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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

Exquisite Art Hotels

Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Winston
It is located in the Red Light District on the oldest street in Amsterdam, the Winston. The previous owner, the late Frans Verlinden, imprinted a bohemian atmosphere in the 1980s and ’90s, with “hookers, journalists, filmmakers, but most of all, artists” as frequent guests, explains manager Donald Kauwoh. Verlinden spearheaded the art-hotel trend and hired artist Aldert Mantje to select colleagues to decorate rooms and install temporary exhibits. While it started out being fairly avant-garde — guests may have encountered dead leaves and even, possibly, an animal corpse on display — the hotel has mellowed somewhat in recent years.

Art Hotel
Art Hotel

Singapore: The New Majestic
Loh Lik Peng collaborated with the Asian Art Options collective to find the right artists who can paint the walls of the 30 hotel rooms who was built from four Chinatown shop houses. Notable Rooms: Marker-and-acrylic murals by Sandra Lee in the Cheshire Suite conjure up a tweaked nursery-book charm; in one, a small red-haired girl flies toward a gigantic turtle. Justin Lee riffs off pop culture in three of the rooms. The one titled Da Jie (“Big Sister”) features Mickey Mouse ears containing double-happiness symbols.

Cape Town, South Africa: Daddy Long Legs
The poets, artists, and musicians behind Daddy Long Legs encourage guests to interact with the surroundings. Kim Stern’s Please Do Not Disturb has 6 microphones and you are encouraged even while taking a shower as the hotel is above a music store.

Nice, France: The Windsor
Inspired by a 1987 Belgian exhibition of artist-decorated rooms, Bernard Redolfi commissioned one artist a year to transform one of the Windsor’s rooms. The hotel is now owned by his niece Odile Payen-Redolfi, who continues the tradition. So far, 25 of the 57 rooms have received the treatment.

Art Hotel
Art Hotel

Notable Rooms: French photographer Raymond Hains lived in Room 40 for three years; when he left in 1995, he installed a portrait of himself taken there, amid his clutter. In Room 65, Ben Vautier spray painted phrases in French (such as “I dreamed that I fell in love with the stranger in Room 17″) in red, yellow, and blue on the walls. Claudio Parmiggiani resized Room 57 from a standard rectangle into a cube, put a white underlit bed in the center, and covered the walls and ceiling with gold leaf.

Toronto, Ontario: The Gladstone
Six years ago, the Zeidler family, including architect Eberhard and his daughter Christina, bought the building and renovated it. They kept the Victorian plaster moldings and wooden floors, but not much else. Christina, a film-and-video artist in her own right, commissioned local talents to design the 37 rooms, added film screenings, and set up temporary art exhibitions in the hallways.
Notable Rooms: In Faux Naturelle, Allyson Mitchell created a psychedelic fake-fur tapestry featuring nymphs. Snapshot, by Christina, plays with the idea of a forest growing out of furniture: A larger-than-life print of a nearby park aflame with autumn leaves is mounted above the headboard in a Plexiglas frame and folded like an accordion.

Art Hotel
Art Hotel
Copenhagen, Denmark: Hotel Fox
In 2005, Volkswagen hired marketing firm Eventlabs to redo Copenhagen’s Park Hotel for the launch of the car company’s Fox model. Eventlabs held a contest to select not only the artists who would create the rooms, but also the hotel staff. Many of the winning concepts were from international creative firms whose designs mix slickness (honed through their work for Nike and MTV) with the aesthetics of graffiti and graphic novels.
Notable Rooms: Sleep Seasons, by Australian firm Rinzen, has a tent with a mattress inside; murals of the four seasons are on the walls. Monday, by Norwegian illustrator Kim Hiorthøy, isn’t one for obsessive-compulsives.

Art Hotel
Art Hotel
San Francisco, California: Hotel des Arts
Manager Hero Nakatani hired local gallery owner John Doffing to curate Hotel des Arts‘ first exhibition in 2004 and then had Doffing find artists ranging from graffiti taggers to professional illustrators to redesign half of the hotel’s 51 rooms; other curators took over from there. Paintings by emerging artists are exhibited in the hallways.
Notable Rooms: Jet Martinez was inspired by the imagery and colors of his native Mexico when he painted a modern fairy story — with a glittering moon and a silver- and gold-leaf forest full of frogs and flowers — on the walls of Room 208. In Room 411, by Dave Kinsey, a man’s head and torso cover an entire corner, and tribal graphics are drawn on bedside tables and next to door locks.

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