A taste of travel: my menu

I’m very fond of my food, I’m also very fond of the monthly travel linkups. The ask for May: if travel was a menu, what starter (short haul), main (long haul) and dessert (a place with a lasting impression)… Travel and taste, excellent!

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Translating a menu choice to travel is tricky? I’m not one for planning dinners out in advance based on Michelin stars and don’t tend to remember a place for its food. I’m a long luncher and follow the locals… But relax and let me serve you up a travel feast…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

First, to manage disappointment, lamb is off the menu! Too damn cute to eat.

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

And I must apologise, it’s a picture menu. Even though I won’t eat at a restaurant with pictures of its food on the menu… 

Before we go anywhere – a calming aperitif…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Cornwall is my aperitif. Every time. Just like fizz.

For me, all good years include 2 visits to Cornwall. And of course all meals should begin with fizz. Two glasses? And Cornish Camel Valley pink fizz is the best fizz in my humble opinion! I’m lucky to have family (and accommodation) here. But even without, it would keep calling me back.

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

I can’t get enough of the ocean views…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

The rugged coast…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

I adore the tin mines on the cliffs…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

And the quiet bays…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

There’s excellent food and accommodation – especially if you look past the big names and go-local. Read my directory here, you won’t find these recommendations in a guide book.

And so, short haul scallops (or pâté) to start…

When I pick a starter, it’s always something we rarely have at home. A little dip into a few things different…

A short and easy trip to somewhere different to home. Living in the UK this is easy because most of Europe is less than 3 hours away. Everytime we pop somewhere in Europe we have an excellent time.

Most recently we discovered the friendly and fascinating Portugal

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Last year the Canaries surprised because quiet boutique niches do exist…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

France is easiest – no more than an hour’s flying time and countless quiet corners or glamorous spots

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Greece is further but excellent for off-season sunshine (and a BA points run as it is mid-haul)…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Main course of steak and yorkshire pudding…

That mix because steak is luxurious like all big trips should be. And yorkshire pudding because, well, a place has to feel like home.

Even if it is far from home.

For me this is India. I have been twice now – once with work, which gave me a taste and once last December which was simply magnificent – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Goa and Mumbai.

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

It felt like home because of the colonial history and the ease of speaking English…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

But it was luxurious because it was special, each and every day…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Of course we stayed in some magical accommodation

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

But we also visited some truly unique places…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

But only scratched the surface of great variety on offer…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Oh and the food was finger-licking good

Dairy-Free dessert is a rare treat…

Normally I end up with sorbet or a fruit salad…

When suddenly there’s a dairy-free treat it is an unexpected delight. Which is why Israel is just my type of pudding! We were blown away with our visit last spring. It had never been somewhere we’d expected to visit, but then the opportunity arose. I know we’ll return.

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

An incredible climate and geography

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

Such an excellent foodie scene…

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

An area dripping with a complex history

A taste of travel my menu - Travel with Penelope & Parker

I hope that has given you a taste for adventure.  It has certainly left me hungry for my next course!

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22 Comments

  1. May 2, 2017 / 8:18 am

    India has never been on my wish list but various blogs have started to bring me round. We may be returning to Israel this year!

    • May 2, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      I would love to go back this year but I think moving house is going to reduce our travel time!

  2. Wandermust Family
    May 2, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Beautiful places. India is definitely on my list

  3. May 2, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I love India so much and absolutely want to visit Portugal and Israel – especially for the breakfasts!

    • May 2, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Israeli breakfast shakshuka – basically the best thing ever. And the hummus and the falafel and and and…

  4. May 3, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Loved your unique travel menu, Anna (I also love that there’s a photo of you actually looking at a menu!) – Israel was a very interesting choice for dessert!

    • May 4, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thank you! Ha – it is lucky my instagram husband takes photos at all times! Israel could have been the whole meal to be honest – you should go!

  5. May 4, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Love this list! Very classy and very unique! I slowly starting to warm up to the idea of visiting India, one of my close friends lives there and can’t wait to attend his wedding 🙂

    • May 4, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Oh fantastic – there was a wedding when we were at the Oberoi in Jaipur and it looked quite incredible

  6. May 9, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I love how you have actually linked it all to food, and some of your foodie pics have made me salivate! Great post! #travellinkup

    • May 9, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      I took the assignment very literally! Hope you read it at lunchtime!!

    • May 10, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Haha, I will take that as a big compliment!!

  7. May 25, 2017 / 8:17 am

    After reading article title, never thought article goes like that. Such a creative post! Best travel menu I read here and would love to try breakfast in Israel someday. Keep it Up!

    • May 25, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      I would encourage you to enjoy dinner and lunch in Israel too 🙂

    • May 25, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Ooooh, looking forward to following along! Don’t miss my directory page if you want to hidden tips!

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