Traveling to exotic places is definitely exciting and it is an experience that can’t be replaced. One of the most pleasures of travelling abroad is getting the chance to sample world-class cuisine that is unique to the country you are visiting. There is nothing better than sampling the real deal while you’re at it! Food allows one to feel the culture and heritage of people on a whole new different level. Here are some cities that you shouldn’t pass up and where you can taste unique flavors that will leave you wanting more.
Housing the most number of Michelin star restaurants, Tokyo, Japan is every foodie’s dream come true. For an establishment to earn a Michelin star, it must pass high standards in all aspects. Aside from world-class cuisine, Tokyo isn’t lacking in the street food department either. There are a great number of street markets where you can interact with locals while you enjoy Japanese food. Tourists come to Tokyo and most of the time always look for one particular dish: sushi. Sushi is raw seafood, usually tuna, that is best eaten by itself with a bit of soy sauce and wasabi (horseradish paste that gives any dish a mild kick).
New Orleans, Louisiana
Deep in the Bayou lies a city that is as unique as its local food. New Orleans is like no other U.S. city. Due to its rich and diverse history, it is easy to assume that the food New Orleans offers to its visitors can truly be called one of a kind. Enjoy a steaming bowl of gumbo, made from locally caught shellfish or meat. Don’t just stop by fine restaurants while you’re in the city. Legend has it that gas station cafes offer up hot plate lunches that are just simply divine. If you’re craving for something sweet, buy a praline or two.
People seem to have this belief that Bali itself is a country when it really is part of a larger group of islands collectively known as Indonesia. This southeast asian city has been attracting tourists for decades, thanks to its beaches and majestic sunset. The ambiance is always peaceful and relaxing, where there’s always something for everyone. To fully immerse yourself in the experience, make sure to taste Babi Guling. A suckling pig is roasted to perfection, with its insides made into other different dishes. No part of the animal is gone to waste and you’re sure to have your taste buds dance in delight.
One of the most loved cuisines is, undoubtedly, Italian food. There’s no country in the world that doesn’t serve up their own version of a pizza or pasta dish. When you have the chance to taste the real deal in Rome, you’ll be greeted with a surprising treat. The original is unlike no other! Around the city you’ll find bakeries that sell different kinds of yummy breads, enough to make you want to carbo-load every day. End your day with an espresso near the Vatican. Indeed, the saying “When in Rome, do as Romans do” is taken to heart by almost every tourist that gets to step foot in this European city.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This South American city by the sea is famous for its vibrant lifestyle and fun-loving people, but it is its food that will make your trip more memorable. Being in a country that is blessed with tropical rainforest, enjoy fresh fruit juices or shakes. Snack on empanadas filled savory chicken or have a go at their version of a crepe, made of tapioca branches. It’s fried, boasting a cruncy outside yet soft inside. Choose from a variety of flavors, ranging from sweet to savory.