Wanderable On The Road with Raump LA

Travel guru, Andrew Tyree, shares his go-to foodie spots with us during our LA Tour.

unnamed

Our tour guide, Andrew showing off his passport – stamp tattoo

unnamed-6

Close-up of Andrew’s rad tattoo

Last month, the Wanderable team had the privilege of hanging with Andrew Tyree of Raump//Coast to Costa while in LA for some first-class treatment and a peek into the fabulous experiences that our partner offers. Between a cocktail class at Gracias Madre, pastrami sandwiches at Wexler’s Deli, and a brewery tour at Angel City Brewerywe couldn’t have been happier. This is definitely something you’re going to need to check out for yourselves (just look at that pastrami sandwich…mouth watering right?!). In between stops, we caught up with Andrew to get the inside scoop on where the inspiration for his company came from and why foodie tours are the perfect idea for Date Night.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 12.08.17 PM

Pastrami sandwich at Wexler’s Deli at the Downtown LA Grand Central Market

How did you come up with the idea for Raump LA & Coast to Costa?

I came up with Coast to Costa first because I had lived in Spain for almost 4 years and fell in love with it. Upon arriving back in SF afterwards, I worked in a Spanish restaurant called Contigo in Noe Valley (go there and tell them Andrew Tyree sent you) and developed relationships with many Spanish wine makers and restaurant owners. I had organized group trips back to Spain with friends for various reasons and figured, why not put all of my contacts together and take groups of Americans on food and wine trips to Barcelona…so I did. That was in 2012 and now I do trips to Spain, Mexico and this year Cuba.

Raump was developed because I moved to Los Angeles only to discover that the city that I had left 15 years ago had reformed and changed in a lot of amazing ways. I now want to showcase neighborhoods that were too sketchy to go to when I was young that have now become amazing artistic communities. It’s warm and friendly and has a TON to offer in DTLA and the east side of LA.

unnamed-3

Handmade cocktails at Gracias Madre (shaken, not stirred)

Why LA? Why these places in particular?

LA is where I’m from. When I left, I thought that I would never come back. Since then I have lived all over the world and seen many beautiful places….Los Angeles is my HOME, though. I’m 33. I needed to come home.

unnamed-1

 Avocado toast and an IPA (breakfast of champions)

Why do you think these places are perfect for Date Night?

For Angelinos, the East Side is like this mysterious side of town. People don’t venture out this way as much. What could be better on a date than some unexpected, super rad parts of your own city that you never knew existed? It’s more of a fun, interesting date. Don’t expect candle lit dinner and sharing the same spaghetti noodle!

unnamed-4

Wanderable couple enjoying the Angel City Brewery Tour

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

My favorite restaurant in LA is Bestia. The use of old warehouse space. The design. Industrial as it comes. Abandoned buildings turned into culinary cathedrals. Chef Ori is SICK! He and his crew make their own charcuterie. It is head to tail. They balance it out with the lightest, best deserts imaginable!

 In Spain?

In Spain, well, in Barcelona, the Boqueria Merkat because of all locals just hang out.  Also Tapas24 for, duh, tapas, and my friend’s restaurant Momo’s in the Gracia neighborhood. He based the menu off his personal travels all throughout Asia and serves it in small plated, sharable, Spanish style. In Sevilla, Levies! It was my first experience with Spanish cuisine and I crave it weekly to this day.

What is your favorite bar? Why?

My favorite bar in LA is the Gold Room. I met my wife there! Cheap drinks and no frills. Bar 107 for the quirky decor and crazy dance parties. Tony’s is like my Cheer’s, they always know my name and am always glad I came!

Theive’s Tavern in SF is my favorite bar in the world because I met some of my best friends in the entire world there!!

unnamed-2

Sunrise on the I-5 on our way home from LA

What destinations are on your bucket list?

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba. I can’t get it out of my head. Now that we are ALMOST allowed to go, I am becoming obsessed with the idea of going. I met a man on my last Coast to Costa trip to Tulum, Mexico, who is on the board of tourism and am going to arrange a group of about 15 to go down there this year, as soon as everything is all settled. I cannot wait!!

ALSO, Valle de Guadalupe because that’s where my wife and I are heading for our HONEYMOON!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!

vineyard-4767-825x550

Valle de Guadalupe

We cannot thank Andrew enough for giving us such an awesome tour of LA. Be sure to check out Raump the next time you’re in LA (HINT: Date Night) and of course Coast to Costa when in Spain. We’ll definitely be back in LA to experience some more Raump fun ASAP (and hopefully Spain as well)!

#WanderOn

Want more? Follow us on Twitter and Insta and like us on Facebook!

Spotlight: Earth and the Girl

Erika, of Earth and the Girl, shares her musings on life, food and all things travel

DSC_0354(b&wflip)

One of our favorite pastimes is finding talented individuals who share in our greatest passions. Our latest find is the incredibly gifted photographer (as well as nutritionist), Erika Behrmann. We cannot seem to get enough of her unique style and sense of adventure, as she sets off on an extended trip around Europe. If you don’t believe us, check out her blog, Earth and the Girl. This Foodie phenomenon has taken the time to share her thoughts and dreams with us. So take a look at this exclusive interview with Erika, of Earth and the Girl.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day is not very typical. Almost every day is a little bit different, especially now. Right now I’m focusing on putting together travel plans for an extended trip around Europe which will involve tasting food from countries varying from tapas in Barcelona, to the masterful and artful cuisine of France and Italy, german sausages in the beer halls of Germany, to chocolates and waffles in Belgium. Other than that, I am focusing on living and eating well, and updating my blog with some of my favorite recipes I create or tweak from classic recipes. My camera is with me often on any of these expeditions or creations.

montrealsnow

What inspired you to become a photographer/nutritionist? Was it something you always dreamed of doing or something you just fell into?

I have always been interested in the relationship of health and wellbeing and what was important in making not only myself feel the best I can, but others around me. Naturally, my interest expanded into nutrition, since this along with exercise can prevent many of the chronic diseases the world faces in the modern age. I also have been involved in art from a very young age in terms of drawing and then eventually painting and photography. My two loves joined together in that I can focus on feeling good about my health as well as take pictures of the delectable dishes in which I create or take photographs of for various restaurants.

Montrealgradens

What is your favorite item to photograph?

Photography is all about seeing an object or person in a certain way. I will often see the world in photographs, noticing things as I walk or drive by them, wishing my camera was strung around my neck. This could include the midday sunlight caressing a lovers face through the window curtains, or the way a cast iron pan of sizzling food gives off steam that seems to sift up into the ceiling for a few small minutes before it cools down.

Pocos29

What destinations are on your bucket-list?

Norway, because my great grandmother came to America on a boat when she was a teenager and I never heard about what it was like to be a part of that family heritage. Thailand, because the culture is so rich and the food is so uniquely delicious. Australia, because of the adventure and because of the thrill of not knowing if I’ll get out of there alive (giant spiders, and snakes to name a few). Iceland, because of its breathtaking serene beauty. And finally, the Maldives – because it won’t be here much longer due to the environmental impacts of rising sea levels and erosion.

lake-landscape-mountains-3747

What is the last best thing you ate?

I could toot my horn and say that it was something I created but I honestly did try something amazing at a new restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire called CR’s. There was this butterscotch pot de creme which had a salted caramel with brûlée top. It had such a smoothness and delicate texture with a touch of mint and blueberries. I would definitely return just for that!

YucatanFishTaco

What are you feeling/loving right now?

I am loving lemon everything right now. Lemon juice with my seltzer water. Lemon sorbet. Limoncello. Also, amaretto. I cannot get enough amaretto in my life right now.

Pocos17

What are your fashion travel essentials? 

Leggings. Light to pack, easy to wash. My waterproof Arita boots that have to versatility to wear anytime besides the times I need flip flops on the beach, perfect for hiking the mountains or stopping into a  restaurant. Also, mascara. Enough to open up the eyes but easy to clean.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

The romance of Venice, the whimsy of Cinque Terre, the history of Rome, and the people, the beauty, and the vineyards of Florence. This experience alone encompasses so much of what someone would want in a travel adventure.

cinque-terre-coast-houses-2290-824x550

See what we mean? Erika definitely has an eye for all things photography. If you want to see more of Erika’s awesomeness, be sure to check out her blog (especially her 30 before thirty bucket list). We cannot wait to read about all of Erika’s upcoming Euro adventures!

#WanderOn

Guest Blogger Spotlight: Food Lover Tour

Wanderable sent Andy Card and his lovely girlfriend, Sachta, on the perfect gastro-experience with Food Lover Tour to experience Tapas, the right way.

Tapas Tour-4

When vacationing in Barcelona, one would be remiss not to experience a tapas tasting in the Catalan capital. Sachta and I only had three days to explore what the city had to offer so it was important that we didn’t waste any of our precious time in the tourist districts eating unauthentic offerings. We decided to try our luck with a tapas tasting tour.

We figured that trusting a local guide and seasoned tapas eater would be our best bet to have a truly authentic tapas experience. We were introduced to a tour guide named Edouard. He has lived in Barcelona for over a decade and leads food tours for a company called Food Lover Tour.  Given that Sachta and I are both in love with food, we were happy to be under the company’s care.

Tapas Tour-3

Among the different tour options, we opted for the Tapas Lovers Tour. Three hours of eating and drinking our way through Barcelona’s famous tapas bars that you’ve never heard of. The anticipation was palpable. We spent most of the day walking around the city and eating light in order to preserve our appetite and to ensure we were at full potential for the evening’s feast.

Tapas Tour-2

The meeting point for the tour was located in front of the historical Casa Milà, a building designed by the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudí – an ideal place for a brief history lesson on Barcelona’s architecture and cuisine. Once the introduction was complete, our group set off for the first tapas bar of the evening.

Most tapas bars in Barcelona are crowded, at least the good ones, with everyone vying for a table or a seat at the bar. One of the many perks of our group tasting was that we had reserved seating. Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted with Vermouth on the rocks.  This particular Vermouth had been brewed locally and tasted unlike any Vermouth I’ve had in the past. I typically would never drink Vermouth alone and was surprised by the smoothness and flavors. It wasn’t long before our first plates arrived.

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 9.26.45 AM

This bar offered a series of delicious meats seasoned with paprika and mixed with different sauces. Spanish cheeses and vegetables found their way into the meat-centric tasting. After about 45 minutes of conversing with other fellow foodies and devouring the Spanish meats, we headed off to another tasting where the local specialty is seafood.

Tapas Tour-5

The atmosphere in the second tapas bar differed from the first. While the first place we experienced was bustling with energy and hungry locals, the second restaurant imbued an old-time charm. You could tell that those who worked there had been preparing these meals for decades. Once seated, traditional baked bread covered in fresh tomatoes and bottles of white wine were presented. Soon to arrive were assortments of fresh razor clams, traditional clams, scallops, shrimp, and octopus. I was amazed of how fresh each dish tasted.

After an hour of blissful seafood, it was time migrate to the third and final tapas bar for the evening. Our final destination was more formal and displayed an impressive wine cellar and open kitchen. The program also differed in that we would be served a three-course meal. The first course consisted of heavenly fried calamari, non-fried calamari, famous green chilies, and more wine. We were also given the option of red or white wine. The main course soon arrived in fashion. Raw meat placed on a hot skillet was presented. We could decide how long we wanted our portions to cook, which I thought was a novel feature of the night. Soon after the tantalizing meat was consumed, dessert was offered. At this point I was almost too full to press on, but it was impossible not to resist the rich chocolate cake.

Tapas Tour

By now, the Tapas tour was subsiding. Everyone ate and drank passed their comfortable limits, but no sign of remorse emanated from our group. The food was authentic and delicious; our hosts were knowledgeable and entertaining; us foodies engaged quite well with one another. I would definitely recommend the Tapas Lovers tour to anyone interested in a guided tapas tour in Barcelona. I would also encourage you to explore the other tours offered by Food Lover Tour. If they are anything like what we just experienced, then I have no doubt you will fall in love. I have a feeling that Sachta and I will be talking about this experience to our friends for many years. I hope you will, too!

#WanderOn

Want more? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

Date Differently: Date Night Ideas to Spice Things Up

Honeymooning is  not a destination; it’s a journey, and hot dates are key to staying in love long-time.

e0847c4d82661a555a6fb586819fd236

Love is a many-splendored thing and deserves revelry– making that amazing “honeymoon phase” last. But How, you ask? Two words: date differently. This might seem like a no-brainer, but so many of us (we’re guilty, too) are sometimes too quick to get stuck in our routines: laundry, Netflix binges, or going into the office on a Sunday.  Instead, try carving out a solid block of time to spend exclusively with your love, doing something different. If you need more of an incentive, this week we’re offering 20% off your Wanderable Date Nights with code DATENIGHT20.

Here are some of our favorite San Francisco date night ideas (don’t worry, east-coasters, we’ll be getting to you in later posts) that you could do even this weekend to spice things up a little bit.

1. Get Photographed

Have you ever wanted to recreate your favorite moments or just needed an excuse to get dressed up? Well what about a candid photoshoot of you and your love playing around your city in your Sunday best? Win.

qdf3j6gzmk6ko2dm2ftzImage courtesy of Flytographer 

2. Wine taste on the Bay

Hailed as a wine- therapy voyage, this is the perfect escape for those wanting to stay in the city but still enjoy some epic wines. We get it, Napa is far. And with this beautiful weather we’re having, why not take advantage of the ocean front.

san-francisco-bay-sunset-2

3.  Take a hike

This may seem like an obvious choice living in SF, but if we’re being honest, when’s the last time you were really in touch with nature? Hike the mountains of the Presidio with your love and feel rooted in your body

wday0kp5hwweo1hggr1b

4. Picnic

So worth the effort, a picnic is luxurious because once you’re set up, you can sit for hours and nibble, read, chat, nap, etc. Pick your favorite locale (beach, park, forest, lake) and prepare food, activities, and perhaps a little surprise gift for your love.

170858275

5. Go on a Food Safari

There are so many restaurants in SF that sometimes it can feel overwhelming to choose just one. Also, “going out to dinner” while important, can get boring. Why not try an actual Food Safari where you get to sample a little bit of everything?  Another plus, you’re not sitting in one spot for 2 hours.

95a7023190161bfff7d024e8ea39406a

So get out there. Have a good time. For more California date ideas (Southern California, too) check this out, and let us know how you #DateDifferently. Plus– enjoy 20% off date night with code DATENIGHT20. You’re welcome.

Want more? Follow us on Twitter and Insta and like us on Facebook!

#WanderingEyes featuring Andy Card

#WanderingEyes…An Artful New Series from Wanderable

We hope you wanderers have been enjoying our series #WanderableGypset, in which we glean highlights from the lives of some of our favorite professional haute-bohemian travelers. In this new series, we will shine a light on artists who travel the world documenting its beauty, and our first feature is the incomparable food & travel photographer Andy Card.

Amalfi

Who is this Andy Card, you ask?

He is a well-respected food photographer turned travel blogger & photographer extraordinaire. We are obsessed with his sunny, minimalist aesthetic. He and his gorgeous girlfriend trot the globe hand in hand to exotic locales like Amalfi, Croatia, Serbia, and Paris…and Andy captures their brightest moments with rare precision. His photos imbue the world with a surreal, otherworldly dreaminess.

europe-8

Here are some of our absolute favorite snaps…and a quick exclusive one-on-one with the wunderkind himself.

Q: Why food?

A: Food is multi-faceted: It’s political, life-giving, and complex. It brings people together. It’s art. I appreciate Rembrandt, Picasso, or Monet, but I’d rather spend my time participating in works of art from gastronomic geniuses such as Adría, Achatz, or Redzepi. Besides, who doesn’t love food?

flavor-edited-4

Q: What is the best part about traveling with your GF?

A: The short answer is…everything. We like to skip the tourist attractions and find out where the best food markets are and explore, talk with the local food and wine producers in the region. She is high-energy like me, so we typically see a lot of what each city has to offer. The best part is being able to look back on all the places we have traveled and start sentences like: “Remember that sunset in Maui?” or “Remember that dinner in Florence?” I feel so lucky to share those moments with someone I treasure.

portraits-44

Q: Most magical place you’ve ever been (and why)?

A: Hmm…this is a difficult question. I’ve been to a lot of magical places that are steeped in history, but if I have to choose, I would say India. I just went for my first time during Christmas, and it’s a complete culture shock. The colors and smells are plentiful. India is exotic. But what makes India so magical is the people. They are very caring and resourceful. They never stop feeding you! Oh, and don’t get me started on the food. The food there is beyond amazing.

europe

Q: Most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten (or the prettiest)?

A: Another difficult question, but I would say my dinner at Vendome in Germany. At the time, Vendome was ranked 10th best in the world and with three Michelin stars to its name, I knew it was going to be good. And it was better than what I expected. In total, the meal came out to around 20 courses. Everything you could imagine. The desserts were by far the prettiest I’ve seen, too. The best part always comes at the end of the dinner. Once you’ve pushed passed your limits, the waiter always comes by with something extra and you can’t turn it down. In this case, I was presented with a tray full of chocolate truffles. All different flavors and I could choose however many I desired. It was like a dream.

vendome-20

Q: What do you hate about taking photos?

A: There are days when the conditions are not what you hoped for, your gear is not cooperating, or you’re just void of creativity for a particular shot. It’s not all fun. In fact, a lot of work is involved if you want a great shot, let alone a series of great shots. Food photography is especially fickle at times.

europe-5

Q: Why do you do it anyway?

A: It always comes back to that one shot that turned out surprisingly magnificent or that one compliment from someone whom you admire. That’s all it takes. The affirmation reminds me that all the hours spent preparing, photographing, and then post processing are worth it. Also, we all need to express ourselves. Photography gives me purpose when I travel, and it has fostered in me an encouragement & bravery to explore places I might not have otherwise ventured.

Paris (1)

Now you can see why we are so obsessed with Andy Card and his ah-mazing photography. He makes us want to wander the world and stop at every single restaurant along the way. Be sure to check out the rest of his incredible photography!

#WanderOn