If you’re someone who loves to sample the local cuisine when you go abroad, then this is the bucket list for you. While seeking out the world’s most delicious foods is undoubtedly a pursuit of pleasure, eating authentic cuisine can also help you understand the history, culture, religion and even politics of a new country – so it should be embraced with open arms. What’s more, those food photos will provide lasting memories of your trip and give you something to share and talk about with your loved ones. What could possibly be a better way to kill time while traveling abroad?
There’s no denying that food and travel go hand in hand, and what better way to recharge after a day’s exploring than over a good meal? If you’re planning to eat your way around the world, here are four cuisines to try on your travels.
Bagels in New York City
It’s often said that New York bagels are like no other, and with delis, bakeries and cafes on every corner, you won’t be short of baked goods at any point during your trip. Used as a base for sandwiches, topped with smoked fish or merely smothered in cream cheese, there is no “right way” to eat the city’s defining cuisine. The only challenge is finding the best bagel in NYC and trying to eat just one!
Barbequed Meats in Utah
Utah is famous for its meat offering, with traditions dating back to the American Indians, pioneers and farmers throughout history. Based in one of southern Utah’s most impressive sprawling reserves, this Bryce Canyon restaurant and grill serves authentic and decadent Western cuisine, such as barbequed meat, baked chicken and flat iron steak. You can also try some of the restaurant’s signature sides and desserts like cowboy beans, creamy coleslaw and biscuit dessert – all while enjoying the local music and entertainment. Vegetarians needn’t steer clear either, as there is always a meat-free choice on the menu.
Coconuts in Fiji
While sipping fresh coconut water from the fridge is something we all enjoy, there’s nothing quite like drinking from a real coconut as clear blue sea water laps at your toes.
Coconuts may be popular in the U.S. at the moment, but they have been a staple for Fiji islanders for centuries. The soil in Fiji is rich in minerals and nutrients, so locals use the fruit for nutrition, cleaning, personal care, crafting, building materials and many other surprising uses.
Sushi in Japan
Sushi is a relatively new phenomenon in American culture, but the history of sushi stretches back thousands of years. You can find sushi in almost every Tokyo Japanese restaurant. Developed initially as a means of preserving fish in Southeast Asia, sushi has become fashionable among Westerners, and most cities have a sushi bar on every block. There’s nothing like eating authentic sushi in Tokyo, Japan, however. So, whether you head to the famous Tokyo Tsukiji fish market to make your own, or eat sushi in a fine dining establishment, you’ll find no shortage of fresh fish in the sushi capital of the world.