Food and Drink – travelling for food

Travelling for Food

Whether you’re eating fresh tamales in a banana leaf in the Yucatan or trying crickets in Vietnam food is always about more than simply eating.

Food is about communication, history, stories, authenticity and culture. Food triggers memories both good and bad. Food is more than just what you eat every day. This site is dedicated to exploring food in all its various guises – you won’t find stacks of recipes here but what you will find will encourage you to explore the world of food, travel for it, taste it, and learn about it.

London in 2 days - London, United Kingdom - July 22, 2016: Leather Lane Street Market - street in Holborn with great streetfood, fruit and vegetables and clothes stalls, very popular with office workers Monday to Friday

Authenticity in food is elusive, but it is something people are always looking for when they travel and food is a place where people search for it.

Come along with me on a culinary journey to learn more about local cuisines around the world, discover the vast history of food, and understand herbs, spices and where they come from. Here you will find insights into local culinary customs and food history, you can explore food culture and then journey out to taste the world’s kitchens.

Food and Drink - travelling for food

Food Culture what is it?

Food Culture can be defined as the attitudes, beliefs and practices that surround the production and consumption of food. Food Culture incorporates our ethnicity, and cultural heritage and provides a mechanism of communication with others both externally and within our families and communities.

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 28: La Tomatina festival in August 28, 2013 in Bunol, Spain. Battle of tomatoes at street of spanish town

Food tourism what is it?

Food tourism may sound like some kind of new trend but culinary experiences, culinary tourism, gastronomy tourism, travelling for food and travel for food have all been around for a very long time – we just didn’t call it that. Foodie is a term that has been mocked as pretentious or affected and folks who call themselves foodies have been made the butt of many a joke.

Travel for food and drink

Greek Food Guide: 49 Traditional Dishes to Look For in Greece

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The fascinating history of Macarons and where to buy them in Paris

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33 of the best Dumplings of the World

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Cooking Class in Tuscany with a private Chef

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23 types of flatbread to try when travelling

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39 of the Best Sandwiches in the world

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Salt mines around the world

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Types of sausages around the world

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A locals guide to the best restaurants in Brussels

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Food from Oaxaca – the joy of Oaxacan Food

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10 Fabulous Cooking classes around the world

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26 Delectable hand pies from around the world

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Traditional food of Iceland – 36 dishes to try

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34 Tantalizing German foods – what to eat in Germany

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45 Great British Desserts

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11 of my favourite Irish Cookbooks

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11 Quirky Afternoon Teas In London

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59 Traditional British Foods – from the sublime to the WTF

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Bosnian Food – 33 delicious dishes you must try

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Weird American food – 32 dishes to try

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World of Drinks – the weird and wonderful

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Jewish food traditions an essential guide

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23 of the best Mexican Street Foods

23 of the best Mexican Street Foods In every place, we visit we look for street food and as food tourism junkies Mexico was absolutely

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A Guide to Mexicos Best Drinks

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Lebanese Food – 38 traditional Lebanese dishes

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18 traditional Dutch foods to eat in the Netherlands

18 traditional Dutch foods to eat in the Netherlands Dutch food has always been a secret pleasure of mine. Growing up one of my best

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25 Traditional Welsh food dishes

25 Traditional Welsh food dishes In England, culinary traditions tended to filter down from the upper levels of society. In Wales however traditional Welsh food

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Cancale the charming oyster capital of France

Cancale the charming oyster capital of France A mere 27 minutes from St. Malo along the northwest coast of France you will find Cancale, Brittany

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Indigenous foods around the world

A guide to Indigenous foods around the world In university, I studied anthropology and became fascinated by food cultures worldwide. In particular, since I lived in Canada

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Scottish foods –  53 Scottish favourites

Scottish foods –  53 Scottish favourites Scotland land of kilted warriors, risqué and side-splitting comedians – think Billy Connolly, fabulous musicians – think the Proclaimers

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BBQ in the USA Where to find some of the best

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Dining in Italy – 19 Do’s and Don’ts

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42 best breakfasts in the world

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What to eat in Rome and 27 places to find it

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Cornish Pasty History

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The Origins of Barbecue

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38 of the best noodle dishes around the world

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The Best Destinations in Wales for Foodie Families

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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage – food

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Croatian food – Discovering the delicious food of Croatia

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Armenian food – 45 Armenian dishes you must try

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What is Irish soda bread?

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Traditional Irish Boxty – what is it?

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A Traditional Irish Breakfast – the lush full Irish breakfast

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Guide to the best of West African Food

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36 Traditional Egyptian Foods to whet your appetite

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22 Food Trucks across Canada to try

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London: Cheese Walking Tour with Tastings

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French Cheese – 23 amazing types of French cheese

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Food in Malta – the ultimate guide

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Afternoon Tea Bus with Panoramic Tour of London

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London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

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London: 3-Hour Secret Indian Food Tour

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148 National Dishes of countries around the world

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Yucatan Food – deliciously earthy, hot and smoky

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London: East End British Food & Drinks Private Walking Tour

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Rome: Pasta Professional Lab Experience

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Milan: Small-Group Pasta Making and Tiramisu Class

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Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

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Spanish Food: 40 of the best foods in Spain

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42 scrumptious traditional Turkish foods to try

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All the best Restaurants in Donegal Town

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Food in Brittany: Fall in love with the food of Bretagne

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16 Fabulous food street markets in London

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Visit the Lucas Galvez Market

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