Matt Long a RoamRight Blog Author

Delicious Food-Focused Travel Destinations Around The World

There are few travel memories as vivid as the ones we create when we discover a new dish or even an entirely new cuisine. Food and travel go together like, well, PB&J, and so it only makes sense that over the years our team of travel writers have highlighted many destinations fun to visit if food is your focus. No matter which of these you decide to visit, we guarantee you won’t go home hungry.

Hong Kong

While there’s plenty of comfort food found throughout the city, Hong Kong also excels when it comes to expertly crafted fine dining. It’s hard to go more than a few steps without stumbling on a Michelin starred restaurant of some kind and they range in tastes, styles and price. I recently discovered one though that seems to encapsulate the best of Hong Kong cuisine, with a modern twist of course. Located on the 102nd floor of the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the 2-Michelin star Tin Lung Heen prides itself on a modern interpretation of classic Cantonese food. In the evenings the restaurant offers a perfectly crafted tasting menu, but if you’re looking for great Hong Kong influenced dim sum then be sure to stop by for lunch. With delicious choices ranging from barbecued Iberian pork buns to steamed rice roll with Wagyu beef to a deep-fried glutinous rice roll with foie gras, it’s hard to know where to start, but one thing is for certain – you’re always guaranteed an amazing and refined dining experience.

From the post: Eating The Best of Hong Kong in 5 Bites

New York City

At Ginny's Supper Club in Harlem, located inconspicuously in the subterranean space of Red Rooster Restaurant, one can transport back to the Harlem Renaissance, a time of thriving creativity, talent and culture in the African American community. The venue features a soft red glow, retro chandeliers and 1940s antique touches, setting the mood for the talent that graces the stage, ranging from big band to soul to jazz and beyond. You'll clap along to the sounds while noshing on bites like hot wings with buttermilk blue cheese, chicken and waffles doused in bourbon maple syrup, lobster-infused two-cheese mac and cheese and pickled mango-enhanced blackened catfish.

From the post: Delicious NYC Culinary Experiences Beyond Pizza

Puerto Rico

El Churry is the "king" of cult food trucks in Puerto Rico. At the moment, it has five locations, but its most famous one is the one located in Isla Verde. The menu is basic: Sandwiches and wraps. But, this is no ordinary sandwich, this is a Tripleta. You can order it with chicken, beef, or mixta (mixed) in a soft, sweet French-styled bread, topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, and fried chips. This is the most delicious Tripleta in Puerto Rico!

From the post: Not To Miss Food Experiences In Puerto Rico

Rotterdam

If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, be sure to allot at least one day to check out the new Markt Hall in Rotterdam. It’s an impressive building combining food, leisure, living and parking. It’s located in Laurens Quarter, the pre-war center of Rotterdam. This is the Netherlands’ first indoor market, featuring 100 fresh produce sellers, 15 food shops and eight restaurants. Rotterdam itself is also the center of an up-and-coming food scene in the Netherlands, another location like the UK trying to shake off its stereotype for less than stellar cuisine.

From the post: 9 Must Visit Destinations in 2016 for Foodies

Washington, D.C. 


In the nation’s capital, Union Market has been a local favorite with a legacy dating back to 1871 when it was founded as an outdoor farmers’ market named Centre Market. The first market building was on the spot where the National Archives now stands today before moving to its current location near Gallaudet University. Presently, Union Market holds about 40 occupants featuring vendors specializing in spices, cheese, meats, seafood, produces, and breads. Additionally, there are pop-up food shops; grocery stores; eateries selling dosas, Korean tacos, empanadas and restaurants with focuses on Mediterranean and Southern comfort food. Then, head to Capitol Hill for a visit to Eastern Market, another longstanding D.C. market which features more than food. It’s divided up into different indoor and outdoor sections. For example, the South Market has merchants inside touting everything from produce to poultry, while the North Hall Event acts as a community arts center. On Saturdays and Sundays, local artists, crafters, and farmers sell their wares outside.

From the post: Where to Find Amazing Food Halls Across America

Italy

The Panzerotto (singular for Panzerotti) is a smaller version of the calzone, but made with softer dough. Like the calzone, the Panzerotto is filled with tomato and mozzarella, and is often complemented with prosciutto, mushrooms and other fillings. The Panzerotti originated in Apulia and from there it spread all over Italy. While it can be found all around Italy with ease, I recommend you head to Luini, located next to the Duomo in Milan for the best in Italy.

From the post: Not-To-Miss Snacks In Italy

Hawaii

You cannot go to Hawaii without trying the regional novelty that is the Hawaiian plate lunch. Plate lunches incorporate Asian influences, Hawaiian produce and a lot of carbs and protein. They are delicious, cheap and extremely filling, and they can be found all over the island. The typical plate lunch consists of two scoops of white rice, a scoop of macaroni salad and an entree like chicken katsu, kalua pork or beef teriyaki. Some of the best places to try a plate lunch in Maui are the Honolua General Store in Kapalua, Local Food in Lahaina and Eskimo Candy in Kihei.

From the post: A Foodie Guide to Maui

Japan

It is believed that Japan's sushi obsession began in the 9th century, when adherence to Buddhism resulted in a decrease of red meat consumption and a preference towards fish. Sushi refers to raw and specially prepared fish - like pickled or blanched - that can be enhanced with seafood, meat, veggies, egg and rice. To many, sushi can be a daunting read, as there are numerous varieties, from sashimi (raw or pickled fish served in slices) to nigiri (the raw or pickled fish sits on a bed of compacted rice) to uramaki (the fish is wrapped in seaweed then in rice to form a roll shape) and beyond. At some point, rice was added to create a complete meal. There are many restaurants in Tokyo known for serving great sushi; however, none come even close to the world's most renowned sushi haven: Tsukiji Market. Tsukiji Market, the world's largest seafood market, has sat in its Tsukiji location since 1924. While one highlight is watching fisherman cut up enormous tuna - tuna auctions are at 5 am most mornings and reservations are required - another is savoring the sushi sold by vendors on the outer edges of the market. The fish is as fresh as it can be with a selection that is simply incredible. Daiwa Sushi, Sushi Dai, and Nakaya are just a few of the top venues within the market.

From the post: Five Dishes to Savor in Tokyo

Egypt

Kushari, also spelled Koshari, is sold throughout Egypt and is often called the national dish of Egypt. This simple dish consists of pasta, tomato sauce, and other ingredients like caramelized onions, chickpeas, rice, lentils, and/or garlic. All ingredients are mixed together and eaten as a meal or snack. You'll find different interpretations throughout Egypt, but traditional Kushari must contain three key ingredients rice, lentils, and macaroni. You might be thinking this doesn't sound very Egyptian at all, and you'd be correct. Although its been consumed in Egypt for over 100 years, it is believed the dish was introduced to Egyptians by the British Army during the 19th century.

From the post: Not To Miss Foods In Egypt

Girona, Spain

Without a doubt, the city of Girona is Costa Brava’s culinary powerhouse. Girona is home to the current No. 1 restaurant in the World (according to S. Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best list), El Celler de Can Roca, run by the three Roca Brothers who have helped put Girona on the foodie map. If you have hopes of snagging a reservation, you better plan more than 12 months in advance. Jordi Roca, the talented pastry chef at El Celler de Can Roca, also opened one of the best gelaterias, which happens to be right in the heart of Girona as well. Rocambolesc gives you a look into the sweet side of El Celler de Can Roca with some gelato creations inspired by their famous desserts.

From the post: 5 Not To Miss Spots In Costa Brava Spain

Singapore

Michelin announced that Singapore will be the next destination to get its own Michelin Guide and the first version has already been published. Look for a Michelin Singapore website, which will be in collaboration with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, now headquartered in Singapore.

From the post: 9 Must Visit Destinations in 2016 for Foodies

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Matt Long

Matt Long, a RoamRight Blog Author A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.

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