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If culinary travel is on your to-do list this holiday season, there are ten countries that should not be missed. They are well known for their great food, and different regions in the same country can give you a wide range of culinary experiences. If you love good food, make sure you travel to these countries to try the best.
Whether you love pad thai or tom yum, the flavors of Thailand are intoxicating. You don’t need to be a fan of Thai cuisine to appreciate the richness of the country’s culinary scene. It’s sure to impress, whether you want to try fine dining restaurants or the local night markets and food stalls.
The flavors of Mexico are as vibrant as its culture and history. That’s why food in Mexico is worth traveling to this country for. Travel to different regions of Mexico to experience the unique takes on their most popular dishes, such as tacos, mole, and fajitas. It’s on most foodie’s dream food destination list.
No serious foodie can resist Spanish cuisine. The mere mention of paella, Spanish wines, cheeses, and tapas are just too good to resist. Traveling to Spain is a must if you want to explore its culinary offerings, and the best part is that every region has something unique to offer.
Like Spain, Italy is a country with an identity deeply embedded in its culinary heritage. Expect to find various Michelin-starred restaurants for discerning foodies. You can also explore local market stalls for a taste of local cuisines. Indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure as you journey through the traditional Italian flavors of pasta, gelatos, and more.
The ingredients in Greek food are naturally sourced, so you can expect freshly prepared meals that showcase the best produce. Mediterranean food is considered worldwide to offer some of the best-tasting dishes. Each Greek dish takes advantage of its most popular ingredients, such as fish, olives, olive oils, breads, and citrus fruits. You definitely want to add it to your travel bucket list.
If you’re a sushi or ramen lover, your taste buds are in for a treat when you travel to Japan during the holidays. The Japanese approach to cooking is simple, clean, and subtle. Sushi perfectly embodies that. It’s no wonder Japanese cuisine is popular worldwide.
The aroma and spice of Indian cooking is hard to resist. Many travel across the world to India in search of these authentic flavors. Plus, you can find various vegan and vegetarian meal options that suit those with dietary restrictions. Get ready to savor the curry, paratha bread, biryani, and rogan josh when you visit India.
Any foodie loves French cuisine, and there is no better place to go for that than France. Northern France is all about fresh seafood, and Southern France boasts Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Meanwhile, Paris is home to many Michelin-starred and upscale restaurants, bistros, and cafes. Don’t skip the bakeries for croissants and baguettes.
Do you love having Chinese takeout? Why not travel to the origin of Chinese cuisine? Every culinary experience is sure to satisfy, especially since there are many regional dishes worth trying. American versions can’t hold a candle to this authentic cuisine. Make sure to try Kung Pao Chicken, Chow Mein, and Wonton Soup.
The USA is home to many cities and states with a rich culinary tradition. New York City, for example, has a culinary landscape inspired by various cultural influences of its many WWII immigrants. Meanwhile, California’s wine region offers excellent farm-to-table restaurants and wineries with fresh food. New Orleans Creole cuisine is on every foodie’s travel bucket list, and the list goes on. You’ll never run out of ideas on what to eat and do in the USA.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.