August 23 (TravelAndy): Food & Drink Fortnight (1-16 September 2018) offers the ideal opportunity for a Scottish foodie adventure, with a variety of events taking place the length and breadth of the country for all, celebrating local produce and offering unique food and drink experiences.
Scotland is home to many food and drink favourites: from the west coast Seafood Trail and the famous Malt Whisky Trail; a variety of seasonal choices from Shetland lamb and fresh Perthshire strawberries; Scotland’s national dish, haggis; and a few unexpected surprises along the way, including over 50 gin distilleries, and seaweed, freshly caught on Scotland’s beaches.
Added to this, the new Hebridean Whisky Trail – launched in August 2018 – and the fact the Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire has been listed as the top UK food and drink experience by Lonely Planet*, there are plenty of foodie discoveries around every corner. Continue reading Scotland woos foodies with food & drink fortnight
Have a day to spend in Bangkok but don’t want to spend too much? No problem at all, even if you throw in a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant!
Earlier this year, I flew into Bangkok at 6 in the morning and had the entire day in the city before taking an overnight train (I travelled first class. SO GOOD. Video coming soon on the TravelAndy YouTube channel) out around 7.30 in the evening.
So, here’s how I went about it. Continue reading How to spend 12 hours in Bangkok
November 19 (TravelAndy): MOO-ve over porridge and haggis….research highlighted by VisitScotland shows that Scottish beef appeals to consumers more than traditional porridge oats, haggis and Scottish salmon.
A topic paper published recently by the national tourism organisation – which pulls together recent food and drink research from a variety of sources to explore the role of food and drink in the visitor experience – shows that Scottish Beef tops a list of Scottish food for its appeal, with 60% of consumers surveyed preferring beef over Scottish salmon (51%), porridge oats (40%), haggis (27%) and berries (27%).
The research also reveals that almost 6 in 10 consumers (57%) most look forward to having tea at a local café, while 56% said that eating fish and chips outside particularly appealed to them during a holiday. Continue reading Scottish beef more popular than haggis, salmon
If you live in India and are thinking of a quick getaway within the country, chances are Goa would be among the top five options you’re considering.
And why not? Goa has all the ingredients to make a holiday both fun and relaxing.
Be it boisterous parties, world-class music festivals, adventurous water sports, bicycle rides through the countryside or delicious food, this small state on India’s west coast packs a punch. It’s not for nothing people from all parts of the world come to Goa. Continue reading Go to North Goa this winter
March 21 (TravelAndy): The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. recently published a food chart with official rates to make passengers aware.
Passengers on Indian Railways often complain how unscrupulous employees charge them more than the official rate for food on trains.
The corporation published the rates on Twitter through its handle @IRCTC_Ltd, which has around 49,100 followers. Continue reading IRCTC publishes train food rates for awareness
Malaysia is pretty well connected by flights from India.
Apart from the several direct connections to Kuala Lumpur, India’s first direct flight to Penang also started recently. Despite all that, I find most travellers using Malaysia as a flight connection hub rather than a travel destination in itself. I wonder why.
If you have been thinking of reasons to visit Malaysia, think no further than the incredible food you get there.
I was talking to a friend who had been to Malaysia on her honeymoon and it appeared to me that the beautiful couple ate their way through the country! The enthusiasm my friend showed when she described me the finger-licking food they had in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Mersing and Kuching made me decide to share the details with you. Continue reading Go to Malaysia for the food
The food scene in Darjeeling is very exciting.
Before I went there, many of my friends who have visited the hill station had told me about the restaurants I should eat at. I followed their advice and checked out some of their recommendations.
Here’s is what I though of three eateries in Darjeeling, which are certainly counted as among its most popular ones. Continue reading Eating out at Darjeeling: Three reviews
This post is part of a series by Jayeeta Ghorai on vegetarian travel
Vegetarians are not boring eaters.
They can be adventurous about trying out unusual treats, and are just as curious as non-vegetarians. And when the world is out to offer such wonderfully different options, why should they not be?
Even the most prolific flesh-eating nations of the world have at least one specialty vegetarian dish hidden in their culinary sleeve.
“Travelling and eating abroad, many diners discover that the world is a vegetarian’s oyster,” wrote Alistair Bland in The Smithsonian Magazine. Here are some of the unique vegetarian delicacies worth travelling the world for. Continue reading Vegetarian delicacies from around the world
This post is part of a series by Jayeeta Ghorai on vegetarian travel
Many vegetarians are wary of travel.
In the comfort of their home and city, they know exactly how to go about getting their nutrition without compromising on their ethical and dietary restrictions. Getting out of the comfort zone adds this extra dimension to their unease, a moral dilemma.
They don’t want to end up starving – fasting can be wonderful for body and soul but not at the point of coercion – nor break a lifetime’s commitment by mistake.
It is time to undo the myth that strict vegetarians can’t travel worldwide. People from across the world are turning vegetarian (and vegan) for healthy, sustainable living and if you are one of them, you need not feel alienated anywhere. Continue reading Let’s bust some vegetarian travel myths
I was at the Hornbill Festival for just two of its 10 days. Yet, I found enough reasons to fall in love with it and want to return.
The northeast Indian state of Nagaland is known as the land of festivals with all its tribes enthusiastically celebrating their own festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and promote the cultural heritage of the state, the Nagaland government organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. Continue reading Seven reasons to visit Hornbill Festival
Have you been to Goa? Have you seen the Palolem beach? If your answer to the first question is an yes, but the second is a no, then you missed something nice.
Here are 7 reasons to visit Palolem beach in Goa. Continue reading 7 reasons to visit Palolem beach in Goa
“Why Yoron?” Chie wasn’t the first person to ask me this question.
That I was in Japan was itself pretty random! When I decided to travel in July, I had no clue where I wanted to go. So, I began thinking of countries that started with a “J” (because July starts with J!). Three countries came to my mind — Japan, Jordon and Jamaica — in that order. Japan won. Continue reading Travelogue: Yoron island in Japan