Some people travel for natural beauty, others for the buzz of a bustling city. Some travel for music, nightlife and beaches, while others relish in the chance to snap pictures of famous monuments abroad. Then there are those who, presented with the opportunity to travel abroad, literally drool at the possibilities.
Travelling for food makes sense. As an expression of the uniqueness of a culture and its terra, food is unmatched. It’s one of the universal languages that everyone enjoys, and it can be a great way to connect with people from all over the world.
Everywhere you turn on this globe, you’re going to find great food. But some places rise above the rest, offering a level of pizzazz and refinement in their cuisine that’s as transcendent as it is unique. Gourmands take note: these are four destinations that every food lover needs to visit!
The magical thing about Bangkok is that it takes great food to the street. You can absolutely find great food served in sit-down restaurants, but you don’t need the white tablecloths to eat like a king here. In Thailand’s bustling capital city, you’re never far from a hawker stall or food cart serving the most delicious Pad Thai you’ve ever eaten. To secure a luxury vacation to Bangkok for an affordable price, check out Travelzoo’s last minute vacation deals or click the following link to learn more about Travelzoo’s all inclusive vacations on offer. In fact, you can regularly find deals to any destination on this list at Travelzoo.
Bologna, the largest city in Italy’s interior Emilia Romagna region, is arguably the epicentre of Italian cooking. Ragu Bolognese, the meat sauce famous around the world, was created in – and gets its name from – the city of Bologna. Mortadella is also from Bologna (the similarities between Mortadella and the lunchmeat bologna are what gave the latter its name, though mortadella is far more refined version). And nearby Parma supplies the city with ample measures of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Seated in the north of Spain, amid the beautiful Basque country, San Sebastian is a global powerhouse for both fine-dining and casual food. Sure, the city has an impressive 18 Michelin Stars from the authoritative culinary guide, but it also has countless tabernas, pintxo bars and cafes serving delicious food for affordable prices.
Montreal is a little slice of Europe in North America, and its cuisine pulls the best ideas from both the old and new worlds. The increasingly popular poutine, an intoxicating marriage of fries, cheese curds and gravy, is available all over the city. The smoked meat sandwiches, similar to New York’s pastrami sandwiches, are a delicacy gifted to the city by its sizeable Jewish population. And everywhere you look, there are cute neighbourhood bistros churning out elegant French food made with local Quebec ingredients.
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