We’re feeling a little full over here at SuperBreak, as this week seems to have been filled with one opportunity after the other to indulge ourselves in some tasty treats.
It all began on Monday with Chinese New Year, the perfect time to try out some homemade Chinese cuisine, immediately followed by not one but two foodie celebrations on Tuesday – Pancake Day and, the slightly less traditional, National Pizza day. Some of us took this as an opportunity to head out for a pizza after work, others went home to whip up some pancakes with various toppings – and of course, some did both.
And now with Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend most of the SuperBreak team are planning decadent dinner breaks or a romantic afternoon tea with our loved ones, topped off with gifts of chocolates and champagne. All of this talk of food (in between bites) has got us thinking about where in the world to enjoy some of our favourite food.
Pizza in Rome
As brilliant as your local takeaway may be, nowhere can compete with the home of pizza itself – Italy. Pizza was reportedly first invented in the Italian city of Gatea as long ago as 997AD, so the rest of the world has a lot of catching up to do to compete with the Italian classic. In cities such as Rome pizza shops can be found on almost every corner, selling pizza by the kilo usually costing only a couple of Euro per (large) slice – meaning you can enjoy as much pizza as you want for breakfast, lunch and dinner (totally not speaking from experience…ahem).
Why not try some traditional Italian pizza with our Destination of the Month deals for Rome city breaks.
Pancakes in Paris
Personally, I’m not really a pancake eater – but from my Facebook feed every Pancake Tuesday I know I’m in the minority. From extravagant toppings of candied bacon and maple syrup to a simple sugar and lemon – there’s certainly plenty you can do with pancakes, and they definitely make for the perfect #Instafood post. In fact, pancakes look and smell so delicious that I regularly find myself wishing that I did like them more. Never more so than when in Paris my tour group rounded off an exploration of the beautiful French capital with some hot and fluffy Nuttella and banana pancakes by the Eiffel Tower. I don’t think there could possibly be a better place to enjoy some pancake-y goodness, and from the look on my tourmates’ faces as they tucked in, I’m sure they felt the same.
Chocolate in Bruges
Belgium and chocolate pretty much go hand-in-hand, and we promise you there is a very good reason for it! In Bruges traditional chocolate shops adorn the streets, selling a selection of handmade, delicately decorated chocolates from which you can pick your own unique selection or choose one of their pre-made boxes of favourites to treat yourself or a loved one. To this day the best chocolate I have ever tasted was a creamy truffle coated in cinnamon sugar from a chocolate shop in Bruges. The city is so well-renowned for its chocolate that it even has a chocolate museum!
Afternoon Tea in York
When it comes to a traditional afternoon tea, nowhere does it quite like good old Blighty. Afternoon Tea originated in England back in 1840 from Anna the Seventh, Duchess of Bedford. Anna had started to find herself getting hungry around 4pm, and decided a selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes was the best way to tide over her hungry tum until dinner – and we can’t disagree! In keeping with the tradition, afternoon tea is best enjoyed in a classic vintage setting. Afternoon Tea has had somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, with many UK hotels offering delicious afternoon tea breaks. One of our favourite destinations for treating yourself to an afternoon tea is York, where you can choose between grand hotels, cute cafés and the iconic Betty’s Tearooms – or if you’re feeling extra fancy, why not try all three.
What is the best foodie break you’ve been on? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments below.