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!

Sweet potato pie & sightseeing in NYC

Posted on November 16, 2009

Sweet potato pie

My first taste of pie in the USA!

Strolling through Greenwich Village there were a few stalls set up with antiques and odd bits of junk but the stall that immediately caught my eye was one groaning with homemade cakes and pies.

Thanksgiving is coming up, so there’s plenty of pie-making going on, and I’m very happy to get a taste of all the classic American pies I’ve read about on food blogs.

Pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, apple, key lime – I’m looking forward to them all. This little beauty was only $1 and was a heady mix of sweet potato, nutmeg and cinnamon. The pastry could have been cooked a little longer but it was perfectly crumbly and buttery. Delicious. (more…)

Lunch at L’Amphitryon in Colomiers

Posted on November 12, 2009

L'Amphitryon Amuse Bouche

A science experiment?

Nope. It’s the start to an amazing meal and all thanks to David Rosengarten, a New York-based food and wine writer (currently Editor of Saveur) I met on Twitter.

I put the call out for suggestions for restaurants in Toulouse and David came back immediately with L’Amphitryon which I’m so glad I acted upon.

It’s about a 15 minute drive from Toulouse, although it took us quite a bit longer because we missed the turn off, then our iphone ran out of battery and we became map-less (a word?). I’m normally very organised, but I hadn’t written down the address or the name and so we found ourselves in a big pickle. (more…)

Alive and kicking in NYC!

Posted on November 11, 2009

Hey there fellow food lovers,

Sorry for the long hiatus between posts (again!). I can assure you I am alive and absolutely falling in love with NYC.

So far I’ve delighted my taste buds with cream cheese poppy seed bagels, pizza, tots (potato gems to Aussies) and sweet potato pie – but no hot dogs yet! I want a grilled one. (more…)

How to fit in like a local in Venice

Posted on October 31, 2009

Campari Aperitif

Nobile Pasticcerie Venice

Afternoon delight

You know what’s great about eating out in Italy? Campari aperitifs.

There’s a choice of sweet or bitter but I always choose bitter. It goes better with the olive and whatever savoury snack you’re having with it; nuts, sliced meats, bread or the delightful little pizza pies pictured above.

It was a hot day and we’d been walking quite a while through the back streets of Venice when we happened past the Nobile Pasticcerie with a lot of people gathered around, smoking furiously.

A quick peek inside revealed why. Sweet and savoury snacks were carefully arranged behind a glass counter; individual pizza pies, spinach and ricotta pastries, big fluffy white meringues and pistachio biscotti were all piled dazzlingly high.

They were being eaten by locals with one hand while the other held a Campari aperitif and somehow they also smoked a cigarette (a third hand?). We immediately wanted to do the same. Not the smoking bit, but all the rest. (more…)

Goats cheese tuna salad

Posted on October 29, 2009

Goats cheese tuna salad

More salad!

I’m back on track with healthy eating while in France. It’s for two reasons:

  1. I’ve overindulged for about 4 months while travelling around the world. You read this blog, so you know what I’m talking about. Plus, I haven’t even posted all the super indulgent ones yet, it’s just too embarrassing revealing all the food I’ve eaten!
  2. I’m heading to NYC next week, then San Francisco, LA and Vegas and, quite frankly, I’m scared of the huge American portion sizes I’ve read about and seen on food blogs! (more…)
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