A taste of our travels
Josh is busy at work so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a little history as to why we started this blog to begin with. Since travelling to Europe in July 2010, Josh and I got the travel bug. We entered three countries, five different cities, travelled on trains, planes and buses all in three weeks. We saw some of the most beautiful cities such as Paris and Florence, studied the history of Rome and relaxed in Barcelona and Nice. Even though it was only for a short time, we knew that one day we would go back and explore more of the world.
In October 2012 Josh entered a competition through Hunter TAFE NSW and HunterChefsCo named after one of Newcastle’s most successful chefs, Brett Graham. The prize, five thousand dollars to put towards the trip of a lifetime to London and work experience at Brett Graham’s The Ledbury, the number 13 restaurant in the world as judged by San Pellegrino. With a starter of scallop ceviche, baby beetroot, asparagus and golden beetroot air I knew that Josh would be in for a chance in the top three. Followed by blackened lamb neck for main course with carrot, eggplant and onion in textures, and mango cloud with raspberry gel and sugar coral for dessert, Josh was named the winner of the Brett Graham Scholarship 2012.
With Josh’s dream of working alongside some of the most influential chefs in the world and my love for all things travel, we set out planning for four months abroad. Since I was very young, I had dreamed of visiting the USA so it was an easy decision to add this to our travels, along with Europe and the UK.
In early August we fly to San Fransisco. We drive down the west coast, finishing in Las Vegas before we fly to Chicago, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C. and New York. From here it’s the east coast we’ll drive stopping in Charleston, Orlando and finally Miami. America may not be in everybody’s top destinations but with restaurants such as The French Laundry (Napa Valley), Alinea (Chicago) and Eleven Madison Park (New York) we knew we could not pass it up. And I can’t pass up Harry Potter Wizarding World in Orlando either!
From here it’s over to Europe and what better way to begin than with a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. A short stay in Zurich Switzerland, St Petersburg and Moscow in Russia and Stockholm, Sweden lands us at Faviken. If you have not heard of this restaurant than I suggest you pick up a copy of his cookbook. Josh is probably most excited to visit Magnus Nilsson’s beacon restaurant for the opportunity to eat delicacies such as ‘scallops cooked over burning juniper’. A short travel south into Denmark leads us to the next restaurant on our bucket list, Noma.
London is calling from here and with Josh working at The Ledbury, it will give me an opportunity to plan the next leg of our trip. Go with the flow is what we are going to live by in the final weeks of our travels, we have nothing planned yet but know that the rest of the United Kingdom, Venice Italy, Dubrovnik Croatia and Istanbul Turkey are high on the list. Also with restaurant reservations at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (London), St Johns by Fergus Henderson (London) and Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain) we know that it really will be thetraveltotaste. So let the search begin for the perfect dining experience….
Jess and Josh