Memorable meals on holiday -

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jampling

Memorable meals on holiday -

- for the wrong reason!

I was wondering what Gravy Queen is eating and drinking right now in Jamaica, which got me thinking back to my own trip there and a rather memorable stop at a roadside Jerk chicken stand. I thought I was going to die!!! The hottest, spiciest taste I have ever had and hope never to have again. (And I like spicy foods!)

I also recall a cafe in Corfu where I was served pork that was literally oozing blood. I had the sense not to touch it!

What are your most memorable meals away?

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witty

Brains!

Horribe, horrible memories of ordering BRAINS and frites in France.....unpleasant to say the least!

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Tooodlepips

For food - an incredible meal in a local veggie restaurant in goa. Absolutely sublime!

For ambience - meal eaten outdoors on an exclusive island in the Maldeives - waves crashing on the beach, lovely food, nice wine and my beloved. Perfect.

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jampling

Another memorable holiday meal

Memorable for all the right reasons? Hmmm....so many to ponder. Why is it that meals on holiday always seem so much better than restaurant meals at home?

My fave memories would definitely include a whole barbecued fish on a virtually deserted beach in Northern Greece, after a day relaxing on the sands and swimming. The fish had been newly delivered by a local fisherman and was simply grilled over a firepit and splashed with the juice of fresh lemons at a stall on the beach. We were the only people around and there was nothing else on the menu! We brought our own wine to sip and finished off with huge slices of icecold watermelon that we had bought in the village in the morning and kept cold in the sea. We had the same meal virtually every day of our holiday and never tired of it!

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Saucey

My worst holiday meal was in Spain last Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve in the lovely town of Ronda. Such a beautiful place. We started off by popping into a few tapas bars, a few drinks and a few nibbles - perfect.
We thought we would have lunch somewhere a little more upmarket as there was a stunning hotel with an amazing view. The menu was in Spanish only so between 4 of us with limited Spanish we worked out what was on the menu - or so we thought (the waiter spoke no English).
I thought that I had ordered a risotto type vegetarian dish with hand-picked mushrooms. It wasn't until I was half way through the dish that I asked "when was the last time you found a bone in a mushroom?". Turns out I was eating some kind of entrails!!! I stuck to the wine after that.

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jampling

Holiday meals you'll never forget

LOL Saucey! Reminds me of another holiday disaster when in France with another couple. We all ordered what we thought was liver and ended up with four enormous bowls full to the brim with kidneys. Now I actually like a kidney or two in a mixed grill, but an overflowing bowl of them totally turned my stomach!

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sam from worthing

bad meal

Bodega's in Lanzarote..was the worst i ever had... well we...

the "bull" steak, was awful all fat and sinew, and the chewiest peice of shoe leather ever - even though asked for medium...chicken kebabs like they had been aired for 3 weeks and cooked in the dry canarian air with no flavour...spanish omlette was like scrambled eggs, and no onion or tatties...carbonara was swimming in what looked likeskimmed milk, pizza was all dough, no passatta or cheese and 2 thin strips of ham, the salad smelt and looked vinegary.

The best meal on Lanzarote....I have to ashamedly admit to.. which the "kids"
we went away with were astonished to learn, that me and my OH have only ever had this once before........but the best meal was actually a Macdonalds!!!

meals out that is!!!!

Sammy

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JAMES

Will get shot down in flames Sammy..

.....but there is nothing wrong with the odd McDonalds as a treat.......

They have (in the UK anyway!) really cleaned up their act over the last few yrs.

THey have better standards than most UK ready meals.........



When we stayed in Tenerife alot last year (28 weeks!) we found a lovely place. Really friendsly, really good, but reasonably priced food etc. Well, we ordered food, and a caraffe of wine. Then another caraffe, still waiting for food.....

Turns out the printer in the kitchen had run out of paper so they never got our order. Well, by this time, we were slightly sloshed and no longer hungry. You get past being hungry dont you.

Offered to pay for the wine, but they said no, it was their mistake. We went back the following night so that they were fully aware that we were not annoyed. These things happen!

THe food is good, but not excellent, but the atmosphere is wonderful, and it remains one of our fave places to eat.

XX

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Biggles !

Pork and clams

In Lisbon many years ago and I don't (can't) eat shellfish. I was assured by someone that a particular dish was all meat. Wrong, it was pork and a sort of small clam, loads of. Delicious if you can eat that sort of thing. The other occasion was in France, again many years ago, sailing around Normandy. Gorgeous little restaurant, again - but a different person insisting that a particular dish would be fine for me and it was a huge plate of Gesiers (some unmentionable part of a chicken, I think) in an otherwise lovely salad.

After that I have alwys tried to check things out myself; I can't help being a squeamish about certain food stuffs :0(

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Liz from Cumbria

Wasn't on holiday

But years and years ago went to a restaurant in Toronto and sent my food back three times then said "don't bother". Like James said, you get past eating! Everyone else's food was fine and so should mine have been (I was having steak) first time it was well-done, I'd asked for rare. Second time it was as tough as old boots and still too well-cooked third time it tasted funny and even the waiter wouldn't taste after smelling it! My dining companions thought I was extremely fussy and should have eaten well-done steak the first time - no way Jose!

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jampling

Holiday meals

I enjoy an Egg McMuffin for breakfast sometimes, Sammy, but I don't know that I'd choose one on holiday. But so much depends on the occasion and the need...

...I remember once being in Amsterdam. It happened to be St Nicklaus (sp) day when most shops and restaurants were closed. We'd been out walking thru the city and it was freezing cold with a perishing wind - and we were starving. We happened upon a large store with an ugly canteen type area, definitely not very promising. But I chose a bowl full of steaming thick pea soup, cooked with a ham hock, and it was absolutely scrummy! I can remember the smell and taste of it to this day and have many times tried to replicate it without true success.

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Saucey

One of the best holiday meals..

we have ever had is at the surf club in Umhlanga Rocks north of Durban. It is a small non-profit club where you can order a drink and sit on the deck watching the ocean all day long if you like with no pressure to leave or even eat for that matter.

The food is very simple but every mouthful is a delight. Below the surf club is rented out to tours (scuba, dolphin watching and deep sea fishing). One particular day we watched the deep sea fishing tour return and some of the tourists did not want to take their catch with them so it was brought up to the kitchen and quickly put on the menu. Rob said it was the most delicous piece of fish he had ever eaten - sooo fresh.

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jampling

Holiday meals

That sounds like my kind of meal, Saucey. The perfect combination of fresh food and ambiance!

 
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