Just think back several decades ago to when food was popularly considered at best a cultural byproduct of being in a different place, maybe even an annoyance. How the times have changed! Today food defines destination choices and specific foods are flown to and fro across the globe to discerning palates. Food in our time is an ever-increasing art form, luxury item and cultural expression.
So when you get right down to it, what are the best places to visit because of the food? Of course the parameters here are as varied as individual taste, but the overall choices we’ve made here are places where quality, diversity, creativity and presentation left us with a lasting impression.
San Sebastian, Spain: the food heaven of Europe
There is little debate when it comes to the number one spot and our taste buds agree with the scores of wanderlusters and master chefs who find this city on top of the foodie world. The city can best be described as a densely packed series of bests. It ranges from Michelin Starred greats to hole in the wall tapas bars with fresh fruits and vegetables, Mediterranean delights and famous meats, cheeses and seafood.
Lima Peru: the city of ancient recipes
Considered a worldwide capital of food and certainly the best in the Americas, Lima’s many dishes start with the humblest ingredients: potatoes, corn, quinoa and chilis. The combination of Peru’s unique climates, civilizations, immigrations have all contributed to the culinary renaissance that has grown experimental and exciting all at once. Neighborhoods like San Isidro and Miraflores are packed with world class venues that are redefining the word gastronomy and serving as a center for eclectic wine distribution for the entire continent.
Italy (all of it) : taste the artwork!
Italy as a whole may just kick any other list off the map, but it’s just impossible to separate any region apart, each is so rich. Special places that really elevate the senses may be a picnic in the Tuscan countryside. Famous towns like Parma, Bologna, Modena or regions like Puglia and Piemonte should all start your sense receptors salivating. Across cities and countryside there are great restaurants, shops stocked with fresh local ingredients to make your own delicious meals and many cooking schools where you can take priceless skills home with you!
Rio de Janeiro Brazil: flavor is a rhythm
Brazilian cuisine has a distinctive appeal to it. It is ultimate soul food. From having a stirring Feijoada for lunch (rice and beans stew) to the only served in the evening traditional wood fired pizzas there are innumerable ways to delight your senses here. The pizza is honestly the best we’ve tasted from around the globe, especially at the restaurant chain Braz. The people are engaging and lively and the food reflects that from the abundant tropical fruits like açaí to the sumptuous meals of the big cities.
Delhi, India: the melting pot
India is an entire world of its own. Regional cuisines can differ immensely based on climate, spices, religion and other cultural influences. Of course going to the individual regions is the best way to tour the flavors but if you want to experience the melting pot where national flavors collide, are preserved and blended in wonderful ways, you need to head to Delhi. From street vendors selling savory homemade products that represent the collective taste buds of over a billion people, to upscale hotel restaurants hosting the country’s top chefs, the possibilities are endless.