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I must start this post by admitting that I am in no way a “foodie”. I don’t care about fancy restaurants, bizarre food combinations or trying delicacies. I basically eat for fuel the majority of the time. I am, however, quite a fan of beverages. No, I’m not an alcoholic 😛 It’s just I’m more likely to get excited about a cocktail or a smoothie than a meal. If I could live on nice liquids I probably would. Don’t quote me on that when I’m stuffing my face with cake though. That being said, here are some of my favourite food and drink offerings from around the world.
Coca tea, I may have been addicted. Nothing to do with the fact that it is just cocaine leaves in water, of course. Chewing the leaves was amazing for altitude sickness also. Favourite food/drink item in Peru for sure.
Ají de Gallina. Basically chicken in this amazing cheesy peppery sauce. Favourite meal in Peru. This one was from my hostel in Lima. So cheap. So good. I was obsessed with learning to make this when I came back. BUT, given my lack of domesticity I never quite got around to it.
LA LUCHA. The best place for food in Lima. A famous sandwich/burger place. I still get cravings for this place now.
Insanely addictive and sweet liquid which actually outsells Coke in Peru. There are not many drinks that can say that.
My birthday cake! Dulce de leche and chocolate. So rich. So fantastic. Never had a cake like this in my life. Unreal.
Foodwise, Brazil was not memorable for me. But what I did love was a fresh coconut on copacobana beach.
Krakow in the Old Town. There is a little stand in the middle of the square and it sells these giant rolls with all sorts of toppings. It’s traditional and I’m sure it has a name but God, I can’t remember.
This should probably be in the Brazil bit because it’s a Caipirinha. But the only picture I have of one is me in Poland with my lovely friend Anna. I love this drink SO MUCH.
Wholly Pizza! The most amazing pizza ever. This is my beautiful friend Holly being dwarved by the size of this wonderful doughy delight.
STRAWBERRY FARE restaurant in Wellington is literally just a dessert restaurant. SO amazing. My friend Steven brought me here a few years ago. I imagine this place is generally just full of sobbing PMS-ing women. So much chocolate.
Alice cocktail bar in Wellington is adorable. All the cocktails are served in teapots and teacups. The whole thing is wonderland themed. “Drink me”, the bottle was labelled, don’t mind if I do! Terrible picture I know, but my camera was not so good back then.
WINE, syrup and elderflower juice all bottled up in a lovely plastic container. Cheapest way to get hammered at this particular festival…. as you can see from the state of me here. I drank so much of this stuff that my oesophagus burnt for days.
OK, the food was a bit terrible at the festival, and by that I mean it tasted AWESOME but nutritionally was not so splendid. But who doesn’t love crepes.
OCTOPUS in my in-flight meal. I actually ate it. Not too bad! I mean….. I didn’t love it, but I was impressed with myself for eating it. My ex got the entire head of the ocotopus and he ate it all…… that was not pleasant.
I thought it was just ice-tea….. in fact it actually had beer in it. I bought it at like 8am getting on the train. HAMMERED.
Coney Island, NYC, WALK THROUGH MCDONALDS!!! WHAT?!! Just go into the McDonalds! AMAZING!
POUTINE! Chips, gravy and cheese curds. This is the best food I have ever experienced in my LIFE. You can get many different variations. Perfect hang over food. McDonalds in Canada even do a version. I’d live on this.
COLD STONE CREAMERY! Also available in the USA. If you tip in this place they sing a “tip song”. Totally worth it. I recommend Birthday Cake remix, but you can pretty much make up whatever flavour you want!
Insomnia Hot chocolate is the best I have ever had. They use liquid melted Lily O’Briens chocolate. It is soooo sweet and creamy. Perfect Winter drink. I HAVE to have one every time I go back to Dublin.
OK, this is a terrible photo of Irish Stew, but Irish Stew is generally amazing. This only looks terrible because I made it 😛 Stew is always better on the second day as well, so always make sure you have some extra for the next day. Making it with mince is nicer than chunks of beef too, in my opinion 😛
THINGS TO AVOID
GUINEA PIG. Sorry if this upsets any of you. I had this in Peru. My guide literally ate the entire skull. I heard him crunch the bones! I had a tiny bit of meat and it was rank. Do not recommend.
UNICUM. Which I like to read as You & I CUM. Hehehehe. It’s a Hungarian Liquer. I picked it up in Budapest. MOST DISGUSTING. Like, there is not enough Listerine in the world to wash this stuff out of your mouth!
This is apparently a Polish tradition. Bread with fat and bits of meat for dipping. They had it on the bar for free while you were drinking. I tried it. It was hideous. Some people might love it, but I’m the kind of girl that peels the fat off all my meat.