It’s Foodie Files time again and this month I’m chatting to the oh-so-lovely Bec from My Bloggable Day! I’ve been reading Bec’s blog for years now and absolutely loved following her travel adventures – I have a feeling you will too! We haven’t met in person yet, but I did actually go to the same high school as her sister! Melbourne can be scarily small sometimes.
Anyway, enough from me. Let’s hand things over to Bec and hear more about her food and travel adventures!
Do you have a philosophy towards food?
I’m all about bold, outlandish food that’s big on flavour and looks amazing.
I’ll try just about anything once. There’s no such thing as ‘over the top’ for me; I love ridiculous desserts, big pizzas in interesting flavours, American BBQ, authentic Mexican, burning hot curries, tangy citrus flavours and pretty much anything that doesn’t fit the ‘simple’ or ‘understated’ mould. It’s always been like this, as a kid I would tell mum “I need a taste for my tongue!” before snacking on a lemon.
What’s your favourite food memory?
I’ve loved Mexican food for as long as I can remember, long before Mamasita or Fonda Mexican, back when the cuisine was known only in Australia by Old El Paso packets on the Woolies shelf and by restaurants that gave you a sombrero to dine in (Taco Bill I’m looking at you). Still, I remember trying to figure out guacamole at about age 8 and never feeling very happy with hard shell tacos.
My boyfriend and I recently did a big round the world trip and somewhere in Central America I decided it was time to stop wasting time and just make a beeline for Mexico. From El Salvador. It took two full days of jumping on random buses, hoping we were heading in the right direction. Finally, we crossed the border into Mexico from Guatemala and after following two dudes to yet another bus station, we found a taco stand. They were the best damn tacos I’d ever had and as I squeezed lime juice over the top I just had this overwhelming sense of ‘I’ve finally arrived’. We spent the next month trying just about every kind of food we could get our hands on in Oaxaca, San Sebastian, Palenque, Tulum and Bacalar. Everything from pig head tacos, to a soup I fell in love with called pozole, to locally made ice creams. It was the best eating experience of my life.
Do you have a go-to food of choice?
Jalapenos! I’m never without a jar of them in the fridge because I literally put them in and on everything.
What’s your favourite meal of the day?
I would usually say brunch but sadly I’ve had some very average brunches lately. So my favourite now is probably dinner because the options are endless. I’ve really been getting into making soups but I live right next to Victoria Street (known for its Vietnamese restaurants) so it’s always very tempting not to cook.
What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten (and would you eat it again?!)
Probably tiny piranhas I caught myself near the Amazon in Bolivia. And no, I wouldn’t!
If you were showing a visitor around town for a weekend where would be your must-eat destinations?
This is a tough one! On Saturday we’d probably have a classic Melbourne brunch at Three Bags Full or Kitty Burns, a light lunch of tacos at Hotel Jesus washed down with horchata, and then somehow work up a big hunger to have Blue Bonnet Barbeque for dinner. On Sunday I’d also take them to I Love Pho, which has been my go-to for about a decade- before it changed names and before I lived so close by. For dinner we’d head into the city, Chin Chin maybe? Now I’m hungry!
Where can people follow your food (and other!) adventures?
Facebook: My Bloggable Day