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18th February, 2020

Foodie heaven

An abstract illustration of a crab, wooden spoon, onion, fish and a lemon

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

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, chilli and garlic on a street stall in Thailand, you are getting an insight into that country’s authentic heart.

Here are some of our top foodie picks:

Meshkak in Oman

A plate of meshkak

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.

Ceviche in Peru

A plate of shrimp and mango ceviche

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

Soba in Japan

A bowl of Asian ramen

We 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.

Find out more about culinary travel experiences for foodies and popular global cuisines with our previous blogs.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.