Berlin Street Food – Dream Euro Trip

Author: , September 13th, 2019

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Other than different types of sausage Berlin is not really known for its food. This has changed over the last few years with street food now becoming a big tourist draw. In fact, you could say it is thriving and now cuisine from all around the world can be had in Berlin.

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Chai Wallahs have become an instant hit in the German capital thanks to the fact that they bring the vibrance of South Asian cookery to life treating diners to exploding flavors, brilliant colors, and that magic that is Indian cuisine which was lacking before they exploded onto the street scene.

Now, locals and tourists flock to get their daily chicken tikka dishes, spicy lentil samosas, and so much more.

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Gay Taipei’s a Foodie Paradise – Mic.com

Author: , December 12th, 2018

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If your idea of vacation planning is obsessively researching every restaurant, bar, coffee shop and food stand, gay Taipei, Taiwan, belongs on your bucket list. Taiwan’s sprawling capital city is home to 2.7 million residents and what feels like just as many must-visit spots for food and drink.

The island has a contentious history, with bouts of Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese presence or rule, and Taipei’s rich culinary landscape includes nods to its diverse colonial past as well as the traditions of the indigenous population: fresh Japanese seafood at DOZO Izakaya Bar, superstar soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung, fine-dining French exports like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, unbelievable street food like stinky tofu, innovative cocktails from the R&D Cocktail Lab, German beer halls like Buckskin Beerhouse, scenic tea houses atop Maokong mountain — and that barely scratches the surface.

There’s never been a better time to visit. In the first Michelin Guide Taipei, the city had 20 restaurants receive stars, with restaurants ranging from the three-star Le Palais, famous for its expertly executed Cantonese fare, to the one-star Taiwanese-meets-Nordic hit Mume.

Thirty-six joints made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category, including 10 street food stalls scattered throughout the Taipei’s famous night markets, where tourists, locals and everyone in between sample piping-hot black pepper buns and pearl milk tea. You’ll also find plenty of excellent shops, hotels and tourist attractions — Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, is definitely worth braving the crowds for — to fill time between meals.

By Meredith Heil – Full Story at Mic.com

Food in Italy – Dolly Travels

Author: , March 23rd, 2018

Food in Italy

Good morning, all,

As you know, if Italy is not on my mind, food is. When I have the opportunity to enjoy both Italy and the food of Italy, I am in Nirvana. Fortunately, whenever I go to Italy, I have been able to find apartments with a kitchen, no matter how small, and I can cook sometimes. When I am not cooking, I am always on the lookout for restaurants that serve specialties of the area.

This was the beginning of one meal in Rome on my last visit. Notice the stove with its 2 burners, a small sink and countertop, but that was sufficient space for me to make our dinner of tortellini soup and Caprese salad. Notice that I was able to buy the soup vegetables in a package. I love that I can just pick up one package and have carrots, celery, onions and parsley without buying a lot of either vegetable.

Each area of Italy has its own food specialty, according to what grows well in the area, for Italians use foods that are locally grown and not difficult to find.

Risotto, for instance, is a dish that originated in the Lombardia area, for the weather up in that northern part of Italy is cooler, and rice is one of the principal foods grown in that region.

Further south of Lombardia is the Emilia-Romagna region, where Bologna is a major city. It was in that city that the Bolognese sauce was born, as beef and pork are both raised in this area. The traditional meats used in the Bolognese sauce are veal, pork and beef, simmered with garlic, tomatoes and herbs for hours. This sauce is used for lasagne and spaghetti. The trattorie of Bologna specialize in dishes prepared with this sauce.

Corn is another crop grown in this area of Emilia-Romagna, so polenta is another dish you will find on the menu of the area.

Up in the most eastern part of the country is Venice, situated on the Adriatic Sea; therefore, the specialties of Venice are seafood delicacies. My favorite dish from that area is baked sea bass, although many varieties of seafood are available, as one trip to the fish market near the Rialto bridge will tell you.

On the other side of the country, on the Ligurian Sea, is Genoa, home of pesto, and the Cinque Terre, the 5 villages along the rugged coast, where fishing is a major commerce.

Going south and more westward, is Florence, almost in the midway point between east and west, with no seacoast. The most famous dish of Florence is the Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, a porterhouse steak from the Chianina beef that are only raised in Tuscany. These animals are huge!! I went to a festival once that featured the bistecca. The butchers marched into the Piazza Republicca, led by a band and accompanied by lovely ladies in Renaissance costumes. The butchers brought in sides of that Chianina beef and laid them on a big work table and started slicing off steaks. These steaks are cut about 2 inches thick and each steak weighs about 1 kilo (2.2 pounds). The steaks are brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, then thrown onto a grill, they are cooked 5 to 6 minutes on one side, turned over and cooked 5 to 6 minutes on the other. Some chefs brush balsamic vinegar onto the steak after it is cooked, but I have not found if that is the normal way of doing things. It does no good to ask for your steak to be cooked medium or medium well; If you do not like your steak rare and bleeding, don’t order Bistecca alla fiorentina. The beef, though, is very tender and very tasty.

There are numerous farms as well as vineyards in the Tuscany region. Chianti is the most famous of the wines of that area, but farm crops, such as spinach also abound. If you see a dish on the menu that has the word “Florentine” or “Fiorentina” in its title, it probably has spinach in it. One of the dishes I had one of my tour groups make while we stayed in Florence, was Gnocchi alla Fiorentina….little pillows of potato and flour dough, with eggs and spinach incorporated into them. Those little fluffy pillows are cooked in simmering water, drained and served with almost any type of pasta sauce, but they really show off their tastiness with just some browned butter over them and Parmesan cheese.

As you travel further south in Italy, there are numerous hill towns. Wild game is plentiful in the hills and valleys of these areas, so foods made with the wild boar, cinghale, are prominent on the menu.

Rome claims to be the birthplace of pasta all carbonara, where freshly cooked pasta is tossed with egg, bacon and cheese. Pasta Arrabiata is another pasta dish that supposedly originated in Rome. Rome also promotes pasta l’amatriciana as theirs, although that dish actually came from the village of Amatrice, up in the hills east of Rome. That village was nearly destroyed by earthquakes a few years ago. Restaurants all over Italy held fund-raisers for that city by featuring pasta l’amatriciana on their menus, with proceeds from sale of that dish going to earthquake relief of the village.

One word of caution, though, when in Rome, do NOT try to order any pasta with Alfredo sauce. You will be met with cold stares, unfriendly words, for no one in Italy considers Alfredo sauce to be truly Italian. Yes, it was developed by a chef in Rome for a famous Hollywood couple, but it was his invention and not a traditional Italian sauce.

Further south of Rome is Naples, the birthplace of pizza. Traveling even further south we come to Sorrento, known for its lemons (limoncello) and seafood. I look forward to going to Sorrento, to the Ristorante Delfino on the Marina Grande, and enjoying spaghetti with clams, my favorite Italian dish anywhere, but especially when prepared at that ristorante.

No matter what you eat or in what area of Italy you are, there is always time and a place for gelato. And no matter how old you are, you must have a gelato.

So until next time, I hope you have enjoyed a little food tour of Italy.

Ciao for now,
Dolly

Lebanese Cuisine – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 8th, 2017

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Below are photos of Lebanese cuisine / food I ate while in Beirut for three nights. These are all the dinner food we had for iftar. This is not a regular meal for dinner but it’s a food feast (aka, food porn).

Imagine three adults and a child gorging on these delightful cuisine? We had more than enough for all of us. I never went back to my hotel room every night without feeling bloated and exhausted from eating. Hahahahaha…

Thanks to a high school friend of mine and her generous Lebanese husband who spoiled me with these foods. Their hospitality made me gain extra pounds; Man, I’ve got to try what’s on the table, right? So, you can’t put all the blame on me.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Best Foods in Argentina – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 21st, 2016

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PHWOOOAAAR Argentina – all that delicious meat…you truly spoil us! Steak hunting became a daily pastime in Buenos Aires… “Which parilla shall we hunt out tonight my greedy Frenchman?” The Argentinian cuisine has a lot to offer, but for us meat lovers, we get particularly excited by the different meat cuts, styles of cooking the meat, accompanying sauces for the meats…and and…more and more meeeeeat!

Here’s our 10 favourite foods in Argentina, starting with the most famous, the tastiest, the best and one of the main reasons we were so excited to come here.

#1 MEAT! STEAK!! BEEF!!!

According to The Cattle Network, Argentina is 1 of 5 countries in the world, which has more cattle than people. Uruguay, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia being the other 4. The best way to enjoy a (few) good steaks is at a parilla (pronounced parisha in the Argentinian dialect). These are the steakhouses, with some of the best found in downtown Buenos Aires.

The parilla is the name of the large iron grill in which the meat is barbecued, and the occasion of going face down in large plates of barbecued meat with friends, laughter and plenty of wine is called an asado.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Switzerland – Food On the Go

Author: , January 20th, 2016

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Switzerland’s always-on-time transportation system can get you across the country on a fast train, up to the top of a mountain via ski lift, cable car, or cog railway, or around a lake for a leisurely cruise, and in many cases even provide you with a great meal in the process. Most of the country’s trains are part of the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahn, Swiss Federal Railway system, www.sbb.ch) and connect with local buses, local railways, municipal light rail (tram) systems, and lake and riverboats, making door-to-door travel as easy as consulting an uncomplicated schedule online or at the station.

If grabbing a quick meal on the way to catch your train or even at the station isn’t an option, remember that many Swiss trains offer onboard food service, either from an “elvetino” cart that makes the rounds several times during longer trips on inter-city (IC) and inter-regional (IR) trains.

Elvetino, an international company based in Zuerich, is a subsidiary of the SBB and provides 15 point-of-sale counters in train stations in Switzerland, about 100 mini-bar-style food carts, and 88 dining cars on Swiss trains as well as on some international routes that originate in or pass through Switzerland. Elvetino carts come equipped with mineral water, Coke products and Swiss soft drinks, bottled fruit juices, wine and beer, and freshly made coffee, decaf, and tea. A variety of sandwiches and snack foods, both salty and sweet, are also available.

By Nick Malgieri – Full Story at Passport

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Eating My Way Through Northern Italy

Author: , January 2nd, 2016

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One of the things I was most exciting about when I got on the train to Italy? The food, of course! I boarded the train in Germany in the morning knowing that I’d get off the train in Milan a few hours later, and all I could think about was what I’d be eating for my first meal in Italy. I love Italian food – the pastas, pizzas, breads and pastries, risotto and pretty much everything that I can eat as a vegetarian (I am always told I am missing out because the meat dishes and seafood are amazing, apparently).

So while I’m inviting you to join me on a culinary tour of Lombardy and Veneto, the regions I traveled to on my recent visit, be warned: this is only a small fraction of all the good food Northern Italy has to offer, and it is the meat free version.

When this decadent customs wasn’t feasible anymore because of rising gold prices, Lombardians still wanted their food to look as if gold was used, which is why the color yellow is omnipresent – in the most iconic dish of the region for example, Risotto Alla Milanese. The color comes from the saffron, which is the most expensive spice in the world – did you know that? In addition to saffron, lots of grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and butter are used. As you can see in the picture below, ‘Alla Milanese’ can also be made with pasta, not just with risotto.milan spaghetti milanesaSpeaking of butter – Lombardians are not afraid to use butter and lard, especially in the polenta dishes. Polenta, a corn meal based dish is together with risotto the most common dish in the region, and is usually served with meat or vegetables.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Nomadic Boys – Ten Best Foods of Indonesia

Author: , December 18th, 2015

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So get this, Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands with strong Hindu, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Middle Eastern influence. The country is one massive colourful fabric of different races, languages, ethnicities: over 300 ethnic groups are united under the mighty Indonesian archipelago.

This is also true of the food, one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavours. Here’s our 10 best traditional food of Indonesia:

#1 NASI GORENG: Indonesian fried rice

Nasi goreng is a popular Indonesian staple, kind of like what pad Thai is to Thailand. Nasi means rice and goreng means fried. A nasi goreng usually includes meat (usually chicken), vegetables, cooked with spices, shallots, garlic, tamarind, chilli, served with sweet soy sauce seasoning and crackers.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Wandering Wives – Sugar Rush In Quimper

Author: , December 2nd, 2015

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We recently took a day trip to the picturesque French town of Quimper. This is pronounced “Kam-pair” but being British we take no notice of the official French pronunciation and say it as we read it. So half way between a quiver and a whimper lies the trembling town of Quimper.

We had begun our day with a healthy cereal based breakfast but we took our time getting going and then we needed to stop for petrol so ended up missing lunch. Luckily we had a couple of emergency Kit-Kats with us to save us from getting hangry (a heady mix of hunger and anger that turns even the most mild mannered person into a monster). In France it can be pretty difficult to find food outside of designated meal times, so we decided to snack our way around the town instead. Our first stop was a cute little coffee shop where, due to our terrible understanding of French, we ended up ordering drinks with more calories in than regular desserts. Sian’s coffee with served with a spoon in order to dig through the mountain of whipped cream and chunks of meringue that covered it. High on sugar we had a great time colouring the walls with chalk provided by the establishment.

As is often the case in Brittany, it was raining in Quimper. The town has a pretty river running through it with beautiful old buildings jutting out over it. The constant rain was driving the flow and it surged at speed through the town. After a quick look at the river and a soaking from the rain, we took shelter in the best shop ever. Maison Georges Larnicol sells traditional baked goods, hand crafted chocolates and rows of brightly coloured macarons. After inhaling the wondrous smell and ooo-ing and ah-ing at the amazing displays, we picked up a couple of salted caramel macarons to try and continued on our way.

Back on the street the rain was relentless so we decided to take shelter in the largest land mark we could find. Even the tiniest of Breton villages have impressive gothic style churches looming over them and Quimper is no exception. The humongous Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper sits in the middle of the town square and is open most of the day. When we entered the cathedral someone was playing the organ and the whole building seemed to reverberate with the sound of the pipes. Thankfully it soon stopped and we were able to walk around the vast space marvelling at the impressive architecture and stained glass windows. It was a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris so we lit a candle in remembrance of those that were killed.

Walking past Maison Gorges Larnicol again we decided to go back inside to pick up some gifts. Waiting in the queue we spotted something we had failed to see before. A scale model of the Quimper Cathedral made entirely from chocolate. It was enormous and how we had missed it the first time is anyone’s guess…read more on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – Eating With The Poor In India

Author: , November 5th, 2015

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In Varanasi the early evening streets were bustling with life, everyone was busy going here, rushing there, praying, singing, peeing, shopping, coughing and spitting. We walked in a daze, examining every bit of human behaviour out on display, wondering what stories lay behind the individuals in the crowd. We walked and walked, looking for a place to eat. I can not recall if we expected to find a McDonald’s or a Royal Tandoori Curry house, but I know we didn’t find either. Naively we had expected getting a meal in India to be a bit like Curry Mile in Manchester, but a bit more foreign, it was far from that. We could see people going into buildings but none of them looked like restaurants, were they shops? homes? temples? We had no idea. Every now and then we came across what we assumed was an eating establishment, people called to us “Hello mam, come in, take a seat, eat here!” Being new to the Indian experience we were petrified of contracting Delhi-belly and still sanitizing our hands every half hour. We had no idea of the accepted hygiene standards and dismissed most of the places we passed.

Varanasi marketAfter what may have been decades walking without any sign of the afore mentioned Curry Mile, we made the decision to stop at the next place which was serving food. We saw a place from across the street, it looked busy with lots of people coming and going. After some consideration, we figured if the locals were eating there it must be safe. We crossed the street and asked the price. “Oh please please, come eat with us, no charge, no charge.” said the maitre d, looking excited and ushering us in. We took our seats at a shared table and discussed how much we thought the meal would actually cost. After deciding we were now committed and we would have to pay, no matter what they charged us, we let them bring us some food.

We were served a flavoursome vegetable and potato curry with chapatis and set about using our new hand eating skills to wolf it down. The gentleman across from us agreed it was a lovely meal, he then went on to tell us it was the first time he had eaten that week. Two new diners joined us at our table, one had wooden crutches and a missing lower leg, the second looked as though he may have had polio. As we finished our meal we looked up from our table at the other people in the restaurant.  It was like a scene from a Victorian work house, every sort of street urchin and beggar you could imagine were crammed around tables, eating like their lives depended upon it…read more on Wandering Wives

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