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The thing I most look forward to in the post-Covid world is traveling outside the country again. I can't wait to fly, passport in hand, to another country and fall in love with the food.
I've been reminiscing on the best food from my travels thus far. This is a collection of the food my dreams are made of!
Travel the world, virtually, with me now and enjoy these happy and delicious moments.
Espresso and Breakfast Pastries in Venice, Italy
Food in Italy just tastes better. Everything is done more simply there and somehow the result is so, so much greater.
One morning in Venice we stopped in a little cafe to get coffee, tea, and something small for breakfast. The pastries were so perfectly beautiful and so, so delicious. There's nothing like European bakeries and Italian espresso drinks, just look at that foam!
I think about this simple and decadent breakfast in Venice often.
Lunch and Desserts in Sintra, Portugal
On a perfect day in Portugal I visited Pena Palace with my husband and our friends.
After a magical morning spent in a colorful palace we stopped for lunch nearby at Sao Pedro 26 and every bite was exceptional. I started with olives and some marinated herby cheese. Then my lunch was a tender and delicious octopus with greens and comforting sweet potatoes.
We ALL ordered a different dessert and reluctantly shared bites with each other! Everything we ordered was great. I dream of going back to this little town and restaurant.
Hole-in-the-Wall Dinner in Athens, Greece
This restaurant in Athens, Greece, is literally a hole-in-the-wall, it's a restaurant with no name and no signage.
We found it via the tour guide who took us on a bicycle tour of the city. She frequents the restaurant and made us a little list of clues to find it. When we walked in the owner immediately asked us how we'd heard of his restaurant. We told him that we met the tour guide and he welcomed us in as if we were old friends!
No menus were handed to us. Wine was brought to the table, great. The owner asked us "do you like salad?" Yes, we do. We got the BEST Greek salad I've ever had in my life. Look at all of that feta cheese!
Then he told us we'd have two entrees with no further description. One dinner was the most tender pork cooked in lemon. The other entree was traditional Greek pastatsio, noodles, sauce, and meat all baked in delicious sauce. (This was the year before I stopped eating meat.)
This was the best dinner ever - the adventure of it, the food, the way we don't even know what to call the place except for "that hole-in-the-wall in Athens!"
Fresh Lobster in Lisbon, Portugal
We visited Portugal as a group of 7 adults/friends. It was an unforgettable and wonderful trip and we stayed wayyy out in the country. One night we took the train into Lisbon for an adventure in the city!
We started at Ramiro, a super well-known and popular seafood restaurant. Someone in our group had seen this place on TV and demanded that we wait in the hour + line and assured us that it would be worth it. It was.
This place was CRAZY. You're quickly seated at a shared table next to strangers and handed a cracked iPad, it's immediately fun. The menu is listed on the iPad in euros and kilograms, we had no idea how to order! We went with crab, shrimp, and lobster. We got to meet (!!) the lobster before it was cooked.
Everything was decadent and delicious and worth the wait! Only 4 of us in the group of 7 eat seafood, we couldn't be happier in the photo below. The other 3 left us and got more food somewhere else while we reveled in seafood glory.
I think of the whole lobster often!
Malasadas in Hawaii
Malasads from Leonard's on Oahu, in Hawaii, are something I think about constantly. There's nothing better for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, a drunk food, or dessert. I can always, always eat a malasada.
I've been obsessed with and blogging about malasadas for a decade.
They're essentially donuts without a hole. The ones that have reddish sugar on them are li hing malasadas, my favorite!
Pizza in Naples, Italy
Finally we have pizza in Naples, Italy. I've planned events around the masterpiece that is Neapolitan pizza.
Naples is the birthplace of pizza. It's nothing like the pizza we know now, here, in the US. Neapolitan wood-fired pizza is simple, bendy, and perfect.
Thank you for traveling the world with me and enjoying the FOOD!
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