Quick, cheap and packed with great flavours, street food is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a new culture. And if you are worried about food safety just follow the locals.
Top Ten Street Foods you have to try-
1. Pad Thai, Thailand- Stir-fried rice noodles, served with various vegetables, shrimp, chicken or tufu.
2. Ceviche, Peru- Raw fish marinated in lime juice, chilli and salt.
3. Currywurst, Germany- Pork sausage fried and covered in curry ketchup, often served with chips
4. Jerk Chicken, Jamaica- Marinated chicken grilled over pimento wood.
5. Tacos Al Pastor, Mexico- splt-roasted pork, smothered in chilli sauce and then rolled into tortilla
6. Poutine, Canada- Thick cut chips, cheese curd and Gravy.
7. Falafel & Pita, Tel Aviv, Isreal- Falafel are deep fried patties made from ground chick peas or fava beans. They are often served in pita bread.
8. Chaat, Mumbai, India- Dough hollowed out and filled with vegatables and spices
9. Fruit smoothies, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Very popular in Rio, these healthy drinks are packed with fresh friut and great flavors such as papaya, straberries, bananas, guava, mango and pineapple.
10. Hot Dogs, New York, USA- A grilled or steamed sausage in a bun, served with fried onions, ketchup or mustard or all of them.
Sweet Street Food-
1. Gelato, Italy- Creamy Italian Ice cream
2. Churros, Spain- Sweet, crunchy, deep fried dough sticks. Eaten plain, sprinkled with sugar or dipped in chocolate.
3. Parisian Crepes, France- Sweet or Savoury pancakes, a very popular sweet crepe is served with banana and nutella
4. Waffles, Belgium- Batter or dough cooked between two patterned plates to give them their grid shape. Often served with whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate.
The best places to eat Street Food-
1. Marrakech, Morocco- Djemaa el Fna market is full of great food to try, including kebabs, roast lamb, cous cous, soups and tagines
2. Penang, Malaysia- Try Chinatown or Little India for great Satays, stir-fried rice noodles, fish soup and roti flat bread.
3. Singapore- You will find hundreds of food stalls in indoor and outdoor halls and a myriad of Asian food influences
4. Istanbul, Turkey- Specialities include Doner Kababs, lahmacun, which is a Turkish pizza, and flaky pastries.
5. Hong Kong, China- Try the stalls around night markets such as Temple Street for a variety of noodle dishes, dim sum, curried fish balls, and sticky tufu.
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For the past couple of years I have spent a wonderful long weekend in Bruges during the run up to Christmas.
Bruges may not have the biggest Christmas market but the town itself provides all the magic of Christmas you need.
From Calais it only takes just over an hour by car to get to Bruges and once there much of Bruges can be seen on foot. But another great alternative is to explore by boat along the cities canals.
You will find plenty of great shops for Christmas gifts, especially chocolate, wooden ornaments and the magical Christmas Shop below is brilliant for decorations.
As the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, arguable the most significant leader of our time, I find myself thinking about South Africa and Africa as a whole. It is not my homeland but in heart it is my spiritual home. I once saw a quote that spoke to me-
Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?
“Here I am, where I belong” - Brian Jackman
The first time I went away on what I would call my first proper traveling experience I went to South Africa. We spent a month travelling from Johannesburg, to Rorke's Drift, to Durban, and on the way completed the Fannie Botha Trail, worked at a local school and spent 7 days trekking in the Drakensburg Mountain Range. And this trip started what would become two big passions in my life, travelling and Africa.
When I came home I knew that I had to go back, that didn’t happen for about 6 years, but when I did return I wasn’t disappointed. On this trip I started in Nairobi, Kenya and ended in Cape Town, South Africa. Along the way I had some extraordinary experiences from Skdiving in Namibia, bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, and white water rafting the Zambezi to seeing Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, walking Lions in Zimbabwe, and tracking Rhinos. We also saw some incredible sights like the Okavango Delta from above, the majestic Victoria Falls and Fish River Canyon, and many National parks including the Serengeti, Etosha, Chobe, Lake Navasha, the list goes on.
The trip wasn’t all fun and games we travelled in a truck along bumpy unmade roads, got stuck in the mud, camped A LOT, nearly got trampled by Hippos and I personally got attacked by giant ants, a territorial hornet and got an infected leg from a mosquito bite. But this trip was life changing for me, I look back with such amazing memories and a longing to return. I remember when I left I was looking forward to seeing my family and friends but inside I was sad, I can only describe it as it was like I was grieving as I was leaving a place that had come to be my home. Which brings me to the people I met along the way, many Africans don’t have the kind of luxuries we take for granted but they are so incredibly welcoming and what they have, however little, they would share with you. In my head I remember the smiling faces, the singing and dancing, and the simple, slower pace of life because you must remember T.I.A ‘This is Africa’.
My advice is for everyone to discover and explore this amazing continent for themselves.
And although Nelson Mandela has passed on, his legacy will remain in South Africa, and all over this continent and the world.
'No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.' - Nelson Mandela
After being bitten by the traveling bug at 17 I made it my mission to visit, explore, experience as much of the world as possible. 12 years later and this blog looks at where I have been and as always what is next.........