67 Memorable Meals from 23 Countries #indie30

This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. Check out the prompt at the bottom of this post to find out how you can participate!

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” –James A. Michener

Trying new food is one of my favorite things about traveling. It’s incredibly exciting to me to try something new, or something familiar with a different spin. I’m also a Pescatarian, so I’ve found that food + traveling brings both challenging and amazing experiences. While I’ve never felt like too much of an outsider on the food scene, I love the mix of traveling and food and seeing how some cultures value and use different ingredients. Thankfully, I’m not gluten-intolerant or allergic to any foods, so while I consider myself a Pescatarian and was raised vegetarian, I sometimes [to the confusing shock of my travel companions] like to try random dishes that are new to me… like deep fried tarantulas in Cambodia or bacon-wrapped dates here in Portland at Toro Bravo (neither of those I’ll probably be having again). While my main diet is Pescatarian, you only live once, so what’s the worst that could happen? Here are are 23 countries worth of memorable food from my round the world trip and travels in general….

67 Memorable Foods:

  1. croissants in Paris
  2. accidentally buying hard. as. a. rock. bread in Marseilles because I couldn’t interpret that “I’m knocking on wood because this bread is sooo hard, you dumb student” from the grocer
  3. being introduced to Moroccan food in Marseilles
  4. realizing that British food isn’t completely terrible
  5. OMG the guacamole in Mexico
  6. restaurants serving shrink-wrapped cups and plates in China
  7. 40s of beer on the table with dinner in Beijing
  8. stuffing my face with street food (the sweet rice pockets one was my favorite) in Xi’an
  9. accidentally putting chili sauce all over my noodles (I ended up just going hungry after a few painful bites) on the overnight train to Xi’an
  10. staying up almost all night drinking the sake sea-sick friends abandoned on the ferry from Shanghai to Osaka
  11. my first sushi lunch after landing in Osaka
  12. Buddhist vegetarian meal at the Ryokan in Japan
  13. vending machines with cold and hot drinks where a savior in freezing February in Japan
  14. udon in Koyasan
  15. flat whites in Australia
  16. craving Mexican food in Australia and realizing it was a hopeless case
  17. Beez Neez beer in Sydney
  18. microbrews in New Zealand and feeling like I was back in Oregon
  19. meusli aka granola in NZ
  20. any random rice or noodle dish in Thailand
  21. pad thai in Bangkok
  22. unlimited variations of amazing Indian food in Malaysia
  23. eating in air conditioned food courts for “cheap” in Singapore
  24. spending waaay too much on drinks in Singapore after being in Thailand and then Malaysia
  25. Hot pot in Malaysia
  26. salad rolls in Vietnam
  27. eating a whole fried/stuffed (I have no idea really what it was, but it tasted good) fish in Vietnam
  28. discovering fish amok in Siem Riep, Cambodia
  29. trying a deep-fried tarantula in Phnom Penh
  30. bring home tasty candy from China and finding out there was a recall issued in China [thanks sis! :( ]
  31. cold, cherry soup in Hungary
  32. eating potatoes, cheese, potatoes, cheese and then more potatoes (and occasionally some fish) and more cheese in Romania and Hungary
  33. my first ‘real’ Turkish coffee in Istanbul
  34. hello olive oil in everything in Turkey
  35. sampling unlimited Lokum (turkish delight) at the Spice Market in Istanbul
  36. drinking tourist tea (apple) and regular tea everywhere you go in Turkey
  37. the thin crepe-like dish in Gorem that I obviously forgot the name of, but was amazing (anyone?)
  38. mezze plates in Turkey
  39. fish dishes anywhere near the Mediterranean in Turkey
  40. Halva for breakfast in Turkey
  41. lentil soup and bread for a super cheap and satisfying dinner
  42. witnessing the evening dinner feast of Ramadan in Turkey (also the memorable “wake up drummer” that walks about to wake people before daylight so that they can eat before it’s time to fast again)
  43. souvlaki in Naxos, Greece
  44. breakfasts of Greek yogurt with honey and macadamia nuts
  45. cheap lunch of gyros in Syros
  46. white wine on Santorini
  47. champagne on a sailboat in Greece next to our new Russian mega-yacht friends
  48. daily gelato at a bargain price in the Cyclades, Greece
  49. feta everywhere in Greece
  50. fish tacos and cervesa on the beach in Mexico
  51. Spanish tortilla in Madrid
  52. tiny tiny beers in Barcelona (seriously, the smallest beers you can order in the world are in Spain)
  53. house wine in Spain
  54. tagine and couscous in Morocco
  55. learning to pour the addictive mint tea in Morocco
  56. eating banana nutella crepes in Essaouira
  57. rice and beans and more rice and beans in Costa Rica
  58. plantains in Central America
  59. tons of amazing fruits,  that I don’t remember and could never hope to pronounce in Central America & Asia (guanabana?)
  60. skyr in Iceland
  61. puffin tapas in Iceland
  62. hotdog from the Bæjarins beztu stand in Reykjavik (shhh… don’t tell)
  63. butter fish on Maui – it’s like buttah
  64. Po-boys in NOLA
  65. 7Days brand ‘Bake Rolls’ in Turkey
  66. weird potato chip flavors in China
  67. potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce in New Zealand
  68. chocolate con churros in Barcelona (ok, this is #68 +1 bonus point)

What’s one of your favorite meals from traveling?

30 Days of Indie Travel Project: How to Participate

We’re inviting bloggers from around the world (that means you, too!) to join us in a daily blogging effort designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

We’ll share some of our favorites via Twitter and Facebook throughout November, as well as a round-up article at the end of the month, so if you’re playing along make sure to let us know – use the #indie30 hashtag on Twitter, and link to the 30 Days of Indie Travel page in your post so we’ll be able to find it.

Find out all of the 30 Days of Indie Travel blogging prompts so far – it’s never too late to join in the fun!

Prompt #11: Feast

For some of us, food isn’t just a part of our travels, it’s the reason why we travel. Whether you travel the globe to try new foods and use food to form a deeper connection with the culture or just eat to live, food plays a big part in the travel experience. Share a food-related story from your travels or describe your best meal.

Tools and inspiration: Discover some delicious street foods from around the world

Comments on 67 Memorable Meals from 23 Countries #indie30

Lisa Wood
12 November 2011

day 11 – 30 days of indie travel! Here is “Vegetarian Feast” = http://www.newlifeontheroad.com/vegetarian-feast/
Great project idea!

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