Puntarenitas boating in Zancudo, Costa Rica JetSetting Fools

Boating in Zancudo, Costa Rica

I waded a few steps into the water, cooling the soles of my feet from the already hot sand, then hopped onto the side of the boat and swung my legs in, careful to keep my balance without spilling my Bloody Mary. It wasn’t quite noon and a little later than we had planned on leaving; but no one watches the clock in Zancudo. Tides are more important than time – and the tide was low, which was precisely why we were not boarding the boat at the dock. When all eight of us were on board, we set off for the day’s adventure of boating in Zancudo, Costa Rica: zipping across the bay, lunch on “Lobster Island” and a leisurely ride back to Zancudo through The Trocha.

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The 6 Best Things to Eat in Reykjavik, Iceland JetSettingFools.com

The 6 best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland (and what it cost!)

Hot dogs, fish, soup, yogurt, tomatoes and orange soda. It doesn’t sound like much, but these are the six best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Due to the isolation and harsh winters of an island nation, the national cuisine in Iceland ranges from fairly basic and expected to creative and downright strange. The remoteness also makes it outrageously expensive. We attempted to keep our budget in check and still get a taste of Iceland cuisine and we think we succeeded in finding six of the best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Dutch Cuisine - Kaas Cheese

Dutch Cuisine: 17 things to eat in the Netherlands

The Dutch word ‘lekker’ doesn’t have a direct English translation, but is closest to ‘yummy.’ After sampling a variety of Dutch cuisine, we can attest to it being quite lekker, actually.

Before arriving in the Netherlands, the only thing we knew about local Dutch cuisine was cheese and Dutch apple pie. While the idea of gorging on nothing but cheese and pie sounded appealing, we’ve (thankfully) been introduced to a variety of Netherlands fare. Our wintertime visit has been accompanied by hearty dishes, sweet treats, holiday specialties…and lots of cheese.

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Thanksgiving dinner (with a side of rant)

New places, new people, new food; I crave trying new and different things. Thus, a lifestyle of travel – constantly being in new places, meeting new people and tasting new food – suits me well. But, when it comes to holidays, I have a deep desire for traditional celebrations. Regardless of where I happen to be in the world, I go to great lengths to ensure certain holidays are ‘properly’ observed.

While it is easy to feel Christmassy in Europe, recreating American holidays abroad, like 4th of July in New Zealand, can be a bit more difficult. Fireworks on The Fourth or football on Thanksgiving are unlikely to happen in a foreign country, but preparing a traditional meal is certainly achievable. Last year for Thanksgiving we ‘made do’ in Cape Town, South Africa with a two-burner stove and a microwave to prepare a small deli turkey and simple sides.

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Sarajevo Cuisine A Guide To Eating in Sarajevo JetSettingFools.com

Sarajevo cuisine: What to eat in Sarajevo

Just like the city itself, Sarajevo cuisine is a blend of east and west, with both Turkish and European influences. Of the many reasons we were looking forward to visiting the city, sampling the local fare was high on the list.

On our previous travels to the Balkans, we quickly took a liking to two of the most popular regional dishes, cevapi and burek. Not only are these two meat dishes hearty and satisfying, they are also incredibly inexpensive. During our 10 days in the city, we feasted on Sarajevo cuisine. In addition to the two mainstays, we also branched out to try other gastronomy, sipped on plenty of Bosnian kafa, indulged in a few desserts and sampled the local beer and traditional spirits.

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Truffle Hunting: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 1

Truffle Hunting: An Istrian Day Trip, Part 1

This four-part series details the four stops on our Istrian day trip. Our adventure through Istria included Truffle hunting and sampling, Istrian Brandy processing and sipping, Visiting Motovun, a hilltop town, and visiting Porec, a seaside town. It was a day full of new tastes, sights and experiences. 

I’m ruined for life. After just one bite of scrambled eggs with black truffles, I doubt I will ever again eat a better egg dish. I would love to start every day with a plate of the pungent, fungi goodness and was overjoyed that it was how we started our Istrian day trip.

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We saw pumpkin dishes on nearly ever restaurant menu in Australia and, at first, didn't understand the pumpkin craze.

Pumpkin Soup in Australia: It’s what’s for dinner

Pumpkin is something I associate with Halloween, but in Australia, it’s what they make for dinner. Some variation of pumpkin, often a pumpkin soup, can be found on just about every restaurant menu in Melbourne. We are always eager to try local dishes, but we were hesitant to indulge in the pumpkin craze.

Our first taste of pumpkin in Australia was during our all-you-can-eat experience at the Dumpling House, where we tried pumpkin dumplings and pumpkin cake – and we started to understand the enthusiasm for it. But, when a neighbor invited us to tea (that’s dinner in Australia) and a subsequent lunch, our taste buds for pumpkin were awakened.

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Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant is better known simply as the Dumpling House in Chinatown

Dumpling House in Chinatown – Melbourne

Wherever we go, seeking out the local cuisine is a must. Food and flavors tell the story of the people of the place we are visiting and I crave biting into their history. Australia, however, might be an exception. Besides their affection for pumpkin soup, the multi-cultural cuisine is quite similar to what we have in America. However, I was determined to get a taste of a local specialty, which led us to the Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant, more widely known as the Dumpling House in Chinatown. The online reviews were varied (mostly citing rude wait staff), but, in the end, we were lured in by the All-You-Can-Eat offer and heeded the nod of approval from locals.

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Best Local Cuisine: Chivito

Best Local Cuisine of our RTW Journey

Naturally, we are often asked what our ‘favorites’ were during our travels around the globe. Those are always tough questions, but to share some of our best memories, we are starting a new series of posts called Best Of Our Journey. In each post, we will discuss the Best Of a specific category. If you’ve been wondering what our Best or Favorite {fill in the blank} was, leave a comment and we’ll compose a post for it!

During our travels, partaking in the local cuisine provided some of our most interesting experiences. Learning the flavors and methods of cooking in each region usually came with a bit of history about the people and place we were in. As budget travelers, when dining out, we made a conscience effort to spend our dollars on the local specialties and we were seldom disappointed.

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Ljubljana Food Festivals serve up some great fare, like the Holesterol burger at the Pivo & Burger Fest

Ljubljana Food Festivals

We’ve said it before: We love festivals. If they involve food and beer, all the better. By chance, we’ve had the fortune of being able to partake in local events on numerous occasions during our journey, like the Cape Town Beer Fest and the Kotor Karneval. Our springtime visit to Slovenia coincided with two Ljubljana food festivals that were right up our alley: Open Kitchen and Beer & Burger.

Ljubljana Food Festivals: Open Kitchen (Odprta Kuhna)

This brilliant festival takes place every Friday in Pogacarjev Square from March until October. Chefs from local restaurants set up in booths to cook a variety of cuisine from classic to creative. The options seemed endless with traditional fare, Thai, Mexican, Argentinian, burgers and desserts on offer (just to name a few). The festival is free and each booth sets their own menu and cash-only price structure, ranging from about €2-7.

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