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Getting the Jump: Up-and-Coming Street Food Destinations
Cities that are getting more delicious by the minute
Street food is a quick, convenient, usually delicious and authentically local way to get to know a new place. With this in mind, a recent study from Booking.com found that 37% of Canadian travellers plan to incorporate new food and drink destinations into their travel plans this year – and more than 46% say they pick a destination for its great food or drink. To help give travelling foodies the inside scoop on where to eat before it hits mainstream popularity, we have uncovered** three of the most promising up-and-coming street food destinations.
Melbourne in Victoria, Australia
Doughnuts from the USA, with an Aussie twist
Melbournians are already known for their deep and passionate love affair with coffee and when it comes to food, this Australian city is leading the world. The city’s first permanent food truck park was established in 2015 in Northcote, where a rotating list of trucks offer an international spread of comfort and health food.
Since then, street food in the city has gone from strength to strength, especially in the northern suburbs like Preston where you’ll find The Food Truck Park, serving up gigantic burgers, nachos, pizza and craft beers.
The Bell Motel is just a 5 minute-drive from the park and is the ideal location for napping off those massive portions. It’s also a short drive to River Graze – an unmissable, family-friendly event held along the banks for the Yarra River in mid-March. The culinary program includes ‘cheese showcases’, ‘dessert celebrations’ and the World’s Longest Lunch, a raucous celebration attended by over 1,700 people.
Granada in Andalucía, Spain
Golden churros served with cones of thick, dark chocolate
Andalusians are rightly proud of their street food. Visitors to Granada will find delicious, earthy flavours served with a touch of theatricality that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Highlights include papas asadas (jacket potatoes) piping hot from portable vintage ovens, roast chestnut sellers with steaming trays, luminous prickly pears and gigantic slabs of ice cream, almost toppling out of sugar cones.
Travellers who like to graze on the go should head straight for the covered Mercado San Agustin (held daily in Plaza de San Agustín). Here you’ll find many of Granada’s signature dishes such as golden churros served with cones of thick, dark chocolate or lighter milk chocolate.
While the city’s main markets have enough to keep the casual visitors enthralled for hours, locals go out of their way to visit the Zaidin Market for low prices and fresh produce. Just in case your eyes are bigger than your stomach, the Granada Universal apartments are nearby and come with a complete kitchen.
Lat Krabang in Bangkok Province, Thailand
‘Boat noodles’ in Lat Krabang
Lat Krabang’s street food may already have popped up on your radar after one of the Bangkok district’s vendors made headlines for creating rainbow crepes, served with Nutella, bananas and plenty of social media acclaim. But there’s a lot more to the area’s street food than the ability to stay on trend.
Travellers with adventurous palates should pay a visit to the Suvarnabhumi Outdoor Market, where most of the menus are in Thai, and non-Thai speakers tend to just point to whatever looks and smells the best. Options include crispy chicken wings, pad thai, creamy red and green curries, egg noodle soups and portable cardboard containers of fragrant congee (rice porridge, often served with pork).
The Hua Ta Khae section of Lat Krabang used to be a floating village of market stalls and food hawkers. Today it’s still one of Bangkok’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Visitors can stay at the Residence Suvarnabhumi which has its own café on-site with an extensive menu to try out, not to mention a local Thai market a 10-minute walk away.
** The data scientists at Booking calculated which destinations had the most growth in endorsements for ‘street food’ from international travellers in 2017.
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Nubo was clean and had a fusion, hip vibe. The menu offers more authentic Japanese cuisine than fancy fusion items.
Lucky Strike Roll 13: smoked salmon, seared tuna, spicy tuna, prawn tempura, avocado, fish eggs.
Nigiri sushi – Saba, Hotate, Amaebi. The sashimi was very fresh and I liked the giant pieces of butterfly scallops
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Nabeyaki Udon 17: udon soup, mussels, scallop, prawn
We could never have a Japanese meal without at least some cooked food. This Nabeyaki Udon was especially comforting for a windy night after spending a day at the waterfalls!
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If you have any recommendations for good quality sushi, please me know in the comments below! I need this next time we head over for a staycation!
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar
Mon 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 2:45 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
739 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N9
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During our Vancouver Island road trip, we had no idea that the Cowichan Valley was home to so many BC wineries. Every few kilometers pointed us to a different vineyard. The southern slopes of the vineyard provide ideal growing conditions for German style wines. It is enveloped by evergreen trees to protect the vineyard from the wind. This area enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperatures!
Cowichan: First Nation’s word meaning “the warm land”.
Blue Grouse Estate varietals includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Ortega, Black Muscat, Siegerrebe and Bacchus. Approximately 2500 cases are sold each year. Their 2015 Pinot Gris and Quill Rose are already sold out!
Paul took Dave and I around facility and to the cellar. I love seeing the wine making process! Everything is like a science. It is very Walter White.
Both the barrel room and the sparkling wine room are temperature and humidity controlled.
Down the road from the Tasting Room is the Guest House. It has a gorgeous patio with a panoramic view of the vineyard. Trellis full of table grapes soon to be installed to provide shade to the ground floor. Ground floor suites now ready for private party and rentals.
Seriously, I can’t wait to wake up to this view. Easy!
Dave and I tried a few different wines and our favorite was the Siegerrebe and Ortega.
The Siegerrebe is a clear and bright with aromas of ripe apple, grapefruite, spring blossom and pineapple. It is a light-medium bodied wine that is smooth with a refreshing mouthfeel with flavors of papaya, tangerine and floral aromas lingering on the finish.
The Ortega is a cross between Muller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe. The flavors are clear and bright with a bouquet of pear, green apple and elderberry. Again this light-medium bodied wine is balanced with refreshing acidity and flavors of dried apricots and grapefruit to round out the palate.
The Tasting Rooms gets busy usually between 1-4pm. For groups of six or more, reservation is highly encouraged. The cost for a group tasting is $5.00 per person and will not be refunded with purchase for parties of 10 or more.
This estate does not have a restaurant on site, so you will need to fuel up first!
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Cuisine: Estate Winery
Sunday 11am – 5 pm
Monday 11am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11am – 5 pm
Thursday 11am – 5 pm
Friday 11am – 5 pm
Saturday 11am – 5 pm
2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3
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Owner Rob Kettner coined the cafe Hey Happy Coffee after Indie film Hey, Happy. There are a few seating booths and a bright naturally lit space in the front. A bright splash of lime green on the wall highlights the menu and an old record player.
For coffee lovers, Hey Happy offers a rotating fresh sheet. 21 grams of coffee to 325 grams of water for each single brew pour over a Chemex. There is a method to this madness. There is a science to good tasting coffee. Stocklist and coffee beans includes Phil & Sebastian (Calgary), Heart (Portland), etc.
Regardless one sip of their coconut milk iced latte and you will be converted too! Still not convinced? Cascara Slushee, Mint Julep coffee cocktail and chilled bottle coffee makes your standard iced Americano cry.
But first, let’s talk about their coconut milk iced latte. Most “coconut milk” anything is thin and watery. Instead HH’s version is creamy, rich and ultra smooth. The coconut milk itself gives it that splash of sweetness. Now that’s five bucks I’m happy to pay for!
Nitro Cold Brew: Smooth and crisp like beer. Super refreshing on dog days of summer.
Cascara Slushee: this light and slightly sweet slurpee is pretty just to look at. Cascara itself is actually the fruit that the coffee bean is grown in. The fruit is dehydrated and then steeped with honey, mint and lime. Then into the slushee machine. It is not the same cascara buckthorn native to Western North America from southern British Columbia south to Central California
Does your coffee make you happy?
Hey Happy Coffee
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Cafe
Mon 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tue 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thu 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
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