For lovers of world food, home and abroad
Welcome to global streetbite, a blog dedicated to the sampling of everyday foods from around the word and investigating how they translate to the international food scene here in the UK. Classic British food will also be on the menu, and will include how this, in turn, is replicated around the globe (I am on a hunt to find the best fish ‘n’ chips that exist).
Description from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by a hawker or vendor, often from a portable stall. While some street foods are regional, many are not, having spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are also classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.
You will find the definition of street food will be somewhat stretched – my focus will be on food and drink that local people consume on a day-to-day basis, and not confined to restaurants. This doesn’t mean, to me, that it has to be distributed on the street via “portable stall,” but it does mean it has to be of low cost and be readily available.
I want to inspire travellers to sample food from markets, street vendors and small local cafes – cheap, good authentic food – when they go abroad and not head straight to the ubiquitous restaurants and bars that are aimed at tourists. In addition, I want to encourage non-travellers to seek out world foods in their home towns, getting a taste of the exotic and unfamiliar on their doorsteps.
Upon starting this blog, my Dad said to me…. “is this just an excuse to travel?” My answer – oh yes, but even more so an excuse to eat!
I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
My name is Rebecca and I am a lover of eating, cooking, traveling and doing things with tight(ish) purse-strings.
As a resident of the most culturally diverse country on the planet – the UK – and in arguably the most international city – London – I feel that I am blessed with choice when it comes to food. With pockets of international communities offering myriad restaurants and cafés, intermingled with globally renowned as well as lesser-known food markets, there is no shortage of culinary options within a 20 mile radius of my home of Brixton and within a short train journey across the country.
Working full time in London, for a healthcare PR and medical education agency, it’s not easy for me to get time away from work and do my much-loved travel. I always make the most of my annual leave (often touching down from a holiday in the small hours and going into the office for 9am), and I am fortunate to travel with my work (although I rarely see more than the inside of a posh hotel – not my usual style – with only endless club sandwiches for nourishment). With just 26 days’ holiday a year, my blog needs to be more than just a travel food blog. So was born global streetbite – bringing together international fare abroad with international fare here in the UK.
I want to make absolutely clear that I do not consider myself to be an expert (or even particularly knowledgeable) in world cuisines and I certainly don’t consider myself to be a good cook… Just keen and doing this for my own pleasure!