Oh I Do Like To Eat Beside The Seaside
When it comes to holidays, the local food is all part of the experience. Here’s our pick of the best home-grown bites you can eat around the globe, plus some links to recipes you can have a go at…
I challenge anyone to not let their nose lead them to the smell of fresh churros. Basically, they’re piped doughnuts, fried until crunchy and showered in sugar. They’re usually eaten at breakfast and dipped into the locals’ drink of choice – thick hot chocolate – but they go down a treat at any hour. Every hour, in fact.
Want to rustle them up in your own kitchen? Try Thomasina Miers’ recipe via nigella.com.
PAD THAI… THAILAND
Not much beats tucking into a carton of Thailand’s national dish with white sand between your toes. A tasty concoction of noodles, egg, beansprouts, shrimp and peanuts, it’s a street eat you won’t forget and a snip at around 50p a pop.
Try The Telegraph’s Pad Thai recipe at home.
Okay, so an ice-cream by the sea is almost law, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had a lick of gelato in Italy. Velvety smooth and creamy, this Italian masterpiece puts Mr Whippy in the shade. And the choice of flavours is as intense as the taste. My vote goes to pistachio, tiramisu, hazelnut….
Heading to Rome? You’ll probably want to try the gelato at Giolitti.
Sitting by the sea with a table toppling over with tiny dishes of Cypriot food is heaven. It’s a great way to sample the island’s cuisine in miniature, but don’t be fooled – you won’t be left hungry. After making your way through a mountain of plates, you may have to admit defeat and beg them to stop…
Make your own meze spread with BBC Food’s Easy Meze Platter recipe.
JERK CHICKEN… JAMAICA
Picture it. You, palm-fringed sands and a beach bar serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Cliché Caribbean? Maybe. But this slow-cooked dish – made with fiery Scotch bonnet peppers – is Jamaica on a plate, especially when it’s served with an ice-cold Red Stripe.
Follow The Guardian’s advice to cook the perfect Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
STILL HUNGRY? TUCK IN TO…
Ful Medames in Egypt – a bean-based stew traditionally served for breakfast
Key Lime Pie in Florida – a sinfully sweet pud with a zesty kick (below)
Dholl Pori in Mauritius – grab one of these paper-thin flatbreads on the go
Tagine in Morocco – slow cooked to melt-in-the-mouth perfection (below)
Peanut Soup in Mexico – a spicy soup with serious attitude
Pastel de Nata in Portugal – dangerously-moreish custard tarts (below)
Sea Urchin Salad in Greece – order this summer special at a beachside taverna