Top three travel destinations for GourmandsTravel Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Top three travel destinations for Gourmands
If you’re a gourmand looking for the best culinary destinations in the world, here are the top three countries you must consider visiting.
Italy – In Europe, it’s often a tough battle between France and Italy. Both offer wonderfully unique and interesting world-class cuisine. However, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ has done much for Italian cuisine, highlighting the best that the region has to offer, making it a choice of increasing number of tourists seeking solace through food in Europe. Italian Cuisine has roots that can be traced back to ancient Roman and Greek cultures and are also influenced by Arab, Byzantine and Jewish cuisines. It is possibly that these multicultural influences with cooking techniques and styles mastered for centuries gives Italian cuisine its popular appeal. In the modern context, Italian food also offers its visitors the best of both Mediterranean and European cuisine.
Getting there: Delta Air lines (NYSE: DAL) and American Airlines (NYSE: AMR) offer flights to the country.
China- Among the bustling cities of newly developed China and slow-moving small towns and villages spread through the vast nation, you will find culinary delights that inspire, move and make you happy. Despite our exposure to Chinese food, enjoying Chinese food in the country itself, is an experience one cannot forget. Being a large country, with diverse cultures and practices, China offers an outstanding variety of cuisine. For instance, South China enjoys a vastly different climate from the north. The subtropical and tropical climate of the region, gives the cooks of the south many wonderful ingredients to whip up a range of exotic dishes. Eastern China, because of its proximity to the sea has a whole lot of sea food that’s lesser known to world gourmands. The presence of European settlers in the region has also led to the dominance of French-style pastries and Russian-influenced cold appetizers.
Mexico – Thousands of Americans visit Mexico every year, enjoying the sights and sounds of a country not too far away and yet so different from our own. The Meso ruins, the beach resorts and the Spanish Colonial cities, offer visitors a wonderful travel experience. Over the last few years, the country, affected by drug cartels and a host of other problems, are trying to promote the best aspects of the country, including its many, culinary delights. Many government-run food tours are being organized, along with, many private tour operators who offer tours that last anywhere, from a few hours to several days. You could expect sun-soaked days that begin with fresh mango and papaya and hand-beaten hot chocolate, savour pork tacos and battered fried fish for lunch, and enjoy a shot of tequila or two at night, with turkey stew, slow-cooked cow head and spicy salsa!
Getting there: Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and American Airlines (NYSE: AMR) can take you there.
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