Camping holidays are perfect for experiencing European food and drink. Here’s our blog posts about cooking, BBQ and eating out in France, Spain, Italy and more.

What’s your favourite bbq food?

When the sun shines, it doesn’t take too long before the familiar smell of barbecue starts wafting through the air. There’s something about relaxing outside with a cool drink in your hand, friends and family around and the smell of your food cooking that makes you feel so good!

Being based in Scotland though, the opportunity for barbecuing doesn’t arise too often so holidays are the perfect chance to dine al fresco with the delicious smell of meats, veggies and sweet treats wafting through the sunny, chilled-out holiday evening air. Plus camping holidays and barbecues go hand in hand.

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A fresh look at France

To paraphrase Dr Johnson, if you’re tired of France, you’re tired of holidays. It’s the destination that never ceases to intrigue, delight and inspire.

Experiencing the real France means exploring villages unchanged by centuries, witnessing local festivals, eating local dishes, and above all meeting the real people for whom those magical landscapes are the background to everyday life.

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Burgundy

Burgundy wines

The region of Burgundy is famous throughout the world for producing some rather outstanding wine.  If you enjoy a drop of Chablis, Maçon or Côte d’Or then you’re no doubt familiar with some of the names from this region.

Burgundy wines have four classifications. At the very top level are the 33 vineyards privileged to call their wines ‘Grand Cru’ – these wines are known as being the best of the region. The next tier of vineyards produce ‘Premier Cru’. There are around 585 of these vineyards in Burgundy. One easy way to tell the difference on a bottle of wine as to whether it is Grand Cru or Premier Cru is by looking at the label. For a Grand Cru, the label will simply state the name of the vineyard, whereas a Premier Cru will have the vineyard name plus the name of the village.  The following two tiers are the ‘Communal Appellations’ and ‘Regional and District Appellations.’ These two tiers make up 77% of the total wine production of Burgundy.

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Tapas, Paella and Sangria

Spanish cuisine isn’t quite as foreign as it once seemed. Nowadays a lot of British High Streets and shopping centres have a Spanish restaurant where you can indulge in the delicious food, although it can definitely be argued that Spanish food tastes better when sat under glorious sunshine, with a view of a beach and with a large jug of Sangria to help wash it down.

Here we look at a couple of the most popular dishes:

Tapas

Traditionally in Spain, Tapas is served before the first course, more often than not with a glass of wine. Tapas means ‘cover’ or ‘lid’ and it’s said to have originated from a piece of bread being used as a cover to keep flies out of the wine – clever thinking!

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Macaroons

The food lover’s guide to Paris…

For a day trip to Paris with a difference, let your stomach be your guide…

We asked Paris-based pâtissier and food writer, Frances Leech, to share her favourite culinary adventures in the City of Lights. Her travel philosophy is for every tourist or cultural activity you do, there should always be a corresponding food stop! Now there’s an idea we can get behind! So put on your walking shoes and most stretchy trousers, and get set for a day of tasty treats…

Best bread and croissants
Breakfast is an important start to the day, so no one should start a day’s sightseeing on an empty stomach. For one of the best baguettes de tradition in the city, head to Gontran Cherrie in Montmartre (22 Rue Caulaincourt). They also offer flaky croissants and speciality breads like black squid ink, or fig and lemon. Walk down to the Montmartre cemetery afterwards to peek in the old tombs.

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The gourmet guide to the Dordogne

Regularly described as France’s gastronomical heart, the Dordogne region is a natural larder for some of the finest ingredients you can hope to sample in Europe.

Whether you are looking to indulge in gourmet specialities like black truffle or foie gras or prefer the simplicity of in-season strawberries or locally grown walnuts, your tastebuds will be exposed to an exciting range of flavours exclusive to the Dordogne.

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Marennes

Things to experience in the Royan & SW France

As well as being a fantastic haven for water-babies who love nothing more than spending hours out on the water, the South West and Royan regions of France offer a lot to experience on dry land too.

We’ve put together a few things to experience:

La Rochelle

The Towers of La Rochelle

The three towers that stand over La Rochelle’s harbour are an iconic sight as they stand tall protecting the entrance from unwanted visitors…well they did back in unsettled times gone by when the city was at war. Visitors can now climb up the towers that date back to the 13th and 14th century to enjoy fantastic views over the water including the nearby islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron as well as over the city.  The towers are open all year round, with varying opening hours. Guided tours are also available.

The Aquarium de la Rochelle

There’s something so wonderfully relaxing and fascinating about aquariums and La Rochelle’s stands out as being amongst the best. You could easily spend a day learning about the sealife around the French Atlantic Coast.

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Finished tiramisu

Canvas Loves…. Italian food

One of the first things that springs to mind when thinking of spending time in Italy is the delicious food that the country is famous for…pizza, pasta, cannoli…the list goes on. A favourite Italian dessert has to be tiramisu. The flavours all combined together are simply scrumptious!

Tiramisu translates from Italian as ‘pick me up’ and this traditional dessert certainly does that. The lovely flavours of coffee, amaretto, chocolate and cream combine to make the most delicious and indulgent treat.

We had a go at creating this amazing dessert from Gino d’Acampo’s quick tiramisu recipe.

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