Ever wondered firstly how you can explore Vancouver Island on a budget and secondly, do Canadian’s really play curling? Diana McDermott answered these questions and more on her day trip to Victoria, the beautiful capital of British Columbia…
“Arriving into the picturesque harbour, my boyfriend and I set off on foot to the Empress Hotel for the traditional scones and tea. Our $20 budget was not that of my parents’ when I had been there as a child some ten years earlier, so we enjoyed the scaled-down version in the downstairs cafeteria. We then visited the Royal BC Museum, where a replica of a frontier mining town was complete with a bakery wafting clove-scented smells.
Food plays an important role in cultures around the world and as travellers, eating local cuisine helps connect us to the people and places around us. For food junkies, the next level of the local food experience may be ‘adventure eating’ with the more bizarre local delicacies. Think duck foetuses, yak milk, dog meat and more.
One example is the food served at the so-called Snake Village outside Hanoi, Vietnam. Long a popular spot with locals, it is becoming increasingly trendy with tourists.
One of the great travel treats in Morocco is the food. The cuisine is delicious; from steaming couscous concoctions favoured in the High Atlas mountains, to tanzhiyya, the slow-cooked speciality of Marrakech. There are still some local delicacies that dish up a challenge for foreign palates, but Tori Salman was ready for a real taste of Morocco…
“Pastilla sounded like a wonderful local food, so I decided that I must give it a try. It was only when I found out that this famous Fes dish is traditionally made using pigeon that my resolve wavered.
When 10 March, 2012, comes around there will be one town in New Zealand that turns from a mild-mannered community into the weird food capital. From wasp larvae ice-cream to wok fried clams, Hokitika celebrates the wild food flavours of the South Island’s West Coast. Locals say to bring along your appetite for fun, but as Diana Rihl discovered, a cast iron stomach comes in handy too…