3 London markets

London is full of sites for tourists. Once you’ve had enough of the guidebook must-dos, there is still plenty more to see.

I enjoy going to markets. You can see where the locals really are (they aren’t at the museums) and experience day-to-day life a little better.

In London, the markets show off the city’s multicultural communities and culinary diversity. With this approach, London’s markets become a tourist attraction by themselves.
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There aren’t enough meals in the day

Two years ago when I started travelling, I was focused on museums, history and whatever else my trusty guidebook said was important. I spent most of my time on the tourist trail.

It was good. It was interesting. But I wasn’t getting the real feel for the place. I remembered each city by what I saw, not what I experienced.

Eventually, that turned into hanging out with new friends through CouchSurfing and I would remember the cities by what I did.

Now, I remember them by what I eat.
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Turkish foods to cook at home

Turkey is full of delicious food. You can find Manti, dumplings served in both a red and cream sauce; Lahmacun, a pizza-style dish; and Menemen, spicy scrambled eggs. Everything is delicious and full of flavour.

If you want a snack, you can pick up a simit, similar to a bagel. Hummus is a tasty chickpea spread.

Craving something sweet? Get some lokum, the flavoured jelly sweet commonly called Turkish Delight.

Thirsty? Turkish tea and coffee are everywhere.

It would be difficult to be hungry in Turkey. Even if you don’t want to cook, the markets offer plenty of fruits, vegetables and freshly squeezed juices. While there are many choices, some of my favourites can be found easily and can be made after returning home.
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Travelling through food in Vancouver

I recently returned from a 4-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. For a $13 Amtrak ticket, it couldn’t be passed up. Once I decided to go, I discovered my Dutch CouchSurfing host from Amsterdam last year had just moved there, a Chinese surfer I met in Bellingham could host me and there were a few CouchSurfing meetings organized for the Cherry Blossom Festival and Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Celebrations! I knew the four days would be packed with CouchSurfing activities, but in the end, the focus was all on food.
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3 German cities, 3 German street foods

Germany offers a lot of culinary variety.

From the Turkish-influenced city of Berlin to Frankfurt, the homeland of the hot dog, and on down to the pretzel capital of Munich, Germany has something to satisfy every stomach (except one on a diet).
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Chocolate, waffles and fries! Oh my!

If you want to gain weight and enjoy doing it, head to Belgium. The country’s street food is amazing. Turn any corner in a city center in the country and you’ll likely find a frietkoten (fry shack) take-away window, a waffle cart or a chocolate shop. Or, if you’re lucky, all three! The culinary wonders of Belgium have reached far and wide. Pomme frites (fried potatoes) are a mainstay in North American restaurants, waffles are a common breakfast food and chocolate… well… chocolate is chocolate and needs no words to describe its powers in the world. Sadly, all three have been commercialized in their worldwide travels and are now sold frozen, fattier and sweeter and are not as authentic as they should be. Yes, I’m telling you frozen fries, frozen waffles and sugary chocolate just don’t cut it after savoring the best of each in Belgium.
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