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Celebrating World Food Day: Signature Food in 5 Cities
15 Oct 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

Every country has its own signature dishes, and let’s be honest, we travel to taste them too, not just to go sightseeing and shopping. Food is essential to give us the energy, but also to make us psychologically happy. Here are where to go to get the best gastronomic experience for particular food.

Paris

by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris
by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris

The French are probably some of the best chefs and bakers in the world. The most coveted award for restaurants was established by the French Michelin brothers. Yes, they are also the makers of the Michelin tires. Paris is where to go to eat the best pastries in the world. Everyone knows croissant, right? The soft thin and crispy layers of dough shaped into rolls or a crescent. You can have chocolate, cheese, sausage or any fillings you like. Not only croissants, you can find cakes, cream filled profiteroles, and many more.

New York

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This city is well-known for its food stalls on the streets. You might be walking downtown and you will find hot dog trucks, donut stalls, or soft pretzels. The pretzels are bigger than your hands and freshly baked. You can have salty, sweet, nutty, with cinnamon, dipped in chocolate or whatever is available. They are the perfect companion for when you stroll down the park.

Sydney

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Fish and chips are very popular in Sydney. A big cut of fish fillet fried in a crispy batter and served with thin cut potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, plus tomato sauce and you’re good to go. A great fast food anytime and anywhere. You can find them in malls, shops along the streets, or go to shops near the beach!

Florence

by Polina for SweetEscape in Florence
by Polina for SweetEscape in Florence

Italy is where to get the best pizza. Made by real Italians with native ingredients, what more could you ask for? Thin pizza spread with Italian tomatoes, oregano, cheese, basil, olives, salami, and other fresh Italian toppings. Yum yum! Finish off with a bowl of gelato, of course!

Tokyo

You won’t find any difficulty in finding ramen in Tokyo. There are so many varieties with pork, chicken, seaweed, corn, egg, etc. You can find it in restaurants, but better try the fast restaurants where you pick on a machine and not long after it will be served nice and steamy.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!