Photo Essay: Top 10 Favorite Foods

by Don Faust on July 31, 2011

Pictures of top 10 favorite foods experienced while traveling.

I’m a huge food fanatic, mostly living vicariously though the likes of Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern. Not only do they get to eat some of the world’s most interesting foods, but they get to travel to places that are just as interesting.  So it’s not surprising that when I travel, I like to sample the culinary specialties a particular destination has to offer.  Following are my Top 10 Favorite Foods I have eaten while traveling, in no particular order.

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#1 – Poke, several ways.  We were eating this every chance we could.  Lanai, Hi

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#2 – Tom Yum soup.  I just love the combination of a hot red pepper based soup with seafood and lemon grass.  Siem Reap, Cambodia

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#3 – Fish tacos.  These were the best I’ve ever had.  Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#4 – Black risotto (with squid ink).  Not to miss out, we ordered the white risotto also.  Dubrovnik, Croatia

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#5 – Cardiac arrest on a plate – fried chicken livers with pepper jelly.  Just do it.  New Orleans, LA

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#6 – Conch roti.  Like a burrito… only better.  Imagine conch or other seafood with potatoes, and an indescribable sauce that hints of Indian influence.  Grenada

Top 10 Favorite Foods#7 – Yellow curry with chicken.  I can’t get enough of curries, but I prefer yellow.  Thailand

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#8 – Spätzle.  Germany?  No, Portland, OR at Grüner restaurant.  An outrageously good version from James Beard nominee, Chris Israel.

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#9 – Apple strudel.  Here’s a nod to Leipzig, Germany – this is as good as it gets.

Top 10 Favorite Foods

#10 – Tuna tartar, tapas style.  This is the way to eat – lots of excellent small dishes.  Barcelona, Spain

Top 10 Favorite Foods

Bonus photo – Naked Sushi… at least that’s the way it was advertised.  Does it really matter where this is from?  Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea July 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

Mmmm – some of my own favourites here as well as some I haven’t tried. I SO miss watching Bourdain and Zimmern back to back now that we’re travelling. Only caught one episode of Bourdain while we’ve been on the road.

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Andrea – Bourdain has the best job. Not sure whether I like the food he is eating or his travel locations better, but it has definitely expanded my bucket list.

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Jeff McNeill August 1, 2011 at 4:44 am

Nice selection. Having eaten the Hawaiian, Mexican and Thailand options, I concur. Not sure about the woman, but good sushi is very very good. Conch Roti sounds fantastic.

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Jeff – yes, conch roti is excellent. My favorite so far was at the Port Hole Restaurant and Bar, on sleepy little Bequia, part of (St. Vincent and) the Grenadines.

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica August 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

You have definitely been eating your way around the world. By the way, I don’t think you can call it naked sushi if the girl is wearing a bikini ;-)

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Stephanie – agreed. I was a little disappointed in the swimsuit myself… but it did lure us in.

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Richard Prether August 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

It’s impossible to name my 10 most favorable foods.

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Richard – this is in the context of the best food while traveling – still hard to whittle down to a top 10, but I managed to pull out my favs.

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flipnomad August 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

looks delicious!!! im very curious with the pepper jelly that you’ve mentioned…

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Flip – imagine a semi clear jelly that is mainly a transport for chilis and chili flavor that you can spread on the livers. Really good.

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Rachelle August 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

You and I are two peas in a pod! Tom Yum soup and fish tacos are at the top of my list! Nom nom nom …

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Rachelle – I still seem to order Tom Yum soup every single time I step into a Thai restaurant anywhere. I’ve had a lot of hit or miss fish tacos, but these were excellent.

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jade August 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

You had me at food- and then I loved you when you said fish tacos!! my favorite!

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Don Faust August 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Jade – I have yet to find a good fish taco place in Seattle which is odd, but I’m sure I’ll find it soon. I was really disappointed in the Taco truck near our house – no flavor. I wish I could transport myself back to Puerto Viejo for a quick taco fix.

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Marc Passion August 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Haha brilliant quote “cardiac arrest on a plate” !!!
I tried snake whilst in Vietnam! Heres my vid: http://www.marcpassiontravel.com/drinking-snake-blood/

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Nicole August 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Some really interesting foods! Would love to try that risotto.
What a job being the ‘naked sushi’ girl! Would you call that a waitress on your resume? :P

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Mark Wiens August 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Awesome Don, I share your passion for eating food while traveling.

I saw that first picture and my mouth immediately watered. It’s been a few years since I have eaten poke, and it’s one of my favorite things to eat in this world (my Mother is from Hawaii).

I’d like to sample that New Orleans style “cardiac arrest,” that just looks greasy and bomb!

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Abby August 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Yummmm… These dishes look amazing! Plus, great food photography is always impressive. :)

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Jason Castellani August 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I miss Spätzle. I used to work for Mercedes-Benz USA and would travel to Stuttgart occasionally and always had the Spätzle while sharing a restaurant table with strangers.

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Pete Heck August 9, 2011 at 1:21 am

I was hungry before I read this post. Now, starving. Great photos. And naked sushi, cool.

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Raymond @ Man On The Lam August 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

I think a bikini is appropriate for naked sushi — would’ve want to see her California rolls… :)

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Sherry August 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

My mouth was watering with every photo, even the last one! Awesome food porn. I especially love #1 – the poke; yes, a biased choice since I am from Hawaii. Luckily, we have a healthy supply of good tuna (ahi) in Seattle that I can always make my own whenever I’m craving it. Oh, and it seems that girl look irked to have all that sushi on top of her. Just tell her to give them all to me.

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Nomadic Samuel August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’m hungry after reading this post. I love your selection of Thai food – possibly my favourite cuisine.

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Jenn August 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

Yes I am totally hungry now. Great photos!! Thanks for sharing!! Jenn

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Angela August 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

Great selection, your photos are mouthwatering :)

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Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker August 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Sushi lady. Nuff said.

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Matt August 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Some great food on the list and can already feel the taste buds getting hungry!

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donnadeau August 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

Orgiastic!

I’ve added several of these to my bucket list. Not the conch though, not the conch . . ..

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jenjenk September 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Love the poke!!! I appreciate people who can suss out foodie finds like Bourdain can!! you look like you’ve done a pretty good job of it yourself!

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