All this recent sunshine might have gone to my head, but I am going to be exceptionally bold and announce that the prosecco party has peaked and this summer, we should be sipping on cava instead! I think this Spanish bubbly tastes better than prosecco, is more akin to champagne, but (and here’s the sneaky little bonus) is generally more affordable than both! In Catalonia, the home of cava, it’s absolutely acceptable to pop open a bottle at any time of the day, and for no reason other than the fact you’re thirsty. It’s an ethos I can get on board with, and totally did on a recent trip to Barcelona – there was cava at breakfast, a sneaky glass or two in the afternoon, and a few more with dinner!
But Barcelona is not the only place where you can indulge in this cava-filled lifestyle… we Londoners can now raise a glass of the Spanish bubbly at the new Anna de Codorniu Terrace on the Thames. Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands have given their terrace an Anna-makeover – casual and comfortable seating, light and airy atmosphere, plenty of Anna cava on hand! When we found ourselves there on a beautifully balmy evening, we immediately felt like we were far, far from the hectic pace of the city, even though it was just a short ferry ride from Canary Wharf!
Those of you who have been following along will have realised by now that food is probably my favourite aspect of travel. I love eating what the locals eat and tasting the speciality dishes of the country or region, be it the street food stand everyone lines up for or that restaurant-of-the-moment where the chef is pushing the boundaries and giving the cuisine they know and love a modern spin.
I really enjoy going to museums and breathtaking churches but I equally enjoy walking through the aisles of a foreign supermarket- is that weird? I love taking in the views of a city and just getting lost in the streets soaking up the atmosphere of everyday life, but I’m also always on the look out for a bite to eat in those streets. Food can tell you a lot about a country’s culture and heritage; this may be through the story behind a certain dish, the produce most frequently used or even the styles of fusion food which have developed. But while all this is true, at the end of the day, I eat because I enjoy good food!
When the lovely Frankie, also known as The Mayfairy, nominated me to whip up my own Celebrity Cruises Taste of Travel Menu, I thought it would be pretty easy. I was wrong. I have eaten so much wonderful food on my travels so far that I have been umming and aahing about it for the last couple of hours, but here goes…