Travel Food Addictions

travel food addictions. Thai red curryI love Thailand. One of the main reasons is the amazing Thai food. I crave it constantly when I am in other countries! So many amazing dishes to choose from. The spices, the flavours. Agh I’m hungry!

I love it to the point of addiction. Not in a crazy gauge myself type of way, but i want it for every meal. Take Chicken Red Curry for example. I have it for lunch and dinner most days. If I chose something different, I always find myself wishing I had taken the red curry! Yesterday I had it 3 times!

Not forgetting my breakfast addiction also. The tiny bottles of Strawberry Milk sold in 7 Eleven. At 12THB (£.020), it is worth it to get my morning sugar fix (at home I have a chocolate bar).

I truly believe one of the best part of travelling and seeing the world is discovering all these amazing cusines. But also when you are away it is nice to have something that may remind you of home or give you some comfort. To check it is not just me that has these obsessive travel food addictions, I asked a few of my fellow bloggers what foods they became addicted to while away. Here are their answers:

nomadic boys Travel food addiction

“When we visited Japan a few years ago, we found this delicious drink in Tokyo’s 7/11 and loved it. In London’s Chinatown, we found it again and got very excited. We quit our jobs in London to eat our way through Asia and this drink has been a prominent part of our travels. We can’t find it everywhere, but in China last summer it made us very happy.

She left us for a bit as we headed to South Asia, but now we are back in Southeast Asia, we’ve re-discovered her again, particularly in Thailand. 7/11 in Thailand even sells our lovely drink in MULTIpacks, so guess who stocked up on lots! In Laos there are no 7/11s but the Lao equivalent still sells it. We are not lactose intolerant but for some strange reason we love this sweet tasting soya milk drink and always get it as a refreshing snack whenever we can on our travels through Asia” - Stefan and Sebastian Nomadic Boys

‘I’m not much of a foodie, and I certainly don’t go in for all the new-age health Travel Food Addictions
foods that claim to boost your mental and physical performance and help you lose weight, but while travelling in Brazil I couldn’t get enough of the açaí berry. We used to buy bags of frozen pulp and turn it into a breakfast smoothie mixed with other fruits. Despite all the rumours and recent hype, apparently there hasn’t been much in the way of evidence to support the claim that açaí has health benefits but it sure set us up for the day. You can get this stuff almost anywhere in Brazil. It often comes in a pot with cereal, but the açaí market is definitely expanding. Next on my list is the açaí caipirinha!” – Arianwen Beyond Blighty
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For Will Hatton over at The Broke Backpacker  one of the best things about travelling is having the opportunity to try exciting new foods every day! Right now, Will is in Venezuela and is fairly damn addicted to arepas; a tasty corn flat bread stuffed full of tomatoes, onions, pulled pork or chicken and topped up with salsa! You can fill an arepa with pretty much anything (Will is psyched to have a crack at English Breakfast arepas at some point!) but Will prefers to simply go with whatever his Venezuelan buddies recommend; the cult favourite? Ham and Cheese. When travelling, Will likes to fish wherever possible, he recently caught half a dozen piranhas in Los Llanos, a huge wetland area famed for it’s wildlife, which he grilled up on a barbecue for a scrumptious, if somewhat evil looking, meal for himself and his buddies!

Travel food Addiction. Mango Stciky rice

‘I discovered my food addiction while traveling with my husband in Thailand last summer. Khao Niaow Ma Muang–more simply known as mango with sticky rice–is a dessert I indulge in whenever I get the chance. It’s a simple dish made of sticky rice combined with coconut milk and a pinch of salt. It is garnished with fresh, ripe mangoes. In Thailand you can find it for sale on the streets as well as in shops, restaurants, and hotels. In Bangkok we paid around 30 baht (92 cents) for a single serving. Thankfully, you can also find this dish in most Thai restaurants outside of the country, so we don’t have to go long without getting our fix of our food addiction!’  – Shazia Chiu Gap Year for Two

Travel food addictions Orange

‘I’m lucky to spend much of my year travelling (6 continents in the last 12 months!) and I find it surprising the foods I crave when I’m in different countries. I’m in Morocco at the moment, and have fallen in love with the fresh orange juice. I don’t usually drink fruit juice at home in Canada. But walking down the street everywhere in Morocco, I’m bombarded with the delicious smells of orange blossoms from the trees and orange zest from the fruit carts. On the street or at breakfast in my riad (hotel), it is impossible for me to resist tasting the delicious smell via a glass of juice, squeezed right in front of me. And at 4 dirham a glass on the street (about 40 cents US), it is almost as cheap as water, and certainly better, cost- and health-wise, than Coke. Vitamin C anyone?!’ – Johanna Read Travel Eater

I would like to thank all of the above bloggers for proving it is not just me who has travel food addictions. Luckily I can think of a lot worse things to be addicted too. What am I going to do when I return to the UK!? Time to find a new food addiction. What should I try?

 


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Arianwen April 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

Love the piranha fishing! I did that in Bolivia and we ate them for dinner. They were surprisingly good!
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Katie Diederichs April 23, 2015 at 2:14 am

We did piranha fishing in the Bolivia as well. We were only able to catch two, but they were delicious! One thing I love to get while traveling is a bag full of sour gummy snacks. They are the perfect treat for a long bus or train ride.

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Camille April 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Cool feature! The way Stefan and Sebastian wrote their story, I thought they were gonna say they quit their job just because of the Lactasoy drink! ;)
Mango sticky rice is one of my faves too, and I agree fresh orange juice can’t be beaten. I had some of my best in the South of Spain…together with fresh pan con tomate, it’s just the perfect breakfast!
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Stefan Arestis May 7, 2015 at 8:14 am

Ha ha ha – it almost was :) Our first trip to Asia many years ago inspired our idea to quit and travel longer in Asia.
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Shikha (whywasteannualleave) April 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

What a great idea for a post Sally! I absolutely love mango and sticky rice top – it was one of the things I loved so much when I visited mainland Thailand many years ago so I was a little disappointed that I didn’t come across it when I was in Koh Lanta for a few days in November!
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sallymunt sallymunt April 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm

I do find that not all places in Thailand do it. It does surprise me as in the places that do sell it, it is so popular!

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Michael Dadourian April 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

The beauty of travel is the being able to appreciate culture and people. I finding that food is that bridge to gap culture as it is a way to share and bond. It can however be a slippery slope if people have strict diets. My love for travel has seen me eat just about everything from interesting (sometimes not named) street food to cultural delicacies. Now I only eat whole raw foods so my options are limited to exotic fruits and vegetables which you will find plenty of both in Southeast Asia.

Enjoy your travels Sally, you will meet like-minded people and you will enjoy with the person or people that you are closest with. I enjoyed your blog entry. The mango looked amazing by the way!
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