As the culinary scene continues to evolve, with new fusions and trends coming up, every year becomes even more exciting for those with adventurous palates. From simple burgers to those with towering toppings, and from popular beers to precious wine, finding a certain city’s specialty is a great way to have fun with your loved ones and your love for food.
- Burger Trip
Different cities have their different versions of the hamburger. The differences lie in the toppings, the sauces, and the buns used. Even the sizes of the burgers vary.
Pasadena, California is the place where the cheeseburger was born. Every year, there is a burger festival where the citizens showcase the new burger ideas of the current year.
Some burgers come in simple combinations of just a patty, a bun, and a piece of cheese. Commonly, these types of burgers are the most affordable ones. But there are burgers that also come with various vegetables as toppings. Depending on the place you are in, they will put a special touch on your burger. They will include an ingredient that you won’t find in burgers of other cities. You can now find different versions of burgers anywhere in the world.
- Alcohol Shots
Both men and women enjoy trying out wines from different cities. Wine tasting is popular in many countries. Whether you are a red or white wine connoisseur, a champagne lover, or a hardcore beer drinker, it’s always fun to try different varieties of this popular drink.
In a lot of European countries, different varieties of red and white wine can be found. In Asian countries such as Japan, sake (rice wine) is a popular drink. Other popular drinks from certain countries are:
Soju – South Korea
Vodka – Russia
Scotch Whiskey – Scotland
Other countries have different versions of liquors such as rum, brandy, and beer. It’s always fun to have a taste of different drinks offered by the place you visit. Always remember, though, to drink responsibly as try out more varieties of alcoholic beverages.
- Coconut Oil in Dishes
Coconut oil is proven good for the health as it is full of saturated fats that are said to lower the risk of obesity and heart problems. It also improves the function of the thyroid and cells, which makes it a formidable replacement for canola oil or butter. Some people prefer coconut oil over olive oil in sautéing their veggies. Some restaurants also offer using coconut oil instead of other cooking oils if the customer requests for it.
- A Carnivore’s Culinary Adventure
Even if you are a beef or pork lover, you should try out other types of meat — you just might find yourself liking new types of food. Other popular meats include bison, venison, and elk. Burgers made from such meats are becoming popular because they are healthier alternatives to beef and some types of pork.
Bison meat is tastier compared to beef and is richer in flavor. It is also healthier compared to the latter and also lower when it comes to unhealthy fats. Bison meat is a good source of zinc, iron, niacin, selenium, and vitamin B6.
Bison is not your ordinary cow. They are treated like an “elite” team. They are cared for meticulously compared to the cow so bison meat is something you won’t always get for a low price. Bison meat is also one of the leanest meats there is and has lots of protein. Since bison has less unhealthy fat compared to the cow, make the former a healthier alternative than your usual beef.
Elk is a rare and very healthy meat you should try because it tastes as great as your favorite types of meat. Naturally, it is low in fat and cholesterol but rich in protein. The color of elk meat is dark red, and it has a dense texture. It is also very tender and needs no marinating. The taste is fairly similar to beef. Elk, however, has a flavor that is a little richer than the latter. Elk meat cooks fast, and it will become tough and dry if overdone. If you want to try out elk burgers, make sure you remind the chef to leave a little pink at the meat’s center.
Venison is said to be a first-rate choice of meat. It has more protein compared to other types of red meat and satisfies the appetite very well. It is distinctively richer in iron compared to beef, preventing anemia that is also good for maintaining high energy levels. It is also full of B vitamins such as B2, B3, B6 and B12. Such vitamins lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and they regulate the body’s metabolism as well.
Popcorn is the type of food you would want to try out when you visit a certain place. Although there are many flavors available for popcorn, there are two main kinds: the mushroom pop and the butterfly pop. The difference is mainly just about their composition, but overall, they both taste great. Mushroom pops are usually sweet while the butterfly ones are usually barbecue- or cheese-flavored.
- Rush Dining
One of the most popular spots to dine in whenever you visit any city is a food truck. They come out of nowhere, and they are usually full of surprises to customers. Food trucks are not as popular now as it was before but still many searches for them. Some people also offer a “dine in” option OUTSIDE their homes. Such businesses are not licensed to operate, which makes them more of an “underground” type of dining. Because of this, they gain popularity only through social media or word-of-mouth.
- Popular Chefs in the City
Some cities have popular chefs residing in them. You can find their specialties in restaurants around town or a grocery store if you are lucky. Some popular chefs even hold a cooking seminar in a local grocery store. If you are luckier than you think, you might find yourself attending one as a tourist.
There are also chefs that have opened their private dining restos, which means that you need to book way in advance to get a taste of their culinary expertise. The pros and cons of these private dining establishments are the same: You don’t get a say in the chef’s menu, and usually, you won’t know what’s being served until D-day (i.e. dining day).
- Brunch to Get Energy
A lot of travellers arriving at a certain place are almost always hungry. If they arrived at morning, they would immediately find a place to eat. Brunch is a perfect way to get reenergized for before touring around the city. Even people living at a certain place love eating brunch during the weekend. A lot of local restaurants offer brunch choices for travellers and residents nowadays.
- Tea Parties
Tea consumption has remained popular over the years. But tea today isn’t just a beverage anymore. It has become an ingredient in various recipes. Some tea are used as meat rubs, and others are used as ice cream flavors. Just like wines, teas have made their special marks in a lot of cities and countries. Japan and China are famous for their green tea; England has English, Black, and Earl Grey; while India has Assam and Darjeeling. It’s always fun and exciting to try out different teas when you are travelling, especially if you know that drinking a cup does the body good.
- Asian Comfort and Street Foods
Travelling in Asia has never been so much fun. You get to eat a lot of comfort foods, and you can buy them almost anywhere — by the road or in a small stall. Sushi has become a popular comfort food not only for the Japanese but for everyone interested in trying out uncooked fish with rice. Street foods are also popular in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Street foods can range from exotic insects to grilled chicken and pork intestines. China has a lot of exotic foods you can try if you have a strong stomach. Ramen is also a popular food you can eat on the streets of Japan. You can find various ramen stalls in small streets and train stations and the prices are worth the food you’re going to get.
Today’s food trends are not the usual ones you see every day. Now, many people experiment with different ingredients to create a new taste that will hopefully satisfy more people. Your usual cheeseburger might not be the same if more ingredients such as rice or noodles added to it. Your usual wine may not be the same as the one you are used to drinking simply because they came from different places. Sushi may be a native Japanese food, but different versions have flourished since many foreigners have learned to make it.
When travelling, the important thing is to enjoy yourself with everything you experience. Eating different kinds of food is one thing that a lot of people enjoy. Always remember, though, wherever you are, make sure the food you are trying is clean and won’t have you leaving the place sick. Also, be aware of the allergies you have so you would know what foods to avoid.