In February we called all Foodies and Food-ettes to let us know the best local dishes that they discovered on their travels. The competition to WIN a trip from the Intrepid Delicious Discoveries digital brochure has now closed and after spending days in the kitchen testing recipes and reading about your scrumptious journeys, our judges have reached a verdict… Congratulations Donna Mackereth, your Cinque Terre pesto is a winner!
Thanks so much to everyone for sharing your own Delicious Discoveries – it was a very tough decision to choose just one winner! We are going to keep this blog post live so that you can enjoy trying all the recipes at home and we shall be publishing many of them over time in separate blog posts so that they will be easy to find under the ‘recipe’ theme.
In India you are never far from a colourful mithai (sweets) vendor and if you scan the bottom shelf, below the silver-coated pink and green concoctions of ghee, nuts, milk and sugar, you will undoubtedly spot a large bowl bobbing with gulab jamun, a local favourite.
These donut-like balls are saturated in a warm rose syrup. So divine that it runs in rivulets down your hand and arm when you pick one out of the serving bag and attempt to gobble it up in haste. They are a staple dessert in most parts of India, and what better way to remember your sweet India experiences than by enjoying your own mithai fix at home…
2011 saw some big challenges and changes in Egypt. The revolution in January marked the start of a new era, but while the country regroups many regions are experiencing a dramatic drop in visitors. With so many Egyptians relying on tourist dollars to support their families, sadly pictures of starving animals are making headlines.
The Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) hospital on the outskirts of Luxor has had its hands full, and Kim from ACE reports on how one special in-patient touched the hearts of everyone at this Intrepid Foundation-supported project…
Ooh la la, it’s hard to imagine anywhere sweeter and more romantic than France! Simply mention the ‘City of Love’ and amorous notions spring to mind, so Paris was the perfect place for Michelle Aguiar to indulge in a special dessert for two…
“On the last night of our trip, we had counted out enough money to go for our signature dinner at Maxim’s. My dinner was spectacular – lobster tail with veal medallions. It literally melted in my mouth. On our usual meager budget this was heaven. But that wasn’t the best part.
Enjoying a delicious local meal is one thing, but knowing that where you have chosen to dine also makes a real difference to disadvantaged youth gives you even greater satisfaction. Many Intrepid travellers know the dining delights of KOTO in Hanoi and now Ho Chi Minh City. KOTO was established in 1999 to support deserving young people and Helen Cunningham explains why it’s one of her most memorable meals in Asia…
“If you’re a people person, then some of the best travelling discoveries you can make come from meeting the locals at your destination. For a down to earth, realistic and sometimes colourful experience, I thoroughly enjoy the knowledge, company and stories that the locals are willing to share. Having travelled through many Asian countries, I love to get away from the regular, most visited tourist spots and sample local cuisine, culture and art, and in return the locals are excited to share their lifestyle with me.
Hong Kong is where western and oriental worlds collide. You can see this exciting fusion in everyday lifestyles, in local transport and especially in its cuisine. Intrepid’s Frank Lee is based in Beijing, but he always jumps at the chance to visit Hong Kong for a foodie fix…
“Just like so many Intrepid travellers, I love visiting Hong Kong because the food is so fantastic. The selection of local delicacies is overwhelming and best of all, the street food is really tasty, fresh, affordable and easy to find. Here are some of my favourite eating experiences that reflect the unique culture and flavours of Hong Kong…
From learning the secrets of cooking perfect couscous, to enjoying a tranquil picnic in mountain gorges, Carlie Smith discovered why the aromatic flavours of Morocco will infuse your memories for years to come….
“Everything about Morocco was amazing – the sights, the smells, the people. However, the one thing that really stood out to me, and still does, was the amazing food experienced along the way. From something as simple as harissa and fresh dates eaten with the locals in the main square of Marrakech, to exotic tajines, with their incredible mix of savoury and sweet, cooked in the most wonderful earthen pots – just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil (a.k.a The Planet D) have a very healthy obsession with food, especially when it comes to travelling global and eating local…
“Travel without trying new food is like Angelina and Brad flying without a brood of children in tow, it just isn’t right. That is why tasting delectable dishes during our journeys is the most important part of our day! During breakfast we always discuss what we’re having for lunch and during lunch we always discuss where we should eat for dinner. It’s the most fun we have when travelling.