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.
#1 – Poke, several ways. We were eating this every chance we could. Lanai, Hi
#2 – Tom Yum soup. I just love the combination of a hot red pepper based soup with seafood and lemon grass. Siem Reap, Cambodia
#3 – Fish tacos. These were the best I’ve ever had. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
#4 – Black risotto (with squid ink). Not to miss out, we ordered the white risotto also. Dubrovnik, Croatia
#5 – Cardiac arrest on a plate – fried chicken livers with pepper jelly. Just do it. New Orleans, LA
#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
#7 – Yellow curry with chicken. I can’t get enough of curries, but I prefer yellow. Thailand
#8 – Spätzle. Germany? No, Portland, OR at Grüner restaurant. An outrageously good version from James Beard nominee, Chris Israel.
#9 – Apple strudel. Here’s a nod to Leipzig, Germany – this is as good as it gets.
#10 – Tuna tartar, tapas style. This is the way to eat – lots of excellent small dishes. Barcelona, Spain
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
Don Faust | Partner, Contributor and Photo Editor of the travel site www.caroundtheworld.com, winner of 2010 Lowell Thomas travel writing award.