Settling

Veracruz offers a limited range of restaurant options, most of those open in the evening cradle the Zocolo (central square) and are empty much of the time, their menus a simple mix of Americana and Mexican stables, they don’t appeal much, The interesting local venues have a habit of opening weird hours, closing at 7pm,…

Holy Frijoles

My early morning arrival into Oaxaca city had me hungry, not wanting to eat in the hostel I appreciated the staff suggesting the nearby local market, less than a block away, as a convenient place to get some food. The market partially refurbishing the dining areas and these traders have set themselves up under a…

Flavours of life

With portions so bountiful I found myself missing meals, not being hungry for a full, or even half plate of food, I was thankful for the prevalence of street-side stalls and vendors who sold snacks. These hard working people helped keep me in bites between meals and saved me delving into the rather uninteresting convenience foods…

Cachaca and Caipirinhas

I enjoyed sitting on Ipanema beach drinking caipirinhas, but then how could I not? I had bought them for far too little money from the beach side stall behind me, and here I sit feeling the salty wind whip my hair and assault my nostrils while I watching Rio’s board-riders coaxing the gentle surf of…

Carrinhos de bolo

During the day and long into the night there are small cake laden trolleys all around Paraty, as if everyone who visits this little town needs a little sweet pick me up. It works for me, with a great number of locally baked dessert items for me to try, I was both relieved and saddened…

Goloso

Argentina’s sweet heart is powered by two tooth numbing sweet items, representative of the two largest immigrant groups that settled the country, the Spanish and more recently the Italians. The Spanish brought dulce de leche with them at some point and the Argentinians have grabbed it, clasped it tightly to their chests and run with…

Cobbled together

With Peru rising through the ranks of the world gastronomic nations in the last few years I am indeed looking forward to eating well while I am here. Needless to say I was surprised and delighted to find so many casual food traders on the streets of Cusco, collectively I gave them much custom, eating a great…

I think those geisha stole my biscuits

They were really great biscuits, I had bought them in the morning just around the corner from the geisha house where they went missing. The shop told me they were traditional biscuits so the geisha would have been aware of how good they were. They were a crisp sugared wafer or meringue biscuit with a…

Shima ga taberu

With so many takeaway stalls available in Itsukushima town I was in grazing heaven when wandering around exploring the nooks and crannies of this pretty little town. There were loads on manju cakes around town, all made with the same maple leaf motif, apparently Itsukushima is even more beautiful in autumn when the deciduous trees…

Mochi

I love mochi! They are a delightful treat that I really enjoy, it’s the chewy gelatinous texture and combination of subtle filling I love. It’s a hard to describe texture adequately, my initial thought is that of an untoasted bagel, but less bready, or perhaps a gel lolly but with less of the gelatinous springiness….

Amai sunakku

Within Nara park there are clusters of shops and restaurants, I assume once these were villages of farmers or people supported by the temples. Now they shops and restaurants, one such shop near the park hill houses a very cool and complicated looking automated machine. This contraption produces a constant stream of hot delicious cakes,…

Gurabuandogō

With so much to see and so much great food available the most obvious thing for me is to eat on the hoof, to pause and grab snacks when they look compelling, things so often do. I guess the thing would be to start at the beginning, around Asakusa with the great shopping and interesting…