Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to another instalment of Travel Tuesday. Don't forget to read some of the other link up over on Bonnie's blog. Today's prompt is food and the role that plays when we're all off on our travels. Now I don't think it'll be a surprise to anyone that knows me if I say that I love food, I don't hide this fact and I'm most definitely someone how lives to eat rather than eats to life. Food is a big deal in our family and we love sharing scrumptious meals all around a big table, discovering new foods and sharing all-time favourite family recipes. So it's not a surprise, I'm sure, to any of you that food plays a massive part on any holiday I go. In fact when I go to familiar places - like Portugal which I'm doing in a couple of weeks - I pretty much plan out which restaurants I want to visit before I even get on the plane. I hate the thought of missing one of the most amazing restaurants - I can't help it! As food is such a big part of any travel planning I thought I'd share some of my favourite meals/food related stories from various trips, so here goes...
I'm lucky enough to have been to Australia about five times in my life to visit various family members and whilst I've had numerous BBQ's, some delicious seafood and numerous ice creams whilst there, there's one food stuff that is always top of my list. The humble (yet truly delicious) Tim Tam. My family know to always stock up when I'm over and always bring packets when they come to stay over here and I love discovering new flavours.
When I was travelling back in 2007 I became a tad obsessed with certain food items. In New Zealand it was Butter Chicken curry, which I didn't even know existed until then, in San Francisco I ate so much packet Mac 'n' Cheese that I wasn't able to eat it for another five years, New York was all about the pizza slices for $1.50 and in Australia it was homemade tomato and tuna pasta, essential as I had no money and it was cheap!
I think I might have Italian ancestry as I adore everything about Italian food. Every time I've been to Italy I've eaten horrendous amounts of everything. It helps that all the food is delicious over there, but also the Italian diet is my all-time favourite type of food: pasta, salad, pizza, ice cream and bread. I could live on those five items alone. I don't think I've ever eaten anything in Italy that I've disliked. And don't even get me started on my first experience of gnocchi, back in Naples in 2006 - it was out-of-this-world good.
When I go to Portugal I always have to have the following foods: The chicken club sandwich with potato wedges from Sandbanks, banana and maple syrup pancakes at the Creperie and cocktails at Spikes. It's basically the law and the whole family knows it! Bring on my trip in two weeks so I can have all three again!