Celebrity chef Rachel Khoo shows her love for the Swedish tradition of having buns at 11 a.m. – and why you should never put a business card in your back pocket in Japan
Celebrity chef Rachel Khoo reviews our travel questions and answers
This week celebrity chef Rachel Khoo is checking in our travel questions and answers.
She remembers some of her foodie adventures, as well as her earliest vacation memory, her most memorable trip – and so much more.
Earliest vacation storage?
My mother is Austrian, which is why, as a child, I often visited her family, who live near the Swiss border. We went for walks in the mountains, picked wild blueberries and swam in the lakes.
YOUR CHILDHOOD HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHT?
Visiting the Milka chocolate factory on one of my Austrian holidays. My cousins and I went crazy in the shop – I’ve been crazy about chocolate ever since.
Paris, the city where I lived for eight years.
TOP PARIS TIP?
Visit one of the local fresh produce markets (Tuesday through Sunday) such as the Marche d’Aligre in the 11th district. Pick up a baguette, cheese, and bottle of wine and have a picnic by the Seine.
Rachel said her favorite city abroad was Paris, where she lived for eight years
The worst thing about Paris?
The dog poop on the streets. Like the French joke: “Do you know how to cross the street in Paris? Look left, right and then down! ‘
ANYWHERE ELSE NEAR YOUR HEART?
Yes, Stockholm in Sweden, where I live now – I have a Swedish husband. It’s a small, green town with lots of pretty islands nearby. It’s the perfect springtime destination – and everyone speaks English too.
MUST SEE STOCKHOLM FOODIE?
I love the Swedish fika tradition (a coffee or tea and a roll at 11 or 3 p.m.) and get my cinnamon rolls from my favorite bakery in town, the Lillebrors Bageri. The sourdough bread is also a dream.
MOST MEMORABLE JOURNEY?
Going to Japan for the first time was an adventure. I love that I don’t understand anything and when I go to a store and look at something I think, “Do I eat it or do I wash myself with it?”
Rachel said it was an adventure to go to Japan for the first time
ANY ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS TO JAPAN?
If someone gives you their business card, don’t put it in your back pocket as it is rude – it’s like sitting on top of that person. Put it in your purse or backpack.
TOP TRAVEL BEAUTY TIP?
A fragrant Neal’s Yard moisturizing spray that I sprinkle on my face after a long journey.
Have a fry-up, or a ramen if in Japan [noodle soup] – That’s enough.
To revisit all the cities that I love, like Paris and Vienna, which I haven’t seen in a long time.
- Rachel Khoos Chocolate, Mondays at 7 p.m. on the Food Network; available to stream on Discovery +.