Food and travel memories from Coles ambassadors

Keen to head overseas again? Three Coles ambassadors share special memories from around the globe, along with recipes inspired by the food they fell in love with while travelling.

Brent’s trip to San Francisco

1. Brent Draper's seafood chowder

This take on classic clam chowder makes for the ultimate comfort dish. Give this warming recipe a go, it won’t disappoint! 

“My wife and I spent five weeks in the USA for our honeymoon about six years ago. We travelled all over the place, eating lots of good food. One particular place that’s still so special to us is San Francisco. I remember walking up and down the steep hills of San Fran with my wife, and finally getting to Fisherman’s Wharf where the markets were amazing. It was here we came across their famous clam chowder (see recipe below), loaded with clams and potatoes and served in a bread bowl. I’ve done my best to recreate it, because it takes me right back to our honeymoon. Plus, bacon, seafood and cream is my all-time favourite combo.”

Courtney’s travels to the UK

2. Courtney Roulston's Cumberland sausage with warm tomato relish

Served with a homemade tomato relish, this Cumberland sausage recipe is easy to do and will hit the spot. 

“My partner Sophie is from the UK, so that, combined with the Brits’ like-minded sense of humour and love of good food, makes it an easy destination for me. There’s a vast array of different cuisines to try in the UK as it’s so diverse and multicultural. One of my favourite things to do while I’m there is go produce shopping at Borough Market in London – I could spend hours walking around. It was in England that I first tried Cumberland sausages (see recipe below). Whenever Sophie and I visit her parents, they serve us this dish. Another treasured memory from our travels is sitting outside in the sunshine eating Scotch eggs at a really quaint old pub.”

Tasia and Gracia’s food journey to Japan

3. Tasia and Gracia Seger's okonomiyaki Japanese pancake

Transport your tastebuds and give this savoury pancake recipe a go. It’s made with an irresistible okonomiyaki sauce.  

Gracia: “Our trip to Japan in 2016 was highly motivated by food! We wanted to visit destinations known for popular Japanese dishes, such as Harajuku for soufflé pancakes, Nara for the famous Nakatanidou Mochi shop, and Dōtonbori for the street food. While we visited Japan mainly for the food, we fell in love with the people, their culture and traditions, and the beautiful scenery.

Our recipe reminds us of exploring Nara. We came across a restaurant called Okonomiyaki Kameya and ordered okonomiyaki (see recipe below). It was cooked right at our table. Everyone was silent after the first bite because it was spectacular! The sauce was delicious and it was one of the best meals we ate in Japan.”

Tasia: “I loved visiting Japan with my sister so much that I went back in 2019 with my partner. Finding the best ramen was a goal and Japan did not disappoint – the ramen in Japan is next level. The broth is so rich and full with flavour, plus the noodle texture can be requested, which was great for me as I like very al dente noodles.”