Travelling food for thought!

Milk and Cookies, Manhattan, New York

Milk and Cookies, Manhattan, New York

This month’s travel linkup is all about your best food experiences while travelling. I couldn’t rest on just one, so have picked my top three from three different continents. So, sit down, get a cuppa and I hope you’ve already eaten, otherwise this will make you hungry as ever!

Top food experience in the UK: Afternoon ‘High’ Tea

Nothing quite beats dressing up and going to a fancy hotel or restaurant with a few of your best buddies and gorging yourself on delightful savoury and sweet treats.

Claridges Hotel afternoon tea sweets back in 2010

Claridges Hotel afternoon tea sweets back in 2010

I’ve had many fantastic high teas, some of my favourites were Claridges – with their endless finger sandwiches and teas.

Another was a bloggers afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, where we had the chef getting involved with all the bloggers on social media. With an awesome atmosphere this one was definitely a highlight.

Bloggers Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

Bloggers Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

Finally one for my farewell to London with one of my best Kiwi buds was the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, with lots of interesting flavours and fun styling.

The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

The Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

Top food experience in the USA: 7 Course Chef Tasting in New York

Despite being unwell I dragged myself to Greenwich in New York to a booking at a lovely Italian restaurant I’d made just after a food tour (also highly recommend doing a food tour).

View of the kitchen in Rafele restaurant

View of the kitchen in Rafele restaurant

Rafele was a spot the food tour had visited and offered a 7 course chefs tasting which I just couldn’t turn down, despite travelling alone and hating eating alone.

Rafele Main dish of small chicken

Main dish of small chicken. Tasty!

I sat down with a great view of the kitchen and was asked by the chef if there was anything in particular I felt like eating or didn’t like to eat. Then the custom 7 courses began. I struggled to finish all the courses, but this was definitely the best meal I’d ever eaten. Such an incredible variety with Italian/New York twists at such a high quality.

Starter of Cheese Rice Balls and Artichokes

Starter of Cheese Rice Balls and Fried Artichokes, another amazing yummy combination – New York

Top food experience in Argentina: Christmas Eve dinner at a Penthouse Hostel overlooking the lakes of Bariloche

View from Cerro Campanario

Cerro Campanario, Bariloche

Argentina has many great food moments, usually involving steak, steak and a bit more steak. However, this top food experience was surrounded by lots of other solo travellers, all away from their families and friends for christmas, just enjoying each others company.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve Dinner – shared meal

The penthouse hostel organised for each person to cook a dish in one of the categories of entree, main and desert for Christmas Eve. It wasn’t the fanciest, or the most delicious, but it was great fun and definitely helped curve the loneliness that many of us would have felt without such a cool evening.

Christmas tree in Bariloche

Christmas tree in Bariloche

Those are my top 3 foodie experiences from my travels, what are yours?

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