Chasing Pineapples

an English girl tasting her way around the world

A foodie road trip in Ryedale, Yorkshire

We’re leaning as far forward as physically possible, wishing we hadn’t indulged in that extra Fat Rascal at Betty’s or the additional five small plates at Skosh the day before, and patting the dashboard of my tiny blue car in encouragement as we crawl up the steep road at Sutton Bank in the North Yorkshire Moors…

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The best places to eat and drink in Gothenburg

Seafood certainly comes to mind when planning a trip to Sweden, and Gothenburg has plenty of it. We snack on fried herring from a food truck, brown paper bags of prawns from Feskekorka fish market and platters at the market’s iconic Restaurant Gabriel. But this city in West Sweden also has plenty of cinnamon buns and a surprising undercurrent of trendy vegetarian restaurants…  

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The best street food in Hoi An, Vietnam

I sit extremely close to the ground at a long table that dominates an alleyway in Hoi An, Vietnam. Above, hundreds of lanterns cast their warming glow onto intricate Chinese temples and Japanese teahouses, the sticky air thick with pungent fish sauce and heady aromas of fresh herbs. I’m trying not to notice the scrutiny of a young Vietnamese girl making her mind up whether to laugh or cry at Continue reading “The best street food in Hoi An, Vietnam”

The best places to eat and drink in Lisbon

“Saude!” I raise a plastic shot glass to a flat-capped, sun-weathered face to my left and knock back a shot of sweet cherry brandy in the morning sun trap of Largo de Sao Domingos tucked behind Lisbon’s grand Rossio Square Continue reading “The best places to eat and drink in Lisbon”

Green Village Homestay: Mekong Delta, Vietnam

As our bus leaves Saigon, the honking, bustling, moped-dodging city life makes way for Vietnam’s quintessential countryside scattered with bobbing straw hats that shelter rice paddy field workers. We play spot the cargo on passing mopeds – piles of coconuts, whole families including pets and livestock, and long pieces of wood are all juggled in a terrific balancing act. Continue reading “Green Village Homestay: Mekong Delta, Vietnam”

Cafe hopping: Kreuzberg, Berlin

Berlin is the creative capital of Germany, and twenty-and-thirty–somethings are flocking on mass to the city’s trendy brunch spots, Aussie-inspired coffee shops and Asian fusion restaurants. Every street in edgy Kreuzberg and smarter Mitte is brimming with foodie haunts, and I have 36 hours to pack in as many as possible. Continue reading “Cafe hopping: Kreuzberg, Berlin”

The best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen: Day Two

The beauty of staying in an air bnb is we get to kid ourselves (just for a short while) that we’re cool enough to live in a flawlessly decked out apartment in Vestebro. I listen to live jazz fluttering up from the bar downstairs while stroking our nonchalant cat and think, yep, in this pretend life that I’m living, I’ve totally made it. We also get great insider knowledge re: the best local hangouts. A hop, skip and a jump from ‘our’ apartment, past the giant leopard mural (and no, I’ve not been on the green stuff from colourful, hippie Christiana), is Dyrehaven. Continue reading “The best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen: Day Two”

The best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen: Day One

The streets of Copenhagen ooze Scandi-cool – tall, beautiful twentysomethings glide past on sleek bicycles, minimalist copper pieces tempt you in to interior design shops, and old scarf-clad folk walk equally chic pooches. We are here to soak up as much of the Danish lifestyle as possible, with a particular focus on the food.

A morning mooching around the streets of Vesterbro is time well spent. We wander up to Ipsen & Co and wait outside under cosy blankets next to dashing Danish boys while peering in through the huge window to eye up the best spot in the house. We eventually snuggle in to a desirable corner spot and order freshly delivered coffee Continue reading “The best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen: Day One”

A tinned fish treasure hunt: Where to get the best sardines in Lisbon

A trove of tinned fish might not sound like the end of everyone’s ideal treasure hunt, but in Lisbon the beautifully packaged tins of sardines, mackerel and more are worth hunting down.

Whether you want to peruse the technicoloured packaging on display, or grab a few souvenirs to take home (careful with that hand luggage allowance!) Continue reading “A tinned fish treasure hunt: Where to get the best sardines in Lisbon”

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