Five dishes to try to start living your best life
One thing I've realised as I've gotten older is how lucky I am to be a foodie. My family are massive foodies. To the point of which we sometimes need to calm down. Name a region and we'll probably pull one dish out of the back of our heads. We're obsessed. To the point of which we tailor our holidays around restaurants and regularly spend hours at home to get a recipe just right. Meeting new people it's hard not to look shocked when I hear they haven't tried something. Normally, the next step is to find a restaurant to put them out of their misery. So, without further ado - here are my five top dishes for life.
Okay, so you might've guessed this one from the thumbnail (very clever!). If you've tried good ramen, I don't need to tell you why it's so irresistible. If you haven't, imagine creamy, flavourful broth with slurpy noodles and all your favourite toppings. There's a reason the Japanese have a high rate of mouth cancer - you won't be able to stop slurping.
Here are three of my favourite restaurants from around the world. Sorry if you're nowhere near, but you should be able to find a decent place in large cities!
Vancouver: Hintaro, Robson St
London: Bone Daddies, Soho
Brussels: Umamido, Flagey
2) Neapolitan Pizza
Oh mama. Am I a pizza addict or what? Legend has it I eat pizza five times a week. But, who's counting? The great part about this addictive combination of fluffy dough, delicious sauce and oodles of cheese is that you can now find pretty decent pizza everywhere. Why Neapolitan? Put simply, it's the classico. I love the burnt edges, the fluffy crust and I always come back to Margherita. Go on - treat yo self.
Victoria, BC: Primastrada, Cook St
London: L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Stoke Newington
Brighton: Pizza Face, St George's Rd
3) Bubble Tea
Woah nelly. Bubble tea is an all-time favourite for me. It's one of those temptations I simply cannot resist. And, in the words of Oscar Wilde, "I can resist everything except temptation". Anyway, this is a polarising one. The texture of the tapioca pearls aren't everyones favourite - but I just love the creamy coffee ones. My obsession is probably related to nostalgia, my favourite bubble tea spot in the world is round my hometown in Canada. Filled with lovely happy memories of friends s/o Linden and co.
Victoria, BC: The Bubble Tea Place, Chinatown (ofc)
London: Bubbleology (chain)
Brighton: Pearls Bubble tea, Gardner St
I had to put a Mexican dish on this list. The choice was painful. So, why choose? Hit up your favourite Mexican fiesta location. Load up on fresh guac and chips. Followed by sharing as many deep-fried platters you can squeeze into your belly. Don't forget the margherita's - my favourite's watermelon.
England: Wahaca (chain) (Thomasina Meyer's lovechild)
Victoria, BC: Rica Salsa, Cook St
Tulum, Mexico: Burrito Amor
Aside from the limitless pun possibilities. One of my favourite asian classics is Pho pho sho (not sorry). It's actually pronounced, like fff, but who cares. Hours of boiled broth, topped with fresh cilantro, beansprouts and slurpity noodles. Like ramen, but different. And both good. And please don't make me choose - okay?!
Victoria, BC: Pho Boi, Fort St
England: Pho (chain)
Brussels: Hong Hoa, Rue du Pont de la Carpe
Dim Sum, Pad Thai, Gelato, Acai Bowl
Editor's Note: Sushi didn't make the list because if you haven't tried sushi you need to get a life. Apologies for any offence caused.