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Travel Food Guide for Cartagena, Colombia: A 5-Day Itinerary

Cartagena is a perfect location for a solo traveller. After my trip to Peru, I wanted to expand my travels around South America, so I took a solo trip to Cartagena for a few days. Like Peru, Colombia was another perfect destination for the travel foodie who loves adventure and lives for colourful streets.

About Cartagena 

Cartagena is a vibrant city in Colombia on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. With its rich culture, historic architecture, and stunning beaches, Cartagena gave me everything I needed and more. In this 5-day itinerary, I will guide you through the must-visit spots, hidden gems, and culinary delights that make Cartagena a true gem for you to visit. 

Colombia Entry requierment 

Entry requirements for travellers to Colombia can vary based on nationality. British, Canadian and U.S. citizens do not require a visa for visiting and travelling to Colombia. However, you may need to complete a health declaration form called “CHECK MIG”. There is a small charge to complete the form- click here for the link. 

If you travel to Colombia as a British Citizen, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Colombia’s current entry restrictions and requirements.  

Note: Regardless of your passport, you should always look at the requirements for entering a country, even if you have travelled before because things change. 

Accommodation 

I stayed in two different hotels and enjoyed both stays. Here are the hotels I stayed in: 

What to eat in Colombia 

In Cartagena, every dish tells a story, and every bite celebrates this enchanting coastal city’s tradition, culture, and vibrant spirit. In Colombia, you should eat the Arepa de Huevo in Cartagena for breakfast, a maize dough dish with meat. (The hotels I stayed in had local food, which was great!)

I also enjoyed the Coroso juice. I had the best one at Canderestaurante. I also tried the South American meat pie called Carimaola, a yuca fritter stuffed with cheese and meat – these are relatively small and can be pretty morish if they are your thing. 

I also enjoyed the Coctel, a seafood cocktail dish with a sweet, tangy flavour. I am not the biggest fan of coffee, but I have heard many good things about it in Colombia, so if you are a coffee fan, I suggest trying it. 

Finally, there is Arroz con Coco (coconut rice), which is absolutely divine. I couldn’t recommend it enough! In the itinerary, there will be more dishes with restaurants that I recommend trying in Cartagena, Colombia. 

Day 1: Arrival and Historic Wonders
  • Morning: Arrive in Cartagena and settle into your accommodation. I stayed at the Maddison Boutique Hotel and loved it. 
  • Afternoon: I booked a tour guide with Get Your Guide and strolled through the old streets of the Walled City and Getsemani. I tasted traditional Colombian sweets and a refreshing Colombian juice called Corozo. You can book the same tour here
  • Evening: In the evening, I had dinner at elcabildogastromar, where I tried the Mojarra Frita, a fried fish with famous coconut rice. I then caught an Uber and returned to my hotel as I knew I had an early start the next day. 
Day 2: Spa Day at Volcano (Volcan de lodo el totumo)
  • Morning: I started the day early and was picked up from my hotel at around 7:30 a.m. I enjoyed the massage and clay volcanic mud rubbed into my skin. You can book the exact tour here.
  • Afternoon: Before the tour finished, we were washed off and given a light snack and drink. I had the Carimaola, a Colombian cuisine meat pie filled with cheese and seasoned ground meat. I was dropped back to my hotel to freshen up for the evening. 
  • Evening: I had dinner at Hotel Casa Lola and ordered a pasta dish.
Day 3: Island Escape to Rosario Islands
  • Morning: I started early and embarked on a day trip to the Rosario Islands, a crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches paradise. I had already moved to my second hotel so was staying at the GHL Arsenal Hotel. This was great as I was able to walk nearby and catch my boat. 
  • Afternoon: Snorkel, swim, or relax on the beach. I enjoyed a beachfront lunch featuring regional seafood specialities. You can book the full tour here
  • Evening: Enjoy a sunset walk along the historic walls and dine at a local traditional Colombian restaurant, Cande Restaurant @canderestaurante
Day 4: Food Tour in Cartagena 
  • Morning: I met with my tour guide for a food tour at around 8 a.m. We sat out around the city of Cartagena and tried a few fantastic dishes, including: 
  1. Chicha de arroz (rice juice)
  2. ūüęď Arepas (maize dough)
  3. ūüßÉ Coroso juice (plum juice – my favourite ūü§©)
  4. ūüć§ Coctel (seafood cocktail)
  • Afternoon: Enjoy some lunch at  Agua De Leon. Get the empanadas and seafood curried rice, and you will be delighted. 
  • Evening: I headed out to do some shopping for souvenirs. Colombia has varied options for hats, bags, etc. Oh, and try the ice cream at totoom.cartagena
Day 5: Last Day and Farewell
  • Morning/Afternoon: I spent the morning walking through the city again and capturing the beautiful, colourful streets. You could finish some time packing or even buy some souvenirs to take home. 
  • Evening: It was time to head to the airport for my flight. 

Other resources for Colombia 

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and specifics on visiting Colombia. 
  • The restaurants that I enjoyed and ate at are here
  • I went on a solo trip, so check out my post on travelling solo confidently – here
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with¬†Viator¬†or¬†Get Your Guide¬†if you want specific tours for Colombia.¬†
  • I used Airlo, an e-sim card, for data. You can purchase it here and use the code ADEBOL5279.

See you soon, Colombia.

I can’t say goodbye because I will undoubtedly return for more. The enchanting streets, historic sites, and beautiful beaches of Cartagena left me with blissful memories of the city. Cartagena is more than a destination; it’s a journey of discovery, beauty, and joy.

Is Cartagena, Colombia, somewhere you would go?

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A 7-Day Travel Food Guide: The Wonders of Peru What to do, Eat and more

I’ve always wanted to explore South America and see another World Wonder, so I visited Peru on my sixth continent. It was my FIRST time in that part of the world, and I was super excited.

I purchased a flight with Delta Airlines for about £1009, a bit more than I usually pay. But since August was a busy travel time, I already pre-empted that I would be spending a bit for my flights.

About Peru

Peru is made for me as a traveller; it is a destination for the travel foodies who love adventure and live for the gastronomic culture. From the iconic Machu Picchu to the bustling streets of Lima, Peru offers a diverse and enriching travel experience that captures the hearts of adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike. 

Peru Entry requierment 

Entry requirements for travellers to Peru can vary based on nationality. British, Canadian and U.S. citizens do not require a visa for visiting and travelling to Peru. If you travel to Peru, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Peru’s current entry restrictions and requirements.  

Nigerian citizens require a visa for Peru. Apply at the nearest Peruvian embassy/consulate with a valid passport, application form, photo, travel details, accommodation proof, and financial documentation.

Where and what to eat in Peru

When I mentioned that the food in Peru was good, did you think I was joking?! 

Peru is known for being a top spot for culinary travel globally, and I can certainly attest to it now I have tasted the food myself! These were some of my favourite dishes:

  • The world-famous dish – Ceviche, a fresh fish marinated in tangy lime juice and chilli peppers. 
  • For a taste of tradition, try Lomo Saltado, a savoury stir-fry of beef, tomatoes, and onions, often served with rice and fries. 
  • Adventurous eaters can sample “Anticuchos,” grilled skewers usually made with beef hearts. 
  • And if you’re daring, try “Cuy” (guinea pig) ‚Äď a delicacy in Peru. 
  • I would also highly recommend “Picarones,” delicious street food treats. 

Eating local food while travelling offers a range of benefits, both for the traveller and the local community. I highly recommend trying these dishes. Below are further details on the restaurants and activities I did.

1 Week itinerary for Peru: 

I was on a mission to try as many Peruvian dishes as possible, and I did ok! Carry on reading for a complete guide with where I stayed, what I ate and all the activities I got up to. Please note that this trip was planned and executed by GoJolley. The trip cost me $2150, which was roughly around £1709: 

Day 1 Rest Get ready for a trip of a lifetime

I arrived late in the evening and checked into my hotel – Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport, opposite the airport. The following day, I was picked up from my hotel and taken to Pullman Lima Miraflores to enjoy the rooftop pool and rest before the trip started. 

Day 2 Explore the capital city of Lima 

The morning started early, having breakfast and then spending the day exploring Lima. The hotel, Pullman Lima Miraflores, served lots of delicious local food like:

  • Empanadas, 
  • Lomo Saltodo
  • Tamales
  • Chichirron
  • Pollo a la brasa 

Be sure to get your hands on these fantastic dishes; you won’t regret connecting with the destination through food! 

  •  Explore the city of Lima and its colonial architecture and emerging culinary scene. You can book a tour here
  • We ate at a vibrant restaurant called¬†@rusticacostaverde, where I had Anticuchos de Corazon (grilled heart) with chips/fries, their fast food in Peru and the Chicha Morada.
  • We returned to the airport in the evening to fly out to Cusco. You can pre-book your flights with Latam Airlines here. We arrived at our hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Day 3 Delving into Local Life and Visit the Sacred Valley

Today, we experienced interactions with the local community in the village of Chinchero. I could see how locals dyed alpaca wool with the region’s natural plants. You can book the tour here

  • In the afternoon we were taking the mountains for pictures with the Alpacas. Here, I discovered my love for coco leaves, which helped with altitude sickness. Later in the afternoon, we went to The Sacred Valley, a region of natural beauty. It is known as the Inca ruins and serves the indigenous communities. This is unreal seen, and I would highly recommend it.
  • We had a delicious buffet lunch at a stunning restaurant called .@tunuparestaurantes. It was a buffet-style restaurant with everything Peruvian food. I tried many Peruvian foods, including alpaca meat, Lomo Saltado, La Huacaina and much more.
  • The evening came, and we boarded a train for Aguas Calientes. Once there, we stayed at Casa del Sol Machupicchu. The accommodations were charming and radiated authenticity, creating a genuinely delightful atmosphere.
Day 4 – Unveiling the Marvels of Machu Picchu:

We set out early for the world’s most renowned archaeological treasure, Machu Picchu. I had wanted to go here for the longest time and was surprised I made it. 

Things to remember: You must bring your passport when visiting Machu Picchu because it is a mandatory requirement for entry. The Peruvian government implemented this rule to enhance security, control visitor numbers, and prevent fraudulent tickets.
  • Numerous routes take you to Machu Picchu, catering to different preferences. A popular choice is the four-day trek known as the Inca Trail. Alternatively, if time is limited, opting for the train is an excellent option, accessible from this location. It’s advisable to secure your train tickets well in advance, given their rapid booking rate – get train tickets here
  • Securing bus tickets for your journey to Machu Picchu is also essential, and you can conveniently book here. For an optimal experience, opt for the earliest available bus. It’s critical to be aware that the site has a daily limit on the number of visitors allowed at any time.
  • I recommend a tour guide for this tour to learn the history and the essence of the World Wonder. They can unravel the historical significance and importance of Machu Picchu. To arrange your tour guide, you can make your booking right here.

Opting for the morning tour allows you to return in time for lunch, offering the chance to savour a local delicacy at @sami.en.trujillo: Cuy, also known as guinea pig. Later in the evening, you can board the train for your journey back to Ollantaytambo.

Day 5 – Hike to the most unreal scenes of Rainbow Mountain 

The day began at 4 a.m. with another early start ‚Äď an energetic “whoop!” included. We were back at Hilton Garden Inn Cusco and picked up for a two-hour drive to Cusipata, where we paused for breakfast – the breakfast included soups, bread, fruits, and coco leaves tea. By this point, I had taken to chewing coca leaves like candy, a local custom. You can book the tour here

  • The Rainbow Mountain experience is incredible, and I wholeheartedly recommend a guided hiking tour. Throughout the journey, as we marvelled at the breathtaking mountain scenery, we also had the opportunity to encounter alpacas, llamas, and vicu√Īas.
  • After breakfast, we journeyed for another hour, reaching the hike’s starting point at 5,200 meters. The walk posed a challenge, but conquering it was an emotional experience – I shed a tear at the top. 
  • While there was the option to rent a horse for approximately $20, I assure you that the sense of accomplishment after completing the 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain is unparalleled. I recommend preparing for this hike as if you were gearing up for the gym ‚Äď get as fit as possible. I would suggest using the stair master.
  • It’s important to note that due to the high altitude, spending at most 30 minutes at the top is advised. Returning down was a breeze and can be accomplished within an hour. 
  •  We had an hour’s drive before we were welcomed to a local lunch, which included soup, rice and alpaca meat.
Day 6 – The Enchanting Streets of Cusco:

As the trip ended, we set out on our last day to visit Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. As it was the final day and we had such an intense amount of walking, we started the day later than the other days and strolled to the city centre. You can book your tour here

  • We had lunch at the famous restaurant Morena Peruvian Kitchen – @morena_cusco, which I have written a full review of here
  • We also visited the San Pedro market, the Temple of the Sun, and the Convent of Santo Domingo. 
Day 7 – Goodbye 

It was time to say see you later to everyone and close the trip. I caught my flight to the next country, Colombia! 

Other resources for Peru

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and specifics of my visit to Peru. 
  • The restaurants that I enjoyed and ate at are here
  • I travelled with GoJolley, so I recommend checking them out if you ever consider a group trip. 
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with Viator or Get Your Guide if you want specific tours for Peru. 
  • I used Airlo, an e-sim card, for data. You can purchase it here and use the code ADEBOL5279

Saying see you later in Peru for now

Peru is a land of contrasts and an absolute gastronomic adventure! From Machu Picchu’s heights to my hike in Rainbow Mountain, this captivating country offers a spectrum of experiences that left an indelible mark on my heart.

Whether you’re drawn to the enigmatic ruins of ancient civilisations or the vibrant culture of its cities, Peru has something to offer every type of explorer. Your journey through this South American gem promises unforgettable memories and insights into the rich tapestry of Peru’s history, culture, and nature.

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East Africa Food Travel Guide: Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania

I have wanted to travel to East Africa for the longest time. I had heard so many good things about Rwanda, and Uganda held a special place in my heart when I was 15! Oh, and Zanzibar, why wouldn’t you go there? I travelled this year in May (2023), using Turkish Airlines for the first part of my initial tour. The flight stopped in Istanbul, Turkey, for just an hour and took approximately 10 hours.

The flight cost me roughly £654 using Skyscanner and Google Alert to track the best flight deal. It was the rainy season in East Africa, so flights were cheaper than during peak periods.

I visited Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania (Zanzibar) in just two weeks. Below is a travel food guide to everything I got up to.  

Getting around in East Africa 

I travelled to Kigali first via Turkish Airlines. Sign up for their air miles if you consider travelling with them. I did this after my trip to Turkey – you can then benefit from their miles as a member. My transfer from Rwanda to Uganda was by road. I then flew from Uganda to Zanzibar for my final country using Uganda Airlines (one of my favourite airlines – find out why here). This was my itinerary for flights:

  • Arrive from London to Kigali – Five Days in Rwanda.¬†
  • Drive from Rwanda to Uganda – Five Days in Uganda. 
  • Fly from Uganda to Zanzibar – Six days in Tanzania (Zanzibar). 

Pre-booking all your flights before you arrive and plan your hotels well in advance, preferably around the airports, for ease. Please note I travelled to these countries with cytravelconsult_

This is a good start if you want to travel around Africa. Please be mindful of flexibility and planning for the smoothness of your journey. 

About Rwanda

Rwanda is located in East Africa and is a landlocked country. It’s near the borders of countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is relatively easy to cross borders depending on where and when you travel. Rwanda is also known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the tragic history of the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda Entry requierment 

If you travel to Rwanda, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Rwanda’s current entry restrictions and requirements. British citizens do not need to pay for a visa to Rwanda. However, Americans, Canadians and Nigerians do need a visa. I recommend applying online before arrival. You can book your visas here. Here is what I got up to: 

5-day itinerary for Rwanda 

  1. Got my hair braided: If you need to get your hair done by @thehaircaretakers – tell her I sent you! I got myself some cute braids with a false finish. I have started getting my hair done a lot now since Nigeria.
  2. Rwandan cooking class: We made sweet potatoes, mixed cabbage, dodo, and cassava. You can check it out via my I.G. page. You can book this here
  3. Visit Nyungwe National Park: which offers a range of activities, including canopay walking and attractions for nature enthusiasts and visitors interested in experiencing Rwanda’s natural beauty. N.B. You will need to take a COVID-19 test to ensure the wildlife is protected. 
  4. Kigali Genocide Memorial: the most emotional memorial I visited, which shares the tragic history of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 while also emphasising the importance of preventing similar atrocities in the future.
  5. Kimironko Market: This is one of Kigali’s largest and most bustling markets. It offers various goods, including clothing, textiles, electronics, household items, etc. 
What to eat in Rwanda 

Rwanda is very interesting because the local food has to be located in very local areas. In many tourist areas, they don’t eat the local food. I found the Repub Lounge to be good for local Rwandan food. 

If you would like to try traditional Rwandan dishes, you might find “isombe” (cassava leaves stew), “ibitoke” (grilled bananas), and “brochettes” (grilled skewers of meat) with chilli pepper (my fave). I have done a small food guide on Rwanda, which you can find here


Travelling from Rwanda to Uganda 

I suggest jetting off early, say around 6 a.m., for your trip to Uganda. In Rwanda, it’s about 2 hours to the border. You will then need to check if you need visas for your passport for the following location‚ÄĒa visa with a British passport, which I applied for online. You can book yours here

About Uganda 

Uganda has been formally known as the pearl of Africa. The country is a unique blend of natural wonders, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality, making it a captivating destination for travellers seeking adventure and cultural immersion in the heart of Africa.

Uganda Entry requierments 

A Uganda visa is necessary for British/USA/Canadian citizens to enter the country. You can book your visa here. Things you will need: 

  • Yellow Fever Certificate 
  • Departure Flights 
  • Passport 

You may also be required to resize these documents for your online application. Once approved, you must print your approval certificate and take it to the border. 

5-day itinerary for Uganda 
  1. Transfer from Rwanda to Uganda: The first stop was Fort Portal City. You can stop at the Hot Springs Restaurant for lunch and view the hot springs. In the evening you can stay at the Nyaika Hotel
  2. Queen Elizabeth National Park: Once you cross the border to Uganda, you can head to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  3. Murchison Falls National Park: This was the trip’s highlight for me. It was booked with the tour guide, but you can book a tour here. I recommend staying at Murchison Falls Bamboo Village
  4.  Murchison Falls Game Drive with a boat cruise: You can book this 4-hour tour the following day – book here. I thoroughly enjoyed the boat cruise, and the game drive included lions, hippos, elephants and more. 
  5. Arrive in Entebbe and have dinner at your hotel. I had talipa fish with fried plantain (I asked for it to be spicy) – 2 Friends Beach Hotel. Next morning, arrive at Entebbe International Airport if you want to travel to Zanzibar. The airline used was Uganda Airlines. 
What to eat in Uganda 

The Ugandan cuisine includes staples like starchy foods, meats, vegetables, and fruits. I thoroughly enjoyed the food in Uganda, my favourite being posho (made from maise flour) with tilapia fish. I loved the spice‚ÄĒa Rolex, not the watch. A Rolex in Uganda is a popular street food made by rolling chapati around eggs and vegetables, often with a savoury sauce.


About Zanzibar 

Zanzibar is located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is part of the East African country of Tanzania. It comprises two stunning islands, Unguja and Pemba. Zanzibar was an absolute dream filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and gorgeous beaches. I will certainly be returning. 

Zanzibar entry requirements 

Pretty much everyone needs a visa to enter Zanzibar. U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian nationals must have a visa to enter Zanzibar. 

The island shares the same visa policy as the rest of Tanzania. An eVisa can be secured online or at a port of entry, including Dar es Salaam, for $50-$100. For ease, I took a 50-dollar bill and kept it for the visa. If you are British and travelling to Zanzibar, I recommend checking the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Rwanda’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

6-day itinerary for Tanzania (Zanzibar)

  1. The first day is for resting. You will be exhausted from travelling around Rwanda, Uganda, or your home location. Check into your hotel and spend the day enjoying its facilities. The hotel I stayed in is called Le Mersenne
  2. Blue Safari: Here, you can snorkel and see the beautiful fishes in the deep blue sea. You will have lunch on this tour, a sumptuous seafood lunch buffet (get the lobster). Have dinner at the Rock Restaurant and order the lobster stew with rice and the Rock Cocktail. I did a review here, and you can book this tour here
  3. Barak Aquarium: Spend the morning swimming with turtles. The entrance is around $10, and then spend the afternoon kayaking at Mnemba Island with clear boats. You can book the boats here
  4. Visit a Spice Farm and cooking class: watch my review and book here
  5. Explore Baldin Resort: It has the most transparent water and fish. You can also snorkel.
  6. Explore Stone Town: Stone Town is genuinely stunning. I felt like I was in Europe. When you are there, be sure to try Zanazibar Pizza. You can also book a walking tour here

The second hotel I stayed in was the Cinnamon Hotel, but I wouldn’t advise anyone to stay there.

What to eat in Tanzania (Zanzibar) 

The Tanzanian cuisine, including that of Zanzibar, is a delightful blend of flavours influenced by African, Indian, Arabic, and European culinary traditions. Some of my favourites were Zanzibari Pizza, the seafood, and Mandazi. 


Some helpful resources for your travels: 

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and guides on visiting the above-mentioned countries. I share tips on travelling to Africa here
  • I said I travelled with CyCyTravels, so I recommend going with them if you consider a group trip. 
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with Viator or Get Your Guide if you want specific tours. I did this for my Cooking Class on the last day. 
  • DIYWITHJOY has written a helpful e-book for Tanzania, so I recommend buying it if you go to Tanzania. You can purchase it here
Final Days in East Africa 

I thoroughly enjoyed being back in Nigeria and travelling through West Africa. It is now my mission to explore and see more of Africa. I want to change the narrative of Africa and show you how beautiful the continent is. 

I can’t wait for the next time I am in Africa, and this time, I’d love to visit Seychelles, Tanzania and maybe Mauritius. Until then, this guide makes you want to travel to Rwanda, Uganda or Zanzibar, Tanzania.

I have a question: Would you be interested in group tours? If I considered group tours, would you be interested? Let me know.

Safe Travels. Love MBV X 

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Travel Food Review: Morena Peruvian Kitchen Restaurant

Morena Peruvian Kitchen in Cusco, Peru, left me enthralled. As a passionate explorer of global cuisines and new delicacies, I’ve unheard of, my recent visit to the restaurant was everything and more. 

I found the restaurant on TikTok and was told it was one to visit, so I convinced the group I was travelling with to visit on our last day in Cusco. The restaurant is in a quiet corner and promises a gastronomic journey to the heart of Peru. 

New Beginnings: 

Since starting my travel food journey, I have told myself to start writing blog posts on restaurants I visit when travelling. The focus has been mainly been on Cooking Travel Talks, but today, I wanted to publish my first restaurant review.

I will be improving as I go along my food travel journey – Either way, it encourages you to travel and go to the restaurants I eat at! Continue reading and let me know what you think!

Morena Peruvian Kitchen

From the moment I saw the Morena Peruvian Kitchen, I was captivated by its white walls, and once I entered, I loved the atmosphere! We secured a table for six people and arrived just as they opened around midday. Believe it or not, the restaurant was packed when we entered, which was unsurprising! 

Morena Peruvian Kitchen is dedicated to preserving Peruvian culinary traditions. The staff’s eagerness to share stories about the dishes and ingredients added a layer of cultural immersion to the experience.

The fusion of traditional Peruvian elements and the contemporary design set the stage for an unforgettable dining adventure.

What to order: 

  • Ceviche 
  • Arroz Con Mariscos 
  • Cacao 
  • Pisco Sour¬†

The presentation of dishes at Morena Peruvian Kitchen is a work of art. Each plate is a canvas showcasing Peruvian ingredients’ vibrancy and diversity, making every course a feast for the eyes.

I had already had a large breakfast at the hotel we stayed at, Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, so I wasn’t particularly hungry but was keen to taste the Ceviche, which is one of Peru’s national dishes. 

Starter/Appetizer

I loved the taste of Ceviche; it was everything I expected it to be. You can order different types of fish for Ceviche, but I ordered the trout, typically served raw, marinated and cooked in citrus juices like lime or lemon. Mine also came with roasted corn, which is widely consumed in Peru. 

They also added citrus juice, which denatures the proteins in the fish, giving it a cooked texture and opaque appearance. It’s typically mixed with onions, cilantro, chilli peppers, and other seasonings. I asked for mine to be spicy and wasn’t disappointed.¬†

Main Course

I also had the privilege of trying the Arroz Con Mariscos as a main course. The presentation was nothing short of exquisite‚ÄĒa canvas of risotto rice adorned with succulent grilled seafood, vibrant Peruvian chilis, and an artful garnish of chalaquita. 

Remarkably, even delicate flowers graced the dish! While risotto isn’t typically my initial choice, this creation was a testament to culinary mastery. Every delectable bite was a delight that painted a smile on my face.

Dessert 

Finally, we surrendered to our sweet tooth, choosing the Cacao‚ÄĒa captivating medley starring Peruvian chocolate ice cream, a decadent brownie, a silky chocolate mousse, a scattering of caramelized peanuts, and a delicate drizzle of chocolate sauce. 

While I typically steer clear of chocolate ice cream, this creation held an extraordinary allure. It served as a poignant reminder of the magic that can unfold when one embraces new culinary adventures.

Drinks

The bar staff’s expertise in mixology shone through. They gave us a fantastic display while making our drinks, which only elevated the experience. My visit wouldn’t have been complete without sipping a Pisco Sour‚ÄĒa quintessential Peruvian cocktail that seamlessly combines sweet, sour, and aromatic notes. I loved it and would highly recommend trying it!

Final Ratings – ‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź¬†

My final verdict for Morena Peruvian Kitchen is an enthusiastic five stars. The cost of the food is relatively affordable, and cards pesos are accepted. The restaurant’s commitment to authenticity, impeccable service, and a menu that’s a love letter to Peru’s culinary heritage truly impressed me.

Conclusion

In closing, Morena Peruvian Kitchen isn’t just a restaurant‚ÄĒit’s a portal to Peru’s diverse regions, traditions, and flavours. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or an avid food enthusiast, this establishment offers an unparalleled opportunity to embark on a culinary odyssey. 

It’s worth also noting that Morena Peruvian Kitchen has two sibling establishments dedicated to the art of Peruvian cuisine, conveniently located within walking distance:¬†Campo Cocina Andina¬†and¬†Ceviche Meat & Wine Co. These complementary ventures enrich the culinary landscape, collectively offering an array of authentic flavours from Peru. I will undoubtedly visit these restaurants the next time I’m in Peru.¬†

I invite you to step into Morena Peruvian Kitchen, where each dish is a story, and every bite is an adventure. Let your senses be your guide as you savour the vibrant soul of Peru right here in Cusco. 

Reflecting on my time in Peru, I’m excited to share my experiences through an upcoming blog post. Immersing myself in the country’s rich culture, vibrant landscapes, and exquisite cuisine has been captivating. 

I hope you’ve found this restaurant guide as enjoyable to read as it was for me to write. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section if you want more insights and stories. Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post, and let’s continue this journey together!

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How to Decide a Country Based on Your Gastronomic Appetite 

Many people choose a destination based on the scenery or the vibes it offers. If you’re like me, you travel mainly for the food and culture experience with some activities and memories in between. 

I have always travelled for food; I just didn’t realise until the pandemic how much I travelled for food! I love visiting a country, learning how the locals eat, trying new dishes, learning their food etiquette, and comparing cuisines with countries I have been to.

If you also travel for food, you want to be selective with your chosen destination to ensure you satisfy your cravings for your appetite. Here are a few suggestions I consider when choosing my travel destinations:

Please note: all countries should have local dishes cuisine to try this post focuses more on narrowing your options for a specific food that will satisfy your food wonders. 

1. Consider your food preference

When you travel, what type of food traveller are you? Do you consider yourself a picky eater or the adventurous eater? Or do you love spice, no spice, flavour or plain foods? When at home, do you go for Asian, American, Caribbean, African, European or Mediterranean foods? What do you order for a takeaway? Understanding your food preferences is essential in deciding where you go next. If you are an original MyBreakingViewer, you will know I love trying all types of cuisines. Reflecting on the types of cuisine you prefer can help you choose where to go on your next trip. 

2. Comparing & Choosing your destination 

You have to choose from many options when considering your destination. Below are some things to consider for each continent. 

South America

Many countries have influenced South American cuisine, including Native American, Spanish, African Portuguese and Indian-South Asian. 

South America is great for pescetarians or anyone that loves fish. The continent provides a plethora of fresh seafood like crab and lobster tuna. It also has fantastic options for meat-eater too! And if you also like tropical fruits, South America is great. 

Countries like Santiago in Chile or Lima in Peru are great for seafood. The food in Brazil is known to have a variety of barbecued meats and a traditional Brazilian dessert called brigadeiros, which is made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder, similar to a chocolate truffle.

Africa

This continent has an expansive scenery for a foodie palate. In travelling to a few African countries, I love the continent and would mark it as my favourite for unique traditional dishes. Stone Town in Zanzibar is an excellent spot for a foodie, from their fresh fish to the famous Zanzibar pizza. Nigeria also has many words, like jollof, pounded yam and more. 

Suppose you are looking for traditional Swahili food. In that case, a city like Places like Cape Town in South Africa has restaurants offering conventional African cooking styles, including Afrikaans, Cape Malay, Indian, and seafood dishes. For other foodie destinations in Africa, consider Marrakesh in Morocco, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Dakar in Senegal, and Cario in Egypt. 

Europe

Travelling around Europe lets me know a wide range of cuisines. Italy is well renowned and glorified for its range of pasta, pizza, seafood, and other traditional Mediterranean dishes. Consider destinations like Rome or Florence for its gelato or even Palermo and Naples. 

If you fancy a good old English breakfast, then a taste of Britain would be good try cities like Edinburgh or London and have some traditional dishes like black pudding or a traditional English Roast dinner. Head over to Ireland for a tasty shepherd’s pie. France is also excellent for stretching your palate. Try some escargot (French snails). 

Eastern European countries are great for meat eaters like Bulgaria or Latvia. The food is very wholesome and easy to explore for the picky eaters. 

Asia

Living in Singapore while travelling and tasting the dishes in South East Asia is any foodie traveller’s dream! Asian cuisine is rich in vegetables and poultry. It also contains many spices that contribute to a lot of flavour. Authentic Asian food has the best combination of salty, sweet, and spicy flavours. Dishes are rich in rice, garlic, onions, soy sauce, seafood and more. 

Travel to Singapore for Chilli Crap or Stingrway with fried rice, or try Jaipur in India to get a variety of authentic curries. 

In Malaysia, cities like Penang or Kulur Lumpar offer various delicious but cheap street foods like Penang assam laksa and curry laksa. Indonesia offers a wide range of dishes, too, from Nasi-Lama.  

4. Consider your budget 

Considering how much you spend on your location is very important. You’ll want to ensure you can afford things like dining in the best restaurants and other necessary expenses, like accommodation, activities, transport etc. 

In all of this, you must also consider that being a foodie that travels to try and explore dishes means you have to be flexible with the environment you are eating in. We will discuss more about food hygiene later in the book. 

Some countries you travel to may not have local cuisines in their high-end restaurants, so you should consider casual dining, street food, and markets for authentic eats. You should think about locating food travel activities. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Cooking Classes, I recently did this one here
  • Wine Tasting 
  • Vinyard Tours 
Food Festivals

5. Research 

Now you have an idea of the destination you will be visiting. You will want to research the local foods and restaurants you want to eat. I usually bookmark the restaurants I want to eat at using Google Maps. 

If easier, write down the destinations of places you want to eat or to visit, including the restaurants, markets, activities or vendors you wish to consider. Finally, a simple, easy Google search on “food and restaurant events worldwide” will give you many options. 

Helpful resources

If you are seeking to join travel food activities the list and links below should help you start:

  • For cooking classes and food tours then have a look here. Other useful websites for cooking classes and food tours can be located here.
  • If you would like to eat with locals and hosts EatWith connects guests with friendly, hand-selected hosts for unique, immersive experiences from the comfort of their own homes. Book your experience here.
  • Why not start your travel journeys right with lounger access? Get yourself. priority pass here.

Conclusion – travel more for food

I hope this helps kick-start your foodie adventures. Of course, I will add more, so subscribe to be the first in the known! 

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Jordan Travel Guide: 7 Seven Day in Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

I have always wanted to visit more of the Middle East, so I secured my spot when GoJolley announced it was going in August 2020! Of course, I couldn’t go in August due to, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK had some strict guidelines during the pandemic for Jordan. It was in March 2022 that I could go and explore the beautiful country! 

Entry Requirements into Jordan 

If you are considering travelling to Jordan, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Jordan’s current entry restrictions and requirements. By the time I travelled to Jordan, the UK had started to relax its laws on COVID-19 tests, but I know that US and Canadian citizens had to get a test before flying back home.

Anyone from the US, British, or Canadian qualifies for a visa on arrival to Jordan. It is worth a quick Google search for ‘does my passport ‘country’ need a visa’.

About Jordan 

Jordan is a beautiful Middle Eastern country known for its ancient history, stunning landscapes, and welcoming people. It is considered a young state occupying an ancient land that bears the traces of many civilizations. Separated from ancient Palestine by the Jordan River. 

The Jordanian dinar is the currency of Jordan and is the same as the pound 1 pound is 1.12 dinar. I had anticipated living lavishly in Jordan but was surprised that the currency was near 1 to 1, so I certainly was mindful of how much I spent. 

Jordanian Food

Jordanian cuisine is delicious and varied, with delicious infused dishes like mansaf (a traditional lamb and rice dish), falafel, hummus, and shawarma. We have done A Tate of Jordan live on Instagram, where we made falafel, hummus and shwarma from scratch. You can learn and cook it from here.

Getting to Jordan 

 I flew with Ryanair, which was the cheapest! Then there was a 17-hour stop in Germany, so I got a nearby stay near the airport. I remember the flight being less than ¬£250! Flying with them because British Airways only has evening flights which would have delayed me on the trip. I flew back with British Airways, as it was a morning flight. 

Preparing for your visit to Jordan

You should get a Jordan pass for your visit to Jordan. GoJolley did this for us again, another seamless part of the trip. The Jordan pass allows you into 40 of Jordan’s tourist attractions, including Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum, and much more. Once you have purchased the pass, you can download digital brochures covering all of Jordan’s tourist attractions. 

The Jordan pass comes in three categories to suit all kinds of visits. The package you choose depends on the days you wish to explore. We got the Jordan Explorer pass for 75 JOD (about ¬£84 or 105 USD). It is worth it if you are trying to save some money. You can get the Jordan pass here.

Getting around Jordan 

Everything was seamless on this trip. GoJolley had everything ready for us, which was great for someone like me with a full-time job and part-time studying. One thing good about travel groups is when they are good, they are perfect, and I will always suggest GoJolley for its seamlessness for your trips. Below is what was planned for us: 

Two Days in Amman 

We had a foodie adventure planned for us on our first day in Amman, Jordan’s capital city. Amman is the capital city of Jordan and is a vibrant and bustling metropolis with a rich history, culture and plenty of things to see and do. Things to do in Amman, Jordan:

  1. Visited the Citadel: A historic site on a hilltop in Amman, home to the ruins of an ancient temple, palace, and theatre. I enjoyed the stunning views of the city, and it is a must-see attraction. Book a tour here.
  2. Explored the Roman Amphitheater: The Roman Amphitheater is another famous landmark in Amman and is a well-preserved amphitheatre that dates back to the 2nd century AD. It’s a great place to take a walk and soak up the city’s essence. 
  3. Try Jordanian cuisine: Amman is known for its delicious food, and I was fond of the local specialities like mansaf (a traditional lamb and rice dish), falafel, hummus, and shawarma. We cooked this on A Taste of Jordan. Book your tour here
  4. Explore Rainbow Street: Rainbow Street is a trendy street in Amman lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. I have some fantastic hot chocolate at Chocoholic Cafe. It’s a great place to walk around and soak up the local atmosphere.
Other things to do in Amman:
  • Shop at the Souq
  • The Jordan Museum and the Royal Automobile Museum
  • A day trip to Jerash
  • The King Abdullah Mosque
Where to stay in Amman

We stayed at  Four Seasons Amman, a beautiful hotel, to start the adventures of Jordan. Four Seasons is a beautiful hotel, and I was already impressed with the accommodations GoJolley picked for us. I recommend this Travel Group for those that love the luxuries of a lovely peaceful stay after a long day of activities.

Two Days in Petra 

After Amman, next up was the World Wonder Petra! I have often seen this site in movies, but I never imagined a small farm girl like me could go to Petra! I had to keep pinching myself because I was there and did experience it all. It was a three-hour journey issh from Amman to Petra. 

Petra is an ancient city in southern Jordan carved into red rock over 2,000 years ago. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see attraction in Jordan. 

We used our Jordan passes for this, so don’t lose it. Getting a guided tour of Petra is a great way to learn about the history and culture of the area. They will also show you how to get around the site, which is pretty big! You can hire a guide or join a group tour to get the most out of your visit. I suggest booking with Viator.

Things you must see while at Petra and you can easily do. 
  1. Explore the Siq: The Siq is a narrow canyon that leads into Petra and is an impressive sight. You can walk through the Siq and see the stunning rock formations and carvings on the walls.
  2. Visit the Treasury: The Treasury is one of the most famous buildings in Petra, and it’s a spectacular sight to behold. It’s a large building carved into the rock, and it’s believed to have been a tomb for a Nabataean king.
  3. Climb to the Monastery: The Monastery is another impressive building in Petra, located at the top of a hill. You can climb to the Monastery and enjoy stunning views of Petra and the surrounding area. Please have a tour guide with you as it is a complex route to the top. 
  4. Get yourself a Mule: A mule is a half donkey, half horse – you will need this as you will walk all day. 
  5. Remember to buy some souvenirs, take pictures and tip nicely. Book your tour of Petra here.

Where to stay in Petra 

The hotel booked for us was called Movenpick Petra, which was perfect as it was directly outside the entrance to Petra. Suppose you are adding Petra to your itinerary for Jordan. In that case, I recommend staying overnight at Movenpick Petra, as it is very convenient and will make your Petra adventures much more accessible. 

Two Days in Wadi Rum 

Wadi Rum is a desert valley in southern Jordan known for its stunning landscapes and rock formations. It was about two hours from Petra to Wadi Rum. It was my first time staying overnight in a desert, so I was very anxious and excited about staying there. GoJolley had a Jeep booked for us. It’s the best way to explore the vast expanse of Wadi Rum. You can hire a local guide and ride in a 4×4 vehicle to see the stunning rock formations, red sand dunes, and canyons. Book the tour here.

Please note that it can get freezing at night in the desert, so please pack thermals or a coat to keep yourself warm. 

The hotel’s food was unique, and the hospitality was A* we had roasted chicken with rice. I also tried Maqulba for the first time, which I have spoken about here. While in Wadi Rum, you should try some Bedouin tea and learn about the Bedouin way of life by visiting a local Bedouin camp. We also had music played to us, and we were allowed to buy items along our tour. 

Where to stay in Wadi Rum 

When we got to the hotel, I loved it. The Bubble Luxotel Hotel was booked for us and is a delight. The Bubble comes with keys, it has two doors, so you have to be sure the first door is closed before you open the second one; otherwise, the Bubble will collapse. I was very impressed that I didn’t make it collapse with my clumsy self. The BubbleBubble also comes with a hammock, hot tub and incredible views of Wadi Rum. 

One day at the Dead Sea

It was an excellent time to say goodbye to Wadi Rum and head back to Amman, where we stayed at Sofitel Hotel for our final stay. The final activity was the Dead Sea before going home; this was roughly a 4-hour journey and went quicker than expected. Book your private tour here.

The Dead Sea is a salt lake located between Jordan and Israel. It is around 430 meters below sea leave and is known for its high salt concentration. The Dead Sea is for you if you can’t swim, as no one can sink. 

The most popular activity in the Dead Sea is floating in the salty waters. You can easily float on the surface due to the high salt concentration. It is a truly unique and relaxing experience. While you are there, I suggest getting clay/mud rubbed on your bodies which are known to have healing properties. Remember to rinse the mud off properly in the water.

The Dead Sea is also known to be a Baptism Site. This is because it is a historical and religious site on the Jordan River’s Jordanian side. It’s believed to be where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, and it’s a popular pilgrimage site.

Farewell, Jordan, and thank you GoJolley 

I very much enjoyed Jordan. It was a trip filled with excellent food, hospitality and adventure. I loved every minute of Jordan. Before then, I was not even on social media, but going to Jordan reminded me of my passion and love for travel and food. If you ask me, Jordan is a place you must add to your trip. 

I hope you do go and enjoy Jordan as much as I did.

Speak soon. xx

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