Guest Post: Olive Ross
Trying out new things is what keeps life exciting. We could agree that food is a world for itself. The art of preparing a good dish and countless ideas for experimenting can take the basic need for nutrition to a whole new level.
Getting to know someone’s culture can’t be separated from trying their food. When you travel, exploring new cuisines and flavors is a must. From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best foodie destinations around the world:
Is it possible not to love Italian food? You can hardly make a mistake here - the famous taste of Italian cuisine is enjoyed all over the country. Still, here we are going to recommend the rustic flavors of Tuscany.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a specialty – beefsteak Florentine style is a signature dish to try immediately. Pasta fans will adore pici all’aglione, or hand-rolled pasta with tomato, chili, and garlic. All dishes are made with fresh local vegetables - that is where an authentic taste comes from.
Don’t forget your glass of wine - Chianti and Montepulciano is a perfect match for every single meal and will make your trip to Tuscany unforgettable!
If you are an Asian food lover, Tokyo is one of the best destinations to enjoy it. You probably know everything about sushi or tempura, so let’s move on to the other famous Japanese specialties you will be crazy about!
You can try ramen and different types of it in almost every restaurant. Tonkotsy ramen is widely known, so you know which one to order. Unagi or freshwater eel is grilled, covered with tare sweet glaze, and served over rice. This high-quality dish is worth looking for in specialty restaurants. Don’t forget about the dessert – wagashi is a must!
If you want to try out the fragrant, exotic flavors - you will want to visit Hanoi in Vietnam and taste their street food. It is an inextricable part of the local culture and is quite affordable, so you can explore and experiment as much as you want.
Some of the national dishes you must not miss are pho bo – beef noodle soup, which is rice noodles served with beef and vegetables in a deep, tasty broth. The locals and visitors claim that pho bo in Hanoi has the best flavor! Bun cha ca is considered a famous lunch dish – you can easily find these crispy fish cakes, served in noodle soup, on the sidewalk.
Don’t forget banh mi - a Vietnamese baguette with pate you can order basically everywhere, from restaurants to food stands.
Mexico City, Mexico
No gourmand will miss an opportunity to indulge in real Mexican cuisine. Although it is loved worldwide, the truth is that authentic local dishes served in Mexico just can’t compare. Begin your gastronomic journey in Mexico City with chilaquiles - their most popular breakfast-fired corn tortilla prepared with hot sauces and spices.
Other must-try dishes include pork tacos al pastor (Mexican-style pork tacos) and fat burritos stuffed with rice, beans, and cheese. The city's street food scene is particularly impressive, with vendors selling everything from tacos and tamales to quesadillas and churros.
Be sure to try the city's famous street food dish, elote - grilled corn on the cob served with mayo, cheese, and chili powder.
Istanbul’s rich history is definitely reflected in its cuisine. The city's food scene is a mix of Turkish and Mediterranean flavors, with dishes such as kebabs, baklava, and meze. Istanbul is also famous for its street food, such as simit (a type of sesame-covered bread) and balik ekmek (grilled fish sandwiches).
One of the best places to experience Istanbul's food scene is in the neighborhood of Karaköy, where you can find restaurants that serve up traditional Turkish dishes with a modern twist. You will probably want to take the scents and tastes of Istanbul with you – so before leaving, visit Spice Bazaar, where you can find a wide range of spices, teas, and Turkish delights.
San Sebastian, Spain
Maybe a trip to Barcelona comes to mind first when you think about Spain. But did you know San Sebastian has one of the highest numbers of Michelin stars per square meter? It is no surprise that this city is a foodie hotspot in Spain.
Those who enjoy fine dining will love it, but there are treats for everyone. Seafood lovers won’t miss a chance to try bacalao al pil pil, a crispy fried cod dish. One of the trademarks of San Sebastian’s gastronomy scene is pintxos, which are small bites of food that are typically served on skewers.
Although they are served in almost every bar and restaurant, in Parte Vieja (Old Town), you can find some of the city’s best pintxos bars. Be sure to try local specialties, such as the Gilda (a skewer of olives, peppers, and anchovies) and the txangurro (a crab-filled pastry).
New York City, US
New York City is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, making it one of the best foodie destinations around the world. From pizza and bagels to hot dogs and cheesecake, there are iconic dishes that you just have to try when you visit the city. But New York City also has a thriving food scene that offers everything from high-end restaurants to trendy street food.
One of the best places to experience New York City's food scene is in the neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn. These areas are home to diverse immigrant communities, so they offer a wide range of authentic cuisines from around the world. You can find everything from Chinese dumplings in Flushing to Mexican street tacos in Sunset Park.
Don’t leave New York without having a hotdog on the corner, creamy cheesecake, and a slice of pizza!
You are probably a passionate traveler and a food lover fond of new things and experiences, or maybe even an adventurous type of person considering moving to one of the vibrant destinations we presented. The culture, lifestyle, and everyday habits will shape your final decision.
The bigger move requires some preparations, so have a list you can follow to stay organized and calm while moving to that exciting new destination! If you organize in time, you will be able to check things off your moving to a new city checklist.
We picked the best foodie destinations around the world to inspire your next journey and help you decide what tastes you want to try out next. So why not plan your next trip around some of these delicious foodie hotspots?
Olive Ross is a professional content writer. She is currently writing for Pack & Go Movers, helping them expand their online presence.
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