Sponsored Post For me, one of the principal pleasures of a foreign holiday is the food. Well one of the principal pleasures in my life is the food, but I especially enjoy eating different things when I am on holiday.
The metaphor of walking a mile in another man’s shoes before judging or criticising them is well known. I think you cannot know or understand another country or culture until you have eaten their food. It dismays me how few do. When I was in my 20s a friend and I used to book a very last minute (and cheap) package holiday – usually the day before we went – spend 2 days by the hotel pool, before hiring car or cycles and exploring the country. It both saddened and surprised me how the majority of hotel meals served were British, local cuisine was ignored as, apparently, it was not what people wanted. One several occasions we made friends with the hotel restaurant manager who, delighted by our interest, was only too glad to serve us the food from the staff restaurant. Our fellow guests may have been suspicious of the “foreign muck” but our holidays and taste buds were all the richer for it.
Sunvil is a specialist independent travel company with 40 years experience who are passionate about their destinations, and believe that food is at the heart of local culture. One of their specialities is holidays off the beaten track in the Greek Islands which reminded me that I once wrote about my uncle and aunt who went to Paxos every summer in the 1970s).
Over the years Sunvil have developed fantastic links with the communities their guests travel to, and have become experts in the local culture of the Greek Islands. They have recently launched the Sunvil Supper Club, which will feature different recipe from across the Greek Islands, starting with Baklava, traditionally from Crete.
Baklava is a sweet pastry made with layers of filo pastry filled with spiced chopped nuts then sweetened with honey or syrup. This was easy to make and delicious to eat. Perfect for picnics this summer, wherever you are having your holiday!
What is your favourite place to travel to and eat well?
How can we encourage more people to eat local food when on holiday?
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