The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one

Eat to live or live to eat?

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one starting with AUSTRALIA.

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one, you are probably not mistaken thinking my life revolves around food. I guess I’m guilty as charged, therefore I’m going to highlight through my photo blog called “Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one” my favorite food from all over this wonderful world.

The best seafood in the world.

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Of course that’s just my opinion, Australia has the 7th longest coastline in the world, 25,760 km (16,006 miles) so is it any wonder there is an abundance of seafood on offer?

There is only one problem.

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Seafood like most things in 2017 in Australia, is rather expensive. However that is not going to stop me enjoying this wonderful food. In March 2017 I was in Port Macquarie on the NSW coast where they have some of Australia’s best seafood. What you see above was around $25.

Next in the alphabet I believe is AUSTRIA.

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one If you visit Austria you will certainly eat a schnitzel, absolutely delicious 🙂  

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one

We are a long way from the ocean in Salzburg but that makes no difference, they love seafood and offer very high quality as you can clearly see. Check out my road trip from St Moritz to Salzburg.


Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one I have traveled to Brussels & Bruges & really enjoyed the food. They seemed have an obsession with Mussels & Fries, & Mussels I can take or leave. Consequently I indulged in other areas. There is no doubt they brew the best beer in the world. 


Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one

One of my many weaknesses, I guess that’s why I’m 112 kilos.


Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one  The entree pictured above was as good as I have had anywhere in the world. Prawn and avocado tian with sesame wonton crisp’s and a touch of “caviar” for around $9 aud. A dozen Oysters were only $22 aud.

We can’t escape the seafood in Cape Town

 photo 758056a7-645c-4b01-a049-0af49830746c.jpg Why would we want to when it’s served like this? 🙂

Lets take a closer look at this great food 

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one If you are in Cape Town make sure you visit  OYO restaurant & cocktail bar.

Croatia & Bosnia

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Without any doubt they have the best  Cevapcici in the world. This fabulous snack was in Sarajevo, Ćevapi has its origins in the Balkans during the Ottoman period, and represents a regional specialty similar to the kofte kebab.

Donner Kebab

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Another specialty is the Donner Kebab origininally from Turkey, delicious but for me the Cevapcici wins hands-down. 🙂

And the winner is….

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one THE Cevapcici.


Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Famous of course for both food & wine, when I am there I’m always looking for a  Veal Scallopini. I doubt if I have ever had a better one than this in a side walk restaurant beside Lake Como.

I know this is the best pizza I have ever eaten.

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one Caffè Italiano, Via Isola delle Stinche, 11R-13R in Florence. Without a doubt this is the best pizza I have ever eaten in my life. You can’t book at this small restaurant, you must wait outside in the lane until there is a free table, believe me however, the wait is worth it.

Just go there

Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one The magician who makes them is originally from Naples.

Portifino costa plenty. 🙂

 photo 03ee6257-1efc-4f44-910e-fb6a9733ce34.jpg I’m going to wind up volume one at Portofino where the delicious seafood soup in 2006 cost 26 Euros, it’s probably twice that price now. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one photo blog.

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David Herd Thailand

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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