“I don’t think I could have a genuine relationship with someone who didn’t love to travel and appreciate new foods. Traveling is a big part of my life, and I want to share that with the people close to me.” ~Candice Accola
When I met Pete, he’d tried little outside of the traditional British family-style cooking he grew up on and hadn’t yet travelled abroad beyond France, twice on school trips. Fortunately for me, when we started dating he quickly took on board my love for foreign food and travel, and he’s opened his mind and his belly to more and more new tastes and textures during the 25 years we’ve been together. There are still a few things he balks at eating, but in the main he’s as excited as I am to explore local cuisine. Food is a huge part of our travelling life and I know I’d find it hard to travel extensively with someone who didn’t feel the same way!
What about you? Is enjoyment of local cuisine one of the key pleasures of travel for you? What about your travelling companions, do they feel the same way? If not, how does their lack of enthusiasm affect your appreciation of food while travelling? I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts!
I have long had a sweet spot for both English custard tarts and the super sweet Portuguese pasteis de nata. Both of these made their way to East Asia via the English and Portuguese, during the era of colonialism but they really took off when Englishman Andrew Stow launched a business importing and selling European baking goods, and soon after, a bakery specialising in European cakes and breads. Stow experimented with a recipe incorporating aspects of both English and Portuguese custard tarts, but also took into account the Chinese preference for less sweet desserts. Stow’s custard tarts quickly gained a very loyal following and the business expanded into other cities across East Asia.
I sampled these in at the original location of Lord Stow’s Bakery, in the Coloane Village neighbourhood of Macau.
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