Eating while abroad can make for some of the most potent memories of an entire trip. It’s important to take note of the things you enjoyed eating while travelling so you can enjoy them again back home.
Remember your favourite meals and learning to cook them can help to explain to your friends and family your whole travel experience.
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The fast food of Japan is surprisingly healthy and puts instant ramen (noodles) to shame. Throughout [simpletag]Japan[/simpletag], there are many regional variations on the dish so as you travel throughout the country it is easy to become familiar with the local flavours. From the top of Japan to the bottom, ramen enthusiasts take great pride in their distinct version of ramen. To understand how to eat ramen properly as well as Japan’s food culture as a whole it’s a good idea to see the film Tampopo, which centres around a ramen restaurant and is widely available with English subtitles.
Korean BBQ is the fastest way to try a lot of different dishes and get a usually large portion of food in East Asia. In South [simpletag]Korea[/simpletag], side dishes are all you can eat and are usually offered in quite a large variety. Quail eggs, potato salad with apples, [simpletag]kimchi[/simpletag] (pickled cabbage) are all standards of the Korean BBQ. Kimchi as well as the other pickles that are served often have a pungent smell but are very tasty if you can get passed the often intense odour. Although the meat cooked on a grill in front of you is central, the side dishes are the really interesting and adventurous part of Korean BBQ.
Enjoying new foods abroad and trying to make them yourself at home, is often a gateway to discover the ethnic communities in the city you live in. After searching out ingredients it is often surprising to find large thriving communities from the countries you’ve travelled to who are excited to share their knowledge about their home countries and their local food culture.
A beautiful restaurant in Sao Paulo: A Figueira Rubaiyat
In a city as expansive as [simpletag]Sao Paulo[/simpletag] it’s amazing to find a hint of nature at the centre of a restaurant. A Figueira Rubaiyat is a restaurant that provides one of the more beautiful dining settings in the world. The restaurant, having been built around a fig tree that may be more than a 100 years old, spreads out below the tree’s branches. Tables are set with white plates filled of small appetisers. The glass ceiling may allow sunshine in but A Figueira Rubaiyat is best enjoyed at night when subtle lighting allows for a quiet atmosphere that seems miles away from the sprawling city.
The menu is typical of fine dining but with South American ingredients and specialties making for interesting fare. Steak from Brazil and [simpletag]Argentina[/simpletag] are served with uniquely prepared side dishes as well as Brazil’s national dish, feijouda.
Although the food is excellent, A Figueira Rubaiyat is all about the ambiance. It’s a place to drink Argentinean wines and generally enjoy being far from home with so much to see.
Marathon Kebab, London
London’s Camden Town is often overrun with tourists and market shoppers by day but at night the place comes alive with bars and clubs. The farther north you go from Camden Town station the more varied the bars become with some unexpected night spots. Towards Chalk Farm station, if you duck into Marathon Kebab shop after eight you’re more than likely to find a live concert in full swing in addition to Mediterranean food. From the front, Marathon looks like an ordinary [simpletag]kebab[/simpletag] shop with its Turkish cooks cutting meat off of the grill rotisserie. Through a small door a cramped hall opens up with live musicians playing to a usually packed house on Friday and Saturday nights.
The crowd is made of a scattering of regulars as well as more than a few surprised drinkers who are thrilled to be served beer after hours. Cans of beer are sold for a modest mark up with a variety of Turkish appetisers for sale.
The evening usually opens with a group of middle aged [simpletag]jazz[/simpletag] musicians playing a few standards followed by a corpse of a man playing [simpletag]Chuck Berry[/simpletag] covers. The guitarist seems to be a leftover from the rock revival days of the mid and late seventies and always seems to be on the edge of letting his songs fall apart. The crowd is usually enthusiastic even though he is unremarkable besides his commitment to his role as a forgotten rock God.
Marathon is a strange mix of dinginess and pure drunken good times. There is a simplicity to the place that offers a welcome relief from expensive clubs and long line-ups through out [simpletag]Camden Town[/simpletag]. Marathon is a great place to cap off a night in Camden Town with decent well-meaning people and cheap drinks.
Marathon Kebab: 87 Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AR
Bakom pseudonymen MTW döljer sig en flitigt resande frilansjournalist med rötterna i Vancouver, Canada, och med sin nuvarande arbetsplats i London. Han har tidigare bott i bland annat Norge, Japan, Singapore och Malaysia.