Fabulous food: What to expect when you’re abroad

credit cardFrom Europe to Asia, every country seems to have a national dish they’re proud of! The locals have spent years modifying recipes and adding their own unique touches, so what can you expect on your travels?


Cypriot cuisine has a strong Mediterranean, Southern European and Middle Eastern influence thanks to its past inhabitants and unique location. Whether you visit the Turkish or Greek side of the island, mezes are particularly popular and are made up of delicious small dishes including salads, pitta bread, halloumi, cured meats, seafood, and stuffed vine leaves that are bought out at a slow pace. The good news is, local eateries are cheap, so you shouldn’t have to max out your UK credit cards on food.


Spain is well-known for a traditional rice dish called paella. It originated in Valencia, but is now served across the country and is a highly-popular meal. Seafood and mixed paellas are most common, but there are a wide range of other varieties too, depending on which regions you visit. If you want to give it a go yourself, there are plenty of recipes online, so get creative in the kitchen! Other frequently served dishes also include gazpacho (a tasty tomato soup served cold), mixed platters of cured meat and an extensive variety of seafood – fresh from the Mediterranean Sea.


If you’re planning a trip to France – you’re in luck. The French are renowned for their adventurous recipes and exquisite cuisine, so why not try some of the best culinary delights around including steak au poivre (steak with black pepper), blanquette de veau (veal) and boudin blanc (a delicately-flavoured sausage)? If cheese and wine are more your things, there’s plenty of choice available and you can even pick up tasty desserts such as éclairs, crepes and macaroons at local patisseries.


If you like your food hot and spice, Asia’s the place to be. Red and green curries are popular in Thailand and pack quite a punch, so make sure you have a glass of water nearby –  just in case. Noodle soup, pad Thai and chicken with rice are also popular and these are a bit kinder on the pallet. The good news is, you won’t have to apply for a credit card just to satisfy your feeding habits, as just a few hundred Thai Bhatt should buy you a decent meal.

Eating out is a great experience when you’re abroad, so head out and about and see what you can find.

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