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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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          image by Jerick Parrone via Flickr

          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 May 21, 2020

          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

          You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

          Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

          Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

          An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

          Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

          1. The Paleo Diet

          The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

          The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

          In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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          How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

          The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

          With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

          It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

          Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

          2. Whole30

          The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

          With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

          During the month you are eliminating:

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          • sugar
          • alcohol
          • legumes
          • grains
          • dairy
          • soy

          Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

          At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

          Finding Out How Food Impacts You

          Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

          With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

          This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

          3. The Mediterranean Diet

          The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

          For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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          With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

          • Fruits & vegetables
          • Whole grains
          • Legumes & nuts
          • Replacing butter with olive oil
          • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
          • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
          • Moderate amounts of red wine

          Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

          Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

          With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

          4. The Alkaline Diet

          The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

          The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

          Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

          The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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          People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

          One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

          Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

          There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

          The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

          What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

          The Big Takeaway:

          Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

          Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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