Food & Drink

How to make the perfect Paella

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Spaniards beware - a Brit is about to share with you a recipe for paella and if by the end of this you are left fuming and culturally outraged then please share with us below your secret family recipes! But in my defence (here I am apologising before I've even mentioned the word rice) I am a big paella lover who has eaten her fair share, and if I'm honest I [...]

A lekker nation - flavours of South Africa

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There is a whole industry for people whose only purpose in traveling it is to eat their way through a nation. Food is good enough reason for many to book just a weekend in Paris or Rome and if you prefer it cheap and cheerful you can always eat a week in South East Asia or Mexico. I totally get it, because really what great view doesn’t get greater when enjo[...]

Foodie heaven - the Thong Sala night market

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Oh, how we Travelettes love Asia! The sun, the sea, the fashion, the people, the feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on at times and last but certainly not least, the glorious food! One of the best food experiences of my life coincidentally took place on one my of my favorite Thai islands, Koh Pha Ngan. Smack bang in the main hub and port of the[...]

Culinary Istanbul

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Pasta and pizza come from Italy, tapas and 'queso' are the highlights of Spain, lamb and tzatziki make your meal in Greece. It is always the same - I travel to a southern European country, and all I can think about is the delicious food. Obviously, a trip to Turkey is no exception. Istanbul is a culinary paradise, but you have to know your way around. Here's[...]

Wining and Dining in South Tyrol

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Having lived relatively close to the ocean for most of my life, I'm used to flat landscapes, moderate coastal climate and a constant breeze. Even during my travels I stayed true to this pattern - with the sunny hills of California being the most unusual environment. With this in mind, you can imagine my amazement when we were approaching the mountains of [...]

11 Great Bars in Paris

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Just arrived in Paris and about to go for your first drink? Don’t follow the misled backpacker masses that systematically cram together inside the overcrowded hangouts of the Grands Boulevards! Instead, here’s an insider’s subjective guide on where to grab a nice drink in Paris, from fancy cocktail bars to relaxed local watering holes – and including a fe[...]

A Culinary Road Trip in America’s Deep South

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When people think of Southern food in the United States comfort food tends to come to mind. But there is much more to be tasted than the fatty, fried, and greasy goodness of mac-and-cheese, fried chicken, and country-fried steak with biscuits and gravy. I spent this past summer, and then some, traveling across this culturally and historically rich region of [...]

Rice and Oysters: Eating in Japan

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The girl who had stayed with them before me didn’t like soy sauce. She had been in Kariwa-mura, Japan, as I was, for a one-month homestay program as a part of my town’s annual sister city exchange program. But my predecessor didn’t try the sushi, the cold soba noodles, or even the ramen. She ate one thing and one thing only: rice. And contrary to popular Ame[...]

What your drink says about you (travelette style)

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Friendships and meetings are fleeting on the road. There is generally simply not enough time to fully know someone in the short window before one of you heads off to your next destination; and so inadvertently intuition and stereotypes are utilized to dissect a new acquaintance. How are they dressed? What personal belongings did they bring with them? Does yo[...]

Secret NYC - return of the speakeasies

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Psst! Do you want to know a secret? Can you believe that I entered a bar through a telephone booth? Oh, and you can't just open the door and walk in. You have to identify yourself first by speaking into the receiver and wait for the permission to pass. As futuristic as it might sound - this happened in 2012 New York City, in a telephone booth installed in a [...]

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