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The Food Travel Podcast Uncovering The Stories Behind The World’s Most Famous (& Best!) Dishes. Join us & expert guests for tasty facts, foodie secrets and more! Your hosts are Tommo & Megsy from

Episode Date
37 Vermouth & Martini Cocktails
In This Episode:
The history of Vermouth - the fortified wine that James Bond couldn’t do without in his vodka Martinis
We discuss the history modern vermouth, it’s ancient predecessor and it’s arrival into the cocktail industry.
And we chat about artisanal Vermouth in Madrid, Spain. Get more info about what to eat and drink in Madrid with our full article:
Aug 12, 2019
S2E26 Madrid: What To Eat (inc. Spanish Omelette history)
In This Episode:
  • We visit Madrid, The capital of Spain
  • We explain the unexpectedly controversial history of Spanish omelette
  • Learn why Madrid’s famous stew, Cocido, originally had no pork but today can have up to 8 or 9 cuts of pork in each dish.
  • Plus, Flamenco meets Haute cuisine. We taste food from a Michelin star chef while watching Spain’s most emotive dance style.

Read The Full Article: 25+ Things To Eat In Madrid

Jul 29, 2019
S2E25 Club Sandwich
In This Episode:
  • The story behind one of the world’s most famous sandwiches - The Club Sandwich
  • The Club sandwich ingredients debate? Double decker, triple decker, ham or bacon? Egg or no egg?
  • Plus, we discuss 2 of the weirdest club sandwiches we found in Asia.
Jul 22, 2019
S2E24 Rome: What To Eat (inc. Carbonara History)
In this episode:
  • What To eat in Rome - Pizzas, pastas and rice - it’s going to be a carb fest!
  • The history of carbonara: it’s quite different from what you’d expect
  • Plus, a little deep fried street snack with a built in surprise.

Full Article 20+ things to eat in Rome:

Jul 15, 2019
S2E23 Deep Fried Tarantulas in Cambodia (Strange Food 1)
In This Episode:
  • Tommo eats tarantula in Cambodia
  • How to cook and eat tarantula
  • The history of eating tarantula and why it’s still eaten today

Full Article and video at


Jul 08, 2019
S2E22 Egg Custard Tarts History (Pasteis de Nata): Portugal vs The World
In This Episode:
  • Pastéis de Nata - Egg custard tarts - are they Portuguese in origin, or were they first invented elsewhere?
  • Why the Portuguese egg tart is the culinary symbol of Macau, and the surprising story behind how it got there.
  • Plus where can you eat the tastiest egg tarts? After a lot of testing, we think we’ve found them.

Find the full article at

Jul 01, 2019
Introducing: Girls Talk Travel

Inspiration, motivation and practical information for today’s travelling woman.

Join your hosts Megsy from The Dish (Food and Travel Show) and Alice from Teacake Travels for the Girls Talk Travel weekly podcast, as they chat with women who have (trust us) been there and done that!

Megsy & Alice tackle some of the everyday concerns female travellers have while exploring this amazing world of ours. From the first stages of building confidence to actually buying a plane ticket, to telling your family and friends. They'll be guiding you through your travel journey and talking about the things that can happen along the way that you didn't in your wildest dreams ever expect.

Listen now at:

Or to find out more about the show visit:

Jun 30, 2019
S2E21 Lisbon: What To Eat (Inc. History of Bacalhau & Bifana)
In This Episode - Stories About The Best Food To Eat In Lisbon, Portugal:
  • Fishy history - the surprising story of how cod became one of Portugal’s national dishes
  • Porky power - The Portuguese sandwich that locals can’t seem to get enough of
  • Plus, the Lisbon liqueur that left our shoes sticking to the sidewalk.

Get the full article with 35+ dishes to discover in Lisbon at


Jun 24, 2019
S2E20 Bulgaria Part 2: What To Eat Inc. Banitsa

In part 2 of this Bulgarian cuisine double episode:

* Bulgaria’s National Pastry - Banitsa
* We chat to Vasil From Bulgaria Wine tours about some very traditional Bulgarian main courses
* A 100% Bulgarian dish from the Rhodope mountains.
* PLUS, Megys’s favourite Bulgarian drink - but should you be mixing it with milk?

Full article with 50+ Bulgarian dishes to try, at



Jun 17, 2019
S2E19 Bulgaria Part 1: What To Eat, inc. History Of Shopska Salad

In part 1 of this double episode:

* The foundations of traditional Bulgarian cuisine - the flavors that make their dishes taste uniquely Bulgarian
* The history of Bulgaria’s National Dish: The Shopska salad
* Plus, The best soups, salads and dip in Bulgarian cuisine

Our full article on Bulgarian cuisine can be found at


Jun 10, 2019
S2E18 Popcorn

In This Episode:

* The history of popcorn from the ancient americas to today
* The modern rise of popcorn and why it became a top movie theatre snack
* We ask, Why does corn pop?
* Plus, crazy popcorn facts!

Jun 03, 2019
S2E17 Feta Cheese vs Bulgarian Sirene Cheese (History Of Brined White Cheese)

In this episode:

* Greek Feta Cheese vs. Bulgarian Sirene Cheese vs Romanian Telmea and other white cheeses. Which was the original brined white cheese?
* We discuss the ancient history of Feta style cheese from the balkan region.
* Should the EU have made Feta cheese a Greek only designated origin product?
* We explain the origin of the name “Feta”.
* Plus, How Canada may have got it right when it comes to Feta cheese…

Show notes for this episode at



May 27, 2019
S2E16 Roaming Degustation Colombo, Sri Lanka (Food Travel Stories)

In this episode:

* We Take a one-of-a-kind roaming degustation (multi venue tasting menu) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with an Asia’s Top 50 Restaurateur, Dharshan Munidasa.
* We visit one of his Asia Top 50 restaurant, Ministry Of Crab
* Plus, we try traditional Japanese with a Sri Lankan twist, and contemporary fine dining versions of traditional Sri Lankan street food.

This is part of our new food travel stories series - where we talk about unique food experiences around the world.

Full article at


May 20, 2019
S2E15 Hamburgers II - A History (Part 2 - Who Invented American Hamburgers?)

In This Hamburger Double Episode:

* How American Is The Hamburger? We discuss the origin or ground (minced) meat & meat patties
* The creation of first custom buns designed specifically to be used for hamburgers.
* Also, the battle over who really invented the modern hamburger - The stories and legends of the main contenders.
* Plus, Random hamburger facts and records that amused us.

Show Notes at

May 13, 2019
S2E14 Hamburgers - A History (Part 1: How American Is The Hamburger?)

In This Hamburger Double Episode:

* How American Is The Hamburger? We discuss the origin or ground (minced) meat & meat patties
* The creation of first custom buns designed specifically to be used for hamburgers.
* Also, the battle over who really invented the modern hamburger - The stories and legends of the main contenders.
* Plus, Random hamburger facts and records that amused us.

Show Notes at

May 06, 2019
S2E13 Belize: What To Eat (inc. History Of Rice & Beans)

In This Episode:

* We discuss the most important cultural dishes in Belize.
* We ask “Beans And Rice” or “Rice And Beans”?
* Rock Lobster!
* We discover the unhealthiest, yet tastiest breakfast food in the world.
* Plus, The Royal Rat. Is Belize’s famous rodent fit for a queen?

 Full show notes and more dishes to eat in San Pedro, Belize (and where to eat!) at


Apr 29, 2019
S2E12 North India: Kolkata Street Food & Amritsar Paratha (Our Food Travel Stories)

In This Episode:

* We begin our new personal food travel stories series - With a visit to North India where we discover not just new foods but unique ways they are cooked
* We discuss our first Indian street food experience in Kolkata
* Plus, we eat our favourite ever buttery indian flat bread in the city of Amritsar, close to the Pakistan border

Apr 22, 2019
S2E11 Mallorca, Spain: What To Eat (inc. History of Ensaimada)

In This Episode:

* Sobrassada - The regionally protected Mallorcan sausage that’s very different from chorizo. But why are they all different sizes? It’s nothing to do with commercialism, it’s actually a food science thing…
* Also, Ensaimada: An epically flaky, geographically protected pastry - We explain how Mallorca’s calorifically delicious dessert is made so light using an unexpected secret ingredient
* Plus Mallorcan Cabbage rolls - and the nifty secret to making the perfect cabbage roll

 Show Notes And Our Full Guide to 33 Mallorcan foods at


Apr 15, 2019
S2E10 Story Of The Daiquiri (Cuban Cocktail)

In This Episode:

* The Daiquiri - historic plantation drink, or early 20th century USA-Cuban fusion invention?
* PLUS, Hemingway - was he a Daiquiri or Mojito man?

Full Article On Cuban Drinks at


Apr 08, 2019
S2E9 The Mojito: A Tale Of Rum, Pirates & Plantations in Cuba

In This Episode:

* Did British privateers invent the Mojito? We investigate the historic origins of Cuba’s famous cocktail…
* PLUS has the Havana bar scene re-written mojito history to make more money?

Full Article on Cuban Drinks & Cocktails Here:


Apr 01, 2019
S2E8 Havana & Cuba: What To Eat & A Culinary History Of Cuba's National Dish
In This Cuban/Havana Cuisine Podcast:
  • The Cultural History Of Cuban Cuisine
  • Cuba’s National Dish… Is not the Cuban Sandwich. What is it? And why is it called “old clothes”?
  • PLUS A pre-hispanic ancient Cuban dish…

Notes from this episode and learn what else to eat in Cuba at


Mar 25, 2019
S2E7 Bali (Indonesia): What to eat. Satay, Nasi Kampur and more!
  • What are the essential Balinese condiments, spices & fruits?
  • Nasi Kampur - It’s almost like a Balinese tapas buffet
  • The short story of satay (or sate)
  • Why they eat more duck than chicken in Ubud, Bali.
  • Plus, A jet black dessert that rocked our tastebuds…

More On Balinese Food (Where to eat & What to Eat) at: 

"People assume that “satay” just refers to the “spicy peanut sauce” but the word actually refers more to the skewered meat."
"In Ubud, Bali, Duck is more popular than chicken or pork because ducks live in the numerous rice paddies of the region, helping to kill insects, clean the environment while simultaneously contributing their own waste as fertilizer for the rice."
Mar 18, 2019
S2E6 What To Eat In Corfu, Greece (& The History Of Pastitsada)
  • Famous Corfiot dishes & Ingredients. We discuss the stories of the most important local foods. 
  • Venetian-Greek fusion cuisine. How Venetian rule and the spice trade created a unique Greek island cuisine not present in other parts of the country.
  • The lost art of Corfiot cooking. How the tourist boom destroyed local culinary tradition and how one woman has been trying to revive Corfu’s most historic dishes.
  • PLUS: Food Made With Wine! Will we actually find any traditional Corfiot food that is not cooked with booze in it? Tune in to find out.

 Full Article at

Mar 11, 2019
S2E5 History Of The Cuban Sandwich - Is It Cuban or Cuban-American?
  • Is the Cuban sandwich truly Cuban? Or a Cuban-American Fusion Dish?
  • What makes a proper Cuban sandwich more than just a pork sandwich?
  • Plus, salami or no salami? The Tampa vs. Miami debate.

Check out the show notes at

For our full guide to Cuban Food in Havana check out


Mar 04, 2019
S2E4 Cider (Hard Cider): From Apples To Alcohol, A 50M Year Story
  • The 50 million year story of apples - How almost every apple we eat today originates from one apple variety from Central Asia.
  • The origin of cider - who invented it? And when?
  • Commercial Cider vs. Craft Cider - what to look out for.
  • The story of Johnny Appleseed and cider in the USA.
  • Plus, We visit Bristol, UK, to taste some truly rustic cider, straight from the farm



“Apples: There are some 55 different species of apple trees, yet all 7,500 types of modern culinary apple come from a single genus (Malus Pumila) of wild apple, that spread from Kazakhstan over the last 6,000 years. Granny Smith, Fuji, Bramley, Coxes, Pink lady, Red Delicious and many more.”

"One of America’s biggest folk heroes, Johnny Appleseed, took it as his life’s mission to create new orchards across America. Unlike apple trees in the past, which were mainly grown from grafts taken from other trees that came from Europe, Johnny Appleseed, only planted new trees from seeds - as nature intended.
Apples have a unique DNA, more complicated than Human DNA. Unlike taking grafts from existing trees which clone the tree, the seeds can actually create genetically different trees compared to the parent tree. And seed planting led to increased bio-diversity and new American apple varieties.”

Feb 25, 2019
S2E3 What To Eat In Romania (& Bucharest)

 * Ancient Foods Of Romania - 2 dishes that have probably been made in the region for at least 2,000 years and are still hugely popular today.

* What To eat in Romania - our top picks for must try foods when you visit Romania
* We head out to the farm to try an authentic Romanian pork dish that honours the sacrifice of the pig
* Plus a Romanian dessert that will make your tastebuds sing with joy!

Full show notes @

The full article includes more than 40 foods and drinks to try in Romania.

Feb 18, 2019
S2E2 What To Eat Greek Island Hopping (Our Sun Fun You Voyage)
Want to Join us Greek Island Hopping again in September 2019? - email
In This Episode…
  • What are the essential dishes to try in the Greek Islands
  • We discuss highlights from our trip Greek Island hopping in the Aegean. Taking a small luxury yacht between hidden coves and quaint Greek waterfront villages, swimming in crystal blue water straight off the boat and sleeping under the stars.
  • Cooking classes and being cooked for on the boat. Our captain was also a trained chef which made the whole island hopping experience even more of a foodie trip.
  • Ouzo vs Raki, what’s the difference?
  • PLUS Greek seafood tavernas, we find a hidden gem on the Island of Samos.
Show Notes from this episode, as well as more info on getting on the voyage for yourself is at 
Also, if you want to go on a voyage that is not with us, just head to for more info on booking a place. And once again, email us at to let us know if you have initial interest in joining us for a foodfuntravel voyage in September 2019, or in 2020 because we may want to do this every year!
Feb 11, 2019
S2E1 Lasagne: The Story Of Layered, Baked Pasta
In This Episode:
  • Who invented the Lasagne, and when?
  • Was it even the Italians, or did Greece or the UK invent it first?
  • The controversy over the first written recipe for Lasagna
  • PLUS, a local rivalry, who’s Lasagna is the best!
The companion article for this episode will be available once it goes on public release at
Feb 04, 2019
S1E10 What to eat in Bologna & Emilia Romagna (Italy)
In This Episode:
  • 4 of the superstar Ingredients of world cuisine originate in Emilia Romagna. We Discuss how these ingredients form the base for many of the best dishes in Bologna.
  • The Story Of Real Italian Tortellini
  • Why if you order spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna, it won’t be what you expect…
  • We reveal our favourite Bolognese dish, which is barely known outside of Italy.
  • Our expert guest Andrea from Taste Bologna Food tours reminisces about some of his favourite Bolognese food experiences
  • PLUS, a cake made of tagliatelle… only in Italy!
Get the full companion article for this podcast - which features more than 37 dishes to try in Bologna - at
Aug 30, 2018
S1E9 Mezcal vs Tequila: The Story Of Mexico's Agave Based Spirits

In This Mezcal vs Tequila Episode:

  • Learn the difference between Mezcal vs Tequila
  • Have you been drinking Mezcal and Tequila all wrong?! Learn the way the pros taste these spirits.
  • We explore the history of Tequila and the history of Mezcal.
  • Some Agaves used to make Mezcal can take over 35 years to mature before they are picked. Learn about the fascinating process behind every bottle of Mezcal.
  • Expert interview with Rafael from Mezcaloteca in Oaxaca 
  • PLUS is Mezcal a wonder drink that will not give you a hangover? Our verdict!

Read the full companion article at: 

Aug 26, 2018
S1E8 Georgia 2of2: What to Eat in Tbilisi & The Republic of Georgia
In Part 2 of This Double Episode On Georgian Cuisine:
  • We delve into our favourite foods from one of our top 5 food destinations, the republic of Georgia
  • Epic soup dumplings - Why Georgia’s magical meaty-soup filled “khinkali” have won our hearts
  • Have you eaten epiploon? You may have done so without even knowing. But Gerogia is making an incredible meatball with epiploon that you have to try!
  • 7 Other unique Georgian dishes you just won’t eat anywhere else
  • And, How Georgians make use of the left over grapes form wine harvest to make deserts and a spirit that will make your face explode.

2 of 2: What to Eat in Tbilisi & The Republic of Georgia

Get the companion article featuring 60+ dishes to try, at: 

Aug 23, 2018
S1E7 Georgia 1of2: Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) & How Georgia’s History Shaped Their Cuisine
In Part 1 of our Georgian Cuisine Double episode Featuring the food of the Republic of Georgia and it's capital, Tbilisi:
  • We explore how Georgia’s history shaped the unique cuisine they have today
  • The evidence that shows Georgia to be the birthplace of wine
  • Khachapuri: The cheesy bread that could rival pizza as the best cheese and bread combo in the world.
  • Was pizza the precursor to this? Or did Georgian Khachapuri have a different origin…

Part 1 of 2: Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) & How Georgia’s History Shaped Their Cuisine

Get the full companion article featuring 60+ must try Georgian dishes at:

Aug 18, 2018
S1E6 Yucatan, Mexico: Mayan Food history & What To Eat

The flavors and history of Yucatan Cuisine from south east Mexico - Think Cancun, the Mayan ruins of chichen itza, playa del carmen, Merida and more.

What is traditional Mayan food? And what is modern Yucatecan fusion cuisine? PLUS a rundown of our favourite must-try dishes from the region.

Get the full show notes, and a list of some of our favourite places to eat in Merida & The Yucatan at 

Jun 12, 2018
S1E5 History of Kimchi & What To Eat In Seoul, Korea

Seoul, South Korea: The stories behind kimchi and some of our favourite dishes. PLUS, we ask, why are they sending kimchi into space?

ALSO, Whose dish is it anyway? The story of Fried Chicken in South Korea and Tommo tries a dish that’s having second thought about being eaten…

Get the full show notes, and a list of some of our favourite places to eat in Seoul at

Jun 05, 2018
S1E4 Pad Thai History - The Story Of Thailand's National Dish
Military coups and political propaganda… The surprising origin story of Thailand’s national dish - The Pad Thai
Plus, some of our favourite places in Thailand to eat Pad Thai, and the chance to eat a Pad Thai with a difference…
Get the full show notes, and a list of some of our favourite places to eat in Pad Thai at - available once this episode is published publically
May 28, 2018
S1E3 Bangkok, Thailand: What To Eat & History of Thai Curry

History of Thai Curry AND the stories behind some of our favourite dishes in Bangkok, Thailand. We discuss the controversial history of one Thailand’s tastiest curries... PLUS a little adventurous eating of some of Thailand's more unusual high protein street snacks…

Get the full show notes, and a list of some of our favourite places to eat in Bangkok at

May 21, 2018
S1E2 Tacos Part 2 - Fish tacos and how pork shaped taco history

More Tacos! The history of 3 of Mexico's most popular taco styles

In this Episode:

  • The mystery and rivalry behind the invention of the modern fish taco
  • Is one of Mexico's most famous tacos really Mexican at all??
  • How pork shaped the world of tacos
  • PLUS: Will Megsy eat the strangest pork taco filling we've ever seen!?


May 10, 2018
S1E1 Tacos: Are they really an ancient dish? (Part 1) Pilot

The unexpected history of Mexico's most famous dish: Tacos. Featuring Taco Professional & Food Historian, Jeffrey Pilcher (University of Toronto)

This is the first part of our 2 part pilot release.
Get ready for Foodie Info-tainment!

In this episode we head to Mexico... you will learn:

  • How tacos became a dish - and when.
  • What was the first ever taco style? (We go eat it, live!)
  • A roundup of some of Mexico's tastiest taco styles
  • What was the largest & most expensive taco in the world?

We keep things fun, light and tasty from start to finish!

Get the full show notes at 

Feb 22, 2018
The Dish Season 1 Trailer

The New Podcast From Tommo & Megsy - Exploring the stories behind the world's best dishes. This trailer is a quick teaser about what is coming up in our New Podcast

The Full Season One Release Began in May 2018 and the initial 10 episode release will complete in Septmeber 2018.


Check out for more info

Feb 15, 2018