I love travelling, but there are some things that are horrible about it – Having your liquids explode in your bag, not being able to find a toilet, having to pay for a toilet when you do find a toilet, and sitting on an airplane in the back for an absurdly long period of time in the middle seat. Then there’s the part about searching for things that are reasonably priced. You know how touristy areas love to gauge you for extra money!
Despite sounding cynical, these only make up a small part of travelling. There are so many great things, like discovering hidden jewels as you wander aimlessly in leisure around the streets. While I was on my last voyage, I stumbled by happenstance across a few foodie things I probably wouldn’t have come across if I took a more traditional path.
A sign I came across in Pecs, Hungary
In Salzburg, I roamed the streets by St. Peter’s Abbey and saw a water mill. There was a sweet smell in the air and a dark, mysterious doorway leading to somewhere.
St. Peter’s Abbey Watermill
Don’t worry. I survived and came out alive! The mill I saw was installed in 2007 to replace the previous one that was shut down in 1966 (also known as the stiftsmühle). It helps generate power to grind flour to make sourdough of the infamous stiftsbäckerei of St. Peter’s (a bakery), which is where I ended up going.
Stiftsbäckerei of St. Peter’s Abbey
I was tempted to buy a bag full of buns, but just bought a little brioche which was still warm when I got it. The bread is special because it came from what is claimed as the oldest bakery in Salzburg and is baked in a log-fired oven. I’m pretty sure that’s rare to find these days. The bread was so soft, so fresh, and such a lovely thing to discover and eat!
A fresh brioche from the Stiftsbäckerei of St. Peter’s Abbey
I also happened to stumble across what the company claims as the original makers of a cake that Austria specializes in. Boy was I excited when I discovered this one, but I’ll write about it another day. 😉
In Hungary, I found paprika chips. Why is this a thing? Well, Hungary is known to use plenty of paprika in their dishes so it’s not surprising to find it as a chip flavour. They put that *bleep* on everything (no copyright infringement intended).
Paprika Chips in Hungary
In London, I came across a street vendor during my stroll across the London bridge.
Although it may not seem exciting, I was starving and the sweet and buttery aroma of the caramelized nuts made me salivate. I literally floated towards it like a cartoon character.
Caramelised peanuts and almonds in London
We don’t really have street vendors where I live, so it’s always exciting for me to see one. Let alone somewhere with such a scenic view!
A cup of caramelised peanuts and almonds – I’m still looking for the almonds!
Oddly enough, even though they advertised caramelized peanuts and almonds, I don’t recall ever finding an almond in my batch. Due to the cooking process, the nuts weren’t as hard and crunchy, but the sweetness from the sugar made up for it.
Along my journey in London, someone introduced me to something called Nik Naks. These are “knobby, wacky sticks of corn”. One of my most favourite snacks in the world are those crunchy Cheetos, so I was happy to discover these were similar. However, unlike the cheesy goodness in a Cheeto, Nik Naks were completely different in flavor. They have an interesting sweet and sour taste to them and are a bit softer. It must be the soya sauce, malt, and curry powder combo.
Although the ones I bought were in London, apparently the really good ones are made in South Africa. I’ll have to keep that in mind when I get a chance to go there!
Malt, soya sauce, and curry powder? Oh my.
Have you ever come across cool random findings during your travels? Let me know, I’d love to hear. 🙂