Food Travel. Is there a better kind? // Life // Travel

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When it comes to food travel there are a few places that I would desperately love to visit: France, for the cheese and bread and genuine escargot; the UK for their traditional foods that I've enjoyed variations of here in Australia while growing up; Thailand, for authentic Thai food, because Thai is probably my favourite cuisine; Mexico, because Mexican! I love Mexican food too! Forget an animal safari in Africa, I want to do a food safari around the world!

In this day and age, everyone is so concerned about their health & fitness, the food they eat, the obesity epidemic, wholefoods, organic, paleo, sugar-free, the list goes on. Some days I wish I didn't have to think at all about the food that goes in my mouth, I would love to just be able to eat with reckless abandon.
fijian food
While staying at Royal Davui in Fiji we were treated to a banquet with traditional Fijian dishes, and of course we had to
sample the Kava and delicious cocktails. The photo bottom right was taken to prove to my family that I had in fact eaten lots of salads!
Despite the look on my face I was actually really enjoying it!

There is one time however, when I throw all caution to the wind and eat whatever I damn well please. Holidays. In fact there are three occasions when I believe the calories just don't count, and that's birthdays, Christmas and holidays! This could perhaps explain the reason for my excess love handles, but whatever. That's a topic for another post!

When I go on holidays, especially somewhere overseas, part of the joy is trying all the different foods on offer that you wouldn't normally find or eat at home. When Dave and I travelled to Fiji for our honeymoon back in 2008, I found myself trying and eating all sorts of food that I never would have dreamed would pass my lips back home. The freshest of fresh seafood and fruits, vegetables I'd never heard of before, and more exotic cocktails than you could poke a stick at.
And of course Dave just had to climb a palm tree and try out some coconut juice for himself (I don't think it was terribly ripe though!)

When we visited the US in 2010 it was a veritable smorgasbord of food. Dave and I have vowed to go back purely to try all of the food and restaurants we missed out on first time around. Some of the highlights were hotdogs from a street vendor out the front of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, a giant slice of pizza in Times Square, dinner in a tiny little diner in uptown New York City, where we had more bread and sides than we knew what to do with.
In California I had the most amazing breakfasts, with huge omelettes, "country-style potatoes" (a kind of potato bake if you will), toast and fresh fruit. We had the best calamari either of us has ever eaten, before or since, from a restaurant in Hawaii. It was so good we actually went back the next night so we could have it again.
Top Row: Eating Churros for the first time at Universal Studios
Middle Row: (L-R) Dave trying out the New York Hot Dogs; Maccas - same, same but different;
Levain Bakery, home of the best cookies in Manhattan
Bottom Row: Cappuccino in a Can in Hawaii

And it wasn't just the foods we had in restaurants and diners that were an experience. Even the fast-food, such as McDonalds, Burger King and Subway were so different to what we have here in Australia. The coke in particular was so sweet and fizzy that I actually switched to drinking Sprite on the occasions I had a "soda" as I just couldn't handle the difference. It was more like Pepsi and as a hardcore Coke fan, that just wasn't going to cut it!
big apple pizza
Dave enjoying his New York Pizza (I had to try a slice of Hawaiian for research and comparison of course!)
June 2010

The thing is, unless I win the lottery I probably have a slim-to-none chance of eating my way around the world before I die (or become too huge to fit in a single plane seat!). Which is why, when I find out about competitions to win a holiday to far-off lands and stuff myself silly with local cuisine, I just have to enter!

Lucky for me, Eat Now, the online food-ordering service that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago is running a competition to win a foodie holiday to either Morocco, Italy or Mexico. They're giving you the chance to eat your way around one of the world's top dining destinations, with flights, food tours and accommodation for two up for grabs.

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is tell Eat Now where you get your favourite takeaway meal. Entry is super easy just by visiting this page here, and there's also 10 runners-up prizes of a $250 Eat Now voucher to be given away.

If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, or even if you just like to stuff your face with good grub from time to time like me, then this is one comp you'll want to make sure you enter. You can see the full terms & conditions for the competition here.

What's your ultimate food travel destination? Or what place have you stuffed your face in that you'd love to visit again? If you were to win the Eat Now prize, would you choose Morocco, Italy or Mexico?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Eat Now. As always, all opinions are my own and I take no responsibility for any consequences arising as a result of entering the Eat Now competition. I have entered the competition myself and I am crossing my fingers that a miracle will occur and I might win! If you win, I promise I'll only be a little bit jealous (ok, I'll be a whole lot jealous!). *By entering this competition, you agree to EatNow’s terms & conditions and to receive email newsletters (from which you may opt-out of anytime).*


Kylie Purtell said…
You are making me hungry now! I love the new York pizza!!! I had it as much as I could when I was over there and I really want one now. So good!
Kylie Purtell said…
I agree. Half the fun of travelling is the seeing and the doing and the other half is eating ALL the things! We've just been to Disneyland and Chicago, where we enjoyed lots of local delicacies, from Tigger Tails to Deep Dish Pizza. It's making me hungry just thinking about it! My number 1 food destination would be Italy - it would be mouth wateringly good, I imagine it would be pizza, pasta and gelato heaven!
Kylie Purtell said…
Yep, I think Italy would be my choice too, all of those things would be amazing!!!
Kylie Purtell said…
I could totally do with one now too, would totally hit the spot!
Kylie Purtell said…
Argh! The American food has my mouth watering and it's 3am! I think I'd stack on the pounds visiting the US - one of my vices is fast food. It's been hard on this health kick...
$250 worth of food would be great! Good luck to all the entrants and cheers for linking with The Lounge.

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