At isango! we believe there are two essential yardsticks to measure your experiences when travelling. One is seeing the sights and the other is sampling the food. Here we give you a taste of what foods to look out for at five popular destinations.
Flavours of New York City
New York City has been and continues to be the gateway for people coming to the United States. So you will find every ethnic and world cuisine available. New York also prides itself on inventing many dishes and foods.
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Taking a foodie tour of NYC is a delight for the taste buds. Hot dogs and New York style pizzas in the East Village; a Manhattan clam chowder; Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches; savoury French quiche, and Mexican yucca are just some delights in store for you. You could also try out a knish appetiser or some Greek spinach pie to go with a succulent lamb souvlaki. Then there is a sinful choice of chocolates to top off your meal.
Lyon, Gastronomy and Beaujolais
Lyon’s ancient fame lay in its silk weaving industry. That has however changed. Over the centuries it has become known as the capital of French gastronomy and its renowned cuisine. The city and municipality has a deliciously bewildering array of traditional Lyonnais restaurants, called bouchons, serving local dishes such as salade Lyonnais; marrons glacés; coussin de Lyon, sausages, duck pâte and roast pork, and local wines.
The Lyon bakeries, fromageries patisseries and chocolatiers continue to make their wines, breads, cheeses and chocolates the way have for centuries. In addition to its gastronomic delights, the Lyon area is at the heart of Beaujolais wine region.
Tapas In Barcelona
Barcelona offers a variety of pleasures but none as staggering as tapas! Choosing or even listing them is a near impossible task. Salmon sashimi with cream cheese; honey and soy, or cod; passata and black olive pâté; fried fish and seafood, patatas bravas; Galician octopus and ensaladilla rusa; croquetas made with ham, fish, chicken or spinach are just some choices.
Whether you are strolling down La Rambla or feasting your eyes on the fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese or meats of La Boqueria (Barcelona’s food market), you will never be far from a tapas bar. So feel free to wade into one of them and pick out your choice. Don’t forget to wash it down with some cava, wine or draught beer.
Bangkok & Food
The two are synonymous and no one needs coaxing to dig in to a plate of Pad Thai (or phat Thai). Take a walk down any street in Bangkok and you will be constantly reminded of food. The innumerable fragrances waft out at you from myriad street stalls and restaurants.
Yong Tau Foo
Thai street food is the safest and tastiest in the world and probably the most reasonably priced too. Whether it be juicy pieces of grilled pork on a stick or a fiery bowl of ‘Tom Yum’ soup or Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup) or good yong tau foo and pork stew with green chilli dip, you will find it really difficult to pass it up or stop eating. Thai food is among the most appetising and popular cuisines in the world and it is an exciting experience to take a cooking class and learn how to make some!
When In Rome – Eat
That’s right! Food in Rome is just as fascinating as the Colosseum, the churches and the Vatican museums. Roman cuisine is some of the most delicious in Italy. It is based on seasonal ingredients, plenty of fresh vegetables, meat and cheeses. All put together in a simple way. Lamb roasted with herbs and spices is a very important part of the cuisine so is pizza, of course. In Rome they have three different ways of making pizza but a Roman characteristic is that it is thin with no lip to the crust.
The Testaccio is the best place to find the original and traditional Roman food. Another great place is the Rione Monti area, a stone’s throw away from the Colosseum, where you will find a range of authentic Italian delicacies in local family run shops and pizzerias.