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My 5 Best Meals Whilst Travelling

Published On January 10, 2016 | By Matt | Europe, Food and Drink, Further Afield

Food glorious food!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll love a good nosh up. Whether it’s carb overload, a sweet tooth, or something totally obscure and off the wall, I love trying new foods and sampling the local cuisine of the place I’m travelling too. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest lover in the world of posh restaurants, because I find them quite pretentious and I feel out of place, but smaller café-type places, I’m there!

Whilst I’ve been travelling around I’ve been lucky enough to have some delicious meals, and whilst there are too many to mention all at once, here are five of my favourites.

1)     Lahmacun in Mugla, Turkey

For those of you that don’t know, which is probably quite a few of you, Lahmacun is basically the Turkish version of pizza, so it’s like take-out, but oh so delicious. Anyone who has tried Turkish food will know that they Turks take their food very seriously, and this kind of pizza isn’t like the stuff you get from your local pizza shop.

Picture the scene. Mugla is a city in southern Turkey, in-land and very Turkish in its feel. I visited in April, the tourists from the nearby seaside resorts weren’t around, so I was literally the only tourist in the city. I covered my head, purely to stop myself sticking out like a sore thumb, but on my walkabout I stumbled upon a small, picturesque café, and I was thirsty, so I went inside, mainly to escape the pending rain. I chose lahmacun, because I know I like it but this was like something else! Think a very thin, crispy base, with tomato puree, minced lamb and herbs, a total taste explosion.

2) Kebab in Istanbul

Keeping with the Turkish vibe, I experienced my first real kebab in Istanbul, down a massively busy side street near the Grand Bazaar. It was bustling, loud, and I couldn’t even get a seat in the café, so I took my food and leant against a wall. Now, I don’t like kebabs as I knew them before – the mystery donor meat and questionable bread combo, but this was totally different. A kebab in Turkey is a marinated chicken wrap basically, with salad and Chili sauce. It’s simply divine, and so cheap too.

3) Canarian potatoes and sangria in Lanzarote

It just goes to show that package holiday destinations can be just as cultural and yield delicious meals, and you don’t have to venture totally off the beaten track. I visited Puerto del Carmen, which is basically nightlife central in Lanzarote, and I headed up to the top floor of the open air shopping centre in the middle of the resort. The view was beautiful, with the sea sparkling as the sunset in the distance, and the resort fell quiet, before everyone went out in the evening. I ordered the local speciality, Canarian potatoes, which comes with a hot sauce to dip them in.

Now these aren’t any normal potatoes, they’re small, deep fried, and in spices, and the combination with the hot sauce is delicious. Of course, it would have been rude not to wash them down with a glass of sangria too!

4) Fish and chips in Scarborough, UK

I didn’t have to travel too far from my home to find the most delicious of British dishes. Scarborough is a local seaside favourite, and a real British institution, with donkeys, beer, candy floss and rock as standard. Down a side street again, which is where the best of food is often found, the small fish and chip shop was my destination for an hour or so, as I devoured my hot battered cod and fried

5) Pizza in Paris!

My final best meal is somewhat obscure, because you would expect the best of pizza to be found in Italy, but I had the most delicious Hawaiian pizza in my hotel in Paris! I don’t know if this was because I was simply starving and would have eaten anything, but to date I still hold this pizza as the best pizza I’ve ever had. I can’t put my finger on why, but the pineapple was juicy and plentiful, and the cheese perfectly greasy and stringy. Yum!

photo credit: Moyan Brenn creative commons

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