Some of us travel for the adventure. Others travel for the romance. While both of these things are well worth the trip, this blog is for those who travel for the food! Eating your way around the world is an exciting way to discover new cultures and experience things you’ve never imagined. Now that we have a reason to travel, we need to know, where are the best places to eat in the world and why? Our Elvoline Blogger has run a poll with a group of over 20,000 travel lovers in order to get some insight on the Top Ten Foodie Destinations In The World, and here they are!
Singapore From street food to high end cuisine, a dining experience in Singapore is as ethnically diverse as its peoples. Travelers to Singapore will experience appetizing adventures featuring a perfect blend of Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian and even Western flavors. We recommend indulging in traditional dishes like Chilli Crab, Fish Head Curry or Laksa, and be sure visit one of the hawker centers or shopping mall food courts for some epic street food! Ready to try out your tastebuds? Find great hotel and travel deals in Singapore here.
Japan Sushi, yakitori and tempura, oh my! Modern and traditional in the same right, Japan is a foodie destination not to be missed. The traditional food of Japan is based on rice and miso soup with added in seasonal ingredients. Traditional Japanese staples also include fish (either raw, grilled or cooked in broth) and noodles, like soba and udon. Foodies visiting Japan will also be able to try yōshoku, which is the Japanese style of cooking some Western dishes. Are you hungry yet? Grab your chopsticks, and let’s go to Japan! Find great hotel and travel deals in Japan here.
Thailand What foodie doesn’t love a great pad thai? There’s no better place to go for your favorite dish than the original. Thai food is all about the taste, attention to detail, texture, color and use of ingredients. In fact, many Thai chefs will use ingredients with medicinal benefits in addition to ingredients that simply taste good. A cultural cooking technique is to prepare dishes with elements that include sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Thailand is the proud home of many ethnic specialty eateries, renowned street food stalls and historic fine dining restaurants. Whether you’re looking to schedule a foodie tour or go out on an adventure of your own, there’s no better time to get started than now! Find great hotel and travel deals in Thailand here.
Vietnam “Food” in Vietnam is synonymous with “fresh.” Traditional Vietnamese food is renowned for minimal use of dairy and oil, and the country’s signature dishes are healthy and vibrant. Vietnam is also a great destination for vegetarians. Some common ingredients in Vietnamese recipes include lemongrass, ginger, mint, bird’s eye chili, lime, basil and coriander to name a few, and when paired together, their tastes and textures are the makings of some of the best food in the world! There is also a philosophical element to Vietnamese cuisine, and every dish is based on the 5 fundamental taste senses: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (Earth). These taste senses represent five organs (ngũ tạng): gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder.* If that’s not enough to get you hungry for a trip to Vietnam, we don’t know what is! Here are some great hotel and travel deals in Vietnam to get you started!
India Whether North, South, East or West, Indian foods are known for their spices. Just like the culture in India, the country’s cuisine has been influenced by a variety of civilizations, thus yielding a ton of variety. We recommend trying an aromatic biryani (saffron rice dish) or an ultra flavorful pani puri (small crisp hollow round bread filled with spiced water, tamarind paste, potato, onion, and chickpeas) to get started. A mouthwatering Tandoori Chicken or Bhindi Masala Fry might also do the trick. And of course, the samosas are not to be missed! If you go to India, there’s no doubt you’ll find plenty of adventure, not to mention, adventurous food. Find great hotel and travel deals in India here.
Italy In the movie Eat, Pray, Love; Julia Roberts’ character was definitely not wrong in choosing Italy as her “Eat” destination. From spaghetti to gelato, one could easily get lost in delicious dish after dish in Italy without any guilt. Given freshness is a key factor when it comes to choosing the ingredients in Italian food, there is a sense of lightness to famous Italian dishes that might normally be considered as “heavy” elsewhere, pizza for example. Italian chefs are known for using a mere four to eight ingredients per dish and focusing on the freshness of the ingredients as opposed to meticulous preparation and cooking techniques. If you haven’t been to Italy yet, we recommend booking your trip sooner than later so you can find out personally why Italian food has been amongst the world’s favorite, since Antiquity. Buon Appetito! Find great hotel and travel deals in Italy here.
France The French way of cooking is quite the opposite of its European neighbor, Italy. When it comes to preparing a great meal, cooking techniques and practices rule over ingredients. Of course, cheese and wine are of big importance to the food in France, taking on different contexts both regionally and nationally. The most highly skilled culinary craftsmen were known to be in France as early as the Middle Ages. French gastronomy is so renowned that it was even added by UNESCO to its lists of the world’s most “intangible cultural heritage,” and many culinary schools in the United States teach French techniques to their students. Whether you’re craving a sweet crepe suzette or a savory baked camembert, if France is not a destination on your culinary bucket list, then your list needs some serious revision! Ready to indulge in the rich history and gastro-tourism of France? Find great hotel and travel deals here.
Mexico Mexican food started to forge its own identity after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. Corn, beans and chili peppers were the original foundation items of most Mexican meals, and once the Europeans came over, meats like beef, pork and chicken were added to the mix. Native ingredients also include tomatoes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla. As European flavors collided with native flavors, what are today staples for most of us in North America, burritos, tacos, chicken mole, nachos (the list goes on and on), were born. A journey through Mexico is a cultural and gastro experience of a lifetime! If you’re ready to explore the heritage and deliciousness that Mexico has to offer, click here to get started booking your adventure today.
Argentina Every foodie knows that the steak in Argentina is the stuff of legend. The South American country has been climbing up on the list of hot spots for travelers for many reasons, and whether you’re entranced by the luxurious cosmopolitan city life or the quietness of storied ranches, Argentina has plenty to offer. Most famous is the country’s Asado, or barbeque, and if you’re into sampling meats then don’t leave without trying Matambre arrollado, thinly sliced cuts of beef that are stuffed with vegetables. Top it all off with Chimichurri, the favorite condiment of Argentina, and finish it off with a delicious dulce de leche, and you’re in for a culinary experience you’ll never forget! Ready to “steak” out? Find great hotel and travel deals in Argentina here.
USA Yes the Stars and Stripes have made the list! From down home Texas barbeque to a huge variety of fusion and international cuisines, the United States is definitely a great place to enjoy a meal. Los Angeles is known for it’s health driven dishes and Asian influences, while New York stakes its place on the culinary map for its European influenced foods like pizza and cannolis, not to mention New York Cheesecake and Manhattan Clam Chowder. Then comes New Orleans for its cajun influenced dishes and lest we forget the lobsters in New England. A cross country culinary drive is definitely in order. Get ready for some serious adventure, and find great hotel and travel deals in the United States of America here.
*Information taken from Wikipedia