Around The World In 5 Fantastic Foods
For some of us, travel is incomplete without an accompanying gastronomy trail. After all, it’s food
that gives any place its unique flavour. For travellers who love food, cuisine is inseparable from
culture itself, and a travel itinerary is incomplete without an exploration of regional delicacies. In
today’s post, we’ve brought you a list of 5 delectable dishes from around the world, in the hope that
they’ll inspire you to treat yourself and your taste buds to all-new experiences!
Australia – Meat Pies
There’s a reason why practically every coffee shop Down Under serves meat pies. Australians love
their meat pies, and for good reason. Stroll into a bakery or café on a sunny afternoon (or at any
hour of the day for that matter) and try a freshly baked meat pie with your favourite cup of coffee.
Or do it like the locals do and order some to go; meat pies happen to be among the most popular
takeaway foods in Australia. You’ll find practically endless variants featuring onions, mushrooms,
cheese and herbs, with diced or minced meat and gravy. Pro tip: for the authentic Oz meat pie
eating experience, top it with a dollop of tomato sauce.
Canada – Poutine
Sometimes, a platter of poutine is all you need to boost your spirits. Who said that eating an
expensive meal is better? I call BS! If you happen to be in Canada, don’t forget to treat yourself to
this well-loved Canadian fast food. We’ll warn you, though, this won’t sit well with your weight loss
plans. So don’t count the calories while you savor this delicious blend of French fries, cheese curds
and gravy. Restaurants across Canada serve up a wide range of poutines, though if you want the real
thing, we’d recommend making a pit-stop at a diner, pub or chip wagon (a Canadian food truck).
Better still, make an evening of it at a hockey game; in Canada, poutine is to hockey arenas what
popcorn is to movie theatres!
Italy – Deep Fried Olives
We aren’t just bringing Italian deep fried olives to the table because pizzas and pastas have been
done to death. In fact, these happen to be just as much of a gastronomic icon in Italy as their better-
known counterparts. Think of deep fried olives as Italian street food, best sampled at a street
vendor’s kiosk or a local eatery. These delicious light bites are best eaten fresh from the pan, when
their crusts are just the right amount of crunchy, and their insides piping hot. As far as the stuffing
goes, you’ll find endless variants ranging from ground beef to prosciutto to basic cheese and garlic.
And if you happen to find yourself in a little town called Ascoli-Piceno in southern Italy, know that
you’re in the birthplace of the country’s legendary deep fried olives!
Poland – Chlodnik
This particular dish gets your attention before you’ve even tasted it. No prizes for guessing why. Not
that chlodnik needs its unusual bright pink hue as a marketing strategy; this Polish soup has a rather
enchanting blend of taste, texture and temperature. This isn’t one of those piping hot soups tailor
made for a winter evening. Chlodnik is, in fact, a summer specialty in Poland. This cold soup is made
of beetroot, cucumbers, radishes and yogurt, and topped with a serving of hard boiled eggs.
Nutritious and refreshing, it makes for the perfect light lunch in warm weather. Care for a tour of
Eastern Europe next summer, then?
Thailand – Tom Yum Soup
Sure, you can have a decent sampling of Thai cuisine in most parts of the world. But if an Asian
holiday is on the cards for you, do try a bowl of tom yum soup at its place of origin. Restaurants in
Thailand serve the kind of ‘tom yum’ that lives up to the meaning of the name (‘sour and spicy’). This
delicious soup is pretty much the staple starter in restaurants across the country. If you’re not
particularly keen on spicy food, try the milder, ‘creamier’ variant (tom yum goong nam khon) that is
served with coconut milk. Else, go the spicy route and order yourself some tom yum goong nam sy
So get started on those vacation plans right away. A world of culinary delights is waiting to be