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The Best International Food Cities In The US

We talked to our colleagues and came up with our favorite cities that have the best variety of international foods you simply have to try.

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Sometimes you get tired of eating burgers and corndogs. You need to branch out, to expand your palette, to try things you’ve heard of but have never tried before. Well if you have a problem finding anything that isn’t just white bread and mayonnaise where you live then you probably need to take a trip to a new destination. But what city will offer you the proper amount of authentic exotic cuisines?

Well, we talked to our colleagues and came up with our favorite cities that have the best variety of international foods you simply have to try.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

When most people think of Oakland food isn’t the first thing that pops into their head. But the food in this city is varied and delicious. They have delicious Thai, Japanese, Indian or even Halal cuisine all over this fun city so you can eat your way into total tummy bliss.

Whether it’s formal restaurants you want to try or the easy and convenient food truck scene that you’re looking for, you will be able to find food from tons of different places that are sure to taste like they came right from the country where the cuisine originated.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Orlando isn’t just the home to dynamite amusement parks like Disney World or Universal Studios, it’s also the home to dynamite worldly delights. This city has more food trucks than any city in the world and since food trucks are known for having adventurous food, you can easily find dishes from all over the world.

But if food trucks aren’t your thing then head on over to Epcot Center where they have a ton of delicious restaurants that feature cuisine from over a dozen different countries. Head to Orlando and feast on foreign culinary delights.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles is a huge city full of different districts that feature fantastic international cuisine. There is amazing Korean BBQ in Koreatown, fantastic Thai noodles in Thai Town, Chinese food in China Town, Filipino food in Historic Filipinotown and of course tons and tons of amazing food from the Central and South Americas. You can take a trip around the world and have every meal come from a different country for a whole week.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Portland is known for their food carts which makes sense considering there are over 500 of them around the town. There are some super popular carts and some less popular ones but they all feature fantastic international cuisine. Whatever it is you’re searching for you will find it in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

This city has delectable cuisine that is sure to blow you away and you will want to spend the rest of your time in this beautiful city just eating and eating. There are even some maps that will show you where all the food carts are located so you can be sure to find the right food cart for your desires. Now that’s what I call convenient.

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Hungry for Adventure? Discover the Mouth-Watering Local Eats in Your Neighborhood Now!

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One of the most important things thoughtful travelers need to do before traveling is research and learn about the country’s cuisine. It is normative for travelers to eat at local restaurants, but it can be very expensive. One way you can save money when traveling abroad is by eating at your home

country’s restaurants in your new destination. You will not be charged extra taxes or tips if you bring food from home.

6 Must-try Dishes In Different Regions Of The World

1. China: Jianbing

It typically has a thin, round-fried batter base rather than wheat flour dough, making cooking much easier. The toppings are chopped green onions, cured meat like cured pork belly or beef jerky, scrambled eggs or an omelet (tossed together with the pancakes from the pan), and often some kind of sauce – soy sauce mixed with vinegar is common.

2. India: Thali

It is a round platter or bowl in which food is served. While the concept and look of a thali varies across India, it is usually made to contain one’s complete meal easily. The dish includes various types of food, including rice, rotis (bread), pulses, curry, and pickles. Thali is generally served with either sambar, curry, or kichadi (a lentil soup) and is usually eaten with freshly made chapatis or rotis as a part of the meal.

3. Thailand: Som Tum

Green papaya salad, sometimes known as Thai salad or Som Tam (literally “papaya salad”), is a Thai dish consisting of chopped green papaya, dried spices, red onion, coriander, and fish sauce. It is often served in a hollowed-out loaf of fresh brown rice cake. You can also find it on the menus in various Asian restaurants in the U.S.

4. United States: Slider

A slider is a small burger generally found in diners or fast-food restaurants. It can also be called a mini-burger, baby burger, or top-slider. A slider is distinguished by its diminutive size (generally one-third of the size of a traditional burger) and is usually served in pairs (as part of a “slider”).

5. Japan: Takoyaki

It is a ball-shaped Japanese dumpling made of a wheat flour-based batter cooked in a special takoyaki pan. The takoyaki is filled with diced or sliced pieces of octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. The takoyaki is brushed with sauce, mayonnaise, and bonito flakes, then topped off with aonori seaweed. Some takoyaki also include pieces of Japanese pickled cabbage.

6. Cambodia: Saor

It represents the deep bond between people and nature. To showcase this bond, Cambodian culinary tradition includes plant and animal ingredients and insects such as crickets and silkworms. Saor dishes are made by frying them in cast iron pans as a traditional method of seasoning food first. This hand-made creation can have varying colors, textures, and shapes, depending on how it is fried.

These international foods are a must-try for anyone looking for authentic Asian food. If you can visit these countries, make it a priority to search for these specific dishes. With all of these five dishes’ different flavors, textures, and styles, there’s truly something for everyone.

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Airlines With Food You Will Actually Want To Eat

The food on airplanes have always been less than appetizing, how good can a meal be made in the tiny kitchen area 36,000 feet in the sky. Tasteless, texture free foods served in plastic trays is what you expect to receive when your flight attendant…

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The food on airplanes have always been less than appetizing, how good can a meal be made in the tiny kitchen area 36,000 feet in the sky. Tasteless, texture free foods served in plastic trays is what you expect to receive when your flight attendant serves you. Well lower your tray tables and prepare to feast! If you book your next flight with one of these airlines you will be pleasantly surprised at the repast offered. While free food on flights are a thing of the past, many airlines are attempting to earn their customer’s loyalty with meals that are not only edible, but delicious. 

In 2014 Delta started offering regional craft brews on the in-flight beverage menu. Take a Delta One flight out of JKF airport and you will be served meals by culinary superstar Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, the food service behind NYC restaurants like Gramercy Tavern. Or fly Delta One from South America and you will enjoy a menu created by Michelle Bernstein, acclaimed for her Latin style fare. If you fly Delta in the economy class you will be served unlimited Starbucks coffee, and the only GMO-free snack box served on an American airline. 

JetBlue has partnered with chef Brad Farmerie to create a menu for their first class passengers, pursuing advanced technologies that deliver better moisture in aircraft ovens and a better understanding of taste and texture at higher altitudes. On domestic and international flights, JetBlue economy passengers are treated to an endless pantry of complimentary name brand snacks. 

Investing to become the airline of choice for international flyers, Emirates is working with chefs such as Jamie Bissonnette from Boston restaurant’s Toro and Coppa. Meals on Emirates flights will vary regionally, a flight to Japan will have meals served with authentic Japanese crockery, and on a flight to Italy meals served will include Italian favorites like ravioli and gnocchi. Economy passengers won’t enjoy the same meals as the more expensive seats, but the same attention is given to the meals designed for the menu served to the passengers in these seats. Between meals passengers can get slices of pizza, ice cream, chocolates and fruit. 

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Lesser Known Wine Regions that you Must Visit

Everyone knows that Napa Valley or Burgundy France are wine traveler’s destinations of choice, but there are plenty of other fantastic regions.   A true wine connoisseur will tell you that the soil and environment are just as important as the type of grape used to…

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Everyone knows that Napa Valley or Burgundy France are wine traveler’s destinations of choice, but there are plenty of other fantastic regions.   A true wine connoisseur will tell you that the soil and environment are just as important as the type of grape used to make wine. The world has embraced wine making and excellent booze is now being produced all over the map. Let’s explore and see where these hidden wine gems are located and what makes them so special.

Wine producers are spreading their wings and growing some superior grapes in some unexpected places.

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Kakheti, Georgia

I’m not talking about Georgia in America; I’m talking about the one that straddles Europe and Asia. This former Soviet country has excelled in producing some really interesting and delicious varieties of grapes. Wine production is nothing new to this region as archeologists have found winemaking equipment dating as far back as 6,000 BC.

One unique thing that wine makers in Georgia do is they ferment their wine in clay jars instead of the standard wooden or steel barrels. The clay gives Georgian wine a distinct sweet taste and earthy after tones.

 

Douro Valley, Portugal

Known as the birthplace of port wine, the Northernmost region in Portugal is a wine lover’s heaven. With panoramic views of the rolling hills and beautiful vineyards, wine has been produced in this region for over 2,000 years.   The golden colored hills and the divine port produced here will make this a favorite among port snobs from around the globe.

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Finger Lakes Region, New York

White wines flourish in this Northern New York region, specifically Rieslings. The expansive landscape is dotted with waterfalls, 11 glacial lakes and one great lake, giving the region miles and miles of beautiful coastlines. With well over a 100 wineries, the Finger Lakes region is the largest wine-producing region East of California in the USA.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands

Grown in rich nutrient volcanic soil, Tenerife produces exquisite reds and whites. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife features grape varieties that were completely wiped out of the European mainland in a mid-1800s epidemic. The rare varieties create distinct flavor profiles and memorable aftertastes. The island views and abundant sea life compliments the island’s white wine collections.

 

Healdsburg, California

Avoid the rush that happens in Napa and head just an hour North to Healdsburg wine region. Producing similar quality wines, Healdsburg is Napa’s red headed stepchild. Born out of the need t have more wine tasting locations, Healdsburg boasts over 200 wineries and multiple award winning varieties. California has some of the best weather and soil combinations in the world, so it’s no surprise that he wine here is fantastic.

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Door County, Wisconsin

If you are a fan of fruit wines, Door County should be your next stop. Located in the Midwest, Door County has eight wineries and is famous for their tart cherry wine. Specializing in fruit wines, Door County has plenty of grape varieties as well, so a little something for everyone.

 

Franschhoek, South Africa

Nestled just 45 short minutes from Cape Town, Franschhoek was originally known as Elephant’s Corner for the huge elephant population that roamed here. Now known for their impressive wine, the area is the best in South Africa and possibly all of Africa. Enjoy a hop-on hop-off style tour that stops at every winery and you can get a real taste of the region.

 

Enjoy these of the beaten path wine regions and taste some of their specialties, to see what all the hype is about.

 

 

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