What does a “meaningful food experience” mean? When I think of meaningful foods, I think of foods that evoke feelings. It could be feelings experienced from wonderful taste sensations or feelings of comfort, satisfaction or fulfilment… So where does this talk of meaningful food experiences come from?
I’ve been following Tanja on The Red Phone Box Travels for a while now. She recently mentioned the monthly travel linkup that she is now co-hosting along with Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi and Angie from Silverspoon London. The topic for this month is about your most meaningful or interesting food experience. This seemed like a good opportunity for me to participate.
I love food! Whether it’s cooking food, trying new recipes, tasting and exploring new foods or eating out at restaurants. As I’ve only been blogging since the beginning of the year I never really took photos of the food I ate before. So I started thinking about my favourite foods and my “must-have” foods on my travels back to South Africa. And believe it or not, I do have one photo!
As a South African living in the UK for almost 9 years now I still miss certain foods from South Africa. For a lot of South Africans, red meat might be their first staple that they miss most about South Africa. But for me it’s seafood and I have yet to find a restaurant in London that truly satisfies my prawns and calamari craving.
There is a seafood restaurant chain in South Africa called the Ocean Basket. They have a mouthwateringly large menu offering lots of seafood options in different portions and combinations. My favourite dishes to order are either the calamari half grilled/half fried option or the seafood platter for one. This platter contains the fish of the day, calamari, squid heads, mussels and a side choice of salad, fries or rice. Mmm nom nom 😉
As this is a chain restaurant, your experience of Ocean Basket may differ from one chain to another. 9 times out of 10 I have not been disappointed. Over the years I have tried many of the Ocean Basket restaurants in Johannesburg – namely Melrose Arch, Fourways Mall, Clearwater Shopping Centre, Cresta, Rosebank, Sandton, Bryanston, OR Tambo International airport and in Port Elizabeth – Summerstrand and Walmer. Can you tell? I love Ocean Basket food! 🙂
I’m sure I’ve annoyed my family and friends slightly with my extreme need and desire for prawns and calamari from the Ocean Basket every time I go back to South Africa! I know there are so many other restaurants to try but in my opinion, why not go for the good old trusted meaningful food experience that I can usually count on not to disappoint me 😉
Do you like seafood? Can you recommend any good seafood restaurants in London that I might not have tried? Do you have any meaningful foods? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
Feature image – an Ocean Basket seafood platter photo courtesy of Alex LP