Taste of travel


I don’t know about you, but all I seem to be able to think about in January is holidays. It’s probably something to do with the fact that the weather in Scotland at the moment is grey, windy and rainy. I swear if Edinburgh wasn’t as beautiful as it is, not as many people would live here.

As well as the blue skies, the warm feeling of the sun on my skin and the sand in between my toes, one of my favourite things about going on holiday is the food. I love trying new cuisines and when we’re on our travels I try and keep it as authentic as I can. If the locals are eating curry for breakfast, so am I. If a pre-dinner aperitif is standard fare for the locals, then I’m all over it. My normal diet goes out of the window and I make way for as my culinary experiences as I can cram in. My waistline doesn’t necessarily like it, but my satiated taste buds are at their happiest. So when Celebrity Cruises got in touch and asked me which three courses whet my appetite for travel, it was the perfect excuse to go through all of my old holiday snaps and relive some of tastiest food I have ever eaten. Here is my Taste of Travel three-course menu.

As a starter I adore salad. It’s nice and light so I’m not too full for a main course and on a hot day it’s hard to beat. I remember eating this amazing salad at Cafe de Paris in Monaco. The combination of the leaves tossed with artichokes, eggs and tomatoes made it truly unforgettable and it ignited my passion for French food.


For my main course, I couldn’t choose anything other than spaghetti alle vongole. This is without a doubt my favourite meal. Salty clams slide in amongst layers of al dente spaghetti, with a hint of white wine, garlic and chilli to bring it altogether. I ate this dish whilst people watching in the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence during our honeymoon, which is another reason why it’s an unforgettable dish for me.

Spaghetti alle vongole

On the dessert front, it couldn’t really be anything other than ice cream. On a rare hot day in Edinburgh this summer when we were on holiday, we both devoured mint choc chip ice cream cones from Mary’s Milk Bar as we admired Edinburgh Castle basking in the heat. It was a great day.

Mary's Milk Bar ice cream

So there you have it, my international menu for the perfect dinner. If you had to pick three of your favourite dishes from your travels, what would they be?


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  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    YUM, That all looks so good! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Melanie! Writing this post made me seriously hungry ;-)

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    yummy I want ice cream



    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I seem to spend a lot of my time wanting ice cream, Laura Jane ;-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    The food is always one of the most important parts of a holiday to me too!! Love all your choices, especially the pasta dish – looks so delicious! xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The pasta dish is one of my favourite ever dishes Miranda. It’s such a treat!x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    Mmm! Something that I love about food is how much of a memory it can evoke. Berlin and Budapest both had some amazing little hole in the wall vegan places, which are my favorite (although I’ve forgotten the names at the moment.). When I was in Asheville, NC, I had “tempelo wings” (spicy buffalo wings made with tempeh) and they were amazing. Hands down one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had.

    xx Kathryn

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Wow Kathryn, those tempelo wings sound absolutely amazing! I so agree with you on the memories front. All of my holiday meals have given me so many vivid memories in comparison with other experiences I have had :-)

  • Charlie D

    Your beautiful photos have got me craving food ! This is giving me ideas for later ;) Thank you.

    Charlie xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Charlie! I have to say, it made me pretty hungry just writing this post!x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    it’s pretty gray here too so all I think about is the beach! i really want to go!! hopefully soon!
    i love mint chocolate chip ice cream – it’s the best!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Mint choc chip is soooo good Jessica! And when it does eventually become summer here I’ll have a proper excuse to eat bucket loads of it :-)

  • http://www.tealightsky.com Tash

    Ah love this post. I relate instantly! These 12 whole days of January blues so far have already led me and a friend to book a getaway to Spain next month. Summer nostalgia ain’t good for the post Christmas purse… I also love how you really bring the food out here. Food really is embedded in our memories just as are people and places. Something as simple as the way my dad used to always prepare us baked beans with steamed potatoes from the garden on sunday summer nights when we were little, or the way that even the most creamy and luxurious pasta dish could never outdo my nanas signature pasta with bacon – simply because of the memories attached to so many other things.

    Love the first photo, and that spaghetti looks delicious. x


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right Tash! Food is so embedded in our memories. Sometimes it doesn’t even need to be a spectacular plate of food, but if it reminds you of a specific time, it somehow seems almost perfect. I have to say, I’m jealous of your Spanish getaway next month, but I’m looking forward to reading about it :-)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    Trying new foods is my favorite part of traveling, too :) Eating like the locals (not just what they eat but when and with what) is a great idea! When I try to remember my favorite travel eats, it’s always little things… like roasted chestnuts from a street kiosk in Barcelona. Here’s where keeping a food diary would come in handy!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s the best part of travelling, right Gianni? Barcelona is on my hit list of places to visit and when I go, I’ll definitely look out for some roasted chestnuts :-)

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    How I wish I was eating a melting ice-cream on a warm beach! x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I know what you mean Miranda! Summer needs to hurry up and get here :-)

  • Siobhan

    ooh, I like this game, my favourite breakfast was grated tomatoes with olive oil on toast in Spain, and my favourite dinner was also in Spain where I had this amazing bowl of potatoes and fish layered like a savoury trifle and ridiculously flavourful, dessert would be the eclairs and ice cider I had in Banff in Canada. That was epic!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Ooh Siobhan that breakfast! Wow! In fact, it all sounds amazing x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    My top three would be: 1) pizza and gelato in Rome 2) apple pie on a farm in Belgium 3) deep fried aubergine in Greece. The salty clams on your honey moon look yummy. I miss it being hot enough for ice cream!