Travel Round-up: The foodie edition

travelIt’s always intriguing to know why we travel, what sparks the decision to explore different countries and cultures. Marian, who writes at Travel Shop Girl, explains in her post, The Origins of My Love for Travel, how her desire to experience new places originated from her love of cooking. A set of old Betty Crocker cookery cards offered her an escape to distant worlds; she wondered who these people were who ate such exotic foods. Whilst preparing the dishes, she was inspired to investigate these destinations and her desire to travel was born.

As I read her post I realised the theme for this month’s round-up had just been handed to me on a plate, so to speak. I knew of several recent blog posts where food and travel were very much entwined. If you are hungry for new tastes and new places, I have some tempting offerings for you here.

BritMums very own Jen, who writes at Jenography, was inspired to visit a smokery in the Cotswolds, after trying some smoked salmon given to her by her in-laws. She discovered the delights of sour cherries, smoked duck and smoked haddock fish-cakes plus, rather surprisingly, her favourite tortilla chips. Cotswolds: Delicious food at the Upton Smokery

In the south of France, Sarah (St Bloggie de Riviere) took part in a traditional local custom: Vigneron Picnic chez Virgile Joly. You provide your own picnic and the vineyard provides the wine. It didn’t go precisely to plan, thanks to a steep hill and an inedible tomato puff pastry tart, but Sarah is keen to do it again.

Venturing further south, how about La Boqueria market in Barcelona. The colours, aromas and sheer quantity of delicious fresh produce have made this market a must-see and must-taste attraction for visitors. Two bloggers have recently experienced this foodie paradise. Sonja from The {Happy} Travel Bug can offer you some samples from the market here: La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain

Meanwhile Stuart and Kirstie from The Family Adventure Project have spread their tablecloth a little wider to incorporate more suggestions of where to find the best food in the city: Eating like a local: Barcelona food guide.

Someone else with a passion for food markets is Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn. She has tempted us before with her descriptions of Christmas markets in Germany. Now she gives us a flavour of what’s available in Austria: Vienna’s Naschmarkt 

Fancy another market? How about one in Sicily, where Lucy from On The Luce can give you a superb guided tour including lobsters, eels and some very unusual desserts: Tastes of Sicily: Touring Catania’s markets

Staying in Italy, Emily (A Mummy Too) has feasted on the most delicious dishes during a recent trip. She began her journey in Venice so, if you’re feeling peckish, have your antipasti here then work your way through to Naples with Emily on her foodie adventure. Venice –  a food love story

Can’t get enough of Italy? A collaboration between Marianne and her daughter, Megan, Folgaria News is a new bi-lingual blog which aims to share information about this pretty mountain village in northern Italy. Here’s a post which explains more about Aperitivo time. An Aperol Spritz for me, please: Aperitivo time – cin cin or cheers?

If American cuisine is more your thing, you will surely find your favourite amongst the many dishes that Liz (The Mum Blog) managed to eat during her time in Florida. Oysters, pancakes, historic Key Lime Pie and a daiquiri…or two. Florida food fest

Finally, join Janice (Farmersgirl Kitchen) as she travels from Scotland to New Scotland to sample the food on offer in Halifax. Fresh scallops, hand-made chocolates or an asparagus and spinach risotto anyone? A local tasting tour South of Morris Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

While you’re digesting this, let me tell you that next month’s round-up will hopefully be packed full of your summer holiday posts. I would like to include as many different places as possible, home and abroad, so please get in touch if you would like your trip to be mentioned.

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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto


  1. 07 July 2014 / 07:22

    Fab round-up – hungry already! Thanks for the inclusion Trish 🙂

    • 10 July 2014 / 11:02

      No problem, Liz – your post was perfect for this month.