If you are a foodie like I am, one of the first things you research when planning a trip is the local cuisine of your destination. Food is an important piece of any country’s cultural background and trying it is part of having a truly immersive experience. If you are having trouble deciding where to go on your next trip, feast your eyes on these top notch delicious treats across the globe for some destination inspiration. My apologies if you’re reading this with an appetite.
Pasta, pizza, gelato and mozzarella!? Is there anything else you need? (Disclaimer: this is not nutritional advice.) As a food capital of the world, all Italians seem to have a passion for food that rivals even the most dedicated foodie. Each region in Italy is known for something unique, so be sure to pop into local hole-in-the-wall restaurants while you’re on tour.
Insider’s tip – Lunch time recommendations:
Cheese. Let’s talk about cheese. Forget about Brie and Camembert – with over 400 distinct types, every region in France specializes in different flavors of cheese.
Insider’s tip – Where to find cheese:
Compared to European countries, Brazil is often underrated in the food department. Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese and later populated through immigration from Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan and other nationalities. As a result, you can find diverse and tasty cuisine throughout the country. You’ve probably been to a Brazilian steakhouse once or twice in your life, but don’t be fooled; it gets so much better than that!
Insider’s tip – Must-try Brazilian treats:
For all those with a sweet tooth who plan on making a visit to this European gem, get ready to try some of the best chocolate in the world. From Neuhouse and Leonidas to arguably the most delicious Linge waffle you will ever try, Belgium has it covered in the desert department.
Insider’s tip – Navigating the desert menu:
If you’re vegan, Thailand is definitely the best place for you. However, whether you live a vegan lifestyle or not, you will be enchanted by the quality and quantity of fresh fruits and light, yet spicy dishes available. Thai food is known to incorporate at least 3 fundamental taste senses (think: sweet, sour and spicy) in each dish.
Insider’s tip – Top foods to try:
Whether you have a sweet or savory tooth, there is a destination out there that will satisfy both your hunger for delectable cuisine and also for new experiences. But – from one foodie to another – no matter where you go it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed in the opportunities to try new foods!