A major aspect of traveling is trying the cuisine on offer in a new country. I love eating different foods and for me it is a very important part of any trip. Having travelled to numerous countries on 5 different continents- Asia, Europe, North Africa, Australasia and North America- I have tried all sorts of dishes and delicacies.
Here are some of my favourite foods from around the world:
Moroccan food is really tasty and contains lots of spices, making it rich in flavour. The cuisine has a mixture of Berber, Moorish and Arab influences; I love their couscous and tagines, and to wash it down I always go for a cup of mint tea.
Italian food is extremely popular throughout the world, but nothing can beat eating pasta or pizza in the country itself. Even a simple pasta with olive oil and garlic tastes magnificent! My favourite is spaghetti carbonara, but I also love Florentine steak and gelato for dessert!
I love Spanish tapas, and in Granada you get free tapas with every drink! I also love the little Pintxos (snacks spiked with a toothpick) in San Sebastian. My favourite pintxos in Barcelona are the ones at Bilbao Berria in Placa Nova.
I had no idea how much I would love Montenegrin food. In Montnegro they love to serve huge portions, and typical foods include fresh fish, seafood and squid ink risotto. You certainly won’t go hungry here!
In Vietnam I ate lots of beef pho (noodle soup) and fresh rice paper rolls filled with prawn, vermicelli noodles, coriander, mint, basil, carrot and cucumber. I became obsessed with them!
I love the food in Australia because it is often very fresh and healthy. Of course I have tried Aussie foods such as Vegemite, kangaroo, pies and the good old chicken parma, but it’s the brekkie, coffee and salads I love the most.
I’m not usually a fan of burgers, but when I visited the USA I couldn’t get enough of them! The best burger I had was at Little Big Burger in Portland. It may be small, but the Little Big Burger is packed with flavour.
Breakfast in Israel doesn’t involve cooked food, but it does involve lots of healthy salads, seeds, cheeses, grilled vegetables and juices. I love the hummus, tahini and eggplant dips! While in Israel you must try a shawarma with falafel…yum!
Tzatziki, Greek salads, and Souvlaki…need I say more? Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine with plenty of fish, meat, herbs, olive oil, zucchini, eggplant, feta, olives and yogurt. I love ordering Greek mezes, a variety of small individual dishes typically served with wine or ouzo.
All of the Above
Back home in the UK, I came across a restaurant that combines tastes from around the world so if you can’t jet away to any of these places but you want to experience some new international foods, Red Hot World Buffet offers this. They have locations in Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Nottingham. They are currently running a competition to win a Round the World Trip for 2, visiting Asia, Australia, Fiji and the USA over 25 days. To win you must dine in their Nottingham restaurant before Sunday 31st March. The draw will take place on 2nd April 2013 by an independent adjudicator and the winner will be announced and notified by 5th April 2013.
greek salad photo from Wikimedia Commons