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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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          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

          When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

          1. Stand More

          Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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          2. Gamify Your Life

          Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

          3. Eat Your Veggies

          Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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          4. Eat Protein

          This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

          5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

          Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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          6. Spice Up Your Meals

          Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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            7. Drink Caffeine

            No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

            8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

            I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

            9. Do Intermittent Fasting

            It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

            10. Use Cold Exposure

            For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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