One of the great joys of traveling is the experience of trying out the different cuisines on offer around the world. With travel becoming more accessible many cities have emerged as culinary hotspots. Certain dishes which may have once seemed well, taboo, are now on the minds and pallets of travellers eager to try the weird and wonderful gastronomical creations this great world has to offer.
We have compiled a list of the top three culinary destinations for 2018, one that is sure to entice your tastebuds and have you searching for the next flight to one of these centres of outstanding deliciousness.
Lima – Peru
The beautiful city of sun, surf and endless culture has also consistently emerged over the years as a location food lovers simply can’t get enough of. From the tantalising tastes of ceviche: fish marinated in citrus juices, herbs and peppers, to the more adventurous “cuy”, fried or roasted guinea pig (often served in compromising positions) and, of course, the delicious refreshment of the Pisco sour, Lima has an outrageous abundance of fascinating and utterly mouthwatering delights and delicacies on offer.
New Orleans – United States
You know a city is blowing up as a culinary hotspot when other cities begin to recreate their cuisine in trendy cafes and restaurants. One city with the menu other cities try to emulate but only merely imitate is that of New Orleans. “The Big Easy”, as it is otherwise known, has easily staked its claim as a centre of scrumptious offerings created by chefs with pride in the traditional Cajun and Creole stylings of Louisiana.
The dish most commonly recognised as a favourite and absolute must eat in New Orleans is without a doubt gumbo: a rich stew consisting of seafood, chicken or andouille sausage, cooked with okra and served over rice. You can find this incredibly hearty stew all over “The Big Easy”, but this doesn’t mean it’s the Louisianians solo gastronomical pride and joy. Po boys, an overstuffed sandwich that really fills up one’s belly, jambalaya, a traditional rice dish that really gets the tastebuds going, and the absolutely scrumptious crawfish etouffee, New Orleans really has the goods when it comes to down-home, amazingly delicious Southern cooking.
Hanoi – Vietnam
Hanoi is as captivating city as it is incredibly fast-paced and bustling. This can at times be overwhelming and even downright tiring, and when one has become tuckered out from the endless pace and hustle of the city it is time to sit down and enjoy some of the aromatic and delectable culinary options available of this most incredible Vietnamese city.
From bun cha, a dish consisting of fried pork patties, vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs and dipping sauce, to the ever-enjoyable pho, a wholesome soup consisting of either pork, chicken or tofu in a hearty broth served over vermicelli noodles with coriander, mint, lemon and chilli, to the famous banh mi, considered by many to be the world’s best sandwich, Hanoi is a must for lovers of all things fragrant and tastebud-tingling.
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So, if any of the above-listed delights have got you excited for a voyage of extravagant feasting, don’t hesitate in booking your next flight to where these wonderful culinary creations await you.
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