If you are a food enthusiast (like me!) and love to experience the food of different cultures when you travel then I think I have just the thing for you! Of course travelling with a food intolerance or allergy of any sort can be tough. Some other cultures don’t have the same awareness of allergies and intolerances as we do in Australia and explaining the importance of you not eating fructose, gluten or other FODMAPs in another language can be even harder!!
My most recent overseas trip was to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The food in all of these countries was AMAZING and in some areas surprisingly easy to eat fructose friendly. I even saw dedicated gluten free shops in Spain and plenty of menu options marked as gluten free making it easy to avoid wheat. One of my favourite experiences during our journey was a culinary tour we booked through Culinary Backstreets. We had previously completed a Culinary Backstreets tour in Istanbul a few years earlier and loved it! So as soon as we had decided where we were travelling this time, I was back onto their website to see where they offered tours. It just so happened that our first stop was Barcelona and two different tours were offered, now it was just a matter of picking which one!
The decision was made and we were off on the ‘Made in Catalonia’ tour, sampling the local delicacies of the Catalonian people and learning a bit about their history and culture on the way. Our tour guide was Paula, an experienced food writer and fantastic guide! She was very considerate to my requirements along the way, ensuring that every establishment we visited that I was able to sample the Catalonian delicacies. Weather it was serving something on the side or choosing a slight alternative to everyone else, nothing seemed too much trouble for Paula, she really wanted me to have the same experience as everyone else.
We started with the best churros I’ve ever had, then moved onto a ‘gypsy arm’, a traditional Catalonian breakfast, catànies, a visit to a local ‘mercat’ (market), herbed snails and so much more!! Everything was so fantastic, I cant even decide which one was my favourite. At least this time we didn’t make the mistake of eating breakfast before the tour, we weren’t so smart in Istanbul and could barely move by the time we got to the end of our tour!!
And last of all I wanted to share quite a few photos with you from along the way. I think I took around 1800 photos over our whole 4 week trip but I’ve managed to narrow it down to just a select few!
Do yourself a favour and book a Culinary Backstreets tour!! http://www.culinarybackstreets.com/
*** This review is completely my own opinion and not sponsored by Culinary Backstreets, I just wanted to share an awesome travel experience with you all! ***