Experience Gastrotravel: Part Three

From Chinese food stalls and English markets to Chilean ice cream parlors and all-you-can-eat Vietnamese, we have taken you on a mini-tour of some of the world’s most delicious destinations. In this third and final installment, we’ll make our last stops in Ireland, Spain, and India, where pub, tapas, and spice crawls await.

The Irish are not known for their cuisine, but they do have some traditional dishes that are worth a try. Pub favorites like fish and chips and beef and Guinness pie are just about everywhere in Dublin, and no pub experience is complete without at least one. A traditional Irish breakfast — eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, and toast — is another immensely popular dish, and many places serve it all day long.

You can’t thoroughly enjoy all of this pub food without an accompanying pint, so grab a Guinness, Dublin’s drink of choice, at one of its most famous pubs: the Temple Bar. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite of Irish grub and snap some touristy pictures.

There’s no better way to experience Spanish culture and cuisine than on a Tapas Bar Crawl. Whether you’re in Madrid or Barcelona, your taste buds will be treated to a range of dishes from Chopitos (small toast topped with quail egg) to croquettes (lightly breaded tapas deliciousness) and one of Spain’s most famous dishes,  Paella. Ingredients often vary based on location but can include an assortment of vegetables, rice, duck, rabbit, and even seafood with different herb and spice combinations.

Except in India’s finest Western-style restaurants, dining etiquette throughout the country differs greatly from what many Western tourists are accustomed to. India is a culinary marvel from the vegetarian dishes and flat breads in its northern region to the simpler staple meals of the northwest (Punjab) region, which incorporates rice and peanut oil in place of ghee, and steamed rather than fried vegetables. The emphasis in the northwest region is on texture and presentation style. India’s southern region is known for its extravagant rice dishes and is quickly gaining recognition as one of the top culinary tourism destinations in the country. Food in this area tends to be spicier than in other parts of India, and the close proximity to the coast results in numerous seafood dishes including a variety of fish and prawns. Eastern region dishes are lighter and prepared with fewer spices than in the northern or southern regions. India’s eastern region is recognized for quality candies, desert-style sweets, and cakes, many of which are prepared using paneer, or Indian cheese made from milk. No visit to the region is complete without a sampling of the local deserts.

Thanks for joining us on our pseudo culinary tour of the world. We hope we’ve tempted sense of adventure as well as your taste buds!

Check out our one-of-a-kind culinary package or give us a call to get traveling (and eating) in the New Year: (800) 675-4157.


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