Six Months of Travel: Top 5 Meals

Nate and I have been on the road for 6 months now.  We’re officially halfway through our yearlong trip around the world! 

In the 10 countries we’ve visited, we’ve eaten hundreds of meals- some good, some bad, some diarrhea-inducing.

Here are our top 5 meals so far:

1.  Chefs Warehouse, Cape Town

This small restaurant in Cape Town’s city center packs a big punch.  We’d read that their four-course set menu was outstanding, so we visited for lunch.  We instantly fell in love.  Vietnamese yellow tail followed by salmon in miso broth.  The risotto was so rich and felt like it melted in our mouths.  We loved this place so much that we came back for a second time for dinner!

2.  La Mar, Lima

This is one of Gaston’s famous ceviche place so popular that they’re only open for lunch.  Located in the upscale, seaside Miraflores neighborhood, La Mar is an indoor/outdoor space with agreat atmosphere and fantastic seafood menu.  We went early for lunch arriving by 11:30 a.m. and still could only be seated at the bar, which we ended up loving.  We split a ceviche tasting with shrimp and fish as well as a sushi fusion dish that tasted incredible.  And of course no Peruvian meal is complete without a pisco sour!

3.  Slow Wine, Fast Food Tasting, Stellenbosch

While in South Africa, we booked a day of wine tasting in their wine capital, Stellenbosch.  This is a charming town dotted by vineyards an hour outside of Cape Town.  We visited a number of wineries but loved our food pairings experience, where we enjoyed samosas, beef kabobs flavored with chocolate and spices, pumpkin soup and more.  

4.  La Casa Toscana, Tuscany

This one wasn’t a restaurant but instead the home of our workaway host, Chicca, who offers cooking classes out of her Tuscan farmhouse an hour south of Florence.  Chicca is a purported home cook, so she doesn’t bother with fancy chef-prepared menus.  Instead she cooks everyday for her family using organic, local ingredients, often picked right before a classes from her garden.  Some of our favorite Chicca recipes include her Pasta alla Puttanesca and Baked Semolina Gnocchi with Butter and Sage.

5.  Willoughby and Co., Cape Town

Housed in a mall (yes, a shopping mall) at the V&A Waterfront, this is a sushi find!  After four months in South America, we were desperate for good, fresh sushi by the time we’d reached Cape Town.  Luckily, Willoughby’s delivers with a variety of salmon, tuna, eel and soft shell crab rolls in addition to the usual starters and sides.  The fish was very fresh and always served with a delicious South African white wine.  We visited this place a total a three times during our time in Cape Town!