One of the fabulous perks about being on the road is that you get to have new culinary experiences that just are not available at home. Whether it be new ingredients or different standards for health codes, there are always tasty adventures to be had. In light of the many adventures we’ve during our travels, I bring you Shaun and Erica’s favorite foods from around the world!
1. Mexico City, Mexico – Tacos Al Pastor
Well… duh. If you haven’t heard my freaking out over this delicious taco then you either don’t read my feeds very often or may be on another planet. My answer for favorite food is ALWAYS tacos al pastor. Prepared rotisserie-style like kebabs, this orange, porky goodness melts in your mouth with fresh corn tortillas, pineapple, cilantro, and onion. If they make the fire hot enough you even get a bit of crispies in it that make me swoon.
2. Takayama, Japan – Hida Beef
We may still drool a little bit whenever we talk about this meal. Hida Beef is from cows in the Hida Prefecture of Japan. Often neck and neck in the taste-o-meter with Kobe, this marble-y goodness is probably the most delicious beef we’ve had… ever. And we’re from Texas. This melt in your mouth meat was served to us three ways: Sukiyaki style, grilled, and cooked on a magnolia leaf. The Sukiyaki took the cake. Dip, boil, dip in raw egg, consume. YUM.
3. Medellin, Colombia – Straight Up Homestyle Cooking
This very well may be one of Shaun’s favorite meals that we’ve ever had and it was prepared by a 60+ year old cleaning lady of a friend. Beans with plantains, avocado, a fried egg, and chicharrones (pork cracklings). Not only was it a welcome lunch from our Couchsurfing host Cristina, but it was a fabulous way to get us attached to Medellin.
4. Montanita, Ecuador -Black Shell Ceviche
You don’t have to look very hard for the hoards of carts out on the beach selling fresh ceviche. This is one of the many perks to living or visiting the coast – the endless amount of fresh seafood. While I was a little wary of the black meat sliding into my bowl, the taste was fabulous. While octopus (pulpo) is a close second for my favorite ceviche, the black shell ceviche wins and can only be found in Ecuador and Peru.
It isn’t a secret that Argentina has some of the best steak in the world. I may have lost my Texan card when I exclaimed that these guys know how to grill up meat even better than the steakhouses at home (BBQ is a different story). Tender, rare, and delicious, La Cabrera ruined our taste buds (order the Ojo de Bife).
I sense a theme of meat here… I’m sure this list will change the more that we travel, and I’m definitely looking forward to that. Eating is one of the biggest perks of travel to us. What makes your top 5 list?