National Dishes From My Travels: Thoughts, Feelings and Reactions

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As they do with birds, animals and flowers, most countries have a national dish, which in most cases, is a food that’s been prepared for generations; it’s a food that shares history, legends and traditions with each and every forkful. Experiencing a country through food is one of my favourite ways to get to know a new place; it’s really quite astonishing how much you can learn simply by sitting down, digging in and sampling its national fares.

Throughout our travels, I was lucky enough to try the national dish in nine of the 15 countries we’ve visited. As with anything, there were hits and misses. Most of the time my curiosity was rewarded with amazing and surprising flavours, but there were a few odd times where my curiosity got the better of me and I was left with a meal I probably wouldn’t order again.

For the purpose of this post, I’ve only decided to feature national dishes that I ate in that country, for example, I enjoyed a ham hock in Vienna, and although it was delicious and it’s a food the city is famous for, it’s not a national dish. It is, however, a national dish of Germany, but I was too focused on Christmas market beverages to get into the ham hock during our visit to Hamburg, so unfortunately, ham hocks just don’t make the list. I also omitted a couple of foods like Bratwurst (Germany) and Pasta (Italy) because really, what can I say about those delicious meals that hasn’t already been said. And, chances are you’ve probably sampled them somewhere along the way yourself!

So, let’s take a look at my thoughts, feelings and impressions of the national dishes I sampled in 2016: Continue reading

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#Take12Trips Challenge Update

Petite Adventures' #Take 12 Trips Update

Earlier this year, I shared with you my intentions to take part in the #Take12Trip challenge and given that we’ve pretty much hit the half-way point in 2016 (sidebar: how are we already half-way through the year?!) I figure this was as good a time as any to check in and see where I’m at.

Before we get started, as a reminder, the #Take12Triips Challenge is designed to inspire travellers to make a commitment to getting out once and month and exploring – whether that’s day-trips, month-long adventures, or anything in between.

In my post, I described some of my dream trips for the months ahead. And, as with all the best-laid plans of mice and men, most of the months did not go as expected.

So, let’s take a look… Continue reading

Six Month Retrospective: Best in Food

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.

For me, travelling is as much about eating new and exotic foods as it is exploring and seeing amazing things. The last piece of advice my mom gave to be before leaving was: “Eat and try all the weird new foods!” It was advice that I’ve taken to heart since we arrived in Europe – and thankfully, only once has it not gone my way (it didn’t go my way for 10 days, but that’s a story for another day…)

Here’s a sample of the most amazing, weirdest and most surprising foods I’ve tried:

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Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. In some ways, it feels like we’ve only just arrived, and in others it’s like we’ve been here forever.

This week, I’m taking a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer. Continue reading

Scaredy Kate’s Guide to Snakes in Marrakech

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One of the things I was most concerned about ahead of our trip to Marrakech was snakes: where would they be, how many would there be, and how could I ensure I stayed the f*ck away from them.

Yes, in addition to a very embarrassing fear of heights, I also have a particular dislike of snakes of all kinds, sizes, etc. I understand that they need to exist to keep our ecosystems in balance, I would just prefer that they existed far, far away from me.
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