Suitcase stories: What do Melting Pot staff bring back from visiting family abroad?

By Hannah Mendelsohn

Team Melting Pot share the snacks they always bring back when they visit family.

One of the best bits of travelling is discovering unfamiliar foods. There’s a unique thrill that comes with visiting a hypermarket, souk or roadside stall to unearth never before tasted sweets, snacks and dishes. The food gives you a glimpse of what life would be like in your holiday destination of choice.

When you’re going home or carrying out a regular pilgrimage to see loved ones and family those snacks gain extra sentimental meaning. They are a piece of your past that you can bring back home in your suitcase with you.

Here’s what Team Melting Pot bring back to London with them when they come home from visiting family:

Sara Semic, Content Creator

Sara spent every summer growing up visiting her family in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia. So now when she visits she packs her suitcase full of treats she struggles to find in London. Sara’s suitcase snacks of choice? Two peanut-based snacks – Smoki and Kikiriki štapić and for something sweeter Ki-ki, that Sara describes as a better version of Starburst.

Julia Webster, Podcast Producer

Julia grew up in Barcelona, and now when she goes back for the weekend to visit her family there are two things she always brings back with her. First, Fuet – a dried sausage that’s flavoured with garlic and pepper that can be eaten in small slices for a snack, or on top of Pan con Tomate, a classic Spanish breakfast that’s toast topped with tomatoes.

The second is Arroz aka a whole grain rice that’s typical to Spain. While the type of rice Julia brings back from Spain is typically used in Paella, she uses it for making Risottos as she likes the way it soaks up the chicken stock she uses to cook it in.

Sabina Weston, Social Media Manager

Sabina was born in Warsaw and moved over to London for university. She says she has quite a sweet tooth, so her suitcase is always filled with sugary delights, including the toffee-esque Krówki, chocolate pralines called Kasztanki and chocolate-covered gingerbread called Katarzynki which has extra sentimental value as it translates to little Katharine that happens to be Sabina’s middle name.