Best countries for food around the world

Traveling to a new destination is completely enhanced when you take a little effort to try all the local foods and delicious cuisine in a location. foodie travel and experiences are at the top of many visitors want to do bucket list and following are some of the best places to go to if you are looking for an amazing food experience. Top journalist, food and travel bloggers share their favorite places to discover around the world where food interests are the primary reason for going to this wonderful location. Check out the best of these foodie destinations around the world and place these on your bucket list soon!

 

 

Best countries for food around the world

The best Foodie destinations around the world

 

 

 

Liao Fan Chicken Rice in Singapore

Visit Singapore for the spectacular food

Singapore in general is a gastronomical delight where you can find any type of cuisine to suit your budget. It has the world’s cheapest Michelin meal which serves the ubiquitous chicken rice at Liao Fan Hong Kong at around US$2.20; to more extravagant meals at posh and glossy establishments like Waku Ghin or Shinji, where you can look at paying upward of US$500 pp.  With so many food venues of quality food and ingredients, you’ll acquire a foodie palate when visiting this a culinary capital in Asia.
While it is nice to spoil yourself on the odd special occasion, you will be missing out if you don’t eat at a Hawker Centre when traveling Singapore. This is not only one of the best places to eat in Singapore but also a fantastic introduction to the unique culture of the Little Red Dot. Even the first meal in the blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians is at a Hawker Centre (Newton Hawker Centre to be exact), which shows that everyone congregates at these establishments for a bite to eat. They are filled with artisanal delicacies from respected cooks using family recipes that date back a few decades. You can try the satay, laksa or chili crab, or even venture into biryani or fried Hokkien Mee.
After pleasing your taste buds at the Hawker Centres, another must try is the first Michelin restaurant that serves an entirely Peranakan menu, Candlenut. Come in a big group and order multiple dishes as Peranakan food is meant to be shared. I wish I could share a standout, but honestly, everything is amazing.
Check out Callan’s blog with Once in a Lifetime Journey
Caldo Verde Soup in Porto Portugal

Porto for amazing cuisine in Portugal

As well as just being an incredibly beautiful and Instagram-worthy city, Porto is also a fantastic destination for foodies. Here, you’ll be able to try a wide variety of typical foods from Portugal including caldo verde, bacalhau, leitão, and arroz de pato. You’ll also have the opportunity to try dishes like bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, tripas à moda do Porto, and the francesinha, all of which are typical Porto dishes that you might struggle to find elsewhere in Porto.
It’s also a fantastic destination to try a bifana. Although the bifana is actually believed to originate from Vendas Novas  in the Alentejo, Porto has its own style of making bifanas (bifanas à Moda do Porto) which many people believe are far superior to the original Vendas Novas style.
Then there’s the wine. The nearby Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s best wine-producing regions, and staying in Porto means you’ll get to sample the best of what Portugal has to offer. Porto itself is famous for the production of Port and, if you’re not already a fan of this dessert wine, you definitely will be by the time you leave. Most of the Port houses offer tours, giving you a chance to try a few different styles and gain an appreciation for one of Portugal’s best products.
James with Portugalist
alba,Italy food vacations

 

Food vacation to Alba, Italy

Italy is a country of intensely varied regional cuisine, from the lemons and seafood of the Amalfi Coast to the prosciutto and Parmesan of Bologna. Tucked away in Italy’s northwest corner is the Piemonte region and the countryside surrounding Alba is home to some of the best food in Italy.The rolling hills of Piemonte are home to vineyards producing the finest Barolos, trees heavy with hazelnuts and farmers proudly making pungent gorgonzola but Alba’s real culinary jewel is the truffle. Every fall foodies and Michelin starred chefs gather in Alba for the International Alba Truffle Fair where truffle hunters show off their prized white truffles, some of which can be sold for over $3,200 per pound. COnsidered one of the most luxurious foods in the world in Alba white truffles are best served simply shaved over silky buttered pasta.

Check out Brianna’s post on an Alba Truffle fair in Italy

 

Filipino Food 2 Universal Traveller

Visit the Philippines for delicious food

Filipino food isn’t often the target of foodie praise. Some of the country’s foods, like balut (boiled chicken embryo) make it into foodie blogs here and there, but many of my favorite dishes from the Philippines are also those few people outside the country know anything about. Here are a few of my favorite Filipino dishes that I t
hink make the country one of the top places to visit for foodies in 2019.
Chicken binakol is a savory soup dish that’s served up in coconut husks throughout the Philippines. The chicken based soup is typically stewed in either bamboo pipes or clay pots with a wealth of local seasonings. If you can, try binakol that’s made with wild chicken. The meat of wild chickens is tougher and has to simmer longer, giving the soup a much richer flavor.
Lechon is a traditional form of Filipino barbecue. A whole pig is skewered and then roasted over an open fire until the meat is tender and succulent. This dish is a favorite among locals and a specialty of the island of Cebu. It’s definitely worth seeking out the next time you’re in the Philippines.
Have you ever had a spicy desert? If you’re a fan of sweet heat, you must try chili ice cream from the Bicol region. The stuff starts out cold and sweet in your mouth, just like a normal spoonful of ice cream. But after a few seconds, the spice will have you reaching for something cold and soothing—just make sure it’s not another bite!
Tim Kroeger with Universal Traveller

 

Ethiopian cuisine

Savory and delicious Ethiopian cuisine

Ethiopia is a mystery to most, but its cuisine is renowned for incredible flavours. For us, the desire to taste authentic Ethiopian cuisine was one of the main reasons to visit Ethiopia this summer.

The phrase ‘sharing is caring’ is taken very seriously in Ethiopia when it comes to food. Here, food is served on a communal platter called a gebeta. The plate is lined with injera, a sourdough flatbread made out of teff flour that acts as a key component of any Ethiopian dish. The plate is then filled with a variety of stews made with vegetables, spices and meats and served in the middle of the table for all to share. The stews are scooped up with a hand using a small piece of injera bread. There are no utensils, no individual plates, which usually makes for a really communal dining experience.

There are lots of delicious dishes to try in Ethiopia, but if you only have a chance to try a few, consider the following:

Fir-Fir is sliced pieces of injera mixed with leftover stew, left to marinade in the fridge. It makes for a spongy, tasty and cool start to the day. Served usually at breakfast.
Doro Wat – one of Ethiopia’s most famous dishes, a rich, slow-cooked chicken stew. It’s usually made for special occasions and holidays but if you see it on a menu, it’s a must!
Shiro is a chickpea stew made with chickpea flour and plenty of berbere. It’s the Ethiopian version of fast food and is also a very tasty option for vegetarians/vegas exploring the country.

Contributed by sustainable travel bloggers Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel

 

 

 

 

Paella in Barcelona

Barcelona for Foodies

There’s nothing like a foodie destination to get you all excited for a trip! That’s exactly what happens to me even at the thought of visiting Barcelona, Spain. Traveling solely for food is a real thing and it’s very enjoyable especially in a city like Barcelona.
Barcelona takes food very seriously! It’s one of those cities where you arrive to endless options of foods extravagant in taste. Barcelona has the tendency to spoil you with great food. Starting with a variety of Tapas across the many Tapas bars across the city, each with its own specialty. Some of the most delicious tapas or sharing plates are Patata Bravas, Spanish Omelet, Paamb tomàquet, Calamari, Pimientos de Padrón, Pulpo a la gallega, Croquetas, Anchovies, cheese variants.

Another specialty is the range and quality of jamon, especially the Iberico ham that the Spanish swear by!
You cannot be in Spain, especially in Barcelona and not have the Paella which comes with rice and variants of vegetables, chicken or seafood. Fideua is basically paella with noodles and is very popular in the Catalan region.

For those with a sweet tooth, this is where you find the best Churros with hot chocolate, Panelletes that you cannot miss.
And of course, there are wide ranges of locally produced high-quality Wines and Sangrias available everywhere to go with all your meals!
All these great dishes and more are available across the many food markets, street side stalls, bars, and restaurants in the city and they are easily affordable for all!

There’s good local food literally everywhere in Barcelona and each time around, there’s something new to discover. I’d highly recommend Barcelona as the foodie destination for 2019. Barcelona literally is a food heaven!

Check out Parampara & Parichay’s post on a 72 hour guide to Barcelona from Awara Diaries

 

 

 

 

local colombian specialty dishes

Visiting Colombia for the food

If you’re thinking of going to Colombia, one region to expect to find some great food is Antioquia. Infamous for it’s Bandeja Paisa, a dish consisting of many traditional Colombian ingredients, such as red beans, white rice, sausage, plantain, egg and avocado.

You’ll have to build up an appetite as it is very filling. The dish has been influenced by several cultures and is not of the faint hearted. Although the sound of Colombian food doesn’t alarm many foodies, the Bandeja Paisa is arguably the national dish of Colombia, so it’s not be sniffed at.

If you fancy something a little lighter but equally as tasty whilst in the Antioquia region, you can be sure to find some of the best trout you have tasted. This perfect fried trout with garlic and coconut rice, plantain, arepa plus salad, was my favourite dish in the region. I tried this in Jardín, as small coffee town around 3 hours from Medellin.

So, if you are in Colombia’s Antioquia region, make sure you check out one of these two amazing dishes. You see either one sold in most resturants and these local dishes are what make Antioquia a great food destination to visit in 2019.

Check out Daniel’s post on Backpacking Colombia

 

 

 

 

Delicious cake from Lyon

Amazing food in Lyon, France

Forget Paris! The food in Lyon, France (only two hours from Paris on the high-speed TGV train) is just as good (if not better), more reasonably priced, and visitors will find that hotel and restaurant reservations are far easier to come by.

Lyon (the third largest city in France) has wonderful public markets and restaurants ranging from humble bouchons to Michelin-starred establishments. If you are food enthusiast, be sure to make a pilgrimage to L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, the countryside home where legendary Chef Paul Bocuse was born and died. Only 20 minutes away from the city center by Uber, you’ll enjoy a three-star Michelin meal at Monsieur Paul’s restaurant, the place where nouvelle cuisine was popularized. The food, service and setting all combine for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Visitors to Lyon will also want to taste some of the specialty foods associated with the city, These include Saint-Marcellin cheese, Bresse chicken Lyonnaise salad, saucisson brioche, quenelles and the bright red Tarte Lyonnaise.

But Lyon offers far more than a gastronomic adventure alone. One of the most beautiful cities in France, it is rich in art, architecture and culture. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also has one of the best-preserved old towns.

Irene S. Levine with MoreTimeToTravel.com

 

 

 

Sri Lanka cuisine.breads

Sri Lankan  Cuisine

One of the most exotic must visit food destinations is Sri Lanka. Not so well-known for its wonderful cuisine compared to the exotic landscapes, culture and historic sites, the foods of Sri Lanka are spicy, delicious and yes, exotic.  Sri Lanka food has evolved from a mixture of cuisine empassing Indian, British,Portuguese and indigenous food to create amazing flavors and ingredients that inspire foodie lovers to seek the street food, local cuisine and even fine dining in the many regional areas of the island.

If you’re a foodie, then Sri Lankan food is exciting, exotic and filled with so many spices in all the dishes. There are so many amazing dishes to try during each meal of the day that are so different then typical Southeast Asian style foods. Check out this post of the typical Sri Lankan local dishes and street foods here to get an idea about what to try when you visit the island.
Noel with Travel Photo Discovery
churros-chocolate in Madrid

Amazing cuisine in Madrid, Spain

As a child growing up in Madrid, we had a tradition: on Sunday mornings, my father would walk me up to the Plaza Castilla, in those days nearly on the outskirts of town. An old man wearing a Basque beret stood behind a deep tub of hot oil, squeezing ridged tubes of dough out of a pouch. The churros would separate and float briefly, until Señor Churros, as I called him, fished them out with his spatula, wrapped them in dark paper and sprinkled them with sugar. They were light and crispy on the outside, somehow still crunch after being swirled in the hot chocolate. Today, many of the street vendors are gone but you can sample the same churros in a churrería, an establishment dedicated to the production of churros. The most famous in Madrid is the Chocolatería San Ginés, on a side street that bears its name, a short hop from the Puerta del Sol. Having downed a portion for breakfast, it may soon be time for that other madrileño treat, the tortilla española, or Spanish omelette. You’ll find it in every Madrid bar. Or you could stay and have a second portion of churros…

Check out Leyla’s post on One day in Madrid

 

 

 

Taiwanese flat bread snack

Fantastic food travel to Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan is renowned for its culinary tradition, and nowhere more than in its food-obsessed capital, Taipei. A must-try are the renowned soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, popularized by global restaurant chain Din Tai Fung. Beef noodle soup is another local specialty, and stands can be found all over Taipei. A classic national dish that’s simple but delicious is pork belly and rice. Pepper meat buns are a popular local favorite; the most famous stand is at Raohe Night Market. Pork-belly-stuffed Taiwanese burgers are another mouthwatering specialty. Oyster omelets, fried chicken, cold sesame noodles, and scallion pancakes are more must-try local snacks.

Curious foodies should try the infamous stinky tofu. You’ll smell it before you see it! Another dish for adventurous eaters is pigs’ blood cake, described as an acquired taste. Dessert options include ice-cream spring rolls with peanut and coriander, shaved ice, and tofu pudding. Wash it all down with a bubble tea, Taiwan’s most famous drink.

A good way to try some of these treats is on a food tour. You can also visit Taipei’s iconic night markets like Shilin, Ningxia, and Raohe to sample many of these famous delicacies; try to go on a weekday to beat the crowds.

Check out Ingrid Truemper’s post on 3 weeks in Taiwan 

 

 

 

Cajun seafood boil in New Orleans

Delicious food and travel to New Orleans

New Orleans is the ultimate foodie destination in the USA. The city is famous for its culinary history and the unique Creole / Cajun cuisine that evolved there. Along with iconic foods, New Orleans French Quarter is also the birthplace of many cocktails including the famous Sazerac. Many restaurants in New Orleans are famous for their signature dishes while others for their unique jazz brunches. I recommend starting your trip to New Orleans with a Po-Boy sandwich. These come in several varieties, the roast beef and fried shrimp are my personal favorites. Next up are oysters! You can try the Oyster Rockefellers at Antoine’s or the chargrilled ones at Drago’s. Try some of the Cajun and Creole specialties like the gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and red beans and rice. In season, you can find most eateries selling Cajun boiled crawfish by the pound – these are delicious served with a side of boiled corn cob and red potatoes. Off course, you can’t leave New Orleans without eating some of the famous beignets along with a cup of Cafe Au Lait at the famous Cafe du Monde. If you happen to visit the Crescent City during Mardi Gras or the Carnival Season then don’t forget to eat some delicious King Cake available at each and every bakery in town.

Ketki of Dotted Globe

 

 

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The Emilia Romagna region for amazing food

Tucked away to the east of world-famous Tuscany, the cuisine of the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy is arguably some of the very best in all of Italy–which of course, makes it some of the very best in the world.

The original versions of parmigiano-reggiano, traditional balsamic vinegar, Parma ham (a sweet, delightful form of prosciutto), mortadella (what is known elsewhere as bologna), and tagliatelle al ragu (known elsewhere as pasta bolognese) all hail from this tiny spot on the map–and unanimously, Emilia-Romagna is able to produce versions whose quality is so high, the rest of the world doesn’t have a prayer of matching them.

While you’re in the region, be sure to also try tortellini en brodo, tigelle with culatello, tortelloni, and a true lasagna made in a region that knows how to do it perfectly.

Consider starting your foodie explorations of Emilia-Romagna in the city’s capital city, Bologna, before heading out on a mouthwatering pilgrimage to Modena (home of traditional balsamic vinegar), Parma (home of parmigiano-reggiano and Parma ham), and Reggio Emilia (which contests the claims of both the previous cities and produces their own versions of these products).

Your taste buds will thank you!

Check out Kate’s blog post on things to do in Bologna

 

 

 

Lobster roll served with fries in Halifax, Canada. The dish is served with lemon and tartare sauce.

Seafood discoveries in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia lies on Canada’s east coast, so it probably comes as no surprise that the province is renowned for outstanding seafood. Thanks to the proximity of some of the world’s most productive fishing grounds, lobster, served with fries or potato salad, is a delicacy in restaurants across Nova Scotia. If you don’t fancy the idea of pulling on a bib to tear apart the claws and shell, you can select a lobster roll; that’s pieces of lobster served with salad and a creamy sauce in a brioche roll.
Scallops, particularly those harvested at Digby, are served on gastronomic menus in Nova Scotia and beyond, along with oysters.
Cod, often seen as a speciality of Newfoundland and Labrador, is well represented on local menus. Fish and chips may be primarily associated with Great Britain but the down-to-earth dish is prepared well in Nova Scotia too.
Yet after a boozy night in Halifax there’s nothing like a donair to soak the liquid. Spit-roasted spicy meat is served with sweet, garlicky sauce, tomatoes and chopped onions.
Prefer something healthier? Blueberries and haskap berries count among the fruit that thrives in the Annapolis Valley, an area winning a reputation for the quality of its wineries, several of which have chic restaurants.
Stuart Forster of Go Eat Do
Puglia foods and cuisine

Fantastic cuisine of Puglia, Italy

If you are a foodie soul you cannot miss a visit to Puglia, in the deepest sough of Italy.

Also know as Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot will literally conquer your belly from day one.
From handmade pasta to meatballs, rustico – a delicious street food pastry snack filled with melted mozzarella and tomato – the freshest fish of the day, taralli cookies and so on, you should better start loosing some weight before planning a trip to Puglia.

Dive into an ocean of olive oil and never say no to a glass of wine. We may take it as an insult! Here in Puglia there is only one single rule: eat as much as you can and if it is fried and marinated it is even better!

From Bari to the Valle d’Itria area, heading down all the way to Lecce. There is no such a single place where you can not expect some incredible food in Puglia. Best dishes to try? Fish sandwich in Polignano a Mare, pasticciotto pastry in Lecce, horse meat in the most hidden villages of Salento, focaccia barese in Bari, and of course handmade orecchiette pasta all over the region.

Don’t miss some red wine tasting and if your belly is strong enough, have plenty of sea urchins and mussels linguine. Buon appetito!

Check out Cristina’s post on visiting Puglia

 

 

Pintxo-San-Sebastian foods in Spain

Delicious food from Basque Country in Spain

I would risk saying that the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, is one of the best places to eat in the World. The Basque love food, fresh ingredients and socializing with friend’s and family while eating. Food is so important that the city of San Sebastian has more Michelin-stared restaurants per square kilometer than any other city in the world. But, there is no need to go to a Michelin restaurant to eat good food, especially in San Sebastian where you are able to eat divine food on a budget.
The most famous and delicious dishes are the pintxos, which are small snacks, similar to the more famous tapas. Typically they are served on a slice of bread with a skew, but you can find all types, with different ingredients and presentations. They are all so delicious and creative, done with a variety of ingredients like seafood, cheese, sausage, chorizo. The best thing is that each pintxo only costs 2€ or 3 € so you can try plenty of distinct ones, just grab them from the bar. Try to go to as many pintxo bars as you can, they all have their specialties and try the hot ones on the menu. The Basque Country is a foodie’s paradise from gourmet to simple dishes everything is just mouthwatering.

Jorge and Claudia with Travel Drafts

 

Amsterdam foods and the Netherlands

Visit Amsterdam for incredible food

Many people don’t think about The Netherlands when it comes to great food, but you’ll be surprised. As a matter of fact, there is some excellent food to be found in Amsterdam. From traditional Dutch food to the best Indonesian food and incredible food from Suriname. Amsterdam has it all. The reason for the great Indonesian and Surinam food is the fact that those countries used to be Dutch colonies. That also means many Indonesian and Surinam people came to The Netherlands, who brought their own traditional, delicious food.

Typical Dutch food that you should try in Amsterdam are kroketten and frikandellen. These are two of the many deep-fried snacks that you can find in the vending machines at snack bars such as FEBO. For the best kroketten of Amsterdam, go to Van Dobbe. Some other traditional Dutch food that you should eat in Amsterdam is stamppot. Stamppot is a dish that Dutch people eat for dinner and exists out of potatoes mashed with vegetables such as kale, and often a smoked sausage. The best stamppot of Amsterdam can be found at Moeders or Haesje Claes. For the typical Surinam food called roti, you have to visit Roopram Roti and for some of the best Indonesian food head to Restaurant Blauw.

Check out Manon’s post on facts about Amsterdam

 

West Sumatra cuisine

Visit West Sumatra for regional specialties

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest democracies – an archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands. There are so many regional dishes across this vast nation, but every Indonesian agrees that the culinary capital for Indonesian food is West Sumatra.

Everywhere you go in Indonesia, you will find a restoran Padang, usually with a distinctive pointed roof. Nasi Padangs’ rendang beef dish, along with several other dishes served with steamed rice, has become the nation’s official culinary delight.

Although this regional food style is named for the West Sumatra’s biggest city and capital, Padang, you must head to Bukittinggi in West Sumatra for the best foodie action. In this hill town, you can find traditional markets and restaurants showcasing their delicious dishes. Many people consider this to be the birthplace of Padang food. 

Be prepared to become an Indonesian food addict when you try these dishes lathered in spicy sambal sauce. Learn a few things about Indonesian food before your visit.

Halef and Michael with The RTW Guys

 

 

 

An epic food Education San Miguel de Allende mamey ice cream

San Miguel del Allende’s wonderful cuisine

Tucked into a sunny spot of central Mexico’s high desert, the city of San Miguel de Allende is a magnet for both chefs and culinary travelers. Some estimates that there are over 350 restaurants in this small town, including everything from Michelin-star-worthy molecular gastronomy to the best damn street tacos in the world. The aptly-named The Restaurant serves pan-fried salmon and goat-cheese risotto, while at Zumo, the experimental chef serves mezcal-marinated foie gras and sea bass seasoned with achiote and miso. Then there is La Parada, a restaurant specializing in Peruvian-style ceviche. For the carnivores, steakhouses like Tio Lucas and Buenos Aires Bostro can scratch that itch. These are just a few of the fine-dining experiences available in town, but don’t forget to try the local cuisine. Places like El Pegaso and La Mezcaleria serve up high-grade Mexican food. Eat some of the finest mole ever made at La Cocina, or try the incredible chile rellenos at Mi Bistro 300. For the adventurous eaters, we highly recommend the taco stand on Insurgentes Street, near the library. Well-established with locals, this is likely to be the messiest and most authentic meal you’ll have in San Miguel de Allende. And possibly most the most delicious. Finish it off at one of the dozens of artisanal ice cream stands, with flavors like mamey (cousin to papaya) and garambullo (fruit of the blue myrtle cactus). Buen provecho!

Jason Andrew Jenkins post on things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids

 

 

 

 

 

Galician food and cuisine

Discover Galician cuisine in Spain

Forget all you know about tapas, especially if you have been paying 5 to 10 euro per portion while wandering across Spain. My homeland’s cuisine – one of the reasons why you should visit Galicia – is a religion, and tapas are usually a very small portion of food you get served for free with your drink. That said, today it is possible to taste almost every famous Galician dish in small portions tapas style. Something I recommend everyone in love with food. Because how on earth would you be able to eat pulpo á feira con cachelos (boiled octopus with potatoes), Galician empanadas, raxo (pork meat), caldo galego (Galician broth), cocido (Galician stew), oily fish, smoked cheeses, seafood rice, barnacles, cured meats and cold cuts, Padron peppers, t-bone steak, and many other dishes for dinner? You can’t, and that’s ok. Just remember, go for Galician tapas while in the North West coast of Spain and you’ll enjoy a 5-star tasting menu for way less than a regular dinner elsewhere. Enjoy!
Inma with A World to Travel
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Must try foods in Penang, Malaysia

Penang in Malaysia is a great choice for a foodie destination in 2019 because of the diverse range of delicious cuisine on offer within a small geographical area, all for amazing prices! A great place to start your exploring is in Georgetown in Little India where you can try delicious Southern India specialities like mutton (goat) curry and delicious roti bread. Moving on some of the best Chinese-style eats are to be found in Kimberley Street. 

A must-try is duck kway chap, a delicious noodle soup with lots of different parts of duck, vegetables and duck egg in a rich broth. Around the corner on Hong Key Street is another delicacy to look out for at the small Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee store – hand-made bamboo noodles which are expertly made by pressing the dough with large bamboo poles before cutting into thin strips. Another must-try for those with a sweet treat is the delicious trishaw egg tarts available at Ming Xiang Tai in Penang Road. Expect to queue to try these delicious custard-filled treats that are a Penang institution. Once you’re done with eating, wash it all down with a traditional cup of kopi (coffee) or teh tarik (black tea with condensed milk).

Check out Kylie Gibbon’s post on flying Malaysian airlines business class

 

 

 

Palermo foods and sicilian cuisine

Travel to Sicily and delicious Sicilian cuisine

My top tip for foodies in 2019 is the underrated Sicilian capital of Palermo. Big on baroque buildings and bold flavours, Palermo’s gritty underbelly has deterred tourists in the past but 2018 saw it named Italy’s Capital of Culture. And food plays a big part of its heritage. As well as its distinct regional dishes (and some of the best gelato you’ll ever taste), Palermo also has three amazing and colourful outdoors markets which are renowned for their fresh produce, street food and unique atmosphere. The capers, nuts, and seafood here will blow your mind. Sicilian dishes are full of bold flavours and sweet-sour combinations.

Historically Palermo is one of the melting pots of the Mediterranean, with a long tradition of immigrants bringing their own cultural influences to the mix. The market areas echo the souks of North Africa. There are food tours and cooking classes aplenty in Palermo these days. Traditional dishes to try when you’re there include pasta with sardines, fried chickpeas, spleen sandwiches, boiled octopus,  and setteveli – a chocolate hazelnut cake that you’ll never be able to forget. And don’t miss Palermo’s take on the traditional Sicilian dishes cannoli, aracine, and cassata.

Check out Steph’s post on Palermo highlights for your bucketlist

 

 

Balinese food

Exotic Balinese cuisine

In addition to beautiful beaches and ancient Hindu temples, there’s another reason to visit Bali: the food! While tourists love the smoothies and Buddha bowls, there’s so much more to the eating scene in Indonesia. Fresh, organic ingredients and on vegetarian dishes make the food different to other Southeast Asian cuisines. 

The town of Ubud in central Bali is a good base to try lots of typical dishes at local warungs (small family-run restaurants). Don’t miss gado gado which is a dish made with fresh greens and bean sprouts doused in rich nutty satay sauce. You might also like nasi campur which is a mixed plate of Balinese goodies: rice, tempeh, veggies and lilit (a pork or fish mix usually served on bamboo skewers). 

For an authentic, affordable place to eat, visit Sibogana restaurant in south Ubud. Gianyar Street Night Market is another good place to sample all the favourite dishes, as well as tasty Balinese sweets!

Check out Rose’s post on Best Balinese foods

 

 

foodie destinations in Rome, Italy

Experience Roman food in Italy

Without a doubt, Rome is one of the best foodie destinations in Italy. Whatever are your preferences or if you are vegetarian, in Rome you are sure to find anything you are looking for.

Do you want to go local and try traditional dishes? Try delicacies like spaghetti alla carbonara, rigatoni all’amatriciana or tonnarelli cacio e pepe, which is a creamy pasta seasoned with Roman pecorino cheese and black pepper. Some of the best places to try traditional Roman food are Flavio al Velavevodetto, Armando al Pantheon and Felice a Testaccio.
The most adventurous can also try Roman traditional dishes prepared in a more innovative and creative way. For example, at Porto restaurant, you will find the cacio e pepe pasta with seafood, a pretty daring combination that actually works great.
Rome has also its own style of pizza, which here is called “pinsa”. This is oval-shaped and slightly crunchy. It’s a great idea if you want a quick street-food style lunch. Some of the places serving delicious pinsa in Rome are Pinsere and Bonci, both close to Termini station.
The fans of street food shouldn’t miss Supplizio for traditional nibbles such as supplì, fried rice balls with different stuffings, eggplant balls, crunchy salted codfish, or bread carbonara style.
Angela with Rome Actually

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Delicious cuisine in Isaan Thailand

The Northeastern Region of Thailand, also known as Isaan, can be a tricky region to explore independently. Which I feel works to its advantage for the more adventurous of travellers, as there’s just so much off-the-beaten-track, and authentic local experiences to find. The region is also home to many of Thailand’s more revered foods; where it shares a delightful mix of fiery salads such as Som Tam and Laab, as well as grilled meats and barbecues, and just many lesser-known eats in the region. And a good starting point in Isaan would be the city of Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima), also known as the Gateway to Isaan, before vast stretches of rice fields and rural settlements. And it’s just fascinating the food at each and every rural town in between, with street food carts and local shophouse restaurants serving cheap and tasty local foods from early mornings to late at night. But evening times will always be the more lively time, with occasional night markets, which host all sorts of weird and wonderful foods, from deep-fried crickets to the iconic Isaan sausage. Not to forget the communal favorite of Moo Krata “Pork Skillet Barbecue” where grills are built into tables, and eaters take turn to grill meats and prepare soups, before sharing them with a spicy ‘Nam Jim’ chilli sauce. Or, alternatively, a spicy Isaan hot pot called Jim Jum can be added to the tabletop grill. There’s just so much food to explore in Isaan.

Allan and Fanfan Wilson of Live Less Ordinary

 

 

Albanian cuisine

Discover wonderful Albanian food

Many overlook Albania’s influence on food but finally, the country has started to get some recognition for its fresh ingredients and simple, yet delicious cuisine.  The slow food movement is starting to become one of Albania’s most important movements for tourism. Albania is a haven for fresh produce.

As the country is the Mediterranean you can find gallons of olive oil, delicious seafood, fruit and vegetables and bread – every meal is eaten with bread!  The keyword of Albanian cuisine is fresh.  Many grow their own fruit and vegetables, catch their own fish and farm their own meat.  Albanians love the natural way, so they love growing their own food.  Also, wages are low here in Albania so is also a budget conscious decision.  Albanians are very health conscience when coming to food to its natural all the way!

Albania’s cuisine is influenced also by Greek, Italian and Turkish so you will really find an array of food here.  Along the Albanian Riviera, make sure you try the seafood – it’s some of the best you may ever have!  Other common and traditional meals include Tavë Kosi (Lamb baked in yoghurt), Speca me Glizë (stuffed peppers with white cheese), grilled meat and vegetables, yoghurt sauce (like Tzatziki), Country salad (similar to Greek Salad) and byrek (pastry with cheese, usually eaten for breakfast with a salty yoghurt drink).  “

Anita Hendrieka with www.anitahendrieka.com

 

Aruba dining scene

Aruba’s tempting foodie scene

One of the best foodie destination to visit in 2019 is the island of Aruba. There’s no better way to dive into the sights, scents and flavours of the food scene of this Dutch Caribbean island than with a taste of local cuisine in Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad. There are many opportunities to sample street food within easy hopping-off distance along the free eco-trolley route that meanders through downtown.

Along the way be sure to try Aruba’s favourite national snack–pastechi. Pastechis are deep fried pastry pockets stuffed with cheese, ham, beef, chicken or tuna and even chop suey, thanks to the culinary influences of Aruba’s Asian immigrants. Another popular dish is Keshi Yena, created by stuffing a rind of Edam cheese with a mix of meats, olives, nuts and spaces. It’s so well loved many consider it the country’s national dish. Head to the historic Papiamento restaurant to sample it in a tropical garden beneath the stars.

Those looking for local flavour will also want to try Dutch tapas frikandel (a minced meat hotdog) such as bitterballen (deep fried meatballs) served with hot mustard. Local seafood shacks such as Zeerovers in Savaneta, where the catch of the day is washed down with a Balashi beer, brewed on island from desalinated seawater, pair flavour with plenty of atmosphere.

Fine dining is also a main attraction on Aruba and draws visitors who are interested in exploring an ever-evolving menu of inventive dishes created by award-winning chefs at exciting venues. Top fine dining experiences to add to a foodie vacation on Aruba include the glamorous Screaming Eagle restaurant lounge helmed by Executive Chef Erwin Husken, the upscale Atardi, set on the waterfront at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Amuse Sunset Restaurant Aruba for fine French cuisine and Monforte Luxury Cruise where a gourmet dinner is served during a spectacular sunset sail.

Michele Peterson with A Taste for Travel

 

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Macau’s dining scene

There’s a good reason why Macau, which is a Special Administrative Region of China, was accepted as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of Gastronomy. Macau has a culinary heritage that was influenced by its Portuguese and Chinese roots. This melding of cuisines created a unique fusion cuisine called Macanese cuisine.
Macanese cuisine is a unique and creative cuisine that has evolved from Macau’s kitchens, where Asian ingredients such as coconut milk and spices were substituted in Portuguese recipes. Many of the best restaurants in Macau dish up delicious Macanese fare, along with Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and other international food.

For a sweet treat, try the Macanese egg tart. You’ll find egg tarts in most restaurants, cafes, and hotels in Macau. However, the most popular place to eat egg tarts in Macau is at Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island.

Other delicious Macanese dishes to taste in Macau are minchi, which is a savoury dish of ground beef and pork, cooked with onions and garlic and seasoned with soy sauces and Worcestershire shire, African Chicken.
African Chicken is grilled chicken marinated with garlic, chilli and coconut milk sauce served in a spicy tomato sauce.

Check out Christina Pfeiffer’s post on what to eat in Macau

 

 

 

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Tokyo’s amazing dining scene

Japan is a food heaven and Tokyo, its biggest city, couldn’t be different.
There are so many different foods to try all around the city, from the cheapest places to Michelin 3-stars restaurants, you can never have enough.
A few of the classics are the ramen (noddle in, usually, pork broth), soba (noodles that you dip in the sauce), tempura (battered and deep-fried vegetables and seafood), Japanese curry, many different types of sushi and sashimi, and just so much more!
For street food, you can’t skip the delicious crepes (with ice cream, fruits, and loads more), Ichigo daifuku (a strawberry inside a sweet rice dough with some sweet bean paste) and the takoyaki (a round dough with a piece of octopus!).
You can have lovely Japanese food just about everywhere, but don’t miss the smaller restaurants, they are mostly gems!
There’s the Ramen Street under Tokyo Station, Asakusa for a more traditional food, Roppongi for a more luxurious meal, or Harajuku for the cutest and quirkiest places! Shinjuku is a great place to try everything!
Check out Thais’ post on a Tokyo guide with kids
Girona cuisine from Spain

Taste the cuisine of Girona, Catalonia, Spain

 Many travelers focus on Barcelona and Madrid when traveling to Spain. Rightfully so, they are amazing cities. When looking for the best foodies destinations in Spain, though, the Catalonia region of Spain should be top on the list. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, but to get a real feel for the food of Catalonia, travel just 38 minutes north by train to Girona, a truly food-focused city. Currently, Girona is home to the number 2 restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca. Can Roca offers a creative interpretation of traditional Catalan cuisine. If that’s out of your budget, Girona is also home to great traditional Catalan restaurants, where a menu del dia offers a three course lunch for between €11-15, including wine or beer. On Thursdays, across the Costa Brava, restaurants always feature arroz, a traditional Catalan rice dish with meat and seafood.
Many of the Girona restaurants also feature local dishes made with the most local ingredients, often from the Girona food market, or nearby fish markets. The Costa Brava hosts some of the largest fish markets in Spain. Just one example of a classic Catalan dish that can be found in restaurants in Girona, and throughout the Costa Brava is suquet de peix, a traditional fisherman’s stew with giant prawns and potatoes. The best part of eating in Girona is the tradition of taking a long, leisurely lunch, even on weekdays. That’s because at the heart of Catalan culture is enjoying food with family and friends.

Amber from With Husband in Tow

Belarus food and local favorite dishes

Discover Belarus for local favorite dishes

You might be surprised but Belarus is a great destination for a foodie traveler in 2019. With the 30-day visa-free regime and active development of tourism infrastructure, it is getting more and more interesting for tourists.
Concerning food, lots of healthy ingredients in combination with meat, crispy potato dumplings, and cheese make every foodie love this country. Most typical ingredients in traditional Belarusian dishes are potatoes, vegetables, meat, cheese, and mushrooms.
Some popular soups in Belarus are shchi (cabbage soup), borshch (beetroot soup) and solyanka (spicy and sour vegetable soup with sausages).
Most typical main dishes include potato dumplings, kletski (cooked flour balls served with fried onions, bacon and sour cream), sashni (potato cutlets with cottage cheese stuffing), babka (potato casserole with meat and mushrooms).
While you can get the most typical Belarusian dishes in every restaurant of national cuisine in every town and city, you should know where to go to get the most authentic and ‘like at home’ dishes.
First of all, there are many taverns along the main highways built in the traditional style, like 200 years ago. Many of them are located next to gas stations, recreational centers, and hotels, which is very convenient for a road trip around the country.
Another great option is high-level restaurants in the cities like Minsk. A very interesting feature about Belarusian dishes is that they can be made in the form of fast food, home-made food like from granny and in the form of exclusive dishes in major upscale restaurants in the largest Belarusian cities. Such restaurants include Kuhmistr, Brovar Rakowski and Litviny in Minsk.
Some of such high-class restaurants are located in the best hotels in Minsk, so you can explore the local culture and cuisine with a comfort of your 4- or 5-star hotel in the city center with a view on the main attractions of the capital. Have a tasty trip to Belarus
Roman from RomanRoams.com
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The cuisine of South Africa

South Africa is a breathtaking country for its wild nature, gorgeous beaches, wildlife and beautiful cities. Most travelers only realize once they visit that the country is also an incredible foodie destination, and the wines produced there are the perfect way to accompany a scrumptious meal. The best place to get a proper introduction to food in South Africa is Cape Town. In fact, one of the top things to do in Cape Town is visiting the food hall at the V&A Waterfront, where several stalls offer a good introduction to all that the country has to offer – such as Knysna oysters.
Thanks to the Indian and South East Asian influence, curries in South Africa are usually delicious: spicy yet mild and without the overpowering taste of garlic or the overwhelming heat that many curries have in India. Fish and shrimp curries are among the best in the world!
If you are looking for something that is exclusively South African, make sure to try “bobotie”, a Cape Malay dish of curried ground meat (usually beef, but it’s also done with shredded lamb), gently simmered with dried fruits such as raisins and topped with a creamy mixture of eggs and mild cheese.
Claudia Tavani with My Adventures Across The World

 

 

 

 

 

delicious HotDogs in Iceland

Delicious Hot Dogs in Iceland

They may not be the national dish but hot dogs are a firm favourite with pretty much everyone in Iceland. Even visiting celebrities are taken for a hot dog when they visit Iceland – Bill Clinton was snapped chowing down on one when he visited Reykjavik in 2004. Although they may look similar to an American hot dog, these sausages are made predominantly from Icelandic lamb with a bit of pork and beef (their US counterparts are generally made from pork and beef or even chicken and turkey).

The condiments are also a little different in Iceland; order a hot dog “with everything” and it’ll come topped with raw white onions, crispy fried onions, ketchup made from apples, a sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard and herbs. It’s not clear when Iceland’s obsession with hot dogs started but one shop that has seemingly been there since the beginning is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Literally meaning “The Best in Town”, this tiny shop in Reykjavik has been dishing up hot dogs since 1937. But if the line there is too long then don’t worry, there are plenty of other hot dog shops to choose from and they are all good!

Check out Kajta’s post on things to do in Rekjavic with kids.

 

 

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Amazing Food experiences in New York City

New York City is the best foodie destination for several reasons. First, there are modern food crazes that started in NYC and swept the world. Get Crack Pie at Milk Bar at several locations; the original cronut are Dominique Ansel in Soho, What-a-Melon watermelon soft serve ice cream at Dominique Ansel’s other 7th Avenue location, and cookie dough at DO in Greenwich Village. Second, there are the classics – pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Deli; woodfire thin crust pizza at John’s of Bleeker Street in the Village or Lombardi’s in Soho; or hot dogs from a street cart around the city. Third, incredible international food in the many ethnic neighborhoods.

You can travel the world in one short vacation if you are wiling to travel the subway out of Manhattan. Try Mongolian hotpot in Flushing; Russian perogies in Brighton Beach; Middle Eastern kebabs and a hookah on Steinway in Astoria; Greek souvlaki in Astoria near Ditmars Blvd; Indian curries at the western end of Jackson Heights; Latin American empanadas at the other end of Jackson Heights; Irish soda bread and sausages in Belmont; the best pasta outside Italy along Arthur Avenue.

James at Travel Collecting

 

London Eating and amazing foods

Go visit London for amazing cuisine and dining options

London has really made the foodie map now with a burst of amazing international cuisine, fine dining venues, plentiful food focused markets, a resurgence of locally grown and sourced ingredients and artisanal purveyors. If you’re exploring the city, there is a plethora of areas and neighborhoods where you can experience so many amazing cafes, take out venues, pop up eateries and food halls or courts and even ethnic neighborhoods to explore international cuisine at its best. There are specialty food markets open almost every day from Spitafields, Shoreditch, Flat Iron Square, Greenwich to popular standards like Camden market, Market Hall and Borough market. There’s an endless list of neighborhood markets that keep opening to cater to demand for more delicious and unique foods.
Check out my post on the best foods to eat in London here for a comprehensive guide where to go and eat in London for more inspiration.
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