If you saw Dani Venn on Masterchef Australia a few years back, then you know that she has an insatiable appetite for Asian cuisine and a very infectious giggle! We’re thrilled that Dani has joined our Intrepid Foodies team and she’s just back from Thailand with a recipe that will have you craving your own Food Adventure…
“Lately I have been very busy working in Thailand, eating my body weight in new culinary discoveries, snapping photographs like a woman possessed at every produce market conceivable (even one that is built quite inconveniently on top of a railway track!) and learning the fine art of Thai cooking. I know what you’re thinking, that’s not “work”. You see I was very lucky to be invited to take part in one of Intrepid Travel’s new range of epic Food Adventures that are designed for travellers who want to immerse themselves in the exotic flavours of their chosen destination by unearthing hidden eateries, local hot spots and to sample loads of tasty delicacies. Now who amongst you wouldn’t want to do that?
Malaysia’s small city state of Melaka holds historic significance because it was one of the most important trading ports in South East Asia. Known as the ‘Emporium of the East’, Old Melaka is an intriguing place to wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of the old town with its many international influences. It’s here that Tony Colebatch was on a special mission, but would his efforts to taste a wicked local meal be rewarded?…
“Malacca! Even in its revised modern spelling of Melaka, the name conjures up visions of history and romance in the exotic East, of piracy, of a series of colonial regimes that have come and gone, leaving their influence not only in the history books but also in the physical and behavioural features of the present day Melaka. Even the cuisine of Melaka reflects these varied influences.
Mexican food was the first to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Cuisine. And as the birthplace of many now traditional dishes, including mole poblano, chalupas, cemitas, and chiles en nogada, Puebla is a good place to get to know the local treats.
If you’re visiting, here are 10 locations that MatadorU student Jessica Festa recommends for tasting authentic Mexican food…
My favourite thing about travelling in India? Hands down it’s the food.
Everyone I’ve met who’s fallen in love with India talks about its spirituality, people, history and colour, but for me all of this is encompassed in the delectable cuisine that is found in every city and every village.
Ancient cultures sure knew a thing or two about preserving their food. They might not have dried, pickled or cured the tastiest treats by today’s standards, but their clever ways of storing sustenance ensured their survival through very lean times…
North American tribes were the first ones to eat pemmican, a mixture of dried meat and tallow. It was widely adopted as a high-energy food by Arctic and Antarctic explorers, as it is a concentrated mixture of fat and protein.
Intrepid is thrilled to announce that Australian MasterChef 2011 finalist and MasterChef 2012 All-star Dani Venn will be joining our team of Intrepid Foodies and this week she’s off to enjoy a culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai on Bite-size Break – Thailand!
Dani’s love of food and cooking came from watching her Mum work the wok to create delicious meals for the family. Chinese food has influenced Dani’s style, as her ancestors were some of the first Chinese settlers to come to Australia. After finishing high school, Dani spent seven months voluntarily teaching English in Vietnam. Here she discovered street food, ate as much as she possibly could, and experienced an amazing and intriguing way of living.
The winners of the “Academy Awards of the food industry”*, The James Beard Awards have been announced and lo and behold, who should make the list but our favourite Intrepid Foodies and partners, The Perennial Plate!
The Real World Food Tour that Intrepid Travel produces in partnership with Daniel and Mirra, the dynamic duo behind The Perennial Plate, won the ‘Video Webcast: On Location’ category.
Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine have arguably the best job in the world: travelling and eating. Known as The Perennial Plate, they produce highly entertaining videos that dig into the local cuisine and culture of their destinations. They are also Intrepid Foodies on a Real Food World Tour and the duo recently took time out from a speaking engagement in Copenhagen to chat with Matador Network’s Carlo Alcos about their work and travel and eating tips…
Carlo: I just spent the past half hour watching some of your videos. The latest was the coconut one you posted on your Facebook page. It’s so interesting how they use every part of, not just the coconut, but the entire tree too.
Mirra: Yeah, it’s really important to them. It’s really part of their lives.
In its April 2013 edition, the influential New York-based Travel + Leisure magazine, which boasts a monthly readership in excess of 4.5 million, has listed the Hanoi Cooking Centre as one of the best cooking schools in the world.
Founded in 2009 by our very own Intrepid Foodie, Melbourne chef and cookbook author, Tracey Lister, the Hanoi Cooking Centre was one of only four schools in Asia to make the list of 27, which includes the likes of internationally acclaimed Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
Affectionately known as ‘KL’, this cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of cultures: Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the variety of cafes, restaurants and impromptu stalls all over town, dishing out foods formed from some 150 years of fusion.
Forget cereal, toast and eggs at home – do like the locals do and eat out! Intrepid traveller Kelly Law lists her Top 5 dishes to try while you’re in Malaysia…