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New Series – Foodgasmic Tales From The Road

by Meg · 19 comments

Our Umbria tour guide, Fabio, chowing down on some delicious cake... Photoshop opportunities, anyone?

After spending five days in Umbria for the TBU Travel Blogger Unite conference, I realized that there is one common denominator amongst travelers:

We LOVE food. 

In fact, many travelers Tony and I met consider their food experiences to be the highlight of their travels and are often more inclined to spend 20 Euros on an Italian meal than 20 Euros in an Italian museum or on a tour bus.


After we discovered that we are not the only fat kids on the road, we decided to open up our weekly “Hostel Cooking 101” Series to be more of a portal for people to share their global culinary stories.

Just like the Food Network TV show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, we will be titling this series “Foodgasmic Tales From The Road.”

Here’s how it will all shake down folks:

  • Tony and I will have a weekly article on the best thing we ate during that week… And ANYTHING is game – whether it was a delicious meal we whipped up in our hostel (in that case, a recipe will be included), orgasmic street food in Asia, a piece of fruit from a local market, or a mouth watering dinner out… All is fair in love and food!
  • In addition to our weekly posts, we will also be reaching out to other travelers for occasional guest posts on their most cherished meals on the road.  If there is one thing we have learned this week in Umbria, it is that travelers love to talk about their food!

This week is just an introduction to our new series, but get ready for some serious food porn and drool-inducing tales next week.

And if you are a traveler, please let us know if you would like to share you foodie story with our readers.

In the meantime….

What is the best meal YOU ever ate?

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Edna April 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great idea! Food posts are so fun to write, and of course, fun to read/drool over….I predict your problem will be choosing just ONE thing each week!

Meg April 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Thanks Edna! We love our foodporn don’t we!? And your right, so hard to choose just one thing… Especially in Europe! mmm. Umbria alone has like 20 of my favorite foods! Anyways thanks again and expect us to be hitting you up soon for a foodie tale request 😉

JR April 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I love this idea. It will allow all of us who wish we were there to be there or anywhere a bit more. Feed us the food reviews !

Meg April 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

haha thanks Jer… After Umbria we will certainly have some good content coming your way!

Megan April 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

this is a wonderful idea! im right with you on the food being my highlight of many trips! except eastern europe…that part of the world and i have become gastronomically divorced. (with the exception of a few places of course) 😉

Meg April 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Hey Megan. Glad you like the idea! We will certainly reach out to you for a guest post if you’re down! So sad to hear about Eastern Europe… We might be heading to at least Poland and Lithuania in June so I hope they are not on the “divorced” list. P.S. I need to scour that email you sent me again for tips on Eastern Europe before we begin mapping out our itinerary for June – It was such a helpful email you sent… You are an angel and hopefully we can make it out to Norway!

Megan April 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

that would be awesome :) and if you cant find the eastern europe email, just let me know…i can conjure something else up 😉 you may also want to check out larissa at http://www.blonde-gypsy.com. she is an eastern europe extraordinaire (truth be told…she has been my source of information a few times!)

have fun…and maybe, just maybe, ill see yall up in scandinavia sometime!

Emily in Chile April 30, 2012 at 1:51 am

I like it! The best meal I ever had was at the amazing restaurant on Lycabettus Hill in Athens – scorpion fish that I have never forgotten, plenty of wine and all of it on my host’s dime :)

Meg April 30, 2012 at 3:18 am

Thanks! That fish sounds amazing… I hope a picture was taken of this epic meal. I will be sure to reach out to you soon for a little write-up on it :-)

Elin R April 30, 2012 at 7:40 am

Fantastic idea! I will definately be one of the foodies following your new series – and I will definately suggest some yummy stuff for you from the road on my way to Mongolia :)

Meg April 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

mmm Mongolia probably has some amazing food! I am glad you like the idea Elin – Umbria really inspired us. I will hit you up soon for your favorite on-the-road treat :-)

Magz April 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

LOVE me some foodgasmic!! I cannot wait for all the food photos and droll worthy descriptions…

Meg May 1, 2012 at 4:15 am

Yay! And perhaps we can hit you up for a fabulous NYC meal??? Afterall, NYC is a huge travel destination and I am sure our readers will want to know more about all the great places to eat there :-)

Annette | Bucket List Journey April 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Looking forward to foodgasmic! For me, a HUGE part of traveling is about the food.
I’m drooling already…

Meg May 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

Thanks Annette! I will be sure to hit you up for a food tale to share from your travels!

Kirsten May 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

My Fabio!!!!! Haha. But in all seriousness, eating is definitely the highlight of my travels. I love a good museum as well but it’s the food that makes a place for me.

Meg May 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

haha that picture of Fabio makes me laugh/smile every time I see it! I am glad we share the same opinion on food. Food is the heart of any culture in my mind! As we roll out this series, Tony and I will be sure to reach out to you for one of your most memorable food tales on the road. Until then, ciao!

Paul May 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

We had so much food that week and amongst some of the best we’ve ever had whilst travelling.

Though by the seventh or eighth course we were begging for mercy!

Meg May 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

I saw you went on the truffle tour – we ADORE truffles and are jealous of all the great meals you must have had! I just pinged you for an upcoming post we are working to compile about the food in Umbria… Perhaps you could share one of the many truffle dishes you tried? 😉

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