Where the Good Food team are travelling in 2017

Gudetama cafe in Singapore.
Gudetama cafe in Singapore. Photo: Supplied

Want to holiday like a food writer? These are the destinations that the Good Food team has in its sights for 2017. Some of us are on a quest for the world's best version of a particular treat (hello, Portuguese tarts!), while half of us have Spain in our sights for lazy tapas crawls and beach action. Let us know in the comments where you plan to head. 

Gudetama Cafe, Singapore

As a fan of the lazy, cranky egg that is Gudetama (aka the best cartoon character ever), I would love to go to his themed cafe in Singapore. The design is hilariously great – there are sunny-side-up tables, appropriately oval booths and a supersized carton of eggs on display. 

Plus, Gudetama fanning himself with a mint leaf as a way to combat the intense Singapore heat. Little Miss Bento blogger Shirley Wong co-authored the ultra-cute-lookin' menu, which includes sushi cakes, a dessert ramen set and "I'm Cold" eggs benedict, where Gudetama-like eggs are wrapped in a blanket of salmon.

Lee Tran Lam

Pasteis de Belem (Portuguese tarts) in Lisbon.

Pasteis de Belem (Portuguese tarts) in Lisbon. Photo: Martin Thomas Photography (Alamy)

Lisbon, Portugal

Three words: Portuguese custard tarts. I am basing my visit around the burnished custard cups. First stop: Pastel de nata at the original Pasteis de Belem bakery. The quaint royal blue and white painted tiles would provide the perfect photo backdrop for the flaky pastries. While in Lisbon, I'd skip the Nando's-style chicken (am I the only person not hot for peri peri sauce?) and beeline for a bifana instead – paprika braised pork in a soft roll. Other edible activities include sampling pesticos (tapas); a side step to Porto where I'd be dwarfed by the port barrels and sample the plonk; admiring traditional tinned seafood packaging; and selecting colourful tiles for my dream kitchen.

- Annabel Smith

Yangon, Myanmar skyline at Shwedagon Pagoda.

Yangon, Myanmar skyline at Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo: iStock



I'm heading to Myanmar and now I've got the logistics organised (best way to travel between cities and how do you get new, crisp $US notes for spending), my thoughts are turning to food. The former Burma has Bangladesh, Thailand and China among its borders so it makes perfect sense that rice, curries, barbecued meats and salads feature large.

Breakfast will be a serve of Its most famous dish, mohinga, ideally from a street stall. This fish-based soup is filled with rice noodles, egg and flavoured with onion, garlic, lemongrass and ginger. The day will get spicier and sweeter with green chilli curry, tea leaf salad, Shan style rice and a tea shop meal.

- Sue Bennett

A tapas bar in San Sebastian, Spain.

A tapas bar in San Sebastian, Spain. Photo: Veronique Mandray (Alamy)

San Sebastian, Spain

Spain is very high on my bucket list, for a whole range of reasons but I'm particularly keen to carve out a week in San Sebastian, post Barcelona culture-crawl. A morning in the surf, with an afternoon siestas and late-night snack-a-thon, moseying between pintxo bars, sounds like heaven.

My knowledge of Spanish beer is limited to chilled tinnies of Moritz, so I'm also keen to check out the growing craft beer scene there, eat my body weight in jamon and do my all-time favourite travel activity: check out the local markets (especially for the local treats such as goose barnacles and razor clams).

If I can break my last-minute, no-bookings bad travel habits, I'd also love to eat at Mugaritz or Arzak, and do a little border hopping into Bordeaux region. 

- Sharnee Rawson 

A hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

A hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Photo: Brandon Harman

The Catskills, New York 

One day I'm going to move to the Catskill Mountains in New York State and open a restaurant. A place where I can serve hand-rolled pasta to visitors, listen to The Band and spend the afternoons fixing flyscreen doors. There would be an  Airbnb studio upstairs with a claw-foot bath and views to blazing autumn leaves.

Maybe I'd make skillet-baked eggs with basil from the backyard each morning like a real Kinfolk-reading wonk. There's a bunch of restaurants like Bloomville's Table on Ten and Bovina's Brushland Eating House already doing this in the Catskills, so I'm going to need an eating and research trip first. Perhaps in November when the International Pickle Festival rocks Rosendale. Dilly beans for days.

- Callan Boys 

Gerald Diffey.

Gerald Diffey, of Gerald's Bar, quenching thirsts on two continents. Photo: Drew Ryan

Camino del Norte, Spain

A few years ago I did the Camino de Santiago across Spain. At the time I was broke, so heading through Rioja drinking bottles for €3 felt pretty extravagant. But the main Camino Frances route is generally taken by extreme German and Swiss hikers armed to the teeth with walking sticks and Gortex.

Pilgrim meals, often the only thing available to hikers in each town (the trail is the backbone of many local economies) were essentially a basket of bread, cheesy pasta, some meat and flan, with half a bottle of wine. 

But there's another route that follows the northern coast, which means I could start or end at San Sebastian and fall into a vat of wine at the continental and excellent outpost of Gerald's Bar, and hit the other World's 50 Best restaurants scattered through the Basque country then walk and swim south beach by beach.  

- Gemima Cody 

Adrianna, of Honduras, with her creations at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Anzola dell'Emilia, Bologna.

Adrianna, of Honduras, with her creations at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Anzola dell'Emilia, Bologna. Photo: Gary Jones

Carpigiani Gelato University, Bologna, Italy

It pays to have a mission to structure your travels. I once drove around Tasmania in search of the best Devonshire tea, and I punctuated a backpacking trip around Europe in my 20s sampling each country's ice-cream offerings.

But it's time to get serious about cultural immersion (and simultaneously realise a long-held dream). So I'm off to follow the lead of Pidapipo's Lisa Valmorbida and enrol in "gelati university". Yes kids, it's a real place.

I'll give their new course in Prebiotic Gelatos and Low Calorie Gelatos a miss though. No doubt I'll see you in the queue outside 'Jane's gelato bar' – somewhere in Melbourne's northern 'burbs – in the near future. In the meantime, flavour suggestions are welcome.

- Jane Holroyd

The quieter side of Ibiza

The quieter side of Ibiza. 

Ibiza, Spain

Sing to the stars and slap down a margarita, I'm heading to Ibiza this August for a long-awaited European summer. While the island is known for its clubs, there's a whole other side to it: quiet, idyllic, full of creatives from all over the world. I'll be lying by the Mediterranean, drinking sangria and eating genuine paella, away from the heaving throngs of dancing tourists.

I'm staying at a friend's villa in the countryside where I'll enjoy heading to the local village, picking out fresh produce and cooking up a storm, or just wandering into town to have a tiny tipple and  a lot of tapas as the sun sets. Bliss.

- Nedahl Stelio 

A shisa statue, to protect the household, adorns a roof on Taketomi, one of the Okinawa chain of islands.

A shisa statue, to protect the household, adorns a roof on Taketomi, one of the Okinawa chain of islands. Photo: Masafumi Yamamoto

Okinawa, Japan

I've never been to Japan but there's something about Okinawa that's got under my skin. Once an independent state called the Ryukyu Kingdom and an important maritime trade hub, it has developed a unique culture and cuisine that I'm keen to explore.

The food is influenced by its trading partners from China, Korea and south-east Asia, and by its recent history as a US military base – hence dishes such as taco rice, a kind of Tex-Mex-Nippon hybrid of minced beef, salsa, mirin and rice. 

Combine that fascinating food history with a subtropical climate, white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters renowned for snorkelling, and you have the makings of a great late 2017 holiday.

- Roslyn Grundy