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The Most Popular Dishes in the World

Traveling has become part of our life. We choose to go to another country or maybe county for touristic purposes or maybe business. We are enchanted by the natural wonders of the world and we are very delighted to see unusual landscapes, which may seem rather uncommon in our own country. However, when going to another place visitors are also interested in the local cuisine - what dishes can be served there? What is the traditional food in Italy, Spain, France, Nigeria and other countries? What are their secret recipes? What makes these the most popular dishes in the world? If you want to try one of the dishes below, then go ahead, because our travel advisors have chosen some of the best local dishes in the world.
1. Paella – Spain
The recipe for this local dish in Spain is rather simple – saffron, garlic and herbs, and of course, very much rice. The origins of this Spanish dish comes from the southwestern part.

Paella - Spain
Paella - Spain

2. Chin Chin – Nigeria
Another popular dish in the world is Chin Chin is nothing else than small pastries flavored with sugar and spices. They are eaten most of the times during parties, as quick snacks, or at weddings.
Chin Chin - Nigeria
Chin Chin - Nigeria

3. Chow Mein – China
Among the most popular dishes in the world is Chow Mein. It is very popular there and the recipe is made from egg noodles, which are tir-fried with vegetables and shredded chicken or other meat.
Chow Mein – China
Chow Mein – China


4. Jalebi – India
Jalebi are sweets. They are orange and the recipe says they are made with syrup.
Jalebi – India
Jalebi – India

5. Spaghetti Bolognese- Italy
This type of spaghetti is absolutely delicious. Even if you are on a diet, you must try this local Italian dish as it is made from spaghetti with a meat and tomato sauce and each region in Italy has its own recipe.
Spaghetti Bolognese - Italy
Spaghetti Bolognese - Italy

6. Jannson’s Frestelse – Sweden
Sweden’s most popular dish in the world is Jannson’s Frestelse, also called “Jannson’s Temptation” and the recipe of this dish is made up from onion and anchovy mixture layered in between this slices of potato. You will find them iced most of the time and it can be eaten all day long.
Jannson’s Frestelse – Sweden
Jannson’s Frestelse – Sweden

7. Sushi – Japan
Sushi sound complicated but not for someone from Japan. Sushi means nothing more than Slices of very fresh, raw fish, prawns, pickled vegetables, or foods wrapped in seaweed are laid on carefully molded mounds of rice.
Sushi – Japan
Sushi – Japan


8. Tortillas – Mexico
This local Mexican dish originates back from the Aztec civilization. Tortillas are made from corn or wheat flour. It is advisable to eat them with a bit spicy dish. They are also served as enchiladas (rolled tacos covered with a hot sauce).
Tortillas – Mexico
Tortillas – Mexico

9. Falafel – Israel
Falafel is the local dish in Israel, made from chickpeas, which are fried very well in order to become crisp golden brown. They can be eaten alone or together with a pita bread or a salad.
Falafel – Israel
Falafel – Israel

10. Kyinkyinga – Mali
They are very accessible as they are sold on the street. Basically, they are a type of kabob, with green pepper and flavored meat. Then they are dunked in syrup that has been flavored with saffron.
Kyinkyinga – Mali
Kyinkyinga – Mali

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Children Markets – Befana Toy Fair, Rome

This year, between 8th December 2010 – 6th January 2011, children in Europe and not only can go to an extraordinary wonderland, specially designed for them – Befana Toy Fair in Rome, Italy. Befana Toy Fair takes place anually in Piazza Nova, in a setting full of lights celebrating the legend with the same name. La Befana is an old woman who rides through Italy on a broomstick the night before Epiphany delivering toys to the good children and coal to the naughty. La Befana is a very expected to come visitor every year, especially by the little ones. The legend says that three man in search of the Christ child knocked on the door of La Befana in order to get directions to find him.

Italy Toy Fair, Befana
Italy Toy Fair, Befana
Unfortunately, she didn’t know where the Christ child was and she was invited to accompany them in their search. She rejected the invitation but later she regretted having done that. Then she went in search of them but she couldn’t find them anymore, so she started offering candies and little toys to children in the streets in the hope of finding the Christ child among them. La Befana Toy Fair in Rome is a wonderful place, full of stalls, brightly lighted with very tasty sweets, attractive toys and games for children. You can also find chunks of black sugar there, which resemle coal. There you can also find certain stalls where letters for La Befana are left. However, it is not very advisable to come with little children to Rome in this time of the year, especially if they are under seven because loose cobblestones, bicycles, traffic make it difficult for for pushing carriages or strollers. Moreover, hygiene for little children is highly important and diaper-changing cannot be performed everywhere it should. It is better to search for accommodation in the old part of the city, which is relatively at equal distance from every point of interest. This way you can avoid traffic and crowded places more easily.

Toy Fair, Befana, Rome
Toy Fair, Befana, Rome


Toy Fair, Rome
Toy Fair, Rome

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Traveling to the Best Culinary Destinations

Traveling is often associated with food, dishes that can be found only in a certain area, which creates a trademark for that town, region or country, making it famous worldwide. Below there is a list of the top ten specialties tourists should not miss at all when traveling to one or more destinations cited below. Mexico, Sonoma, France, Japan, New Orleans, Syria, Italy, Morocco, Singapore, Greece, are just a few of the many culinary destinations in the world. There are many tourism agencies, which organise trips to these locations, in order to teach the food enthusiasts new local recipes, during classes, which are conducted by very skilled and famous cooks. Either you are a vegetarian or a fan of meat, then don’t miss one of these destinations, because the rich floavours will definetely win you over.
1. Mexico
Marylin Tausend is an expert on Mexican cuisine who led many culinary tours in Mexico. However, a regional specialty there, is papadzules, which are tortillas filled with chopped hard boiled eggs and covered in a pumpkin seed and tomato sauce and cochinita pibil, which is basically pit-roasted pork.

Papazdules, special and local dishes in Mexico
Papazdules, special and local dishes in Mexico

2. Sonoma
Eating in Sonoma sounds common at first sight, where a basic dining contains cheese and dewy grapes. If you choose to go on a culinary holiday, then you should know that in the morning, tourists will spend time dicing, flambéing, and nibbling.
Local dishes and drinks, wines in Sonoma
Local dishes and drinks, wines in Sonoma

3. France
When going to France, then you should taste pata negra ham for breakfast and the local cheese. Burgundy’s Côte d’Or is the place of finest wines and rustic cooking. You will learn very many recipes during sauce classes.
Pata Negra Ham, local dish in France
Pata Negra Ham, local dish in France


4. Japan
If you go to Japan, then don’t miss Tsukiji Fish Market, in order to make soba noodles by hand. Moreover, in Hiroshima, you can dine on the local delicacy okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). In Takayama you can visit a centuries old market, tour sake breweries, and taste local specialties such as Hidu beef.
Soba Noodles, special dishes in Japan
Soba Noodles, special dishes in Japan

5. New Orleans
In New Orleans one can find custom made specialties such as boudin, etouffée, mirliton, beignet. Actually, New Orleans is a unique combination of French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Creole, and Cuban flavors. Locals use crawfish (“mudbugs”), which is an ingredient! pompano and black drum fish, plump shrimp and blue crab, sweet pecans and Gulf oysters.
Boudin in New Orleans, special dishes
Boudin in New Orleans, special dishes

6. Syria
Syrian cuisine is also a blend of Middle Eastern countries recipes, however it uses also distinctive touches — like the use of pomegranate molasses to impart a sweet-savory flavor and kebabs of dried fruit and tiny meatballs. Ice cream is a specialty in Syria, too, because it is made from powdered orchid tubers (salep) in order to make it ‘chewable’, besides, Damascus is famous for its flaky baklava.
Local dish, Kebab in Syria
Local dish, Kebab in Syria


7. Italy
When you say ‘Italy’, then what comes in your mind are Pizza and Pasta, however these aren’t the sole dishes highly appreciated in this country. There are also many types of breads, antipasti (vegetable-based, fish-based, Arancini, Fritters and Snacks) soups (fish soups), meats (Cutlets, Braciole, & Steaks, Poultry, Pork, Lamb). Desserts should not be missed, though, you should definitely try Frittelle, Cenci and other Fried Delights, or Preserves, Frittate.
Antipasti, special dishes in Italy
Antipasti, special dishes in Italy

8. Morocco
The resident chef Baija Lafredi from Marrakech leads cooking lessons on the roof, where guests will create, say, a chicken and-pear stew in a tagine and caviar d’aubergine.
Chicken, local dish in Morocco
Chicken, local dish in Morocco

9. Singapore
Singapore mixes as well many worldwide flavours, such as the Chinese, Indian, and Malay ones. Fish is almost everywhere, and stalls in the streets are ready to serve you with the fish-head curry, grilled stingray, or spring rolls of stewed turnips.
Grilled Stingray in Singapore, Local and Special Dishes
Grilled Stingray in Singapore, Local and Special Dishes


10. Greece
Greece represents a unique cuisine, apart from that of all other countries’. This is because the traditional dishes are a trademark for their culture. Patsas is a soup eaten usually in the morning, Masticha is an agricultural product removed by chipping mastic bushes. Ouzo is a famous local drink in Greece and goes very well with seafood.
Patsas Soup, traditional dish in Greece
Patsas Soup, traditional dish in Greece

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