Posted by: Ciaran | November 8, 2009

Reasons to love travelling #5 – Trying the food and drink

And so to food, one of the great joys of travelling.  A great joy not just because you get to experiment with interesting dishes from wherever you are, but also because you can do that very English thing of wandering around the supermarket pointing out all the English or Western things that have made it onto the shelves, and then buy them for about 12 times what they cost here (I paid nearly three quid for a truly awful Mars Bar in India in August).

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Drinking camel milk at a camel farm in Bikaner, north India

Below is a list of some of the great dishes I have eaten whilst abroad and also a few restaurant recommendations.  Please feel free to add to the list in the comments 🙂

  • Amazing paella at Barcelona marina
  • Pigeon pie
  • Vegetarian thali in a decrepit little locals-only place in Jaisalmer
  • Steamed beef momos in Nepal
  • Camel kebab in Abu Dhabi
  • A potato restaurant in Berlin; name escapes me (think it translated as Potato Cellar) but it was near Friedrichstrasse station
  • Wild boar
  • Buffalo
  • Incredible vegetarian samosas from a street trader in Jodhpur
  • Sensi restaurant in Barcelona
  • Caribbean rum punch in Antigua
  • Goat curry
  • Camel milk
  • Nepalese rice wine – ‘Nepalese whiskey’
  • Lobster thermidor
  • Masala tea in a slum in Bodhnath
  • Snapper fish in Florida
  • All sorts of weird and wonderful soups, including a cold strawberry one
  • Peri peri chicken in the Algarve
  • Weizen Bakery in Kathmadu – fantastic cooked breakfasts, they also have wonderful peanut butter
  • Vana Tallinn – somewhat sugary Estonian spirit


  1. Goold Old fashioned Home made Cherry Pie- Glenwood Springs, Colorado

  2. Gyros, souvlaki and feta and spinach pastries in Santorini.

  3. Trotter of Pig, Shenyang 中国

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