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Top 10 Destinations for Food Enthusiasts

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One of the best thing about traveling is that you get to try different kinds of cuisines. Isn’t it? So, if you love Italian food, then probably your next vacation should be in some exotic location in Rome. Why not?

Indulge in best of both worlds with a ‘Culinary Vacation’ which means traveling to your favorite destination and experiencing the local scrumptious cuisine. Culinary tourism is quite the trend now and considered as a vital factor of the travel experience.

Food and Wine Tours

If you are the kinds who plan their vacation around food, then the following list will certainly help you. Read on to find out the destinations which can satisfy your taste buds like none other.

1)  Barcelona

Famous for Catalonia cuisine and Spanish wine, Barcelona is one place you shouldn’t miss on your culinary journey. Try various tapas combined with seafood, ham and cured meats. Visit the most impressive market, Mercat de la Boqueria known for the best ingredients available in the Mediterranean. Also, check out the various Pintxo bars and restaurants for some delicious and beautifully prepared cuisines with a beautiful view of the city. Experience the best with these food and wine tours exclusively for you foodies in Barcelona.

 2) Italy

Italy is the food heaven for all the true blue Italian food lovers. The restaurants around the city offers the best meat dishes, local cheeses, risottos, pizzas, pastas and everything Italy is famous for. It is difficult to choose a place to eat as all of them look equally tempting, but whichever place you choose, you will not regret it.

Go on a tasty Tuscany trip and treat yourself to the many delicious food of the Tuscany region. Also visit the beautiful historical market, the San Lorenzo Food Market in Florence to find the best fresh breads, cheeses, and wine in Italy. Relish your favorite Italian with these unique food and wine tours only in Italy.

TOP 10 food destinations

3)  Paris

The City of Lights has a lot to offer a foodie traveler. The best gourmet snacks, haute cuisine, excellent wines, French bread; makes Paris one of the most sunning place to dine in. The must try food are; Baguette- a long thin loaf of French bread usually served with meals, Au Vin- chicken cooked with wine, mushrooms, pork fat and seasoning; and Pot de crème - pot of custard. Your Paris tour will be incomplete without sampling the Patisseries- the French love their cakes and pastries, filled with fruit, cheese and other scrummy things. The food and wine tours can be the best way to have a memorable trip to Paris.

4)  Hong Kong

With a cosmopolitan population you will find different kinds of cuisines. From street cafes serving Asian fusion, to various local restaurants serving ethnic cuisine from Indian to Japanese; find it all in Hong Kong.

The most popular cuisine in Hong Kong is Chinese, which is eaten by one third of the world’s population every day. You can find your favorite Chinese option in almost all restaurants in Hong Kong. The world’s first Chinese restaurant Lung King Heen can probably be a wise choice. Don’t forget to try Steamed Lobster and Dim sum, the local specialty.

 5)  Delhi

Known for its culture, museums and ruins; but one of the best reason to visit Delhi is for its divine food. A combination of different cultures, the city has inherited a legendary culinary heritage. There are 4 categories of Indian cuisine: North, South, East and West. However, the most worldwide popular is North Indian, also known as Mughlai or Punjabi. The other categories mostly include vegetarian items, but are equally famous for their non-vegetarian items made of lamb, goat, chicken and fish with different spices and herbs.

You can find a wide range of restaurants in Huaz Khas Village and Khan Market offering all kinds of Indian cuisines, all set to please your tummy. You can also visit the Old Delhi for some delicious local street food.

Go slow if you are not used to fiery food. Indian food is hot and spicy, but once you get hold of the taste you will just not be able to stop gulping.

6)  Thailand

Thai is the only cuisine which perfectly balances the mix of hot, sour, bitter and sweet. The delightful range of Thai food alone can be a good reason to visit Thailand. Local dishes such as coconut and chicken soup, green and red curries, and a spicy beef salad can compel even the fussiest foodie. Try the raw beef or fermented fish paste, or deep-fried insect larvae if you want some adventure for lunch.

The fancy restaurants, the street-side food carts and Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s busiest floating market are the must try. You can also learn to cook some of the delicious Thai dishes with cooking classes & workshops in Bangkok. The food and wine tours are ideal to have a delicious experience.

7)  Mexico City

Mexico is not just about luxurious resorts and beaches. A list of various dishes that combine colonial influences of American, Spanish, French and other cuisine; makes Mexican food favorite with everyone. Mexico City has the best food markets comprising both street food vendors and fine dine restaurants serving globally inspired restaurants.

Don’t leave Mexico without trying the popular Mexican dishes such as tacos, totopos, enchilada and tortilla. You can also find some tasty tequila in various part of the city. Make it fun with these scrumptious Mexican food and wine tours.

8)  Japan

Anyone who loves food should keep Japan on radar. Japanese food is rapidly becoming a worldwide trend. From Shushi to Wasabi to the simple rice and soybeans; Japanese cuisine just looks and tastes exotic. And you don’t have to keep a watch on those extra calories as almost all ingredients used in Japanese dishes are fat free.

Come with an open mind and be sure you try it all – noodles, rice dishes, rare and exotic fishes, interesting sushi.

9)  Greece

If you like to eat exotic food sitting in a beautiful location, then Greece is the place for you. Eating in Greece will definitely be different from the experience you have when you eat in Greek restaurants in your country. From hotel restaurants to local areas, finding food in Greece is a fun process which delights any traveler.

Since the country is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables and olive oil, you must try the Greek salad or horiatiki salata (village salad).Other abroad favorite dishes include Kalamari i.e. squid fried or sautéed with onions and red wine; and Gyros, a dish of roasted meat served with pita bread. While many visitors frown at the idea of eating the Grilled Octopus, however people who have tried it, found it to be unique and tasty.

10)  San Francisco

Vine me, wine me and dine me! There is just too much to eat and drink in San Francisco, the food and wine tours are a must try. With a vast variety of BBQ, fresh salads, and famous wines; travelers will be able to relish to the fullest. Outdoor eating is the best option, and the views are magnificent.

Enjoy travel and food with a dash of luxury. Rent a car and visit the many town and vineyard; and try some tasty wines, cheese, meat and more.

Hungry already? Instead of hitting the nearby restaurant, plan a trip according to your favorite cuisine.

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Exploring Philadelphia

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Philadelphia

Whether you are in the mood for food, culture, sports or history, the City of Brotherly Love has it all. Better known as Philadelphia, the large American city, which lies beneath the shadows of New York and Boston, is filled with fascinating events and activities.

 
1. If you are looking to experience the food in Philadelphia, then look no further than the Philadelphia South Street Walking Tour. Located in South Philly, the tour takes you through one of the cities unique and diverse neighborhoods. Starting at a Jewish deli and ending at a popular "cheese steak" shop, the tour includes food markets, street art, historic buildings and more. 
 
2. Need some romance in the City of Brotherly Love? Then take your sweetheart on the romantic Spirit of Philadelphia. A 3-hour cruise that offers a live show, buffet dinner, and a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline. With the option of lunch or dinner, spend the rest of your day visiting the Penn’s Landing area. 
 
3. Interested in sports? Philadelphia is one of the most unique sporting cities in America. With wild fans that are passionate about ice hockey, football, basketball and baseball, take the opportunity to go to a game. Make sure you arrive early enough for the parking lot tailgate! Food like hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers are very popular, and inside the event Chickie's & Pete's is a favoured Philadelphia restaurant. 
 
4. Looking for a little bit of education while on your trip, or do you just love history? Either way Philadelphia is one of America’s most historic cities and there is no better way to see it than through the Colonial City Walking Tour. From the Betsy Ross house to Independence Hall, the tour takes you back in time to where the city of Philadelphia began. 
 
5. Lastly, if history, food, or sports is not for you, give the King of Prussia Mall a try. Philadelphia is home to one of America’s largest shopping malls, located just outside the city, the King of Prussia Mall has over 400 stores to delight your shopping interest. Made up of a Court side and a Plaza side, the mall is easy to navigate and has a little bit of something for everyone. 

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Camden Town: Food, Friends, and (Great!) Finds

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Well, I may not have been able to check out all of the cuisines I listed in my last article about food (yet!), but I did make it to the cobblestone streets of Camden Market’s food vendor area yesterday…close enough, right? Davis, California might have the most adorable Saturday morning farmer’s market, but I’m starting to see why shopping in London is so famous, it’s pretty impossible to compete with the size and variety of London’s famous sites.

Food in Camden Market - Yandle

Food in Camden Market - Yandle

The Camden Market’s stalls were tiny, the streets were narrow, and the food was AMAZING! (Suck on that, American food courts). I swear this tiny corner of Camden houses any and everything you could possibly want to eat. Cuban? Check. Spanish? Italian? Thai? Moroccan? Chinese? Indian? Mexican? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check! Everything looked and smelled so delicious that I worked up an appetite just trying to decide which one to choose. And, one of the best things about strolling around Camden is the mix of locals and tourists, sure, there are a ton of souvenirs and knick-knacks lining the streets, but do and a little digging and the market is actually packed with great (and often cheap!) clothing, crafts, and music as well. From CDs to corsets, there’s something for everyone in Camden, just make sure you’ve got plenty of time to spend exploring!

I can’t wait to check out some of the city’s other famous markets and foods soon…Maybe all of this exploring will help burn off the huge helping of paella I wolfed down last night! continue reading

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