Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In: Food, Glorious Food!


On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on the foods we’ve experienced while traveling!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Here are the questions for this week:

Q1. What snack do you pack while traveling?

jetsetfarryn red swedish fish and crystal light packets!

NJFPR Almonds, apples and string cheese. If we’re on JetBlue we can’t resist Terra Blues chips

amysho Almonds and granola bars are a must have – TOTALLY AGREE!

This girl loves her Luna Bars.  They really are the best granola bars on Earth — especially the Lemon Zest ones!

Q2. What is your go-to food at airports?

awanderluster American airports always tempt me to eat Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

doctorklein Sad to say McD’s, & I pray my stomach holds up for the flight.

global_gourmet I don’t get the Cinnabon phenomena. C’mon, do people really line up for these in real life like they do at the airport?

Good luck getting me on a plane without my beloved Starbucks!

Q3. How do you find local restaurants locals go to when you’re traveling?

eat_your_world Ask them! Also, Chowhound rocks for pre-trip research.

travelanswerman U can always get good advice from the owner of the local newspaper stand.

budgettravelsac Is there really any other answer than wander, ask, or research? Yes, meet a local go on a date, and let them pick 🙂

One of my favorite travel tips comes from Rick Steves — ask a construction worker!  They always know where to get good, cheap and filling meals.

And if not a construction worker, befriend a local and ask him or her.  EVERYONE has strong opinions about food and restaurants!

Q4. What city has the best market? What do you like to bring home with you?

madsenlily Flower Market- Amsterdam though I didn’t bring anything home

kcom I kinda love the mini-donut man in Pikes Marketplace 🙂

yoginitraveler oh man this one is so hard! Madrid? Florence? Fes? Aix?

The market in Budapest had some crazy things for sale.  I was there a few days before the US 2004 election, and they sold Russian nesting dolls — a Carter inside a Reagan inside a Bush inside a Clinton inside a Bush inside a JOHN KERRY!

Q5. Which restaurant around the world is your absolute favorite?

OnAJunket Any Shack at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

mswoodenshoes La Vigie a restaurant on a cliff in Monaco open only 3 months a year that serves amazing sea food.

kirsten_al It’s so true, Mexico taco stands really are just the most amazing places to eat!!

How many am I allowed to share?

Acqua al’Due in Florence, sleek yet homey with truly fantastic food.  (Get the assagio di primi and the balsamic steak.)  Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge, Mass, with its retro costumes and wild decor. (Get the Guatemalan seafood avocado.)  And delicious and trendy Tao Las Vegas.  (Get the lobster wontons.)

Below, Acqua al’Due:

Q6. Most unique dining experience/food you ever had?

Ximm5 unique but disgusting lol: in Segovia, Spain, was forced to eat fat of cow! ewwww!

RobertKCole Chicken Sashimi in Tokyo. Unique does not equal good. Tasted a lot like raw chicken…

downsanddirty Pre-vegan, tried to eat the 72 oz. steak in Amarillo. Made it thru 58 oz.

My first major trip abroad was my homestay with a family in France when I was 16.  On my first night there, they brought out the cheese with the mold on it and started eating it.  I thought you were at least supposed to scrape it off first!

Q7. Which country serves the best dessert?

DIWYY I ate my body weight in Dulce de leche when in Buenos Aires.

PeggyCoonley America for apple, blueberry, key lime, pumpkin and pecan pies!

TravelMamas Beurre et sucre crepes in France & of course gelato in Italy!

I disagree with everyone this week.  THE BEST DESSERTS ARE UNQUESTIONABLY FOUND IN HUNGARY.  Fantastic, ornate desserts, and the fact that they include pureed chestnuts in so many dishes — oh, I’m dying just thinking about them!

The reason why I originally went to Budapest was to see the white chocolate statue of Michael Jackson in nearby Szentendre.

Below, the top confectionery in Budapest:

Q8. Italian Cuisine – nearly everyone loves it. What is your favorite dish? Where?

mymelange I would NEVER turn away a good porchetta sandwich, cacio e pepe, or rosemary and potato pizza al taglio!

llgable Another fav dish in Italy… shaved fresh white truffles over hand rolled pici pasta at La Chiusa in Montefollonicio

Moscerina just remembered– Zaccaria on the cliffs of Amalfi, delicious fish and limoncello

How much time do you have?  😉

The best dish I ever, EVER ate in Italy was the ravioli caprese at Ristorante Il Cucciolo in Anacapri on the island of Capri, just off the coast from Naples.  No food has ever moved me like that.  If you go to Capri without eating here, I won’t be able to forgive you.

Q9. What is your favorite beverage from around the world?

BrooklynNomad Guinness in Ireland! better than US version.

allisonfarrar Found a new one in Costa Rica. Michelada aka. Imperial Beer + lemon juice + salt around the rim. Deliciousness

MissExpatria Oh, also, an apple pie martini at the vert Anglais in Montpellier that tastes EXACTLY LIKE AN APPLE PIE. That gets you drunk.

I’ve only had them at Toro, a great tapas restaurant here in Boston, but I’ve become a fan of calimochos — red wine and coke mixed!

Q10. What dish to you cook at home that you learned about while traveling? Recipe?

BootsnAll I love learning to cook a local dish on trip. Have made empanadas in Arg, pasta in Italy, paella in Spain.

poohstraveler XiaoLongBaos/Shanghai Soup Dumplings from legendary Din Tai Fung here in Taipei

artistatlarge I got a cookbook in The Yucatan called “How To Cook An Iguana”. Haven’t had the heart to try it out though.

After falling in love with pappa al pomodoro, a thick tomato, white bean and bread soup, while studying in Italy, I knew I had to learn how to make it at home.  The first time I made it, my buds James and Mike — my friends from the Ice Hotel in Quebec — spent hours devouring the huge pot I made.

Yes, I use Rachael Ray’s recipe. I’m sorry.  But it’s really good and incredibly easy to make.  I prefer to make it without the crust of the bread — it improves the texture greatly.

What do you think?  What are the best foods you discovered while traveling?

Travelers’ Night In takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET.  The discussion is organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo.  All are welcome!  Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

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6 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In: Food, Glorious Food!”
  1. That’s it! I’m going to link to this as a Quick Tip on Travel Mamas next week! These are great tips that I’ve got to share! I’ve got to go to that restaurant on Capri just to eat at that restaurant. TNI is so much fun…I just wish I’D thought of it! 🙂
    .-= Colleen Lanin at Travel Mamas´s last blog ..5 of California’s Best & Most Diverse Beaches =-.

    • Kate says:

      Yes, PLEASE go to that restaurant!! It was so good, we literally went back the next night and all ordered the ravioli caprese! It’s a very cheap restaurant, too — I think most primi were under 10 EUR.

  2. Love the recap of #TNI! Some of us enjoyed hearing about all the good food around the world & an E-cookbook is now in the works from those recipes. If you would like to contribute a recipe, please send to by May 31. Proceeds from donations for the cookbook will go to a charity for world hunger.

  3. I love the lemon zest Luna’s too. I find that chewy granola holds up better during a trip, so this is what I pack. I also bring mixed nuts or homemade trail mix.

    Q4: Mmmmm….the big farmer’s markets in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Fried mixed veggies.

    Q9: Favorite bev…mojitos in South Beach. Yum!
    .-= Womens Journeys´s last blog ..WomensJourneys: @divinglist Thx for the RT glad you enjoyed the underwater hotel suite. =-.

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