When you think of Greece, you likely picture breathtaking coastal scenes, like those straight out of “Mamma Mia.” But Greece offers so much more than sunny beach days and lovely panoramas. A country rich in cultural and historical heritage, Greece connects us to the past in a tangible and powerful way. And what better way to discover a country’s culture and history than through its cuisine? After all, what we eat tells us a lot about a place. Feasting on Greek food makes that all too obvious.
Can you actually describe the flavors of such a diverse and complex nation in just one word? We are certainly going to try. The flavor of Israel is fresh. Why fresh? Fresh is alive with possibility. Fresh is joyful. Fresh is young, welcoming, bountiful, and so much more. Fresh is life-giving, and when you are primarily a desert nation, fresh is as good as it gets.
The cuisine in Lisbon centers around seafood, which comes as no surprise as the capital city sits at the mouth of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean! This city is also well-known for its delectable cheese and wine, and, of course, the famous pasteis de nata – the egg custard tarts. Let’s take a look at some of the popular dishes to eat and what to drink while in Portugal!
Throughout the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Japan, the world’s largest and most populated metropolis has plenty of food options to offer. While Tokyo offers a ton to see and do, most can agree that the main attractions are the restaurants and the main activity is eating as much as you can. Here are some of the top restaurants in Tokyo.
Schnitzels and sausages and roasts, oh my! We are salivating over Vienna’s dedication to a hearty meal over here. Now, it’s not just Vienna, but the capital city of Austria is known for being a cultural epicenter. However, we’ve been all over the country and can confirm that a Wiener Schnitzel can still be expertly made in Graz and Salzburg as well. Just what is it that makes Austrian meat so craveable?
Brazil’s vibrant culture is widely recognised all over the world. With its famous carnival and lively samba, it should come as no surprise that their food reflects this energetic spirit. Brazilian cuisine is especially exciting as it’s a combination of multiple influences: indigenous, European (mainly Portuguese and Spanish) and African.
China is calling all foodies! China has a landscape of grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers, and coastline. The vast landscape allows this Asian country to offer many types of cuisine. Some are simple while others require some courage to try. Here are 5 things you should try while visiting China!
When you think of “travel” foods, chances are you think of fast food drive-throughs or over-priced airport sandwiches and snacks. After all, when you’re “on-the-go,” it’s tempting to just grab something quick and easy that doesn’t require too much thought or preparation. But healthy choices aren’t always available in airports or on the road, which leaves you with few options besides fried foods, sugary drinks, and empty-calorie snacks. The good news is, whether you’re travelling on a plane or on the road, there are a few simple and effective strategies that can help you maintain your health while traveling. Continue reading to find out how!
While visiting Namibia, you might think to find a fairly traditional African diet available to eat, but if you’ve been anywhere in Africa, you know that most traditional food today, has been borrowed from several countries that either traded, colonized or otherwise passed through the continent. However, Namibia provides an unexpected meeting of flavors that might surprise even the most well-traveled adventurer.
They say that Cuba wears its history on its sleeve. And if history is the outerwear, the cuisine of Cuba is the heart and soul. A blend of Native American Taino (indigenous peoples of Cuba) food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines, Cuban food is not spicy, but it is filling and flavorful. Unlike most dinners that are served over the course of several dishes in turn, traditional Cuban meals are served with all items at once.
Trattoria Perilli is an authentic, old-school Roman dining experience. You are quite likely to be served by the 90-something year old owner who not only makes authentic Roman carbonara, but will serve you wine that you can only get in Italy. You won’t find many tourists inside these walls, but you will need to make a reservation to make sure you have a seat at the table.
Like much of the continent of Africa, Tanzania has several distinct influences from outside cultures. Unlike most of Africa, and even though Tanzania was under British and German colonial rule, their cuisine influences comes primarily from the Middle East and India due to centuries-old trade routes. The spices of Tanzania are very reminiscent of flavors you will find on the streets of Mumbai, rich and warm with a focus on fruits, vegetables, and grains.
If you had to pick one ingredient as the foundation of your diet, could you? What sets your meals apart from the rest? Perhaps your mind wanders to a spice or vegetable -- something with flavor that packs a punch? In Vietnam, the foundational ingredient in their meals is something much more simple and matter of fact. It’s rice.
Almeurzo. That mid-afternoon meal where friends and family gather to take time to enjoy one another’s company. It’s not just lunch in Peru. It’s THE meal of the day. Everything comes to a halt for food, and then it’s naptime before heading back to work. Peru celebrates the afternoon like the Europeans celebrates the evening. The magic of a meal, however, is timeless.
Nothing brings people together quite like food. It’s at the heart of so many cultures, and learning about the local cuisine is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a new environment. There are countless destinations across the globe that offer mouthwatering dishes and rich culinary diversity, but some countries reign supreme. Keep reading for the top culinary destinations around the world!