Although many people travel primarily for sightseeing, they are increasingly turning to culinary travels. We can’t really blame them, since there are so many delicious foods out there and so many different techniques, ingredients and cooking styles to learn and explore around the world. Those who consider themselves gourmet must skip these destinations from their gourmet travel bucket list. How old are you?
San Sebastian, Spain
Although most people think of Barcelona or Madrid when thinking of traveling to Spain, if you are looking for top culinary experience, you must visit San Sebastian. It has the highest Michelin star per capita, and La Concha is full of haute food restaurants, not to mention the stunning views of the beach. The main thing to try is pintoxos, like tapas, which are small snacks that are often served on a skewer.
You may have heard of Bordeaux thanks to the delicious wines from this region, but the food should not be overlooked. Of course, wine bars are absolutely dead, where you can sip local wines with delicious bites like duck foie gras, duck breasts and porcini mushrooms. The most famous dessert is cannelli, a delicious pastry that is caramelized and crispy on the outside with a rich, baked custard filling.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is a breathtaking location known for its wineries. In addition to wonderful local wines, there are plenty of chef restaurants, including Spear Winery, Rust n Bread, Hidden Valley Restaurant in Overture, and Stellenbrew Brewery.
When it comes to food travel, Italy is always a natural choice. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, and is known for many delicious dishes as well as local wines. You already know about Lambrusco wine but it is definitely not the only famous wine that you should sample. The most famous dish from here is of course Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese, the classic meat sauce we’ve all heard of, but absolutely incredible here. Try the local Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto, both of which are in a league different from what is available in the United States.
Named the top South American food and beverage destination by Farmers, Lima’s food scene is influenced by food brought by immigrants from Spain, Japan, China and many other places. This eclectic mix of cultures creates a unique food scene that is absolutely incredible to explore. Some well-known Lima dishes include seviche and chikarons. You must use a Pisco Talk, a delicious drink made with Pisco, egg whites, lemon juice and plain syrup.