As you can probably gather from just a few posts on the blog, I’m seriously into my food. It was never an issue for my mom to get me to eat. Anything and everything, I was pretty open to try it out even at a young age. I remember my first experience eating escargot. I was 5. One of my favourite parts of travel is discovering new foods, spices and tastes. Sometimes it’s amazing, and other times it’s a disaster, but that’s what makes it so interesting.
After two years of travelling, I’ve decided to put together my favourite meals from around the world. From Florida to Sydney to Costa Rica to Spain – I’ve eaten some incredible meals. Some of which I went back to more than once on different trips – That’s how amazing they were.
1.) Bo D’B – Barcelona, Spain
After a long night of hitting the bars on Las Ramblas, my girlfriends and I decided to go to the famous deli, Bo D’B. We had heard so much about it, and it truly is a little hole in the wall that we were lucky enough to find. As we ate our wraps on the beach, filled with more toppings and sauces than I care to admit, we all agreed in blissful unison that this was hands down the best sandwich we had ever ate in our lives. It was so good, that I found my way there without a map or directions 7 months later to show my boyfriend when we visited Barcelona. A sandwich that makes that much of an impression is sure to be one of the best.
2.) Taco Bar – Jaco, Costa Rica
While pretty much every meal in Costa Rica is amazing, Taco Bar is one that has stood out to me both times I’ve visited. Located in the center of Jaco, Taco Bar is a cute little shack with bar swings and a buffet of toppings. I ate some of the best fish tacos I’ve had in my life here, along with a giant strawberry smoothie that was to die for. Two years later, I took my study abroad group to eat here when we were passing through Jaco. While Jaco is definitely not my favourite place in CR, it is home to the best fish tacos in the game. And for that, I’m forever grateful.
3.) Curry Wurst – Berlin, Germany
It’s so simple that I could make it at home, but Berlin gives it that extra pizazz. Curry wurst is quite simply a sausage cut up into pieces with curry powder poured all over it with tomato sauce. You can find it at many street stands around the markets for about 2 Euros a plate. Simple, affordable and delicious.
4.) Laspada’s – Fort Lauderdale, USA
I don’t care what any of you say. Laspada’s is hands down the biggest, baddest and most delicious sub you will ever eat in your life. With enough meat to feed an entire village, you quite literally don’t know what to do with your hands when you attempt to it. If you’re visiting Fort Lauderdale anytime soon, I highly recommend heading towards the beach, grabbing one of these monsters and spending the rest of the day tackling the world’s best sub while laying in the sand.
5.) Cafe Du Mond – New Orleans, USA
Ah my beloved beignets. You can’t complete a trip to New Orleans without ordering a round of these babies. Sure, it may look like a heart attack on a plate, but it sure warms the soul with its powdery, sugary goodness. If it’s your first time, I would say it’s worth the wait to wait in the hour long line to eat at Cafe Du Mond. If you don’t feel like waiting, there’s plenty of other great shops that offer the delicious treat without standing in line with a million of your closest (and fattest) friends.
6.) Trattoria Anita – Florence, Italy
Just go. Just do it. I can’t even think about Anita’s for too long without getting upset that I’m not there right now to eat their food. It’s a family owned restaurant with the staff being a part of the family for more than three generations. It’s so good that one of my friends I was travelling with lead us all the way to this little back alley restaurant from memory after 3 years! You can’t go wrong with ordering ANYTHING on the menu, but I believe I had the five cheese ravioli and I’m still drooling over it. (Note: Anything with cheese, I die for.) It’s also extremely affordable to eat here as well.
7.) Coffee Boat – Koh Tao, Thailand
There’s nothing like finding your perfect restaurant on a tiny island in Thailand. We were worried prices were going to be really high since Koh Tao is a main tourist area in Thailand. But then we stumbled across the Coffee Boat right on the beach in Sairee. For just 60 baht ($2 USD), we could order basically anything on the menu and get a HUGE portion. I think I ate their Massaman Curry every single day. It’s delicious, quick and cheap. Oh, and has an ocean view 🙂 Can’t beat it!
8.) Geales – London, United Kingdom
Now this is in no way shape or form a place I would ever normally eat while travelling. It’s extremely out of budget for me, but this meal was probably one of the most special meal I’ve ever had while travelling. It was Sam and I’s last night together after spending 10 days traveling through Europe, and it was the night he asked me to be his girlfriend. He doesn’t even like seafood all too much, but he took me to one of the fanciest and most delicious seafood restaurants in all of London. It’s not only unbelievable food, but it’s an adorably romantic setting and the staff couldn’t have been nicer. I don’t think I’ve ever been that full or happy in my life.
9.) The Botanist – Sydney, Australia
Located on the North side of Sydney, The Botanist is an incredibly unique restaurant. It looks like an underground cave filled with plants from head to toe. The decor, the staff and the food are unreal. It’s more a tapas style menu, which I’m normally not a fan of, but I made an exception. We ordered the wings, tacos, pizzas, mini burgers and more, and while it all may sound like typical pub grub, The Botanist put a elegant twist on the foods. I was in heaven with each bite. Not only that, but their house wines were delicious as well.
So there you have it! My favourite meals across four continents. This was seriously difficult narrowing down the list because I’ve eaten wayyyy too many amazing meals to even begin, but it brings back great memories to recount bite by bite.
What have been some of your favourite meals? Comment below!