Review Post: Can Fisher Barcelona! 😍

One of the biggest perks of living in Dublin is that I can jet off to places like Barcelona for the weekend.

I stumbled upon the gem that is Can Fisher on the last day of my trip and it was the perfect way to wrap it up.

Can Fisher is a midsize restaurant right off the shore with an amazing super cozy interior! #VeryInstagramable

But of course you all want to know about the food and the service so I’ll get right to it.

We had one of the catch of the day options recommended by the lovely Lulu, who by the way gets the best hostess award. We also had a pitcher of their white wine sangria.

Hands down it was the best meal I had in the city and also the best service.

Overall rating 5/5 🥂

3 Dublin Restaurants You’ll Never Want to Leave

I recommend these restaurants solely on how much time the interior designers spent making them works of art.

1. Xico

The Mexican Day of the Dead theme is evident as soon as you step into this underground restaurant and bar. It’s super cozy and dark, with a hint of horror. Looking for an intimate spot for your next date? Look no further.

2. The Barge

This is a pretty large multilevel bar and restaurant. If you go during the day, the large windows keep the interior pretty well lit. My favorite thing about this venue is the high ceilings that are crafted to mimic the frame of a boat.

3. Idlewild

This Dublin bar is well known for its Espresso Martini, but the lively interior is what drew me in. The bright green velvet chesterfield sofas transport you to a different era. If I had to put a time stamp on it, it’s very reminiscent of the 70s in America.

Dublin tips: Moving into your new apartment

So, you’ve done the most difficult part and secured yourself a place to live in Dublin…congratulations!! However, the trials and tribulations aren’t over yet my friend. Here are the top things you need to know:

1. Get your gas meter unlocked

This is something you’ll want to do ASAP if you’re moving in the winter. You can get your gas and electric done at the same time by calling Bord Gáis and opening a gas and electric account. Note, contact your landlord about paying the gas unlocking fee.

2. Sign up with a trash collection service

This ones a bit odd but I learned the hard way that the city doesn’t have a trash collection service. They’re all privately owned. You can compare quotes online and choose which is the best for you. Once signed up, they’ll send you the bins you ordered. Trash is usually gray, recycling is green, and compost is brown. I use Thorntons Recycling and have the pay as you go service with two bins, trash and recycling only. I fill up my account and they only withdraw money when I put my trash out to be collected. Trash pickup is €10 and recycling is €1. I also bought bin locks because my neighbor tries to put her trash in my bins instead of paying for her own 😂😂

3. Make an appointment to set up your internet ASAP

…because it takes forever for them to actually come out and set it up for you. Which is odd because there should be a self service option.

4. Buy a hanging rack

…because the dryers just don’t work. The washer dryer is combined into one machine that washes just fine but takes like 3 cycles to dry.

American Airlines: Premium Economy vs Economy

We’ve been on the flight from Dublin to Philadelphia for about 5 hours now, and while that time hasn’t quite whiled away, I’m comfortable.

American Airlines has launched its newish premium economy class and I used to be a skeptic but now I’m a believer.

Now, you might be thinking, premium economy is a scam. Why pay extra money to get the exact same services that you would in economy class? The answer is, leg room for days 😉 but you’ve gotta know how to get your money’s worth. I’ll share a two tips:

1. Sit in the first row

If you sit in the first row of premium economy, you’re going to get the most leg room possible and you’ll be the first to get your food and drinks.

2. Order free drink refills 😉

You know how you pay for wine and beer in economy class? Put that lifestyle behind you! AA premium economy serves free alcoholic beverage refills.

Ok now onto the pros and the cons:

Pros:

1. As mentioned above, free alcoholic drinks is always an incentive to get me to do almost anything.

2. The seats are much wider and you get more legroom.

3. They give you a little travel kit just like in business class. It contains toothpaste and brush, mouthwash, socks, done tissues, a pen, earplugs, headphone covers, lotions, and an eye mask.

4. Their back pillow and blanket were surprisingly plush and comfy. I usually suffer from severe back pain on longer flights but not this time!

Pictured: My very messy seat 😂 you can see just how much room I had.

Cons:

1. Odd as hell usability design. The amenities on the seats are not intuitive at all. The outlets and earphone hole are located in an odd hole in the back of the armrest. The tv comes up from beside your feet.

2. The footrest is made for people with very tiny legs. I have super long legs and I couldn’t use the footrest without my knees sticking out in the air 😂😭

3. Their “chef inspired” dining was not filling at all.

Pictured: Pre-arrival meal. Noodle salad, fruits, chocolate pudding, and a breadstick.

Overall rating: 8/10

I would fly premium economy again for the price I paid. About €750.

Avoid this Italy tourist trap!

Ok… let me start by saying – it was totally my fault and I should have known better. Now that I’ve eaten that slice of humble pie, let me tell you all what happened to me outside the Duomo Cathedral in Florence.

I was down to my last few hours in the city, so I decided to wander around and squeeze in as much touristy stuff as I could before I had to head to the airport.

Now, I’d seen a few people getting their portraits done by local street artists and considered getting one myself…if I was going to do it, it was now or never. Against my better judgement, I approached a street artist sitting outside the cathedral and began to question him about the work he had on display. Here were the warning signs I should have paid attention to:

1. He was super arrogant and boastful about the little work he did have on display…overly so.

2. When I finally agreed and sat down, he began yelling at a woman and children that were sitting on the bench behind us. When I told him to stop immediately, his response was “they’re just tourists”. I told him that we are all just tourists in other peoples countries and then I helped the woman and her kids. Not sure why I didn’t just leave then 😩

3. I kept looking in his sunglasses at the reflection of what he was drawing, and it looked like trash but I wasn’t sure if it was distorted by his lenses.

4. People kept stopping and staring with very amused looks on their faces.

When it was finally done. He turned it around and showed it to me:

I told him it looked like a lion and nothing like what he had on display. He began to yell that he would never draw what he had on display for such a small price (€30…not small at all)…and in such a small amount of time.

A group of people started to gather…I began asking others if it looked like me, to which one man answered, “more or less”.

With people around me, I was faced with the dilemma of whether to pay this crook or not.

It kept going through my mind that black people can’t get away with throwing public tantrums and that individuals tend to then represent the whole race. If I didn’t pay him it’d become, black people are the worst tourists…or some other stupid generalization to that effect. So I paid him…for the worst possible reason, which really put a bad taste on my whole Italian experience.

For context:

What’s up with Irish phone numbers!?

If you’re like me and haven’t gotten around to getting your own Irish phone number, you’ll know that figuring out the dial out codes can be a bit tricky. So I’ll save you the 3 months it took me to figure it out by providing the below cheat sheet! You’re welcome! 😉

Here’s what a barebones phone number looks like here: 6110101

You’d type it exactly that way if you had a local Dublin landline.

If you’re dialing from anywhere else in Ireland, you’d add the Dublin prefix, 01.

The number now looks like, 016110101

Now, if you’re dialing from an international number, you’d add the Irish prefix +353 or 00353 and take away the 0 from the Dublin prefix.

The number now looks like, ‭+353 (1) 611 0101‬.

Here are other Irish geographic dial codes.

My 3 Favorite Places to Eat in Boston

If you’re as much of a foodie as I am you’ll appreciate these 3 restaurants!

1. Little Donkey

In the #1 spot is Little Donkey in Cambridge. Combine sweet and savory by mix and matching their Brioche French Toast with a side of the Habanero Maple Sausage. I promise you won’t taste anything yummier than this!

2. Row 34

Our #2 spot goes to Row 34. Looking for the best lobster roll in town? This is where you’ll find it!

3. Cafe ArtScience

With cocktails named after endangered species and a robotic server on display, this Cambridge eatery is the classy nerds haven. My personal favorite menu item is the duck on their dinner menu which I believe is seasonal (fall/winter).

Boston Massachusetts: Pros and Cons

Thinking of moving to Boston? Planning a quick trip? Just wondering what it’s like over there? Well, I lived in Boston for about 7 months so you’ve come to the right place to learn a thing or two about this historical New England city.

Pros:

  • Having just moved from Philadelphia, I absolutely loved how clean Boston is.
  • Boston’s rich culture is evident throughout the city. There’s tons to do when it comes to visiting college campuses or learning about the city’s history by visiting local museums.
  • You’re a stones throw away from Cambridge which is home to both MIT and Harvard.
  • Lots and lots of seafood!
  • If you’re a young professional, you’ll be glad to know that you fit the demographic mold.
  • It’s a sports fans haven.
  • It’s also a sailors haven. If you’re lucky enough you might make a friend or two that’ll take you out on their boat.

Cons:

  • Boston is severely segregated by ethic groups which makes it a bit uncomfortable.
  • Trying to make new friends as a young professional? Sorry, this city isn’t for you. Most Bostonians already made all their friends in college and aren’t accepting new applications.
  • Winters can be brutal but if you’re coming from any other North Eastern state, this won’t phase you at all.
  • Most restaurants are just ok. Moving from Philly, I was shocked by the lack of flavor in Boston restaurant meals. That being said, I did find a couple of hidden gems.

Click here to find out the best places to eat in Boston!

Business Class vs Economy: What You’re Dying to Know

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I got the super amazing opportunity to fly Cathay Pacific business class from Philadelphia to Hong Kong, and the perks were unbelievable. For a bit more context, PHL to HK is about a 16 hour flight – flying business class made it seem like a 2 hour flight! Here are a couple things you didn’t know about flying business class:

Bottomless Champagne 

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The air hostess always referred to me by my last name which I found super interesting. She’d ask super politely, “Ms.Arinze would you like some more champagne”…my answer was always yes.

Business Class Lounge

Did you know that airports have secret lounges where the rich and well-to-do hide from us commoners?? Neither did I! These lounges are stocked with meals, snacks, and you guessed it…bottomless drinks! Feeling guilty for spending so much on first/business class tickets? – here’s where to really get your money’s worth.

The Cathay Pacific lounge in HK has private, super cozy, shower rooms. I was able to freshen up and look brand new after spending 16 hours napping :D.

Full Horizontal Recline 

No exaggeration…I literally napped for most of this flight. When I wasn’t sipping champagne, I was full on sleeping. That’s how comfortable theses pods were.

Meals Served in 3 Courses

I will say, I missed the economy meals – they’re a bit more filling. In business class you get a few courses of nicely arranged scraps. I got fruit, salad, and salmon pictured below. IMG_1730.PNG

Never Wait in Line

You always get to board the plane first! Running late from the lounge? Not a problem at all! You get to cut the line and board asap – I found this especially funny.

Overall Flight Experience

10/10