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4 Best Place to Travel If You Love Food

4 Best Place to Travel If You Love Food

If you have ever watched the Disney movie called “Shark Tale,” you may be familiar with a famous saying: “Fish are friends, not food.” However, for us, food and fish are our friends. We enjoy fine delicacies, weird fishes, funny vegetables, and new experiences. We embrace different cultures and understand them through their food.

Different countries possess a different charm with food, where they prefer showing their lifestyle off with food. There’s been a recent trend where social media is being spammed with food pictures from all around the world. It makes our stomachs rumble and our cravings grow.

To experience the best cuisine, you have to travel to a country that is known for its fabulous cooking. There are so many countries that have great food, so it can be overwhelming to choose which one to go to. Therefore, I’ve put together a list of countries that would be a feast for your eyes, mind, and stomach.

1. Bangladesh, the Land Where Street Food in Winter Tastes Divine

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    image by Marufish via Flickr

    It’s uncommon for one to name Bangladesh as a land that’s surrounded with amazing food. However, when I went there for the first time, it definitely struck me as a land filled with mystery and love. Its busy streets, rocky buses, and amazing fresh markets give the whole environment a fantastic ambiance.

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    One might think summer is the best time to visit Bangladesh, but it’s actually winter that shows the country’s beautiful secrets. Bangladesh is the one land that possess the most delicious street foods and a country that enjoys great yogurt and delicious “Chai.”

    My personal favorite would be “Fuschka.” It’s a plate of fried pasties filled with green chilies and onions that is dipped into a hot bowl of spicy tamarind sauce. This dish warms you up immediately and leaves you craving more. The best thing to accompany this plate would be a delicious cup of “chai.”

    However, if you’re not one to enjoy spices then “Bhapa Pittas” would be the next best alternative. A sweet pastry that’s steamed and eaten hot accompanied with brown sugar and coconuts shreds would be the perfect winter food. It tastes exactly like sponge cake, only lighter and more aromatic. The best place to purchase it would in the street carts or to ask a Bengali cook to make it for you.

    There are many delicious cuisines for foodies who are willing to explore beautiful country of Bangladesh. If you’re there take a trip to Cox Bazaar, one of the longest beaches in the world, you definitely won’t regret it.

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    2. Japan, a Land That Appreciates Good Table Manners

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      image by Bradley Temperley via Flickr

      Japan, as we all know, is filled with classical and traditional values. They practice specific manners and respect every tradition that has helped form their lives. There’s a method to sit, eat, drink, walk and talk, hence this rules applies into enjoying every delicacy too.

      Japan is famous for one particular thing in the food world, and that is Sushi. A land surrounded by the ocean has made them one of the largest producers of fresh fish and unique sushi cuisines. Sushi is a delicacy that is loved by people all around the world. It’s a spread of fresh fish, thinly sliced on a bed of rice and dipped in a spicy blend of herbs.

      Anyone who loves food knows what good fish tastes like, and to taste the best fish, one must definitely visit Japan. Eat it with your fingers, three fingers in particular, and always dip the fish facing down. Plus, never over-indulge in soy sauce, and always clean your plate. Show your respect to the food, and you’ll be able to indulge in the best options available.

      Finally, the best sushi restaurant is below the Tokyo Subway Station, and if you’re there definitely ask for Chef Jiro to make you a feast.

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      3. Italy, Where Wine and Food Meet in Between

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        image by Antonio Castagna via Flickr

        All around the world, Italy has been famous for its delicious wine, amazing cheese, and its subtle flavors. People love Italy for its beautiful language, and their ability to turn any cuisine from rags to riches. It’s famous for splurging its food with delicious cheese and pairing any food with the right wine. It’s known for its coffee, pastry, pizzas, and pastas.

        They say when in Italy, never look toward any fast food, and this is definitely true. The one food you should not miss is the delicious margarita pizza. Sometimes the simplest food tastes the best; in this case, it’s true. You’ll be able to taste the mellow tomato sauce and enjoy that beautiful coat of cheese. Take a moment, and pair it with a beautiful glass of wine.

        However, if you’re looking for something classy, then always go for the seafood risotto. The best part of Italy for you to be able to enjoy a nice plate of risotto for a reasonable price would be Sardinia. You’ll be able to enjoy the freshest sea jewels along with a beautiful view.

        Personally, I can say if you’re in Europe, make sure to head to Italy.

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        4. Philippines, a Land of Uniqueness

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          The Philippines is one of the Asian countries that combines both Asian and European cultures together. The Philippines used to be colonized by the Portuguese, hence they’ve adapted their culture and their food with a combination of Filipino and Portuguese influence. They are a country filled with beautiful people, amazing language, and delicious food, with the willingness to share with other nations.

          One of the most famous cuisines is the Balut. Balut is an unhatched bird fetus which is steamed and eaten with soy sauce. It’s a common delicacy, and for many Filipinos, it’s their breakfast. Its nutrients and protein give you the energy to proceed with your day. While some may find it disgusting, others find it amazing in flavor.

          If you’re in the Philippines, then never be intimidated by their delicious yet unique cuisine.

          In conclusion, the world is filled with wondrous food and various cultures. If you’re up for an adventure, then food is the first place to start. Surprisingly, while sharing food, the whole world’s able to make peace with one another.

          So why not give food a chance?

          Featured photo credit: TracyElaine via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

          Video Summary

          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

          One Exercise, multiple benefits

          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                        How to hold a plank position

                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                          • Prolapse
                          • After prolapse surgery
                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                          • Previous childbirth
                          • Overweight

                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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