Travel Stories

Around the world in… a life time! Stories from my various travels, mostly edible.

In 2009, hubby and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime, visiting 26 cities in 6 months. I’ve posted a lot of our adventures, but there are still so many in the archives plus more trips to come!

Foreign Food Fridays: Istanbul, Turkey

Posted on October 22, 2010

This is the most delicious chocolate baklava I have ever tasted.

I ate it at Hafiz Mustafa Sekerlemeleri in Istanbul with my hubby and two of my dearest friends, Shell and Huw.

I expected the chocolate to be too sweet and cloying, but it was incredibly moreish; the perfect mix of crunchy, sticky and sweet.

We also got served some complimentary little chunks of turkish delight with our coffee, click the pink button below to check out a pic. (more…)

Foreign Food Fridays: Fez, Morocco (cont)

Posted on October 15, 2010

This post is continued from last Friday where I showed you the huge smorgasbord first course of salads and bread. If you missed it, click here.

This week is the two tagines that followed plus some shots of the incredible view of Fez from the restaurant balcony.

Above is lamb and preserved lemon tagine – please note the gorgeous big chunks of bone marrow! Delish. I’m also a big fan of the lightly toasted peeled almonds, they add so much texture.

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Foreign Food Fridays: Fez, Morocco

Posted on October 8, 2010

Hmmm, that’s quite a bit of food isn’t it?

And guess what? That was the first course. Seriously.

The variety of salads in Morocco is astounding. They really jazz up vegetables with loads of spices, sweet and sour condiments and different cooking techniques – it’s truly inspirational.

My favourites were the unexpected combinations of beans and tomatoes with dates, apricots or prunes. As well as greens flecked with salty preserved lemon.

More pictures of the food and the restaurant after the jump. Click the pink button below.
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Foreign Food Fridays: Florence, Italy (cont)

Posted on September 10, 2010

I can’t believe it’s Friday again so soon! Where did this week go?

Last week’s edition of Foreign Food Fridays was the best panna cotta of my life. But I got a bit ahead of myself.

As promised, here’s the meal we ate before the panna cotta. As you’ll see, we could have really done without dessert, but I’m glad I went for it. No regrets.

Above is my entree of mozarella burrata with fresh truffles. Served just like that and hoovered up by me in less than 3.2 seconds. Well, not really, but that’s what I wanted to do…

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Foreign Food Fridays: Florence, Italy

Posted on September 3, 2010

The best panna cotta of my life.

It’s amazing how something so unassuming can assault your senses with one tiny mouthful.

I actually groaned when I first tasted this.

Rich and creamy. Perfect wobble. Warm, very dark chocolate sauce. Heaven.

It was devoured at a gorgeous little restaurant we found in the back streets of Florence called Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco which I think translates to Tavern of the White Boar. Correct me if I’m wrong, native Italian speakers!

Before this dessert we ate fried zucchini flowers, buffalo mozarella with fresh truffles (yes, that was as incredible as it sounds!), boar ragu with fresh parpadelle and braised boar with polenta.

It was definitely one of the best meals we ate in Italy.

Next week I’ll feature all of those dishes in the Foreign Food Fridays post, so make sure you drop by then.

Enjoy the weekend, Christie x

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