Staff Picks: Our Favourite Global Eats!
What's the most memorable dish you've eaten on your world travels? Perhaps paella in Spain? Or beignets in New Orleans? We asked some of our food- and travel-obsessed staffers to share their most mouth-watering food memories from around the world. The result? A lip-smacking collection of global eats to add to your food and travel bucket lists. Just try not to salivate over your keyboard while reading this.
perfect paella in spain:
"While we were impressed with everything we ate in Barcelona, the paella stood out in our minds. Fat golden grains exploding with flavour, big juicy prawns and a beautifully caramelised crust. We were in heaven."
-Katherine Scott, Content Manager
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Walking the Camino de Santiago
A meal that gives back in vietnam:
"Crab Sashimi in Osaka .... Paella in Barcelona with gallons of Sangria! And I loved all of the food that came out of the kitchen at KOTO, Hanoi Vietnam
-Pauline Guthrie, Asia Consultant
KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”, stemming from the restaurant’s philosophy that learning should be passed on; knowledge is there to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s founder, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian who more than 10 years ago opened a training centre in hospitality in Hanoi, giving disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and strive in their lives.
Chicken wrapped in Pandan leaves, KOTO, Hanoi Vietnam
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Culinary Delights of Vietnam
an edible bowl in san francisco:
"Another chowder vote for me - San Francisco Seafood chowder served in a sourdough bread 'bowl' on a cold winter’s day- amazing!"
-Fiona Hunt, Managing Director
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Essential San Francisco
eat like a local in the big apple:
"I don't think I was prepared for liquid cheese on my hot dog back from Liberty Island in NYC - how do Americans EAT that? Most bizarre thing I've eaten, but definitely made me feel like I was in New York!"
-Gemma Sinclair, Travel Designer
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Essential New York
SOME SLIMY SNACKS IN FRANCE:
"Most memorable, or favourite? I tried both snails [escargot] and frogs legs in France, which were pretty memorable. Favourite is harder though. Goulash in Budapest, deep dish pizza in Chicago, gelato in Italy, Clam Chowder in Boston..."
-Kristy Prince, Product Co-ordinator
Escargot, a classic French delicacy
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Chateaux of the Loire Walk
a feathery favourite in south africa:
"Ostrich steak is one of my favourite culinary treats when visiting South Africa, preferably braaied (barbequed) outdoors and accompanied by a glass or two of the local Pinotage."
-Alisa Feillafe, Africa & Middle East Product Manager
A MOROCCAN CLASSIC:
"Lamb with prune tagine is a classic Moroccan dish that combines sweet prunes and meat with the fragrant spices of ginger, saffron, cinnamon and pepper. The meat is so tender and the prunes give the dish a distinct added flavour- a great dish to soak up with the local bread.”
-Jane Bittman, Wholesale Reservations Team Leader
Lamb shank tagine with prunes and carrots served with couscous
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Grand Tour of Morocco
the taste of tropics in fiji:
"One of the most unique foods I have tried during my travels is Kokoda (pronounced 'ko-kon-da') which is a Fijian raw fish salad served in coconut cream. The fish is marinated in lemon juice overnight then served with coconut cream, tomatoes, capsicum and onion."
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Discover Fiji (AU)
a creamy classic in italy:
"The most memorable dish I came across was while walking the back streets of Venice (trying to avoid the tourist crowds). I came across a gelato shop. For $5 I got a bowl of the BEST chocolate gelato I have ever tasted. Sitting on steps of canal to eat it wasn’t half bad either!"
-Katie Walker, South Pacific Product Manager
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Connoisseurs Tuscany
authentic curry in india:
"There is nothing better than a good curry, but one made in India you just can’t beat. A meal to remember for me was a cooking demonstration at Banjaar Tola
in Kanha National Park. The chef prepared a vegetarian curry with the ingredients from their local garden and fresh breads. No meat and only fresh herbs and spices. A sensory delight and highlight for sure.”
-Lara Kamionka, Groups, Escorted Tours & Incentives Team Leader
Local garden ingredients being used in the cooking demonstration at Banjaar Tola
RECOMMENDED TOUR: Flavours of Northern India