10 of The Most Delicious Destinations on Earth
Food and travel: Arguably the two greatest things ever! Combining the both just sounds darn awesome and when traveling to explore other cultures; smells, tastes, and flavors of the unique cuisines you come across are all a part of that experience.
However, some of the most flavorsome spots on the globe are not necessarily the first ones that spring to mind when you mention global cuisine, so here we take a look at some of these tasty spots.
1. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The waves of European immigrants to Argentina has shaped its cuisine into something of a carnivorous haven as cattle rearing gauchos play a large part in the cultural landscape of the country with barbecue being grilled over open flames, in pits known as parilla, arguably being the definitive flavor of the region.
Outside of that, the eclectic mix of traditions these European immigrants brought with them includes Italian-style ice cream, empanadas from Spain, wine from vineyards planted by the French, and German-style sausages and cheeses.
2. Margaret River, Australia
A dedicated community of chefs and producers call this remote Southwestern region of Australia (just South of Perth) home as the coastline provides plentiful seafood options whilst it has also become a fabulous wine region as well.
Artisan food markets and craft beer brewers have all popped up to make the most of the natural bounty whilst they draw from the immigrant influence that Australia engenders.
3. Cape Town, South Africa
On the Southern tip of Africa, a food scene has arisen here that is both progressive and yet respects the traditions of the region as the coastal setting guarantees fresh fish, crayfish, kingklip, and the meaty snoek whilst unique game like springbok can only really be found in the region.
With foraging traditions dating way back and the fruit and vegetables being ripened by the warm, Southerly sun, the produce is bursting with sharp, bright flavors.
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam's culinary culture is thoroughly diverse due to centuries of foreign domination, however, the birthplace of national dishes such as such as pho and bun cha, it is without a doubt, the homegrown food that stands out the most.
A melange of influences from France, China, and Cambodia as well as the abundance of fresh herbs has meant that Vietnamese cuisine has evolved into something quite spectacular.
5. Aarhus, Denmark
Whilst most foodies flock to Copenhagen, Aarhus is a little-known European spot that deals greatly in kitchen invention and hyper-local ingredients as it sits in a bay surrounded by forests and fields that provide superb seafood, pork, beef, game, dairy and wild berries, and plants.
Organic farmers and orchards have started an influx of butchers, bakers, microbrewers and more.
The mezze cuisine of the Middle East makes finding veggie food in Jordan a cinch, and the Bedouins in the area have also managed to push forward a diet of fresh fruit, flatbreads and easy to make stews with falafel and hummus also being common staples.
Salads with natural dressings like lemon and olive oil are extremely popular with the whole country being a comfortable place to be veggie. That being said, the lamb from the region is highly prized for its, and you’ll rarely find a meal here that doesn’t end with a syrupy pastry or cake.
7. Chennai, India
Being a predominantly Hindu nation with large portions of the population being Buddhist as well, around 40% of India's populace is vegetarian, and the country as a whole is widely considered the ancient birthplace of the movement, and so the whole country is pretty easy going for vegetarian diners.
Chennai, however, is where it all comes to a head with many restaurants proudly displaying the label “pure veg” on their doors which means all food served is both egg- and meat-free and South-Indian cuisine typically utilizing rice, legumes, and coconut milk. The variation of food is immense and satisfying, and a typical thali (a platter with curries, rice dishes, and bread) will set you back less than a latte from Starbucks.
8. Santiago, Chile
The mixture of Spanish and indigenous flavors has created a whirlwind of food for thought in Chile and for good eats and fine Chilean wines, the Barrio Lastarria is the place to be for a taste of simple and hearty as well as the finer side of the plate. Foodstuffs picked up in either Cerro Santa Lucía and in Recoleta can provide for some great cooking inspiration for those who wish to get more hands on.
For a unique experience, though, head to Bellavista where there are a wealth of places serving up “ancestral food”—namely pre-Hispanic dishes, and these use authentic ingredients and time-honored cooking traditions.
9. Piedmont, Italy
In a country known for its food and flavors of each region, Piedmont often gets criminally overlooked, but it is a real star of Italian cuisine being in the region that was the birthplace of slow food. Regional specialties and produce include risotto alla piemontese (risotto with butter and cheese), tajarin (a thin tagliatelle pasta), vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce), delectable soft Tomino goats’ milk cheese, rare white truffles, Arborio rice, smooth hazelnuts and velvety gelato.
The fact that it is also a world-renowned wine producing region and that is not to go unnoticed.
10. Maine, USA
Lobster pounds and clam shacks all vie for your attention on the coastal Southern shores of Maine with thick seafood chowders, fresh shellfish, fries, and coleslaw all being common place.
Best enjoyed from late May through to October; this is a must for anyone who loves their seafood.