Tourists take to the skies for a number of reasons – from the classic “checking off a bucket list destination” to the more experienced traveler’s effort to see every corner of the world. However, one thing all travelers can agree upon is obscure and ethnic cuisine is exciting and a big part of the adventure. So why not choose where you land on how good the food is – bringing back tastes to remind you of memorable events, sights, and company? Certain parts of the world are known specifically for their culinary delights. China boasts signature dishes every cultured country in the world has tried to imitate. Italian food is a staple in the westernized diet. And throughout history, the unique spices of India are coveted by chefs of every nation. If you are a foodie who would be honored to try “the world’s most dangerous cheese” – known as casu marzu – made from sheep’s milk and is full of live insects – then the following destinations need to be on your itinerary so you have something spectacular to share at the next social gathering.
AthensAthens is extremely well-known…but mainly as a stop-over city. But instead of using Athens as a parking lot while you tour destinations around the Mediterranean Sea, make it your next vacation spot. The newly opened Four Seasons Astir Palace made its debut during the pandemic and has a private beach on the Saronic Sea along with the upscale restaurant, Pelagos, which has already earned its first Michelin star. Be on the forefront of culinary history by beginning your evening at the Palace’s midcentury-themed cocktail bar designed by the talented Swedish architect Martin Brudnizki. After you’ve enjoyed a glass of full-bodied wine, sit down for Pelagos’ signature dish beetroot carpaccio put together by up-and-coming chef Luca Piscazzi. Booking your ticket should be a breeze now that American citizens are no longer banned to enter Athens.
Central FloridaFlorida is famous for affordable vacations, amusement parks, beaches, and more fare than one could try in their lifetime. According to Travel and Leisure, Orlando and Tampa won a combined 14 Michelin accolades in 2022. One highlight is the fully immersive Star Wars experience by Disney called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The two-night adventure includes lightsaber training, a trip to Batuu at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and galaxy-themed food such as blue shrimp.
The Jura, FranceFrance pulls in more tourists per year than most parts of the world, but their food is often underrated among the attractions. The small French region, Jura, produces one of the world’s rarest and most-coveted of wines, Vin Jaune, which translates to “yellow wine” and is made from the region’s native sauvignon grapes and then aged “under a veil.” Once you’ve tasted this unique wine, walk along the comté cheese trail that connects more than 150 fromageries and dairy farms that boast some of the most flavorful cheeses you’ll ever get the privilege to enjoy. You can get pizza or steak anywhere – but bursting your box of unique fare wide open will bring destinations to a whole new light. Traveling for food often brings you to the brilliant minds and scenic inspirations that sparked a menu you won’t forget. (h/t Proud American Traveler)