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Take a look at the destinations that will delight your taste buds

Good food and travel have always gone hand in hand, but now more and more of us are looking at travel from a culinary perspective. It’s not just about the sights we can visit, it’s about getting an authentic cultural experience; and one of the more important aspects of any culture is its cuisine.

Food can teach you about the history, traditions and social norms of a country on a deeper more engaging level, and that’s why many of us want to experience a destination from a local’s point of  view.

Food brings people together so as you are enjoying that homemade pasta in Italy, tasting the fresh made-that-morning bread in France, laughing with friends over tapas in Spain or smelling lemongrass, chile and garlic on a street stall in Thailand, you are getting an insight into that country’s authentic heart.

Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get‑go.

Anthony Bourdain

A plate of meshkak

Meshkak in Oman

You’ll find lots of spicy flavours in Omani cuisine and these marinated beef, mutton and chicken kebabs grilled on sticks, are deliciously favoured, usually with curry.

A plate of shrimp and mango ceviche

Ceviche in Peru

Peru’s national dish of fresh fish marinated in key lime or bitter orange, served with sliced onions and chili peppers is a zesty delight.

A bowl of Asian ramen

Soba in Japan

We’ve all think we know Soba, but when you try these long thin buckwheat noodles served in a broth in Japan, your taste buds will know the difference.

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