake making process, to be honest I have this thing for open kitchens. Chefs, bakers etc shouldnt be hidden, this way you can bring the costumers a bit closer.

The cakes were delicious, the price usually is about 3 dollars per cake. If you are either in Chelsea or Tribeca I would recommend treating yourself with a cupcake!

January 17, 2011

New York: Chelsea Market in words and pictures

Chelsea Market

75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th streets), New York

Chelsea Market Website

Chelsea Market building New York

Chelsea Market building New York

This enclosed shopping center and food court was once home of the famous Oreos, and is now one of the No.1 meeting point of the city’s gourmet food lovers. Naturally I had to visit it. If you want a piece of advise, you won`t have breakfast before you go there. The market has plenty to offer! From cupcakes to foccacia, from risotto to sushi, even if you are picky, you`ll want to try them all.

Chelsea Market, New York, Amys Bakery

Chelsea market Amy`s Bakery

Gourmet food tours, should be the best way to visit the area. The tours are available on the markets website. Unfortunately I didn’t know about these, and only discovered them when we arrived to the market, they seemed fun and interesting, and surely You can try, and taste more products this way, also you can learn some insight stories about the establishments. Next time I visit I`ll surely join one of them, but not only the market`s but whole a whole Chelsea tour.

Chelsea Market- Amy`s Bakery, Lobster`s place

Amy`s Bakery, Lobsters place, Chelsea Market New York

2 of my favourite businesses were “Amy`s Bakery” and “Lobster`s Place”- even thou I dont` eat seafood. If you are a sushi lover I would strongly recommend to pick up 1 or 2 plates of freshly made rolls there, or just look at the making process from the window. And of course fresh lobsters and plenty other seafood is available. What I liked the most, is the presentation of different products, from all around the market, everything is so organized, colourful and creative! And most of the time, open, so you can look at the production process of several bakery, or restaurants, or pretty much anything.

Chelsea Market, New York, Buon Italia

Chelsea market, New York, Buon Italia

Chelsea and it`s market should be a foodies dream destination when visiting New York Ci, it`s a nice walk from Times Square for the more adventurous tourists!


Chelsea market, New york- Buon Italia

Buon Italia, Chelsea market, New York


September 17, 2010

Pictures: The CLINIC Bar Singapore

The Clinic- Pictures by Tibor Magyar

When i started writing The Wondering Chef, I wanted to feature some interesting bars/restaurants from all over the World, well from places which i visited. Lately I concentrated more on cooking, as I had some personal time aside restaurant work, had more time to develop my own recipes, and take pictures. But as this supposed to be a cooking and traveling blog, I want to make a “travel come-back” with Singapore’s bizzzzar Bar – The CLINIC.

The CLINIC- Pictures by Tibor Magyar

Whats The CLINIC? It`s a bar where they serve alcohol. They serve alcohol in a wheel chair, waiters run around in scrubs, and the surgery table is where they mix your cocktails. Well if you have the stomach for the black humor and want to have a complete different drinking experience, check this place out when you visiting Singapore.  Also the city is foodies and party paradise, so it`s very sure they gonna come up with an even more and interesting bar/restaurant idea. The Clinic is still unique, not just in Singapore, but all around the World. What more can I say? The pictures should speak for themselves. Of course don’t book a plane ticket just because of this, but if you are there, well dare to go for a check-up:)

More Information and address heres The CLINIC

For More Pictures Please Check out The Gallery

September 13, 2010

Pasta made easy 1: Tortelli with Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Tortelli

It`s September, and we know it not only because the school starts, but the markets and supermarket shelves are getting full with pumpkins and squash. I have to tell you it is one of my favourite vegetables. It`s so tasty and good almost in and with anything. Soup,dip, lasagna, pie you name it, this orange treat its versatile, easy to use, and with the right seasoning we can reach to new culinary heights.

Of course it is also perfect with pasta. Pasta is good, pasta is a heavenly invention, which almost everybody likes and can be eaten with anything. What I love about it the most is, when the fridge is empty an there’s nothing at home, some pasta with some oil and herbs can even save a day or a hangover.


Half of a butternut squash

3 cloves of garlic

olive oil


1 pack of tortelli or any pasta really

a bit of butter

100ml of creme

Slice the squash into wedges, put it in a baking dish, with the garlic, salt and oil, and put it in the oven for 180C for about 30-40 minutes or until soft.

Cook the tortelli

When The squash is ready mash it in a saucepan with the butter and creme and fold in the tortelli. Now, you can use any seasoning you like sage, thyme, sumac and nutmeg are good friends with the squash. You can add some extra salt and maybe some white pepper. Perfect with white wine. Enjoy!

August 1, 2010

Baska, Croatia- in words and pictures.

The city of Baska is located on the very bottom of the Krk-island, Croatia. For many years it`s been a well loved spot for family campsites, and budget cutters. Cos of its location its popular among Hungarians, Slovenians, Germans, Italians, Slovakians and Polish. But of course it`s not an excuse for running into Aussies or Americans.  The city has a beautiful beachside, the water is always sapphire blue, and hills around it always give a pleasant view. It`s also nice to see that there is a nice part of the Adriatic sea, the water o the Italian side is very dirty, and has a not too welcoming brown colour. Also the German tourists love top leave their rubbish everywhere. Here, it`s a lot better, the water is clean, the beachside is also well kept. The only downside is, there are rocks, many rocks, little, medium, and big rocks. From now on its understandable why Crocks are so popular, and here it`s not even a bad idea wearing it.  Everything is in walking distance, the town has a nice old town/fisherman`s town area, with shops, and pubs, plenty of campsites, hotels and restaurants.  If the weather is nice, we can easily spend a week here soaking under the sun at days and having a nice dinner at nights. But what if it`s raining?

Yeah, I wasn`t too lucky. For 3 days straight as i was there for a long weekend, the sun only shined for about 1 hour, followed by a massive rain and strong, cold wind. Here comes the question, what can You do on a seaside little town if there`s raining, or the weather is bad? Well, if You are strong enough, you can go swimming. Luckily, I wasn`t the only one who had this idea, so, I didn`t look too rediciolus in the cold water. In the mornings it was nice, when most people still had their breakfast, and the water was calm and looked so untouched, like it was there only for me to discover.  If you are in the water, swimming is essential, cos it is cold, but after 4-5 minutes of intense moving around, you going to be fine.

You can get drunk. It`s easy, if you are with friends, sometimes it`s even a must. If you don`t have your own alcohol at home, it will take you at average 2-3 minutes of walking to get to a shop/bar/pub/restaurant. It`s probably the easiest thing to do in Baska, getting hammered. Karlovacko beer is nice, usually around 16 HRK for a pint. Croatian wine is nice, don`t hesitate to buy some at the shops. There are cocktail bars as well. Now, this is something I don`t really recommend, if you are a bit of a snob, and you usually know what you ordering or how your drink has to look like. Baska bartenders have their way to fuck up even the easiest drink. So a “Cuba Libre” is what I can recommend at these bars, don`t even hope for a decent “Singapore Sling” or “Bahama Mama2.

You can eat. As I mentioned, there are bakeries, shops, restaurants, gelaterias, road side burger vans, food, food, food is everywhere. Well, this could be a foodie paradise, but it turns out not. I mean the offer at the restaurants bakeries etc is nice. But they have the same things everywhere. there are some extreme flavours of gelato like the red bull one, or you can try langos with nutella ( fried dough is best with cheese and sour creme)  But really, it`s the same everywhere. You can have a nice tour around the city`s bakeries to try who`s burek is the nicest, until you get irritated even by the thought of it. You can have gelatos at every corner, or chips out of a cone. at some point it`s even useless to read the menu. There will be fish, cevapcici, wiener-snitzel, pizza, and roasted whole pork and lamb.  Every place has pizzas, pastas risottos, mixed fish plates. The Italian influence on the food here is pretty big. it is a fisherman`s town anyway so seafood lovers will feel themselves in paradise. On the other hand the prices have increased in the last couple of years. So a dinner will cost you about 110HRK minimum. Not even the food offers are the same, but they usually look and taste exactly the same as well. So where to eat? Where the most people are dining at the same time. This theory usually works well.

You can also relax and enjoy the view, hoping the sun will come out soon.

July 28, 2010

Bari, Italy-Market Photography

Firts time ever, during the World Cup, when Italy was still in, I visited Bari. Ive been to Italy before, many many times, but this was the firts time I saw a place which is not crowded with tourists, and You can see the local side of the citizens. Bari itself isnt really interesting, its a port and university town, with a beautiful old-town area, and of course a seaside. But if You are a chef like me, or just like to eat and enjoy food, and You want to learn a lot, its almost perfect. Puglian cooking is nice, also very healthy. All around the city theres plenty  olive-farms, and fisherman`s huts, and daily markets in the city center. There are panetterias, cafes, restaurants on every step, You can easily tell, these people like their food.

Now well, my boyfriend took me to one of these markets, which is walking distance from their apartment, and conveniently closed down one whole street in the city. I love markets, I love their vibe, how people argue, and shout, and make fun out of each other. Also I like the look of the goods, going to a market for me is very inspirational, also sometimes I get a littlebit crazy, and I want to try everything at the same time, and I just keep running around the isles. This time, Im a bit extra excited, I havent been to a nice market since ages. After spending way too much time in an industrial city, where the only available food was the ready made microvawe stuff in the supermarkets, with “fresh” fruit and vegetables only known from fairy tales.

Ok, I have to admit. I think Im the first tourist these people saw in a long time. They dont understand why Im taking photos, am I from the goverment? Or the maffia? They keep talking to me, and I dont understand a word. I dont know whats going on, what have I done wrong? My boyfriend tells me, its not really common to have foreigners here with a camera, and barese people are not really trustworthy, as somebody always wants to screw the other. Ok, well we are in Southern-Italy anyway.  I keep taking photos, some people pose for me, and want to be in the picture, some people tell me off. Either way, its fun.

The goods here are fantastic. Some things are just so mediterranean, the figs, the zucchini flowres, the fresh mussles from the sea, and the big green olives. From where I`m from these things cost a fortune, and we re lucky if they are available. I wish I had a kitchen to cook at, I could feed an army with these.  At some things I just stop and stare, like the massive basils, that the guy is just throwing down the ground from his truck, or the massive fresh mussles from a very generous 2Euros/kg price. Also at this moment there are about 30 people making fun out of me or staring at me. Luckily I`m not alone.