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N.A.P. Barcelona’s Best Pizza

There is one food that just may unite everyone. Whether you are traveling through or want some comfort food most would agree that pizza is such a great option. There are so many good places to eat in Barcelona from tapas to steaks, from burgers to sushi, but for some reason a good ol’ pizza will always hit the spot.

You can grow tired with the myriad of choices a city has on offer, so it is important to really have a great pizza place for that crucial moment of when you are in doubt. For us, our go to, when in doubt, all else fails, pizza place in Barcelona is Neapolitan Authentic Pizza, aka N.A.P.

N.A.P. is delicious, authentic, and it just happens to be super value-for-money. The location is tucked in close by a busy area of the city. The restaurant is small and spacing is intimate, the noise levels are on the up. Really has relaxed, authentic all is good feel.

For starters it serves up tasty variations of bruschetta, a fresh super milky bufala mozzarella , and a hot cheesy eggplant lasagna.

Eggplant Lasagna


On to the main event. There are a handful of choices for pizza. The pizzas are made right in front of you. The freshest dough rolled and flattened then topped with the freshest ingredients. As you enter the restaurant the brick oven is cooking that dough, melting that cheese, cooking those ingredients right before your eyes. It is absolutely mouth watering.



For dessert we end up having the Tiramisu, followed by Limoncello and an Espresso.

There is no other to top off an authentic Italian meal.

It’s always a fulfilling experience.

TookTook Tips:

  • Get a bottle of wine, the experience is so much better
  • Vegetarian choice, the Regina
  • Love the Tiramisu
  • This place gets packed so get there early.
  • Great place for a relaxed date with a small but conversation friendly atmosphere
  • You can reserve at the second location and it has space for bigger groups
Price: €


Tuesday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Wednesday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Thursday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Friday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Saturday 1:30PM–12AM
Sunday 1:30PM–12AM
Monday 1:30–4:30PM, 8PM–12AM
Signing out,

The Tooktook Team

Nobook Barcelona

One night we were looking to try out a new place for diner in Barcelona and it needed to be quite central. We heard about Nobook.

As the name suggests, you cannot make a reservation/booking, hence the name Nobook. You can really feel this place is different and has an identity of its own.

From the moment you enter, you see chairs hanging on the wall ready to be brought into effect for extra seating, orange-themed decor, open plan kitchen, but the best is the staff are dressed up in orange jumpsuits as if they were prisoners in a corrections facility.

A bit shocking, the colors and the outfits at first, you get used to it, especially the team is so welcoming and enjoying their own environment. The closest thing to a literal version of Orange is the New Black.


The cocktails here are very creative and well presented. Do try one or two throughout your meal.

Like the cocktails, the dishes are creative as well. They touch upon various cuisines from around the world and are great for sharing amongst each other.

Do check out what we ate.


Gua Bao with Peking Duck
General Tso Chicken

Over and above the main menu, there a few surprise dishes that are served from off the menu so be sure to try those as well.

After a lovely meal of a variety of flavors and there was no dessert or coffee or coffe on offer because their cocktails are supposed to take care of your post meal cravings. The night we went there was a band and it kept the energy flowing throughout the night.

You’ll be walking away from Nobook with good vibes.

TookTook Tips:

  • Make sure you know how much you are ordering as quantities vary per dish
  • Try some of their amazing cocktails
  • Find out what is on their unwritten menu
Phone: At Nobook you can’t book so…No Phone
Price: €€€


Tuesday 7:30–11:30PM
Wednesday 7:30–11:30PM
Thursday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Friday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Saturday 1–3:30PM, 7:30PM–12AM
Sunday: Closed
Monday 7:30–11:30PM

Signing out,

The Tooktook Team

To-Bar – An Alicantino Meal to Remember 

Imagine walking into a restaurant not knowing what you’re going to eat, how much you’re going to pay, how much you’re going to get to eat, or what kind of cuisine it is. We walked into To-bar in Alicante under those circumstances.

Completely overwhelmed by the lack of control over the situation we were wondering if this was turning out to be a good idea in the first place. The waiter with great confidence and jubilation told us we are in good hands and have very little to worry about. We decided to go with the flow.

Bread, water, wine, salad, a host of appetizers, freshly caught shrimp ready to peel, first plate of meat and a second plate of fish, dessert, coffee, digestifs were all included. This turned out to be truly a local, authentic, Alicantino meal.


By the end of the meal we had no more space. No more wiggle room to move. We held our breath for the bill not knowing the damage to our wallets. How much was this experience really worth?

€ 17.50 per head! Our jaws dropped, we couldn’t believe it. For that price this meal was outstanding and worth every penny. Probably, one of the most value-for-money moments ever in our lives.

The atmosphere is great here, like a rustic tavern. Whether you are two people or twenty this place can accommodate any occasion.

Tooktook Tips:

  • Be sure to make a reservation as such an experience is in great demand for visitors and locals alike.


Address: Calle Músico José Torregrosa, 28, 03112 Alicante
Phone: 645 46 18 36
Hours: Open every day· 12–4PM | Friday and Saturday 9–11PM | Sunday Closed

Price: €

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Meat in Tokyo

The Land of the Rising Sun has always been a fascinating place to visit. Disconnected from Continental Asia, and the rest of the world, island life in such a technologically advanced nation was surely to be an interesting experience to say the least. 

Tokyo, being the largest city in world, yet is spotless. Everything is extremely well maintained and serves a purpose. Since space is limited on the islands of Japan and more specifically in Tokyo, building vertically helps to fit in more, in less.

Tokyo is one of those holy grails for food lovers, but not all the great eateries can be seen just on street level, they have to be found. They have to be discovered. Some places are on random floors or rooftops or basements in random buildings, in varying areas of the city. That is why it is a never ending treasure chest. 

The culture in Japan respects all trades, crafts, and art, this includes food. From the freshness of the ingredients to the extreme dedication of chefs perfecting their trade, the quality here is second to none.  

One may assume our trip to Tokyo to have been filled with only eating sushi or some sort of pescatarian diet. Don’t get me wrong there was a lot of that and the best and freshest you will ever have, but there was a lot of other exceptional food too. 

That brings me to experiencing one of the most delicious meat meals ever! Don’t forget Japan is also known for its beef. And if you’re tired of eating just the “plain old” sushi and want some meat, then you HAVE to eat at Ushinokura.

The meat is so fresh and you get a variety of cuts. They are all so delicious and are like butter, just every morsel melts in your mouth. The fun part is you put the meat on the grill yourself. You just can’t go wrong with it whether you like it rare or well done. All you need, if any, is a pinch of salt and the flavor is amplified. Mouth-watering meat lover heaven. Enough for a vegetarian to cheat.Have a few beers and get some frozen saki to go throughout your meal.

Address: Japan, 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 7 Chome−9, 赤坂7丁目9−1

Tel: +81 3-5573-9062

Hours: 5PM to 3AM


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Arendsnest Proeflokaal – The Dutch Craft Beer Bar of Amsterdam


Holland is not known for its great beer, especially if you consider their more illustrious neighbours Belgium and Germany are usually the ones fighting for that accolade.


But if you are familiar with beer, you will have heard of Dutch beers like Heineken and Amstel. The two are amongst the most popular beers in the world. And like all things beer in the 70’s and 80’s, everyone just wanted lager beers. The likes of Heineken ended up eating up all the local breweries and the ones that didn’t survive takeovers closed down, unable to compete with economies of scale.

Luckily for us, there has been a counter-revolution that started towards the late 90s’ bringing back local craft beers around the world. Though I have to say in America this has been taken to a whole new level, when you have triple IPA beers, that are so dry, it’s like drinking beer with a dry cardboard after taste… Sorry I digress!

Going back to this piece, currently there are more than 400 breweries in Holland.  A lot of them are very small and you probably haven’t heard of 99% of them, unless you’re a die hard craft beer connoisseur!


This is why I love Arendsnest Proeflokaal. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, on Herengracht 90, overlooking the canal slightly off the intersection. It’s not a place you will notice, unless you are looking for it.


They serve over 50 Dutch beers from the tap along with over 100 beers on bottle. Making it one of the few places in Amsterdam, where you can drink through a good chunk of craft brews the country has to offer. The bar has a very vintage feel with wood-paneled walls and furniture, accented by copper pipes and cool looking beer taps.


There are two main menus on blackboards around the bar. With one dedicated to beers on draft and the other one to Jenever, the cousin of gin. Despite the difference in drinks, you know the one common factor…everything is Dutch!


I have been to this bar over 4 times and the staff are always helpful and super passionate about beer! You can start with their own eponymous house beer and slowly work you way through the Dutch microbrewery landscape.


They also have a small but good selection of cheese and meat, to pair  with your drinks. And if you are in a group, you can always book private tasting sessions, which I would highly recommend!



TookTook Tips

  • Visit it during the afternoon on the weekday, it tends to be quiet and the bartender is more than happy to educate you on the local micro brewery scene.
  • I would recommend getting a meat and cheese platter, it goes really well with the dry beers especially.


Website: Arendsnest Proeflokaal

Address: Herengracht 90, 1015, Amsterdam

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 421 2057

Timing:  Sunday – Thursday |12: 00 – 24: 00  &  Friday – Saturday | 12:00 – 2: 00

Price: €


Foodie hot spots in Karachi

Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. It’s got that hustle bustle of a port city, the clout of a financial hub, and the convergence of diversity from all corners of the country.  The city is a crowded, hectic, noisy, an unapologetic metropolis.

But there is beauty in its chaos. The energy of Karachi and its people is just something else. This energy and passion is ever present in the city’s food culture.  

There are so many great places to eat in Karachi, both local and non-local cuisine.  Whether it’s your first time to Karachi or you’re a frequent visitor to the city make sure you check out these places offering local flavors as you will be wanting to go back for more.

Kolachi by the sea / Kolachi at Ocean Tower.



Kolachi is a great place to come with friends and family. In groups of all sizes. Ever since it opened in 2012, the service and food have been getting rave reviews from local and visitors alike.

Recommended: Chicken Malai (cream) Boti, the Hunzai Kebab, Peshawari Karahi and Barbecued Prawns accompanied with some Cheese Naans.

Address: Ocean Towers,, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Pakistan


Hours:  7PM–1AM

BBQ Tonight


BBQ tonight is a cornerstone to Karachi’s restaurant scene for almost three decades. It has grown from being a roadside reataurant into a 4 story with a rooftop terrace restaurant and  expanded its brand across Asia. A true symbol and brand ambassador of Paksitani food, specially barbecue.

Recommend: Lamb ribs, Seekh Kebabs, Lamb chops, and Afghani Tikka. Get an assortment of breads.

Address: Com. 5/1, Boating Basin,Block-5، Clifton، Karachi, Pakistan


Hours: 12PM–2AM

Tandoori Hut


Tandoor Hut has variety on it’s menu, but the only thing to get from here is its Butter Chicken that is cooked in a clay pot with saffron. Absolutely delicious, but extremely heavy and watch out for the calorie intake. It is open all the time.

Recommended: Chicken Makhni (Butter). This is cooked in it’s own handi (clay pot). Get some garlic naans to eat it with. 

Address: Shop # A-1,2 Boat View Apartment, Boat Basin, Cilfton., Karachi 75600, Pakistan

Phone: +922135862962

Hours: Open 24 hours

Roadside Cafe


Roadside Cafe has a relaxed feel to it. Love that they celebrate national and global icons through their murals. They have a simple menu of sandwiches, rolls, bun kebabs, and refreshments.

Recommended:  Try the Dhaaga (string) Bun Kebab and Paratha (Pakistani version of flatbread) rolls.

Address: F15, Clifton block 5, behind boat basin
Karachi, Pakistan

Phone: +922135869778

Hours: 4PM–1AM

Hot ‘N Spicy


Hot ‘N Spicy has a pretty extensive menu. However, their kebab rolls (wraps) are special. You can eat outside, inside or even order these to your car.

Recommended: Chicken Malai roll or the Reshmi Roll. Get some Garlic mayo on the side.

Address: Eid Gah Khadda, Karachi, Pakistan

Phone:+92 1112 23334

Hours: 12PM–12AM

Please note this is just first of many posts we will have for Karachi as there are so many amazing restaurants that we have left to cover. For now at least you have an initial list of places for your first or next trip to Karachi, Pakistan. Enjoy!

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Barcelona: Born to be Wild

Summer might be coming to an end in most places, but in Barcelona the sun is shinning brighter than ever.

As you may already know, Barcelona is made up of various neighborhoods, with each offering its own style, charm, and vibes.

Today, we will be taking a trip through the neighborhood of El Born.


Cafés El Magnifico | Carrer de l’Argenteria, 64, 08003 | | +34933193975

Really good coffee! Carefully sourced and toasted beans from various part of globe.




Tapeo del Born Carrer de Montcada, 29, 08003 | | +34933101607

Delicious tapas with some great creativity and flavors.




La Paradeta Carrer Comercial, 7 | | +34932681939

Fresh Seafood purchased by the kilo. Pick your fish, the quantity and the way it’s cooked (fried, grilled, or boiled). Dig in.




Tlaxcal | Carrer del Comerç, 27, 08003 | | +34932684134

Just some great Mexican food. The tacos are amazing here, so are the enchiladas and the guacamole.





La Taguara Carrer del Rec, 10, 08003 | | +34932681572

Really good arepas. It’s standing only, which makes it a great place for a quick bite.


Cal Pep Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 | | +34933107961

Tapas. This place is always packed and you eat at the bar.



Picnic Carrer del Comerç, 1, 08003 | | +34935116661

Awesome brunch food.




Llamber Carrer de la Fusina, 5, 08003 | | +34933196250

Gastronomic cuisine.






Espai Sucre Carrer de la Princesa, 53, 08003 | | +34932681630

Gastronomic tasting menu for desserts. Quite a unique concept with unusual flavor combinations.

Espai Sucre

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Espai Sucre3

Espai Sucre4

Bubó Carrer de les Caputxes, 10, 08003 | | +34932687224

It’s a great and the right place to succumb to all your sweet tooth cravings. You will come across all sorts of goodies. Tarts, bakery items, cakes, macaroons, chocolates. You name they got it.



Bormuth Plaça Comercial, 1, 08003 | | +34933102186


Etniko Carrer del fossar de les moreres  | Website | +34931882890

You can find some great vermouth here, but cocktails as well.


Hello & Dubai

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Go Tan for sharing a part of his Dubai with us!!!

We have noticed a lot of you are opting for a warmer climate for this New Year’s Eve celebrations. One such place on the list and very accessible, especially for those people coming from Europe and East Asia, is Dubai.

So we have put together a short list of places that you might want to check out during your stay at this major transport hub, right after 2015 kicks off.

Dubai is one of those cities that offers everything under the sun. You name it, Dubai’s got it! Restaurants, shops, brands, hotel chains, they are all there.

Although, you should have your NYE plans already figured out, if you’re sticking around for a while you might want to spend some time at these places.

Zuma Gate village 06, DIFC | +97144255660

Japanese restaurant and lounge.



Le Petite Maison | Gate No, 8, DIFC, 312th Road | | +97144390505

French & Mediterranean cuisine.



Jetty Lounge One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Road | | +97143999999

A great place to come relax. It’s more of a beach side bar that offers some light snacks along with the loungy tunes to fit ambience.


Bu Qtair 4 D Street

For the street food lover. This place cooks up some really good fresh deep fried fish and shrimps.


Castello | Behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road | | +971043422280

A laid back place where you can find all the basic comforts and hang out. Come here for the shisha and local food.


360° | Jumeirah Beach Hotel | +97143665866

A lounge dining experience that offer unparalleled and uninterrupted views of the sea all around. Serves up some late brunches on Thursday’s and Friday’s.  360 turns into a late night party place as well.


Okku 1st Floor, The H Hotel, One Sheikh Zayed Road | +97145018777

A multi-award winning Japanese restaurant and lounge.


Okku Dubai

Blue Marlin Ibiza, UAE | Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort | +971561133400

Enjoy lazy brunches and lunches during the day or come here for a dinner that turns into an awesome party by the bay at night. The menu here is a fusion Meditarrentean cuisine with a hint of the East. Located 20 mins from Dubai, at the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Gaucho | Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC | +97144227898

Argentinian steaks.



Al Mallah 2nd of December Street | +97143984723

Another spot to come for local street food. Come here for the shawarmas and falafel.


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Shopping Night Barcelona. Eat and Shop, Shop and Eat.

It’s that time of year again. With the street decorations lit up at night, the festive season has begun and so has the shopping extravaganza.

Already hungover from and getting accustomed to the entire notion of Black Friday, Barcelona is going in for another round of shopping madness.

Barcelona might not have the biggest and brightest brands on offer, but what Barcelona lacks in that sort of creme de la creme of brands and truly biting winter weather, it makes up with its uncanny ability to make an excuse to get out of the house and make a party out of anything. Yes, shopping included, especially shopping. Welcome to the Spanish, if not the mediterranean, way of life.

You know what they say. Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em.

So if you have not spent all your extra cash last weekend or are yet to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, then you are in luck.

Introducing Shopping Night Barcelona 2014 on Passeig de Gracia on Thursday December 4th, 2014.

And while you are in the vicinity. There are a few places you might want to go check out.

El Nacional | Passeig de Gràcia, 24 Bis 08007 Barcelona | | +34 93 518 50 53

It just opened a few months ago. This is a gourmet food court of sorts. It is a combination of a variety of spaces. Here you will come across a bar with little bite to eat, a , a brasserie, a seafood restaurant, oyster bar, cocktail bar, and a bakery. This place is absolutely charming and has a great atmosphere for any kind of moment all under one roof. No reservations.




Bubó Bulevard Rosa Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona | | +34 931 59 28 13

This patisserie can be accessed from within the Bulevard Rosa center on Passeig . It’s a great and the right place to succumb to all your sweet tooth cravings. You will come across all sorts of goodies. Tarts, bakery items, cakes, macaroons, chocolates. You name they got it. Please try the Long Cruixent d’Avellanes (warning: don’t eat if you have nut allergies).




Toto | Carrer de València, 246, 08007 Barcelona | | +34 934 67 67 29

This is a relatively new place yet it has already caught some deserved attention. The kitchen can also be seen from the dining area, which gives the place some additional authenticity. From the cocktails to the food you can spend your entire night here and it’ll be lots of fun. The pizza and the slow cooked lamb are two favorites that should be tried.




Cafe Emma Carrer de Pau Claris, 142, 08009 Barcelona | | +34 932 15 12 16

If you’re looking for a hint of french food, a bistrot vibe, then come here. Here you’ll find a good confit de canard and you won’t be disappointed. The steak with the house sauce and fries are pretty good too. Take a step further and try the crab salad. And if you’re in the brunch mood get some eggs Benedict. Food coma warning.




Cafe Jaime Beriestain | Carrer de Pau Claris, 167, 08037 Barcelona | | +34 932 15 12 16

This place is awesome. Great concept. A cafe designed by an interior designer. I love the comfy and subtle homey decore and the food is good too. From the out-of-place bravas and tartar  to the baked goods and delightful deserts, this place will keep you coming back. Connected to the cafe, around the bend, you will find the Jaime Beriestain Concept Store full of cool and aesthetically pleasing objects that might be exactly what your looking for. From coffee table books to stained mirrors and what not.




Boca Chica Passatge de la Concepció, 12, 08008 Barcelona | | +34 934 67 51 49

The bar is actually part of the restaurant, Boca Grande on the ground floor. However, it physically takes up more space than the restaurant. I think the ambience and decor here is noteworthy on all floors (be sure to check out the bathrooms). Additionally you’ll find some cool cocktails here on their menu or give your concoctions a try. A great place to start or end your night.



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Visiting Vienna.

We would like to give a special thanks to our awesome local Sabrina for sharing her Vienna with us!!!



Welcome to Vienna. Known as the City of Music, but also as the City of Dreams as it was home to Sigmund Freud. With the insight of our local we have put together a few places you might want to go to and enjoy during your stay in one of the World’s Most Livable Cities.



Halle | Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 5237001

This restaurant serves up a very delicious breakfast, but it’s also nice for lunch and dinner. Nice interior-high walls and moldings on their ceilings. Moreover, it has a lovely terrace, perfect for the the summer.





Cafe Francais | Währinger Straße 6-8, 1090 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 3190903

French-Belgian restaurant. They serve up some really good quiches, salads and snacks. The helpings are also very generous!

Try the Coq au Vin Blanc- it’s amazing.






NENI am Naschmarkt | Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 5852020

Israeli restaurant, perfect for lunch. The hummus is delicious. Try the “Jerusalem-Teller” and the homemade “Limonana” & “Ice Tea”.

Best day to go is Saturday, it is closed on Sundays.

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Tel Aviv Beach Bar | Obere Donaustrasse 65, 1020 Wien, Austria |

Very cool outdoor beach bar. It is located right  on the Danube river. The serves up some really good cocktails and food. With some awesome music added to the ambience, you’re going to be having a great time.






Motto am Fluss | Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, 1010 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 2525510

Also located along the river, this is a cafe and restaurant. The food is delicious from starters to the main courses and deserts. Great food at all times of the day.






Puff, die Bar | Girardigasse 10, A-1060 Wien, Austria | | +43 0664 534 6564

Bar with spectacular interior. This is where you can come for a happy hour. Come for afterwork beers or come later and pick out a cocktail of your liking.





Cafe Sperl | Gumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 5864158

If you’re exploring the well known coffee houses in Vienna then this is one place you got to go. You can get some really tasty pastries here.

Recommended: Apple strudel with whipped cream. YUM!





Plachutta Gasthaus zur Oper | Walfischgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria | | +43 1 5122251

Local food. Place-to-be for having the best and most-traditional Austrian food the “Wiener Kalbschnitzel”, veal cutlet.






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