Mexican-mad Masterchefs Andy Allen (2012 Australia winner) and Ben Milbourne have recently returned from their Intrepid Real Food Adventure Mexico.
This food trip debunked a lot of myths about Mexican food for Ben and Andy, so we sat down with them to find out what they think now about travelling in Mexico, authentic Mexican cuisine and what tips they brought home…
You know that restaurant in your neighborhood that you always pass by, meaning to go there some other time?
Then when you finally do go, you realize it is the best! The best drinks, the most fun staff and delicious food. Soon you’re kicking yourself for passing by this gem for so long. Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I first went to Mexico!
It’s only in the last five or so years that mezcal has become well known outside of Mexico. And within this fiery nation it was seen as the drink of miners and Mexican cowboys (charros) for many years, so not considered very hip.
So you’ve decided… you are going to travel to America. But where to go?
Sure, cities like New York, San Fran, Las Vegas and Washington DC deserve the super-sized praise that gets dolloped on them from all over, but have you considered stopping by a few of the lesser-visited cities in the United States?
One of the great things about Waikiki is that everything is within walking distance. You’ve got delicious eateries, famous hotels, shopping centres and of course stunning Waikiki Beach close by. But what happens when you want to venture further?
When you travel to Hawaii, here are some easy options for getting around Honolulu…
Hawai’i is famous for its spirit of aloha, hula and surf, but learn more about the archipelago’s ancient culture and you’ll discover another dimension to your adventure. Intrepid’s Sue Elliot helped design our new Hawaiian Highlights trip and one of her favourite places in Hawai’i is Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park…
“Reaching pu’uhonua in ancient times was a bitter-sweet experience. The events leading to your arrival would have been extremely traumatic, not to mention the panic of having to swim across the bay while being chased by warriors. But on the other hand, this ‘Place of Refuge’ was your salvation. It represented your precious chance for redemption.
Mall trawling Del Amo Fashion Center, seeing a movie premiere at the Chinese Theatre or donning your Disneyland mouse ears, where to start on your Los Angeles stopover? From celebrity mayhem to narcissistic musclemen, Carol Wilson had a fun day in the City of Angels…
“I had heard mixed reviews about Los Angeles, but on my recent Intrepid trip I was surprised at how much there was to see and do. On our tour through LA we saw Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and stopped for a short time in Hollywood. Normally just a boulevard with tourists, pricey shops and stars in the pavement, we had an extra special experience. Talk about right time, right place, just as we arrived Hugh Jackman was making his mark in the concrete, so we all managed to sneak a peak of him and watch the crowd go crazy with celebrity fever. What a highlight!
Ahhh…the Road Trip. It’s as American as apple pie, as Canadian as maple syrup and as Alaskan as…bears catching salmon? But if you’re wondering why North America will always be the Road Trip’s spiritual home, it all goes back to a guy named Henry Ford.
When Ford rolled his first Model T automobile off the production line in Detroit, Michigan, way back in the early 1900s, it changed the way regular Americans thought about travel. Sure, caravans, chariots and carriages (and even a few super-expensive cars) were already roaming around the continent well before Mr Ford came along. But these options were either too slow, or too expensive for most people. Ford’s Model T made the automobile affordable, and made travel accessible to all. Instead of catching a train or boarding a crowded boat – motorists can now begin to explore this massive continent on their own, and visit cities and National Parks that they had only read about in books.