Eating for the Soul

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When it comes to eating while abroad, eat as many native dishes as possible. Dining at the local neighborhood restaurant is a good way to get to know people over stimulating conversation and a good meal.  We have met many people while eating out and have been given numerous tips on local events, activities, and good cuisine. Don’t be scared to try something new you just might like it.

While in Cape Town my husband and I went Mama Bobotie’s for dinner and listened to the live band. Our server recommended we try Mama Bobotie with rice and Lamb curry with pap.  Bobotie is a well-known South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Pap is a traditional porridge or polenta and is a staple food of the Bantu people.

In South Africa you will find plenty of fresh seafood on the V & R waterfront. In the BoKaap community we dined at Biesmiellah at the Lounge where we ate Butter Chicken and Chicken Curry. We also brought back some Biltong, which is a dried, cured meat and can be made from different types of game animals.

During our time in Egypt my husband and I dined at FelFela and enjoyed a meal with lamb. FelFela has many dishes such as falafel, beans, lamb, sandwiches, tagine, and many other dishes. 

On New Year’s in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico my husband and I went to a beautiful restaurant and ate Paella for two. Some of the other dishes Puerto Rico is known for is lechon, mofongo, fish, huge lobster, empanadas, and many other dishes.

In China you can find sweet and sour pork, kung pao chicken, ma po tofu, wontons, dumplings, chow mein, roasted peking duck and spring rolls. While visiting in Beijing, I had the best Beijing beef with rice along the Houhai lake in the Xicheng district.

Mauritius has a wonderful array of seafood, from corn fish to shrimp to dorado fish (aka mahi-mahi) and much more. Around the world there is delicious food waiting for you to try. There is nothing like eating authentic jerk chicken in Jamaica, or nothing like Beijing beef in Beijing.

What are some of your favorite dishes you’ve enjoyed while travelling abroad? Share a favorite dish(es) you have tried. If you have any recommendations on restaurants share those as well.

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Roseland Hupp

Roseland Hupp

I am Roseland, and I travel, write, and take plenty of photos of different cities and countries I have travelled to around the world. My blog is for everyone who yearns to travel and learn about the diverse countries of the world. Subscribers to this blog will gain unique insight to travel through hands-on interactions rather than a hands-off perspective of a being a foreigner in a new land. Each post will reflect the truth of the locale it represents without any sugar coating added. You can learn more about me here.

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  1. Yes we have had a lot of great meals and met many people. Watching the sun set behind the pyramids while waiting for our food with dozens of other people was not something I will soon forget!!!
    Or having a midday meal with myself and my beautiful wife on the Redsea!!! Not anything I could have dreamed of!!!

    But my favorite meal was a late night dinner in Puerto Rico and I had Grouper it was the best fish I had ever eaten out while dinning. I wasn’t a big fan of fish but I’m coming around!!!

    1. Isn’t it wonderful to discover different food you determine you love? Thank you for sharing and I hope you continue to venture outside of your comfort zone to explore and experience different food from around the world. Does anyone else share Rodney’s new found love of Grouper?

    1. Typically in any country you are in you should be able to find something you enjoy eating. Depending on the country there are so many wonderful spices added to dishes that will excite your palate.

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