Inject some foodie fun into your holiday!
Five Ways to Make Your Holiday Delicious
Whether you’ve run out of restaurants to visit in your home town or you just love trying new cuisines, here are our top tips for injecting a bit of foodie fun into your holiday.
Visit a renowned Foodie destination
Such as Franschhoek. the food and wine capital of South Africa! Staying in the heart of this pretty French Hugenot village, you’ll have a range of excellent restaurants right on your doorstep or a short taxi hop away, like the award-winning La Petite Colombe, surrounded by far reaching views of vineyard-laden mountains. Dishes include pumpkin and harissa risotto with walnut and herb gnocchi served with soubise and salsa verde, but leave space for the sweets trolley!
Stay in a Foodie hotel
Sometimes you only need to go as far as the hotel’s own restaurant to sample the best the country has to offer. The Anassa sets the bar by being the only hotel in Cyprus to make all of its own cheeses, breads, pastries, jams and sauces, which they combine with the very best seasonal ingredients, all sourced locally. If you are in the mood for worldwide cuisine however, you’ll be able to head to whichever Continent you fancy – from Asian cuisine at their restaurant Basiliko, to French-Mediterranean at Helios, or a local and international buffet at Amphora; but we recommend spending plenty of your time sampling local dishes such as the freshly caught seafood at Pelagos, their delightful al fresco taverna.
To continue the exploration of your senses, the Anassa also offers private wine tasting; the oenophiles among you will know that Cyprus is one of the oldest winemaking cultures in the world, so where better to have a very palatable history lesson?
Everything has an Anassa tweak: if we can’t make it ourselves, we don’t serve it.EXECUTIVE CHEF: DAVID GOODRIDGE
Take a cooking class
Head to Sri Lanka for more than your typical cooking class! Join Rosyth Estate House’s own chef for a tour of their organic kitchen garden where you’ll learn about the variety of spices grown there, before getting stuck in to cooking authentic Sri Lankan curries – a fish or chicken curry, three vegetable curries and a traditional salad, served with rice and homemade chutneys. You’ll get to enjoy your own creations under the tree canopy and take the recipes home with you.
For something a little more unusual, why not try and make your own Cozido when staying at Terra Nostra in the Azores, cooked underground by the heat of a volcano, how cool is that! Or if you re a chocolate lover, you can experience the whole process of its creation with the ‘Bean to Bar’ workshop at La Danesa in Ecuador! Will you be able to resist and take some home for friends and family?…
Book a street food tour
Asia is an amazing Continent to sample street food and Japan is one of our top destinations for this experience. Peek behind the curtain and experience Japanese food through the eyes of a local, bypassing the typical tourist spots for hidden restaurants and authentic cuisine, such as takoyaki (octopus balls), okonomiyaki (savoury egg pancakes), sushi and taiyaki (a traditional dessert). End your tour of Shibuya’s food scene with a visit to the underground food market, Shibuya Depachika. Alternatively, if you’re on a budget, even a trip to the local Seven-Eleven can be exciting in Japan, as they offer a smorgasbord of delicious and uniquely Japanese snacks!
Attend a food festival like the Wildfoods Festival in New Zealand, and get the chance to peruse over 50 stalls, ranging from the traditional to the bizarre! Whether you’re in the mood for huhu grubs or venison, there’s something for everyone. Even better – it’s not just a food festival, there’s also live music and a wearable arts style competition. Bring your wildest outfit, because there are prizes for the best dressed!
If you’d rather go somewhere a little closer to home, why not head to Naples for Pizzafest – the world’s biggest celebration of pizza – sure to be a hit with travellers both young and old. Activities are held there all day and night, for 5-11 days, as well as concerts, parties and shows. The best part is obviously the pizza though. Go on, eat pizza for a whole week, we won’t judge you!
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