Before you go on an overseas holiday, there is a lot of planning to be done. Buying tickets, hunting out good cheap travel insurance deals and checking whether you need any vaccinations, for example. But most fun of course is deciding where to go, and if you are a lover of fine food there are plenty of countries that will inspire and excite you. Here are five of our favourite travel destinations that are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.
Italians take their food as seriously as any nation on earth. And it shows. From the pizzas and pasta dishes that are their best known gift to the world, to incredible salads, soups and meat dishes there is one thing that unites Italian cuisine: flavour. Whatever the dish, whether it is simple or sophisticated, if it is not packed with flavour, Italians will reject it. So when you are travelling in Italy, you can expect the highest quality ingredients prepared with love and ruthless quality control. What more could a food lover ask?
In Hong Kong you will find arguably the best Cantonese cuisine in the world, as well as restaurants and street stalls selling dishes from all over China. But you will find much more besides. Hong Kong is one of the world’s great culinary hubs. Here you will find high quality restaurants specialising in cuisines from around the world. Whatever your budget and whatever your tastes, Hong Kong has got it covered.
The USA might seem like an odd choice. When many people think of American food they think only of the ubiquitous fast food joints that are steadily taking over the world. But there is far more to eating in America than that. The USA is a diverse immigrant society and each immigrant group has left its mark on the country’s cuisine. When it comes to food the USA really is the land of plenty, and as long as you are prepared for the enormous portions you really can find anything you want in this diverse country!
Incorporating influences from neighbouring cultures such as India and China, Thailand has nonetheless trodden a distinctive culinary path. With its intoxicating aromas, deep flavours and heady spicing, Thai cuisine is a food lovers delight. Food is an important part of Thai daily life too, with four or five meals a day being the norm. Now doesn’t that sound like a really good idea?
Over the centuries, Morocco has interacted widely with many different cultures, including Arabs, Berbers, Moors and numerous Mediterranean peoples. This has led to the development of a unique and exiting cuisine. Spices are expertly used with in conjunction with high quality fresh produce to produced intoxicating dishes that rival those found anywhere in the world. Lunch is traditionally the main meal of the day and this is when you will typically find dishes such as tagines and couscous. Breakfast is delight too; Moroccan pancakes and doughnuts or French pastries, washed down with coffee or mint tea should set you up perfectly for the day ahead. The abundance of vegetables and use of pulses such as chickpeas ensures that vegetarians are well catered for in Morocco.
Whichever of these countries you decide to visit, you cannot fail to eat well, so book your flight, buy some travel insurance and you will be ready to start eating your way around the world.
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