Chartering a private jet around the world is not a complete experience without tasting your destinations’ most authentic meals along the way. Whether you intend to mingle with the locals or hibernate at a high-end retreat, there’s no better time or place to keep an open mind (and mouth) to the distinct dining of the realm. Below, we’ve got 5 recommendations to help treat your tummy, no matter your taste across the globe.
A Taste of Independence
Cellar de Can Roca – Girona, Spain – In the northeast of Spain lays the region of Catalunya, a place most Catalan natives insist is its own land, independent from Spain. However there is no debate when it comes to Cellar de Can Roca, a Michelin-rated restaurant hovering at the top of the World’s Best Restaurant lists. Here, you’ll dine on 16 courses of meticulously honed cuisine, reported as a feast for the senses, rendering the exclusive experience downright emotional. Plan as early as your taste buds will allow. Locals and travelers alike suggest that reservations may be required up to a year in advance. And while you’re meandering through the historic town of Girona, we also suggest you try regional specialties such as paella and calcots, a rustic harvest of savory grilled onions.
Truffles in Tuscany
A truffle is a fragrant underground fungus that resembles an oddly shaped, rough-skinned potato. Growing mainly in leafy woodlands on calcareous soils truffles are hunted with the aid of trained dogs or even pigs. They are a sought-after and rather pricy culinary delicacy. The Italian region of Tuscany holds a string of festivals through its villages from October through November to celebrate the truffle harvest. Conde Nast Traveler offers a fantastic list of such festivals. Wondering what a truffle hunt would be like to experience first-hand? You can book an exclusive trip here. The icing on the cake for a trip to Tuscany to go truffle-tasting? You’ll get to taste the famous wine varietals of the region while you’re at it!
Poke in the Middle of the Pacific
Hawaii, and the island of Honolulu, is specifically known for its Poke. The traditional dish consists of a fish cut into delicate pieces, served sushi-style (raw) as a seafood salad. Finished with condiments and flavorings that often demonstrate the Japanese and Korean influence on Hawaiian cuisine, you’ll get familiar wasabi and kimchi quickly, if you haven’t already enjoyed the zing. While it’s easy to order this dish from just about any Hawaiian restaurant menu, and the local fish markets are certainly a legitimate authentic locale to experience the cultural dish, Yelp recommends one spot in particular you should go. By a landslide of reviews, the place to dine is Da Poke Shack on Hawaii’s big island of Kona.
Just in Japan
For self-proclaimed carnivorous types, the finest dining in the world should offer an entrée of kobe beef. A headline in a popular CNN Travel article touts kobe beef as “More art than food”, as it is a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy, presented no more than medium rare to keep the seemingly sinful flavor intact. So what’s the big beefy deal? This particular kind of beef has incredibly high standards for being labeled as such, so it’s a rarity to order true kobe beef outside of Japan. To give a quick comparison, Kobe beef is rated two standards higher than America’s prime-rib, landing it in an exclusive category the Japanese have dubbed “platinum”. Have we piqued your taste-buds? Here, a meaty article from the Japan Times offers insight about Japan’s most coveted meal.
When in India
Considering the vastness that is the great country of India, it’s a tough call to choose just one dish that represents the entire Republic. One iconic dish, Tandoori Chicken, is a good place to start. The dish is composed of tandoori masala-spiced chicken, roasted in a clay oven called a Tandoor. The meal is often served with vegetables, yogurt sauce and rice. A popular food and travel blog, appropriately called Eatyourworld.com, highly recommends a little spot called Pindi in Central Delhi. The area is specifically known for its pricey but delicious restaurants offering authentic cuisine.
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