• Be a food enthusiast abroad

    CWT Savvy Traveler
    Food can be intimidating when traveling internationally, especially when it’s a dish you’re unfamiliar with. But an ability to shed the fear of the unfamiliar can open the door to a whole new facet of the human experience. The next time you happen to be traveling abroad—whether for business or pleasure—be sure to treat your taste buds to some of the local delicacies. Here are some dishes we recommend!

    Spain: Paella

    This saffron-infused rice dish is cooked with anything and everything ranging from chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, beans, peas, artichokes and peppers. Paella is the quintessential must-try in Spain. It must be made in a traditional “paellera”, a large round pan that is seasoned with olive oil before each use.

    Paella, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Paella, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

     

    Egypt: Ful Medames

    Skip the cereal for breakfast while in Egypt and instead try Ful Medames, a hearty dish made with beans, eggs, and pita bread. Fava beans are cooked with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and cumin, and served with a hot fried egg and warm pita bread.

    Ful Medames, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Ful Medames, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

     

    India: Masala Dosas

    A spicy, savory cousin to the crêpe, Masala Dosa is made from ground rice and various kinds of beans. It’s lightly cooked into a pancake-like wrap that is then filled with a mixture of potatoes, mustard seeds, curry, cumin, onion, peppers, and turmeric.

    Masala Dosa, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Masala Dosa, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

     

    El Salvador: Pupusas

    Ready for a pumped-up quesadilla? This traditional Salvadorian street food consists of a thick, hearty corn tortilla filled with cheese, beans, or meat, and is then cooked over a wood fire. Served with “curtido”, a slightly fermented cabbage relish, this is comfort food with a kick.

    Pupusas, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Pupusas, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

     

    New Zealand: KiwiBurger

    An amusing addition to any trip abroad is a visit to an American classic— McDonald’s®— to see how the local Golden Arches put their own spin on the McMenu. In New Zealand, the restaurants boast the “KiwiBurger.” Made out of the traditional beef patty, plus eggs, beets, tomato, tomato sauce, lettuce, cheese, mustard, tomato sauce and onions on a warm toasted bun, this local favorite’s name ironically has nothing to do with the kiwi fruit or the kiwi bird.

    Kiwiburger, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Kiwiburger, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

     

    What dishes have you tried abroad that you’d suggest to fellow readers? Share it with us in the comments below!

    Happy Eating and Safe Travels!

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