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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Kuala Lumpur

What: Curry laksa Where: Chawan (Kuala Lumpur) Note: Curry laksa is a Malaysian classic. It’s basically a thick, spicy coconut-based broth filled with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, fried tofu puffs and noodles (I prefer rice vermicelli – meehoon – in my curry laksa). This dish is rapidly gaining popularity around the world (when visiting Australia […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca

What: Iberico ham. Where: Restaurante Modesto, Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca. Note: Cala Sant Vicenç is a small hamlet in the northwest of Mallorca, with a gorgeous crystal-clear, turquoise cove and a small sandy beach. The houses hug the hillsides and offer a magnificent vista of the daunting cliff face of the Formentor peninsula. Modesto is […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Palma de Mallorca

What: Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with baby salad leaves, pear, cucumber, avocado and ginger dressing) Where: Caballito de Mar (Palma de Mallorca, Balearic islands, Spain) Notes: The tuna was perfectly seared and the combination with the fresh garden leaves, pear, avocado and cucumber was beautiful. The ginger dressing was an excellent touch, giving the tuna […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Whitsunday islands

What: Green tree ant Where: Whitsunday islands (Queensland, Australia) Note: I got the unique opportunity to taste a green tree ant during a bushwalk on one of the Whitsunday islands. Our guide took us on a walk around the island to get acquainted with the vegetation and to show us how the Aboriginals utilised the […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Hamburg

What: Fresh white asparagus with smoked salmon & a Hollandaise sauce Where: Friesen Keller (Hamburg, Germany) Note: The Friesen Keller is a typical Hamburg restaurant with efficient and friendly service, and hearty portions. The restaurant also has an outdoor terrace which boasts fantastic views of Hamburg’s famous landmark, the Rathaus. Late-spring is asparagus season and […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Punta Arenas II

What: A selection of wild meats of Patagonia, including wild goose, beaver, rhea and llama. Where: Remezón (Punta Arenas, Chile). Note: Patagonia is not only famous for its stunning nature. I soon discovered that the food is amazing too. Fresh seafood can be found everywhere whilst game is plentiful. Punta Arenas boasts several top-notch restaurants, […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Easter Island

What: tuna sashimi with rice and a carrot/cabbage salad Where: Taverne du Pescheur (Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile) Note: The Taverne du Pescheur is a quaint restaurant at the small harbour of Hanga Roa, the only town on Easter Island. The owner, a temperamental but entertaining Frenchman (who, seriously, looked like Obelix), remarked that he had […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Portland

What: Fresh crawfish Where: Jake’s Famous Crawfish (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) Note: I thought the crawfish served in this rather touristy but very popular restaurant were good, though not as good as the stuff you can get in New Orleans! A good friend of mine who lives there had a look at this photo and went […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Valparaiso

What: Fresh prawns and scallops in a whisky and cumin sauce. Where: Café Turri (Valparaiso, Chile). Note: The combination of the freshest prawns and scallops with a light whisky sauce and a sprinkling of cumin seeds was absolutely divine! The Montes Alpha (my favourite Chilean vineyard) Sauvignon Blanc that accompanied this starter was sublime! Café Turri is […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Punta Arenas

I’m not a food critic but I do love good food! That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy travelling. Seeking out the best eateries and exploring local cuisines are all part of the adventure. This post marks the beginning of a new series: velvet escape’s Culinary Journey. It features a selection of culinary highlights […]

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