For me, my world, including my trips revolves around my meals. There is a lot of research; many hours spent watching Anthony Bourdain eat at roadside shacks and vetting when I choose restaurants abroad.
Here are my favorite foodie destinations around the world, again, in no particular order.
It’s hard to imagine going to New Orleans and not stuffing my face with gumbo, crawfish, fried chicken, beignets, croquettes and jambalaya all on the same damn day. When I think of the best thing I’ve ever eaten, my brain goes to New Orleans every time. In particular swine fries from Bevi Seafood Co. (french fries topped with pulled pork, brown sugar, banana peppers and cracklins) a taste so good I wish I could ingest intravenously. There are dozens of “must eat” meals in New Orleans and I could go on and on and on about them. For any specific advice, hit me up and I’ll give you all the good spots.
This one was pretty unexpected for me. I knew it would be a tropical paradise full of drunken Aussies and motorbikes but I had no idea about the scene for foodies. I’m pretty sure this is where great chefs and European restaurateurs go to open lavish restaurants and die. Some of the trendiest and swankiest spots from Sarong to Mama San to Mosaic Beach Club could have been in New York or Miami but were instead surrounded by tiny huts and mega hotels in Bali. One of my favorite experiences on the island was a two and half hour 13-course meal at Locavore in Ubud. Forget the beaches; just eat your way through Bali!
I’ve got to give some love to the city I’m lucky enough to live in. New York has long been a foodies dream with the newest, hottest restaurant opening weekly. The cultural melting pot in the five boroughs means that there are so many different foods to try and they’ll probably always be good. Forget the dirty water dog and the street meat, sit down for a pie at Sottocasa, my favorite pizza in town or go to Katz’s Deli, you can’t get a bigger, better sandwich. One of my favorite lines from Anthony Bourdain, my dream-scenario husband and mentor, is when a kid shouted to him on the streets of New York, “Where’s the best food under $10 in New York City.” He responded, “Shake Shack”. I agree.
This one seems pretty obvious, right? I mean what better food in the world is there than pasta and pizza? I can still remember the Neapolitan pie I ate in a tiny restaurant in Pompeii, it was the moment I finally understood what good pizza tasted like. From all the different regions, flavors and practices no two meals or pasta sauces will be the same. For me, a charcuterie board with fresh mozzarella and salumi will always be my happy plate.
Asia is the street food capital of the world and I think Bangkok is its mecca. From a bowl of glass noodles under a subway station to pounds and pounds of the tiniest chicken wings I couldn’t stop eating. It was the best of both worlds. I ate an entire fish with the freshest chili sauce for $3 USD then had a 5-course mind-blowing meal at Nahm for a number I refuse to write down. A lot of research and planning went into street food markets and reservations at certain restaurants but I’ll guarantee you can pretty much eat anywhere in Thailand and not have a bad meal.
The list was a tough one to make and now I’m drooling over my keyboard. When abroad don’t settle for chains or mediocre hotel food; find out what the locals eat, it will make your experience so much better.
I wrote a post about my favorite places around the world and figured I’d do the same for my favorite