Food & drink

Paratha and roti | Unusual breads from around the world

Paratha and roti | Unusual breads from around the world

When something’s good, it’s often said to be “the best thing since sliced bread.” If you think about it, this saying doesn’t really make any sense – sliced bread is rubbish, it’s boring, and you’d have to be completely bonkers to believe it was mankind’s last great invention.

Bing and mantou | Unusual breads from around the world

Bing and mantou | Unusual breads from around the world

When something’s good, it’s often said to be “the best thing since sliced bread.” If you think about it, this saying doesn’t really make any sense – sliced bread is rubbish, it’s boring, and you’d have to be completely bonkers to believe it was mankind’s last great invention.

Kentucky Fried… Shrimp? Bizarre fast food from around the world

When on holiday, after days of sampling the local cuisine, it can often be tempting to relax by stepping into a recognisable fast food restaurant. After all, at least you know what you’re going to get there, right? Wrong, actually. Around the world, fast food chains are all too eager to adapt to local tastes, sometimes leaving tourists in a state of bewilderment.

7 facts you might not know about coffee

7 facts you might not know about coffee

Around the world, coffee production provides a livelihood for 25 million people. For them, coffee is a reason to get up in the morning while, for everyone else, it’s the reason they can get up in the morning. Over two billion cups of coffee are drunk every single day, which raises the question of how the other five billion people manage to get anything done.

Weird food combinations from around the world

Weird food combinations from around the world

I have a Spanish friend who balks when he sees me liberally applying vinegar to my chips. Apparently, in Spain NO ONE puts vinegar on their chips – it’s weird. They do, however, put it on their strawberries. And that’s not weird. This got me thinking about flavour combinations that are considered perfectly acceptable in some places, but have the potential to give British taste buds a panic attack.

Pizza around the world

Pizza around the world

Pizza was invented in Italy, popularised in America, and Norwegians now eat more of it than anyone else. Since its origins in Naples, the food has become a global favourite with each region coming up with toppings to suit their particular taste. The standard pizza, for those who don’t know, is round and flat with cheese and tomato baked on top of a bread base (at least, the base is usually bread – vegetarians should avoid Googling “porco pizza”).

The Explorers Club: New York's bizarre bug banquet

The Explorers Club: New York's bizarre bug banquet

When I think of the culinary delights I would probably devour while in New York, I dribble at the thought of hot dogs and onions, giant pretzels and fruity cocktails. I’m guessing you’re thinking along similar lines, right? Well how about if I was to tell that, every year, the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York played host to one of the world’s strangest banquets? Not for the weak-stomached (so me, then), this gruesome feast consists of pickled eyeballs, maggot-covered strawberries and – horror of horrors – deep-fried tarantula!

Breakfasts from around the world

Breakfasts from around the world

As we’re so often reminded, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It wakes you up after a night’s sleep, gets you ready for the day ahead and keeps you full until lunchtime. With such a vital role to play in our wellbeing, it’s perhaps surprising that so many of us leave control of our breakfast in the hands of a cartoon tiger.