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Three Food Memoirs That Will Make You Want to Travel

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Have you ever read a book that made you want to go on a culinary adventure somewhere you have never been to before? Imagine taking an eat drink walk Lisbon self-guided tour or exploring the culinary delights of Paris. Whether you are looking for travel inspiration or just want to enjoy armchair traveling, here are some of the best memoirs that will make you want to go on a food trip now.

Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey
Place of interest: India
Why read it: Climbing the Mango Trees provides a glimpse into the food, culture, and heritage of India during the early twentieth century. Get enchanted by tales of visits in an orchard, family picnics in picturesque areas with stunning mountain scenery serving as a backdrop, the scents of spices, and the aroma of delicious India food among others.

Driving Hungry: A Memoir by Layne Mosler
Place(s) of interest: Buenos Aires, New York, Berlin
Why read it: Follow the author’s trail as she discovers great places for delicious meals as recommended by cab drivers. What started as a chance recommendation by a taxi driver in Buenos Aires started a delightful culinary journey to different places that made for delectable discoveries.

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City by David Lebovitz
Place of interest: Paris
Why read it: The Sweet Life in Paris offers an intimate look into the city’s food and culinary quirks. It provides an insight into life in Paris and the best things as well as the challenges of cooking and dining out. Delicious adventures in the City of Light at its best.

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Asian Food Trails: 5 of the Best Foodie Destinations in Asia

Asia is home to many delicious cuisines that are begging to be discovered, tasted, savored, and enjoyed. From Indian cuisines to Thai dishes and street food treats, here are some of the best Asian food cities that should be on your list of places to visit.

Bangkok, Thailand
Phat Thai
Top culinary attractions: Street food is easily one of the things often associated with Bangkok. But the city’s culinary offerings go beyond its popular street food hubs. From high-end gourmet restaurants to hole-in-the wall eateries, there are many dining options for a delicious Thai cuisine experience.

Delhi, India
chole bhature
Top culinary attractions: India has a high concentration of food cities that picking one place to go would be a challenge in itself. But if you have to start somewhere, the capital Delhi would be a great choice. The city offers a wide range of Indian cuisines and is home some of the country’s great tasting papri chaat and chole bhature.

Hong Kong, China
dim sum
Top culinary attractions: Hong Kong’s famous traditional dim sum and egg tarts barely scratch the surface of the scope of culinary offerings the city has to offer. There is no dearth of authentic Chinese dishes to choose from. From street foods to gourmet dishes in high end restaurants, the city is one place you should not leave without discovering some of its many food trails.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nasi Lemak
Top culinary attractions: With its multi-cultural cuisines, Kuala Lumpur often lands on many foodie travelers’ list. You can find the best tasting Chinese, Indian, and Malay dishes for cheap at street food hubs and wide range restaurants across the city

Tokyo, Japan
Top culinary attractions: Tokyo is not only home to the world-renowned Tsukiji Market and several Michelin rated restaurants. It is also a foodie dreamland for its Japanese cuisines and a wide array of interesting treats. From the freshest sushis in places like the food stalls at Tsukiji Market to the mindboggling array of Japanese Kit Kats you can find and so much more in between, food is indeed deeply embedded in the Tokyo travel experience.

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Fugu sashimi

6 Unique and Unusual Foods to Try in Japan

Japanese food, from traditional dishes to contemporary snacks, is meant to be tasted, savored, and experienced than talked about. Sushi, sashimi, and ramen may be the top-of-mind foods often associated with Japan. But the country’s cuisine actually encompasses more extensive regional and traditional dishes that are begging to be explored and savored. Here are some of the unique, unusual, and delicious foods you might want to try in Japan.

Eating something raw in Japan is not unusual. After all, it is famous for its sliced fresh raw fish or sashimi. Basashi, however, falls into the raw meat category — horse meat sashimi. This dish is typically served with soy sauce or a special dressing and garnished with fresh ginger.

Fugu sashimi
Fugu refers to the poisonous puffer fish served sashimi-style. This type of fish carries a deadly toxin that makes it extremely dangerous to eat. In Japan, fugu sashimi is prepared by experts who learn and master the art of preparing this dish for many years.

mochi in a box
Mochi refers to the Japanese rice cakes made with glutinous rice. The traditional method of preparing it involves pounding the rice into paste and shaping it as desired. It can be enjoyed as is or used in making traditional Japanese sweets and wagashi. Some of the most popular variations include daifuku or mochi with fillings like sweetened red bean paste or strawberries and kinako or mochi coated with sesame seeds.

Omu-rice or omu-rice (rice omelette) is the Japanese take on a western food. The dish is prepared by cooking fried rice using ingredients like chicken or other meat, vegetables, ketchup or some kind of sauce then wrapped in an omelette.

Eating shirako is essentially eating fish sperm sacs typically from the male cod. It is served hot or cold and cooked or raw depending to your taste and sense of adventure.

Uni sashimi
Uni refers to the edible pieces, the gonads or reproductive organs, of the sea urchin often eaten in Japan. Uni’s delicious combination of flavors and textures make it one of the Japanese delicacies worth trying out.

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