The definition of a great holiday differs from one person to the other. For some, it is getting sun-kissed at a sandy beach. For others, exploring new places and learning new cultures. For foodies, it is getting to sample exotic dishes and enjoying mind-blowing recipes. They call it foodcation. Foodcations are not just about fancy restaurants in new cities, they are also about learning new culinary skills and the history behind dishes. Some destinations even offer special cooking classes for guests. It is all about the experience. If you are a foodie, here are 7 destinations to consider for your next holiday;
1. The Mediterranean
The Mediterranean diet comes with fresh flavours and healthy spices. The Greek salads, Crisp Cypriot, Spanish paellas come in different versions depending on the region you are in. One thing is common about the dishes though- they are exquisite. The aubergine, Spanish tapas and Greek/Turkish meze dishes will definitely have you mind-blown.
Dogan Side Beach will have you spoilt for choice of where to eat, with great restaurants around. Sunprime Hotels found in Spanish Islands, Turkey and Greece also have great dishes.
Italy is known as the home of pasta, pizza and risotto and is one of the top destinations for foodies. The streets of Venice will have you spoilt for choice whether sweet dishes or seafood. There are also tasty pastries every morning freshly baked by Amalfi traditional bakers.
Capri (for spicy anchovies), Neapolitan Riviera (for their pizzas) and Rome (for the trattorias) are some of the other famous destinations for foodies. The desserts will also have you wishing you had more space in your stomach.
When you visit Croatia, the Dalmatian region is one of the must-visit places for a foodie. Traditional dishes made with an influence of Italian culture but with a Croatian twist, you will definitely enjoy sampling their food. The sceneries just add to the experience.
This lesser-known Eastern European destination may not at the top of your list but it should be! Romanian food is representative of our agrarian history and culture: simple but hearty dishes made with homegrown ingredients. Cuisine may not be sophisticated but that’s the beauty of it: using all-natural produce with original taste makes dishes simply delicious. Go on tours in Romania to explore different regions and cuisines – you’ll be surprised!
5. San Francisco
San Francisco is the heart of California’s everything food- from fusion food, health foods, fast foods to seafood. Combination of different culinary cultures from all over the world, the foodcation is bound to be worth the trip. From the American apple pie, Mexican chillies, Italian cioppino fish stew to the San Francisco renowned clam chowder. If you are a vegetarian foodie, then San Francisco has got you taken care of too.
When you visit Thailand, find the time and tour their night markets. The aromas will have your stomach rumbling. You don’t have to worry though, the dishes are pocket-friendly even in the most stylish of restaurants. You can even join a cookery class and learn how to make a Thai dish so that you can surprise your folks when you get back home.
If time allows you, you can wander off to Vietnam or Cambodia and enjoy their street foods.
7. South Africa
South Africa is usually referred to as the Mecca of foodies’ holidays. Not only will you find their food a taste to savour, but you will also be surprised by the generous servings. Some of the dishes to enjoy when you visit South Africa include spiced mince topped with a combination of egg and milk, dry cured meats, aromatic Cape Malay curry and battered snoek with chips.
In the Winelands, you will find some top-notch restaurants to interest your tastes.
The fragrant aromas from their spices will have you salivating. Moroccan cuisines are a combination of Arabic, Berber and European cultural influences. The locals are friendly and will invite you over for a home-cooked meal.
There are lots of foodcation destinations across the world, we cannot list all of them. Get to explore new places, enjoy the food and learn new recipes!
Stuart Cooke is the Blog Editor at My Baggage, a door to door luggage delivery service that helps expats, travellers and students all over the world.