roamingtaste.com » Where foreign and local combine

IMG_0115

How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything special or simply relax in the warmth of the weather? It was my dads last weekend in London so we spent a fair amount of time out and about exploring a few areas he hadn’t seen yet and thankfully summer has arrived here in London. We managed to cover a fair amount of ground between eating and exploring before I accompanied him to the airport and felt a tinge of sadness that our time together had come so quickly to an end.

Summer is here though and with that there are so many plans, and visitors over the next month before I go off on another adventure. This year has truly been kind with the amount of travel completed and I feel rather lucky.

The trip to Iceland was held with such expectation that when it finally came to the week and then the day to go, it seemed slightly surreal. It was a far grander experience than I anticipated so I wanted to give a recipe from this land a go as soon as we landed back.

IMG_0124

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_0146

Last week was so manic that I literally couldn’t crawl into bed quick enough on Friday night and somehow the new week has left me feeling a little less tired than when my weekend began. The most exciting thing I did was go to breakfast with a friend, with little regard for timeframes we sat and chatted for a couple of hours as fellow patrons came and went on to their busy Saturday’s, it was most probably the most relaxing Saturday morning I’ve had in sometime.

But now it is back to the grind and I’ve had Vancouver on my thoughts a lot lately, a perfect distraction from reality are the memories I hold from my short, but incredibly fulfilling time I spent in this oft rainy city. With friends having recently relocated, I am being reminded of how wonderful this place and country can be to call home so it felt only too right to give this recipe a go that calls home to Nova Scotia.

IMG_0157

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_0045

This has been so mental that even my boss has been surprised that we are getting away long after the vast majority of the office. I knew this week would be crazy, but living it has been so much busy that this post is coming a day later than planned.

To be fair, it’s not even ‘officially’ summer yet, well not until Sunday, but this semifreddo is soooooo good that you could and should eat this no matter what time of year or what season it is. London has put on a good show of sunshine the last few weeks (well during the working week, on the weekends the weather returns to overcast to smite us all) and my patience could hold out no longer, this had to be made.

Yes, the white chocolate which is folded into the creamy custard and the tart cherries scream fancy dessert when you can in fact eat this in your running shorts when you aren’t even intending on running. No shame, I did that while eating this.

IMG_0052

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_7182

My journey to Reykjavik began on Icelandair with an evening flight that allowed the national airline to show off it’s special ‘northern lights’ feature as we flew ever closer to this island nation’s shores and a mixture of local artists played over the airwaves as we boarded and departed.

Landing at midnight with a glimmer of orange still hovering in the sky in early May and temperatures hovering just above 0ºC, it wasn’t as icy as we predicted. The airport lies 40 minutes drive away from downtown and there is always a bus (a much cheaper option than a taxi and there whether your plane is delayed or on time) to pick you up and drop you outside your hotel or hostel.

The northern most capital on earth is the kind of city with a soundtrack that is as relaxed as the people who inhabit it. This city where it snows more than it’s fair share and cold dark nights stay longer than more of us could tolerate, yet the people are incredibly friendly and relaxed. The local music by the musicians who call this city home are a perfect example of us as the tunes stream out of the local stores downtown.

IMG_7196

The honeycomb of Harpa

IMG_7223

View to the mountains

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_9996

Weekends are made of late Friday nights in pubs, watching people dance to mixed up old school music. They are made of long chats with friends you’ve never really had the chance to properly converse with beyond those five minute always rushed catch ups. They’re also made of new experiences like the color run.

I have been using the term ‘run’ rather loosely when telling people my plans for this weekend as my running was put on the wayside for a year to allow my body to heal properly, not just another month of no running and then the injuries I’ve had flair up again.

When this event came up it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up and give running another go, especially in the name of getting color thrown on me and my friends on a 5km route. A reachable goal for a beginner like me.

And we did it, felt satisfied and thankful for the incredibly warm weather London put on as we sat around drinking beer on the grass with countless others who were also shades of orange, purple and yellow. If you ever have a chance to do one, definitely give it a go!

IMG_9989

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_9944

Back to reality seems like a really harsh term when your feet are landing back on the ground and life’s sweet tint of travel and interesting people is replaced with people you see all the time and your routine is much simpler and less complicated.

My life is held in suspense for a couple of months while the expectation of more new sights, sounds and people get nearer. For now though, it is back to reality and almost summer which London will surely get the memo soon enough of having to put on warm lovely weather.

They say we learn one thing every day and a lot of people day so if you haven’t yet been introduced to Matcha you may well be asking why this ingredient seems to be in a lot of recipes of late. Matcha powder, is the ‘in’ food this year, but somehow I stumbled upon it a couple of years ago and fell in love with it’s bitter flavor that is way better than a cup of regular old green tea.

IMG_9942

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_7202

How was your month? What was the best thing that happened to you?

For me, no other May will ever quite live up to the traveling and places I got to see and experience this previous one that has now ended and brought me back to reality. There is still so much to be said about everything we did and saw and I’ll try my best to share those in the coming months.

Five countries in thirty one days is a lot to process and there.are.just.so.many.photos to share with you. But, for now, lets just get a peek into my month with a few photos and the best of what I found online.

IMG_7404_2

IMG_9148

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_8934

This month is in it’s last week and I’m on my fifth country, something I didn’t imagine when I was emailing my dad to come to Iceland (he hates the cold, but loves nature) for those two years. Yet here we are on our last adventure before I go back to reality and he continues his exploring alone.

Whilst we have been several places and on the move more days than not this month, time hasn’t felt fast. No internet on my phone has allowed for a fully present experience in each place. Life always has a way of feeling too fast for us, yet when we allow ourselves to be fully present in the people we’re surrounded by and the scenery within our reach it doesn’t pass us by as quickly as we may find if we don’t stop.

IMG_8945

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_8117

One of the hottest or rather most popular countries on the planet right now is Iceland. A majestic land of volcanoes, waterfalls and lots of mountains it is only a 3 hour flight from London, though it feels like it could be at the ends of the earth and almost is.

With it’s incredible scenery and the fact that 25% of Iceland is active volcano, driving around the ring road or highway 1 of this land with 330,00 people has some tough driving and a few tips for a trip there are essential.

IMG_7776

IMG_8179

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_8973

While hanging out with a new found friend in Istanbul and sharing pieces of our lives, this blog came up in the conversation and the need to try as many traditional Turkish foods as possible during my short stay. Rushing off to get a couple for each of us to try, I sunk my spoon into the brown topped rice and found a pudding unlike anything I’d ever had before.

Turkish people love sweet food, they love to give in to their sweet tooth with as many different varieties of dishes as any land can offer and their baked rice pudding is nothing short of fitting into their cuisine. This is far more pudding than rice (1 liter of milk to 1/2 cup rice, I had to triple check this recipe to make sure I was reading it right).

IMG_8971

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_7088

Traveling with my father has meant that I’ve been the teacher and he has been the student of sorts, there are many things that become secondhand when you’ve been through many cities at different times on your own.

That level of responsibility on my own shoulders means a lot of things are naturally falling right back on me as we navigate lands with languages we cannot speak and each aspect of getting to where we’re going, where we stay and flights is also up to me.

As we set out on another adventure today this month has been crazy busy, but somehow our weekends have been rather easy going which means we have time to breath a little before bags are packed again and off we go on another adventure to another land.

IMG_7100

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_8530

This week brings my father and I to Denmark and a one day trip to Malmo, Sweden meaning little time is found for the usual things, including this blog. Other than exploring the cuisine of this country (can I just eat smorrebrod and pastries until the minute my plane departs??!) and walking through the streets back to our little airbnb apartment getting drenched in Spring showers we haven’t had too much downtime.

This means my training for the 5km color run next month has been hard to fit in. Now, I know, 5km most people could do with their eyes closed, but with knee issues from previous injuries there was a self imposed year ban on running for my body and now just 10 minutes of interval training has me puffing more than I imagined possible for someone my age.

Leading into summer do you have any training yourself? If so, do you have any tips for someone who walks a lot but does little else?

IMG_8533

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_9397

Is it really Cinco de Mayo again?! I know, time flies when you’re having fun and let’s be fair, Mexicans know how to have fun and party better than a lot of us, it all begins with the way Spanish sounds being uttered. It sounds as if it’s ready to party from the minute they get up in the morning.

Currently surrounded by more snow than I ever thought humanly possible in Iceland, it seems I couldn’t be further from Mexico, but during our brief visit in Reykjavik we stumbled into a taco and tequila bar and they were the best I’ve had since my last visit to America, needless to say the chef is American and he knew how to make some mean tacos. If you’ve never had tacos than here is a good place to start, I’ve yet to meet someone who dislikes them. If so, how do you like to serve them in your house?

IMG_9412

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe

IMG_5712

April was the month where two people came to visit, in fact, one of them is still over this side of the world as we set off on some father/daughter adventures.

There was some wonderful London sights to see and what has to be the pinnacle of seeing the locals in action was the Tweed run. Despite my lack of sleep the minute I arrived to the sight of all these various people wearing tweed an energy ran through my veins until I saw my friends off and went home to nap.

So here is my April in photos and a round up of the best things I found this April.

IMG_6732

View full post »

Send Usa message Share onfacebook Tweetto twitter Pin topinterest EmailSubscribe