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Staff picks: Our favourite global eats!

Staff picks: Our favourite global eats!

Recently updated on May 16th, 2024 at 06:22 pm

What’s the most memorable dish you’ve eaten on your world travels? Perhaps paella in Spain? Or beignets in New Orleans? We asked some of our food- and travel-obsessed staffers to share their most mouth-watering food memories from around the world. The result? A lip-smacking collection of global eats to add to your food and travel bucket lists. Just try not to salivate over your keyboard while reading this.

Perfect Paella in Spain:

“While we were impressed with everything we ate in Barcelona, the paella stood out in our minds. Fat golden grains exploding with flavour, big juicy prawns and a beautifully caramelised crust. We were in heaven.”

          -Katherine Scott, Content Manager

Recommended Tour: Walking The Camino De Santiago

A meal that gives back in Vietnam:

“Crab Sashimi in Osaka …. Paella in Barcelona with gallons of Sangria! And I loved all of the food that came out of the kitchen at KOTO, Hanoi Vietnam.

          -Pauline Guthrie, Asia Consultant

KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”, stemming from the restaurant’s philosophy that learning should be passed on; knowledge is there to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s founder, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian who more than 10 years ago opened a training centre in hospitality in Hanoi, giving disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and strive in their lives.

Chicken wrapped in Pandan leaves, KOTO, Hanoi Vietnam
Chicken wrapped in Pandan leaves, KOTO, Hanoi Vietnam

Recommended Tour: Culinary Delights Of Vietnam

An edible bowl in San Francisco:

“Another chowder vote for me – San Francisco Seafood chowder served in a sourdough bread ‘bowl’ on a cold winter’s day- amazing!”

          -Fiona Hunt, Managing Director

Recommended Tour: Essential San Francisco

Eat like a local in the Big Apple:

“I don’t think I was prepared for liquid cheese on my hot dog back from Liberty Island in NYC – how do Americans EAT that? Most bizarre thing I’ve eaten, but definitely made me feel like I was in New York!”

          -Gemma Sinclair, Travel Designer

Recommended Tour: Essential New York

Some slimy snacks in France:

“Most memorable, or favourite? I tried both snails [escargot] and frogs legs in France, which were pretty memorable. Favourite is harder though. Goulash in Budapest, deep dish pizza in Chicago, gelato in Italy, Clam Chowder in Boston…”

          -Kristy Prince, Product Co-ordinator
Escargot, a classic French delicacy

Recommended Tour: Chateaux Of The Loire Walk

A feathery favourite in South Africa:

“Ostrich steak is one of my favourite culinary treats when visiting South Africa, preferably braaied (barbequed) outdoors and accompanied by a glass or two of the local Pinotage.”

          -Alisa Feillafe, Africa & Middle East Product Manager

Recommended Tour: Cape Culinary Safari

A Moroccan classic:

“Lamb with prune tagine is a classic Moroccan dish that combines sweet prunes and meat with the fragrant spices of ginger, saffron, cinnamon and pepper. The meat is so tender and the prunes give the dish a distinct added flavour- a great dish to soak up with the local bread.”

          -Jane Bittman, Wholesale Reservations Team Leader
Lamb shank tagine with prunes and carrots served with couscous
Lamb shank tagine with prunes and carrots served with couscous

Recommended Tour: Grand Tour Of Morocco

The taste of tropics in Fiji:

“One of the most unique foods I have tried during my travels is Kokoda (pronounced ‘ko-kon-da’) which is a Fijian raw fish salad served in coconut cream. The fish is marinated in lemon juice overnight then served with coconut cream, tomatoes, capsicum and onion.”

Recommended Tour: Discover Fiji (Au)

A creamy classic in Italy:

“The most memorable dish I came across was while walking the back streets of Venice (trying to avoid the tourist crowds). I came across a gelato shop. For $5 I got a bowl of the BEST chocolate gelato I have ever tasted. Sitting on steps of canal to eat it wasn’t half bad either!”

          -Katie Walker, South Pacific Product Manager

Recommended Tour: Connoisseurs Tuscany

Authentic curry in India:

“There is nothing better than a good curry, but one made in India you just can’t beat. A meal to remember for me was a cooking demonstration at Banjaar Tola in Kanha National Park. The chef prepared a vegetarian curry with the ingredients from their local garden and fresh breads. No meat and only fresh herbs and spices. A sensory delight and highlight for sure.”

          -Lara Kamionka, Groups, Escorted Tours & Incentives Team Leader
Local garden ingredients being used in the cooking demonstration at Banjaar Tola
Local garden ingredients being used in the cooking demonstration at Banjaar Tola

Recommended Tour: Flavours Of Northern India

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