Posted by: travelrat | November 21, 2007

Food and Travel

Peter Lehmann Winery, Barossa Valley

I’ve never thought of myself as a food writer. But, writing about travel, I do have to mention it from time to time, because travel is a broad church indeed. Think Cornish pasties; think paella; think moussaka; think infinity!

Of course, you don’t have to travel to sample these things. In the little town I live in, there are three Chinese and two Indian restaurants, a Turkish take-away and an Italian coffee house. But, although you can find restaurants offering cuisine of every country in just about any town or city in the world, I still have to repress a shudder when someone stops me on the streets of Rome or Athens, and asks for directions to the Big Mac or KFC.

What I like is the way you can find specialty food in the most unlikely places. My photo shows Lorraine enjoying a platter called ‘Three German Sausages’ (why do I want to sing this to the tune of ‘Mademoiselle from Armentieres’?) …in the heart of Australia.

Now, the trick about food writing, I think, is not too sound too pretentious, and not to sound like you’re slobbering over the food. And, one person who I think has achieved this is Su-Lin; I just added her excellent blog, Tamarind and Thyme, (http://tamarindandthyme.wordpress.com ) to my blogroll. The latest entries are about Vietnamese and Turkish food she recently ate on a trip to Brisbane.

She’s normally based in London, and the purpose of her blog is really to list affordable eateries in that city. But, there’s also some travel …with, of course, emphasis on the food.

There’s some great photographs there, too. And, anyone who can make an airline meal look attractive certainly has my vote.


Responses

  1. […] Unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptOf course, you don’t have to travel to sample these things. In the little town I live in, there are three Chinese and two Indian restaurants, a Turkish take-away and an Italian coffee house. But, although you can find restaurants … […]

  2. Oh goodness! *blush* Thank you!

  3. I am going to check out her blog now. I love the name – Tamarind and Thyme!

  4. When I was in Mombasa some time ago, we went for a dhow cruise on a boat called the ‘Tamarind’. That was the one most people went for, I suspect attracted by the name, even though there wasn’t much to differentiate between that and other boats.

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