CULINARY JOURNEY

We love to explore gastronomy from all around the world. New flavors, unknown spices, brand new recipes, forgotten ingredients, local food & drink selection… they should also be part of and complete every journey. As they say, act like locals! Enjoy all the locally given goods to understand their culture better as well. Take a look below at the selection of articles around our Culinary Journey!

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Culinary Journey, feel inspired and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

Best restaurants & bars of Madeira

During the days we spent on Madeira we had the chance to taste the local gastronomy in many places. Here, we have compiled a list with the best restaurants & bars of Madeira. There are some posh places included in the list, as well as many street food options. So let’s see, where to eat on Madeira!

What to eat in Moldova

Gastronomy of Moldova – What to eat in Chișinău?

We have spent only a long weekend in Moldova. So we didn’t have enough time to discover all the local dishes. But some of them we tried and we have been in nice restaurants too. Hence we decided to include them into this article and share as our favourites in Chișinău. So let’s see what to eat in Moldova!

What to eat on Madeira

The gastronomy of Madeira – What to eat on Madeira?

The kitchen of Portugal is outstanding. On Madeira, if it’s possible, the gastronomy is even better. You cannot go wrong, wherever you go or whatever you order. The locals are really friendly, also like to help to explain what the dish is about, what kind of ingredients they use. So let’s see what to eat on Madeira! P.S.: We also included couple of drinks – cheers!

Mexican Food Guide

Mexico overall is famous to be a street food heaven, great quality and variety for extremely cheap price. Also good to know, that it’s very easy to eat there meat-free, so for vegetarians as well you can find many options, with tasty avocado, corn, frijoles (beans) and spicy salsas. Not to mention the seafood variants …

Interview with Vicenç Ferré, president of the wine DO Tarragona

We think that wine has a deep influence on the culture and identity of Tarragona Region. Therefore, we wanted to speak with someone relevant to represent the Denomination of Origin Tarragona. We wrote them directly, to an e-mail address found on the Internet and they offered the phone number of the President of DO Tarragona. …

Entrevista amb la Dolors Torné del Celler Cal Serafí a Torredembarra – Versió en Català

Aquesta és la entrevista a la propietària de Cal Serafí, un icònic celler al vell mig del centre històric de Torredembarra. És la Dolors, que de seguida ens va respondre per correu electrònic que es prestava a fer l’entrevista. Hem quedat a les quatre, quan el celler està tancat i ens rep amb dues persones …

Interview with Dolors Torné, Cal Serafí wine-shop, Torredembarra – English version

Here you can read an interview with the owner of Cal Serafí, the iconic wine-shop in the old part of the historic center of Torredembarra. She is Dolors Torné, who immediately answered us by e-mail and kindly accepted to do the interview. We met at 4 p.m. when the wine-shop is usually closed and she …

Pogácsa - the Hungarian cheese biscuit

Pogácsa – The Hungarian cheese biscuit

Pogácsa, the Hungarian cheese biscuit – or as it’s simply called: ‘pogi’ – is one of the most popular baked biscuits in Hungary and all around the Carpathian – Pannonian Basin. Every kitchen makes its own version, everyone learned a version of the recipe usually from their mothers or grandmothers, and then adjusted it further …

Rakott krumpli - Hungarian layered potatoes

Rakott krumpli – Hungarian layered potatoes

It’s such a simple, tasty, and feeling recipe that comes from the old times in Hungary when you needed to gain a lot of energy from your meal before going to the fields to work. And when you needed to cook with the simplest and cheapest ingredients that you could find at home. Yes, Rakott …

Calçots for everyone by Besides the Obvious

Calçots for everyone!

Calçots are a trendy veggie meal, available and good for everybody. They are tasty, cool, traditional, could be very social and for sure is a super choice for vegetarians and vegans. Here you will learn what calçots are, from where they come, how to cook them and how to get into this Catalan tradition. 1 …

Escalivada recipe

Escalivada – a simple & super tasty recipe from Catalonia & Aragon

Escalivada is a roasted vegetable dish and coming from the regions of Catalonia and Aragon. Its name is routed to the Catalan verb “escalivar” meaning “to cook in ashes“, referencing the dish’s traditional preparation in the embers of a wood fire. The classic Escalivada recipe is very easy, so if you are looking for something quick, just take …

Catalan style cod – Bacalao a la Catalana

Catalan style cod – Bacalao a la Catalana

Worth knowing that most of the time a dish states “a la Catalana¨, it will usually contain raisins and pinenuts, two ingredients the Catalans love so much. So if you see this wording on a menu (e.g.: Espinacas a la Catalana or Bacalao a la Catalana) or in the title of a recipe, you can’t be …

La Geria Rubicon Besides the Obvious

Malvasia: La Geria Wine Route on Lanzarote

This is a wine route on Lanzarote island following the path of the history along five strategic locations in La Geria Region, in the south of the island. This route has 7 stops: including 4 cellars and 3 nice towns. All together the path is 19km long, but you can get fun out of it …

Tasting Canarian Gastronomy

Tasting Canarian Gastronomy

After spending 3 weeks on the Canary Islands, we cannot move on without dedicating an article to tasting Canarian Gastronomy. Overall the Canarian food is made up of a variety of exquisite ingredients that are part of its traditional dishes. In the below list you can find our favorite typical Canarian dishes & drinks along with some recommended …

Rice fields in Albufera de Valencia

Albufera de Valencia: 3 perspectives of the rice fields

Albufera de Valencia is an urban oasis surrounded by rice fields and forest. Visit it is the way to understand the origin of Valencian gastronomy including the very well-known Paella. It is only from 10 km to 30 km from the city but to arrive there means pure nature, dreamy sunsets, botanic treks, boat trips …

Paella in Albufera

Rice with what? – On the route of Spanish rice dishes

Let’s start with a basic fact. I’m originally coming from a country (Hungary), where people don’t really eat rice. Especially me. Nevertheless, I discovered the route of Spanish rice dishes. Yes, we can find rice there too, usually as a cheap side dish, but just imagine the most boring plain white rice, lacking any culinary …

Ramen Barcelona Besides the Obvious

Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona? – part 2.

This article is the continuation of the famous ‘Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona?’ post. You can take a look on that list, and review the first 5+1 ramen places we have already shortlisted. These lists are not in order of any preference, we are still facing internal debate between ourselves too, which is actually …

Tibidabo Besides the Obvious

10 dolog, amit turistaként jobb elkerülni Barcelonában

Minden egyes alkalommal, amikor megpillantok egy naív turistát a városban, összeszorul a szívem. Pár évvel ezelőttig magam sem voltam tisztában vele, hogy mennyi lehetséges problémával és zaklatással kell szembenéznie a Barcelonába érkező turistáknak. Félreértés ne essék, Barcelona egy csodálatos város, és a helyiek nagyon büszkék is rá, illetve személy szerint én is úgy gondolom, hogy …

El Tubo, the soul of Zaragoza

Zaragoza deserves more in international context. Every time I am there is the conclusion I get. More fame, more importance. But on the other hand, fortunately, it’s not spoiled by tourists. Last weekend, spending there a day trip I only listened someone speaking English twice during the whole day walking around the most touristic places. …

Tibidabo Besides the Obvious

10 things you should never do as a visitor in Barcelona

Every time I see a tourist behaving naifly I get pain in my heart. Some years ago, I was not aware about how a good experience could be ruined in my city. Barcelona is amazing, all of us we are fully proud of our city and I honestly think that is one of the best …

Caloura Besides the Obvious

São Miguel off-season – where to eat & drink?

This is an article about where to eat and drink in São Miguel, Azores. For more information about São Miguel click here. 1. Café Central, Ponta Delgada If you arrive to Ponta Delgada and you are heading to the center, most likely this will be the first place you would consider to give a try. …

Vermut Besides the Obvious

¡Echemos un vermut en Barcelona!

La expresión catalana para echar un vermut es Fem un vermut! Así que vamos a echar un vermut en Barcelona Aunque estoy enamorada de esta tradición local de tomar un vaso de vermut antes del almuerzo, desde el primer momento que probé mi primer vermut negro en Barcelona, hace poco que descubrí esta cadena de …

Vermut Besides the Obvious

Let’s have a vermut in Barcelona!

“Fem un vermut” it’s a Catalan expression, meaning: let’s have a vermouth! So let’s join in this article to have a vermut in Barcelona! Even though I am in love with this local tradition of having a glass of vermouth before lunch – since the very first moment I tried my first dark vermouth (vermut …

Potage de Garbanzos Besides the Obvious

Potaje de garbanzos – Andalusian Chickpea and Spinach Soup 😋

I’m a big fan of cooking and trying new recipes when traveling, and then preparing, recreating them at home. Besides that, I’m even bigger fan of soups, that are based on beans, lentils or like in case of this recipe, chickpeas. This chickpea soup is one of those. Since I’m living in Barcelona, I already …

Buenos Aires

Mercado San Telmo – Buenos Aires

The Mercado San Telmo in Buenos Aires is a large under roof market that is located in San Telmo neighborhood of the city. The whole neighborhood is packed with great places to eat, fantastic art and design shops, vintage and local designer clothes, and just wandering and looking around is a pleasure with its colorful …

Christmast market Barcelona

Christmas markets in Barcelona

Christmas markets in Barcelona were unknown to me. Well, coming from a country where traditionally and historically the Christmas markets are very much part of the festive season, with real snow, with ice skating ring in the middle of the market, with people drinking mulled wine, punch, eating from the street food selection all the …

Food Truck Palo Alto

Palo Alto, the best Christmas market in Barcelona

The coolest urban market of Barcelona in a beautiful garden. 😍 We were checking several Christmas markets during this weekend in Barcelona and within two ‘mercado de navidad’s we ended up at Palo Alto, the best Christmast maket in Barcelona. This cool garden is located in Poblenou, in a courtyard of a former factory that …

Barcelona Besides the Obvious

Un día de lluvia en Barcelona – part 1.

Aka a rainy day in Barcelona, to rephrase Woody Allen. 🤓 Just because I woke up today for the heavy rain, it couldn’t mean that I’m spending the entire day at home. Barcelona has so much to offer even on a rainy day, besides the obvious. 😉 I. First, some culture and history, let’s visit …

Best Brunch Barcelona Besides the Obvious

BBB: Best Brunch in Barcelona

A personal list of 8 best brunch places in Barcelona based on our taste and preferences. 😋 1) Let’s start with a B then: Belliny, close to Urgell. I was not looking for this place, no one recommended, I didn’t know that it exists at all. I was just walking close to Urgell on a …

Ramen Besides the Obvious

Where to eat Ramen in Barcelona?

Ramen? In Barcelona?! YES 🙂 Here comes the top 5+1 list of where to eat Ramen in Barcelona with the best ramen places in town based on our preferences. 😋 Yes, I know. If you come to Barcelona, normally you want to enjoy the Catalan food, some Jamón, the rices, the tapas, occasionally some pinchos, …

The food of Iceland: Dishes, drinks, bars and restaurants

This is an article about the food of Iceland. We also will describe its drink, bars and restaurants. You will find here what kind of meals and what kind of places to choose during your visit on the island.  Lately, tourism has boomed in Iceland, and visitors from all over the world go to explore …

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