Nancy B. Varghese
The love for food is unbelievably real, and people who eat freely are the happiest people in the world. The tragedy is that life is too short to eat everything the world has to offer. As sad as that fact is, life is definitely not too short to explore as much as possible. If you ever needed inspiration to travel, let your love for food be the driving force that takes you places and brings the world to your plate. As a foodie and a hungry explorer, we bring you some of the best cities in the world you need to travel for food. You can thank us later!
We had to start off the list with the birthplace of our bae - the pizza! Also known as the ‘Sacred Temple of Pizza’, Pizzeria da Michele in Naples is known to be the home of the authentic pizza napoletana or Neapolitan Pizza - which contains tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil, baked for 6-90 seconds at 485 degrees celsius on a stone oven over an oak wood fire. Talk about precision! People flock from around the world to experience the true origins of pizza. Wouldn’t you like to as well?
If you are looking for a burst of flavours on your palate, combined with the zesty confidence that a dish brings to your cuisine, Morocco is one to take the cake. Tagine - a meat and vegetable dish, slow cooked in clay pots, is served with bread, and best discovered in the Marrakech marketplace. Over the years, the locals have mastered the art of preparing the dish, and the visit is sure to leave you raving about their delicacies back home.
When in Tokyo and craving delicious eats, Shinjuku is the place to go. The Tsukiji fish market also serves some local seafood delicacies that will leave you wanting more. Out of the wide array of choices available in Japanese cuisine, some of the must-have traditional dishes are: tempura, sashimi, sushi, soba, sukiyaki, miso soup, and unagi - we are talking about the freshwater eel and not the ‘state of total awareness’ that Ross explained.
We may fight and conspire against one another for reasons far beyond our understanding. But if there’s one thing that has united people from across the globe on their conquest for good food, is a fantastic plate of chicken wings. The dish was first prepared at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York and is traditionally served with celery or carrot sticks with blue cheese dipping. In 1977 Buffalo declared July 29 to be Chicken Wing Day! Now that’s some serious dedication!
The skyrocketing popularity of fish tacos has its humble beginnings in San Felipe, originating in a tiny shop called Rubio’s. Since then, some legendary tacos have been created by chefs and cooks all over the world, the most renowned ones featuring at the fish market in Ensenada. You can also find a plethora of fresh seafood including shrimp cocktails and fish filets there.
The ultimate destination for lovers and foodies alike, France has never ceased to amaze the world with its finest cuisines. The mecca for bread, wine, and cheese lovers, Paris has been quite the celebrity ambassador for its impeccable taste. It has gathered ceaseless popularity even in mainstream media with movies like Ratatouille, Before Sunset, Julie and Julia, Midnight in Paris, and Moulin Rouge, all showcasing the City Of Light in all it’s delectable wonder. Here’s to the ones who dream!
You don’t get to be named the happiest city on earth without giving due credit to the role that food plays in the mix. This culinary capital of Denmark has played host to some of the most exciting flavours and brought immense flair to its menu since time immemorial. Smørrebrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are a must-have for every first-timer in the city for various reasons. Generous toppings of salmon, boiled eggs, and radishes are artfully stacked on sourdough rye bread, making it the perfect lunch for sandwich lovers.
Have we made you hungry for travel yet?
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