The Big Trip

Food, Wine, Van & Backpacks

It all started with a bottle of wine by the fireplace, in our apartment in Dublin... In 2017, while we were originally saving money to buy a house and settle down like "you should do", So' & I realised that we weren't ready for this, that we still had to travel the World and discover new things! 

Our passion and jobs were always related to food and wine, so it was obvious that we were going to focus on that! We launched this website Food Vinebrations in February to share our passion and experiences with you. From there, we started to create an itinerary through terroirs of the World that we really wanted to explore. 

In August, we started the first part of the trip: South America. For the next three months, we'll be exploring Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru. After that, we'll travel to South-East Asia and visit Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Malaysia. Finally, we'll drive our big old camper van through Europe. 

The trip should take about 15 months in total. All along the way, we'll share our experiences and discoveries with you here. We hope you can get the best out of it, and if there are things you want us to explore, recommendations or questions, feel free to contact us!

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Travelogue

July 5, 2018

*This is the uncut version of an article that was originally published in thetaste.ie*

        Well, hello you, it’s a pleasure to welcome you back here. I hope you enjoyed our adventures in the Mendoza as much as we did back then. This time, we’ll step back a little and consider South America as one destination. The main point of our travels was to discover how people would eat and drink in the rest of the World...

May 24, 2018

***This is the uncut version of an article originally published on www.thetaste.ie in February 2018***

Welcome to our Travelogue...

     After spending respectively 5 and 7 years on the beautiful Emerald Island, it wasn’t an easy call for us to leave it. We had been feeling the lust for adventure for a while but between the dream and the active decision to go, a good few months had passed. Eventually, it took a bottle of wine (t...

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Cuppa'Coffee?

November 26, 2017

You know the drill, Cuppa'Coffee is about a simple concept: in each episode, one professional barista will take you through one origin of coffee and one brewing/extraction method.

In this second episode, Diego Cisneros Pinto from Kafi Wasi Coffee House in Arequipa (Peru) talks about his choice of coffee from the highlands of Cuzco and the techniques involved in the making of an espresso.

Check it out below and stay tuned fo...

November 24, 2017

When we arrived in Arequipa, apart from being amazed at the architecture and shining bright white  stones (forged by lava), we quickly felt thirsty! The city is quite hilly and since it was early in the morning, we decided to go for a coffee.

Unlike what one can expect, even though Peru is the world's 10th producer of coffee, the people there don't consider the black drink anything special and the norm is instant coffee. So, no...

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Travel Tips

September 26, 2017

A big part of the enjoyment we find in travelling is to get lost in a different culture and to notice the small details that remind you that you’re away. With food being such a key element of our everyday lives, the way people eat tells a lot about their culture. In Brazil, some of these eating habits made up the “exotic side” of going out for a meal. Here are a few things you can expect to find there:

Self service: Food by kilo

Just like we buy our veggies and fruits by the kilo in the shops in Europe, you can expect to find a scale in these self-service restaurants. If you pass the door and are handed a little card, hold on to it & don’t panic, here is how it works!

The layout is usually the same, there’s a buffet somewhere with cold starters and hot mains, sometimes even a “Churrasco” area...

September 12, 2017

You’re heading to Brazil on holidays but don’t have lots of money to spend? If you don’t want any compromise on the quality of your food, there’s a solution for you: street food!

Coxinha (top) / Esfiha (bottom)

From big cities to smaller towns, you’ll find lots of small trolleys in the streets selling savoury or sweet snacks at a very affordable price. While staying here with So’ and to keep our budget at peace, we used them a lot when we didn’t have access to a kitchen or just when we were feeling lazy. You can find a list of our favourite ones below, that you’re guaranteed to find nearly anywhere in Brazil!

Coxinha

(pronounce “CO-SHEE-NI-AH”)

A little pear-shaped treat, covered with breadcrumbs or fried flour & filled with a delicious mix of shredded chicken and cream cheese. Not on the ligh...

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Amazing Places

May 24, 2018

***This is the uncut version of an article originally published on www.thetaste.ie in February 2018***

Welcome to our Travelogue...

     After spending respectively 5 and 7 years on the beautiful Emerald Island, it wasn’t an easy call for us to leave it. We had been feeling the lust for adventure for a while but between the dream and the active decision to go, a good few months had passed. Eventually, it took a bottle of wine (the second one) by the fireplace in June to take the big step. We had saved a good bit of money, planning to exchange it for a house and a mortgage, and it appeared to us that we might as well blow it all on a 1+ year trip around the world, meeting all the great people behind our two biggest passions in life: food and wine.

     I’ll pass over the details of h...

February 11, 2018

Surprised? You thought our first article about Kampot would be about Pepper?! Well, nope, we'll start with salt!


Before leaving Sihanoukville, we made contact with Narin Bun, one of the guys we had to get in touch with to discover Kampot's Natural sea salt behind the scenes! 

We started with the Salt Fields just outside Kampot city centre. Narin Bun brought us to his farm. His family owns 50Ha (123.5 acres) out of the total surface of around 800Ha (just over 1975 acres). There are 60 owners and 200 producers.

Narin Bun in front of his family farm 


Lets go quickly through the different steps of sea salt production. The production season goes from October until the end of April.

First Things First: Irrigation

They start irrigating in October by opening the man-made...

December 27, 2017

     From La Paz, we took a night bus (another one…) to Uyuni, still in Bolivia, for about 11 hours and BOB$150 per person. The old city is famous for its train cemetery, three surrounding volcanoes, mummified Incas but above all, its gigantic 2000 square-meter salt flat!

      One thing that surprised us at first, being more used to extended hours on long bus rides, is that the bus which was originally scheduled for an arrival at 7am got there at 5.15am. The company was Trans Omar but it seems to be a bit of a norm across the many others too. We had booked our trek directly from La Paz, the day before, in one of the many agencies you can find there. If you are stuck in a dilemma between two agencies, thinking that perhaps one would give you a better tour than the other, don’t pan...

December 27, 2017

     With a world of wine in constant evolution, I sometimes get excited about potential regions of tomorrow, trying to sniff out the next Grand Crus, so much that I eventually forget the great actors of the past. Places that have been looked up to by many and that History eventually forgot.

   If you were a Frenchman, born anytime between the fourth and the nineteenth century, there’s a good chance you’d have drank wine produced in the Paris area. In fact, at its best (18th century), it would have been the largest area under vines in France! Nowadays, if you travel to Paris on a holiday, the never-ending grey roofs overlooked by the tall buildings of La Defense or the elegant Eiffel tower pointing towards the skies make it hard to believe. Although some rural areas can be found,...

November 10, 2017

While travelling through Bolivia, we took a few days out in the Salar de Uyuni, the below video features most of the best moments we spent there! 

Have fun!

Max

October 12, 2017

From the paradise island of Ilha Grande, we decided to head to the colonial city of Paraty, on the Costa Verde. Founded in the first half of the 17th century by Portuguese colonizers to serve as a transit harbour for the gold excavated in Minas Gerais, the old town was originally used as a fishing bay by Guaiana natives.

Today, the Historical centre has been beautifully preserved to host local artists’ workshops, Cachaça emporiums and quirky little restaurants.

If you are in the mood for art, you will find various art galleries and the great Casa de Cultura in the old town, where you can watch exhibitions & listen to some live music performances. When we stayed there in mid September, the International Paraty Photography Festival was on, with exhibitions at every corner and out on the street...

September 14, 2017

If you are planning to travel to Rio de Janeiro for a couple of weeks, make sure you book a shuttle to Ilha Grande!

This island is located about 2.30 hours down from Rio (that's 2 hours on the bus and about 30 minutes on a boat). The  place is just incredible! Check out the video below, no filters have been applied...

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