If you were asked to compile a top ten list of must-try foodie adventures, what would be your number one choice? Biting into a thick bison, elk, and venison burger in Jasper, Canada? Nibbling on cubes of hákarl (fermented shark meat) in Reykjavik, Iceland? Or maybe an artery-clogging deep-fried Mars bar in Stonehaven, Scotland?
With so many choices, it’s difficult to narrow it down to just ten, let alone choose a favourite. When you have a passion for travelling and eating the world is at your fingertips, but it’s always helpful to have a few suggestions.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was in 2008 recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage of Humanity site due to the progression of trends and styles in its religious and civil architecture. It is home to one of the most photographed churches in Mexico, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, and the city’s historical streets make great places to quench your thirst with horchata, a refreshing cold drink made with rice, milk, and cinnamon, or indulge in tumbagones, a crispy wheat flour roll dusted in powdered sugar.
For more cutting-edge tastes, it doesn’t get more so than Seoul, South Korea. Its modern architecture is so visually appealing that the city was named World Design Capital in 2010, but that doesn’t mean its culinary history isn’t long and rich.
Bulgogi is a Korean dish of marinated, tender grilled beef thought to have originated in one of the Ancient Three Kingdoms of Korea and is either served with noodles or lettuce leaves, the latter of which is used to wrap the grilled beef and dip it in a spicy paste called ssamjang.
Istanbul, Turkey, is another city with cuisine steeped in its vivid and warm history and culture. If you have the opportunity to break bread with a Turkish family, grab it as you won’t find anything more authentic than the dolma – stuffed vegetables – or succulent meat dishes on the table in front of you.
Whatever part of the world grabs you and wherever your next vacation is planned, there’s always a foodie adventure waiting around the corner.