What do Italy, Argentina and San Francisco have in common? Their love of Fernet! But what is it about this curious concoction that has global appeal (or abhor)? We sent Intrepid’s Jacqueline Donaldson to find out more about this distinctly different beverage…
“This dark, bitter, aromatic liqueur is a grape-based digestive, that was first promoted as a tonic in Milan in 1845 by the self-taught apothecary, Bernardino Branca. While the recipe is a closely guarded secret, some of the 40 herbs, spices, resins and fungi include myrrh, chamomile, saffron, aloe, rhubarb and cardamom.
Where better to get to the heart of a city than in its markets? Intrepid’s Jacqueline Donaldson discovers in Spain that amidst the frenzy of buying and selling activity, this is where you can instantly get to know the locals and enjoy many regional delicacies…
“I thought the farmers’ markets in my hometown of Melbourne were fantastic for local produce and delicious creations (they are), but when I walked into Barcelona’s La Boqueria market, I think I died and went to heaven. The market has been operational since the 1200s, so you know they’re doing something right, and the sheer variety of ingredients – much of it sourced locally – is a food-lover’s dream.
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…
When Intrepid’s Eliza Anderson headed to Vietnam to get a firsthand taste of our new Food Adventures she expected to completely indulge in all the flavours of this fascinating country. But never did she anticipate discovering cures for everthing from dull skin to an upset tummy…
“I was there to cook, but suddenly I had a higher purpose. It seems food isn’t my enemy, but my knight in shining armour. According to the Vietnamese, there is a herb to cure any aliment or vanish any beauty flaw. I was sold! It’s easy in the West to view food as your adversary, but for people in Vietnam, food isn’t just about flavour, it truly feeds their soul and fuels their lives.
What is it about the wonders of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and all manner of photo uploading sites that have suddenly given us amazing photography powers? Or maybe not? It’s not as easy as it looks and let’s face it, there are a lot of very unappetising photo shots being shared, so photographer extraordinaire Steve Davey to the rescue with some much-needed foodie photo tips…
“Some people seem to have a compulsion to record, blog, tweet and update their status with everything that they do, or think. One example is in the habit of photographing each travel meal and posting them on Instagram. Am I unique in not wanting to see everyone’s dinner before they eat it? I might though be interested in seeing a good photograph that shows me something about the culinary traditions or cuisine of a country.
From tacos to tostadas; from chipotle to chorizo – Mexico’s culinary delights are world-renowned as some of the hottest dishes around. But there’s more to this country than just its food: don’t overlook its much-underrated accompaniment: tequila! Few are as clued-up on the subject as our very own Intrepid Foodie, Thomasina Miers. We caught up with Tommi on all things tequila, and even discovered a pretty unusual way to use it in our cooking!…
“When life gives you lemons, break out the tequila and salt!”
“I love sipping tequila. We have been sold horrendous impersonations of tequila for decades in this country and I know so many people who were poisoned by the stuff when they were young. Proper tequila, made from 100% agave, is a different drink altogether: pure, without the horrendous side effects of cheap alcohol and all of its impurities.
Exploring the world one meal at a time sounds like a fabulous way to travel. Macca Sherifi, gapyear.com travel editor, loves letting his stomach decide where to next and he enjoyed getting a local taste of Vietnam with Intrepid…
“One of the things that I love about backpacking and travelling is the food. There are so many tastes and smells that I associate with countries around the world, and many of my memories from my gap year involve food and drink somehow. There’s nothing quite like having dim sum for breakfast in China, a creamy and sweet curry for lunch in India, or a fresh and sour Som Tam salad for dinner in Thailand. If you’ve been to any of these countries you’ll know exactly what I’m on about; you’ll also know that they’re infinitely better than having a take-away at home.
SPLAT. Did you hear that? That was the sound of a few thousand packed lunches being thrown out the window. Yep. The Intrepid Food Truck is in town!
Lunch-ladies, waiters and stale-sandwich makers of the world, have the day off, because we’re taking over Sydney and Melbourne’s hungry-hot-spots and serving up a complimentary mouth-watering street food feast – and everyone’s invited.