Food isn’t just about sustenance, it’s a cultural expression rooted deeply in ethnic traditions and environmental entrepreneurship. Making the best of what you have! And by golly, these foods have been perfected over time into their current flavorful forms. Here are some you may nave never heard of but that you have to try in their natural habitat.
1. Argentina: a steak in Buenos Aires or Asado
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Argentinian meat is (probably) some of the best in the world. No wonder they are meticulous about how its prepared. Its simplicity in the finest sense: slowly cooked over coal prepared only with salt. No distractions.
2. Sorbet in France
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Again, simplicity is the key! Start with a fruit, sweeten it a bit and voila: pure overwhelming flavor. Over the centuries, sorbet makers have perfected the ratio depending on the main ingredient. In France you can find a myriad of flavors: ginger, persimmon, mango, you name it.
3. Pizza in Naples
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So good, it’s protected by the EU. What makes a Neopolitan pizza so Neopolitan? Simplicity: tasty dough, raw tomatoes, cheese, and some basil. Forget the crazy toppings. The reliance on sauce over cheese gives a juicy and chewy center full of flavor. The real deal is only in Naples.
4. Vietnam: Street food. Bánh mỳ Sài Gòn
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This cultural mashup is a French baguette stuffed with Vietnamese goodies like sausage, fried eggs, meatballs, and more. All freshened up with herbs and crunchy vegetables. They’re a quick treat in the streets of any Vietnamese city.
5. Japan: Ramen
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A noodle soup imported from China, but quintessentially Japanese. The broth is normally made from chicken or pork and mixed with all kinds of ingredients. It’s cheap yet incredibly versatile. You can grab one on the go or settle in for a warm cozy night in a specialty restaurant.
6. Spain: Ham, specifically Jamón Ibérico
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A true testament to the locality of food: this nutty meat is made from pigs who graze exclusively on acorns on the Spain-Portugal border. Cut me off a slice, please.
7. Malaysia: Nasi Lemak
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Malaysia’s national dish is coconut infused rice with ground ginger root, soaked in onion and garlic sauce and topped with peanuts and fried anchovies. That is one exotic taste explosion.
8. Hong Kong: Dim Sum
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Yum cha! Baskets of dainty dumplings still steaming: dim sum is a bite-sized delight, stuffed with all varieties of ingredients. It’s an experience: in Hong Kong waiters push around carts with still-steaming morsels you can pick from so you don’t even have to leave your seat. Grab a basket and dig in.
9. Portugal: Pastel de Nata
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The history of these infamous egg custard tarts stems from its inception by the nuns of Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. And boy, are they heavenly. Their rich creamy center is encased in a flaky caramelized pastry crust that is a delight to bite into. One is definitely not enough.
10. Turkey: Gozleme
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These hand-rolled flatbreads are a chef’s easel for any kind of flavor imaginable. Stretched into paper-thin ovals and cooked on a griddle to flaky perfection, these warm flavor pockets are the perfect comfort food. Pick the right restaurant and you can watch them be lovingly crafted.
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Have you ever imagined living in your own castle? Dining with gold-plated cutlery while spending your days meandering through well-kept gardens or wandering halls covered in intricate tapestries and paintings? Thanks to Airbnb, you can! Here are some of the most spectacular properties you can rent for a taste of the royal life.
1. This Borgias Castle in Tuscany, Italy.
Borgia Castle in Tuscany – Italy
Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Umbria, Italy
This castle used to belong to the infamous Borgias family, a family called “utterly depraved” by its contemporaries. The castle’s interior, in true Borgias style, is decorated with frescos and Renaissance arches, while the tower overlooks Lake Trasimeno. I’ll take a taste of that Tuscan grandeur!
This luxury hotel, spread over 3 buildings, is a definite royal treatment It’s equipped with an in-house restaurant and wine bar. Perfect for an escape from Milan into the mild climate of Piedmont and its tranquil Lake Maggiore.
Or you can opt for a more traditional, no-frills Medieval experience. Despite images associated with the opulent autocratic rulers that reigned from the Renaissance onwards, it wasn’t always so cozy being royalty. This castle just outside Galway is no exception: “lots of winding staircases … some cobwebs, and it gives you the real Irish castle experience.” I wouldn’t mind the lack of plumbing! Or the very affordable price tag ($149 a night). You can really enjoy the peace and quiet of the green countryside of County Galway. Did you know nearly 20% of County Galway speaks Irish?
This castle offers 600 hectares in the hillsides oof Montalcino, which overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Orcia Valley. The area is home to some of the best wine in Italy (Brunello di Montalcino) and some of its most picturesque landscapes (think sweeping, sun-kissed pastoral landscapes).
5. Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle (historic Scotland)
Fife, United Kingdom
How about a 700-year-old castle that has hosted secret Scottish parliaments, has been under siege and provided refuge for monarchs (James VI in 1583)? The castle fell into ruins in the 19th century but is now the ultimate vacation spot for any family or golf aficionado who wants to play a hole or two in St. Andrews, where golf was invented.
Feeling inspired to plan your own royal vacation? Find all kinds of activities fit for a king on GetYourGuide!