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Top Destinations Food Lovers Should Visit This Month

There are so many great things about vacationing. The main one being finding new places to eat with you dishes to try. Whether you travel for the food, the adventure, or both, here are a few destinations you should visit as soon as you can.

Hangzhou, China
A short distance from Shanghai, Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang Province and currently has a population of two-and-a-half million people. Visitors often relay stories of how beautiful the scenery of Hangzhou is, from the tea leaves to the pagodas, it is simply amazing.

Visitors will also be able to tell you that there is an abundance of markets and restaurants available. Travellers will be able to sample fresh produce, seafood, and tasty snacks which include:

  • Wontons
  • Moon cakes
  • Dim sum
  • Crab steamed buns

Among the many restaurants include in Hangzhou, the most popular include West Lake and Kui Yuan Guan Lou Wai Lou. Must try dishes from these restaurants include:

  • Fried shrimps with longjing tea leaves
  • Beggar’s chicken
  • Fish-head platter
  • Noodles with fried eel slices

If you hurry and visit before autumn is over, you’ll be able to attend the annual Hangzhou Food Festival!

Melbourne, Australia
Unknown to many, Melbourne is the second largest city and one of the most diverse cities in Australia. The mixture of this city’s multicultural population (European, Asian, and Indian) lend to Melbourne having one of the most remarkable cuisines in the world.

Travellers can visit the city center and venture off to St. Kilda, Chinatown, and Fitzroy where they can try food and beverages from the many restaurants and bars. Among the restaurants travellers should try to visit include:

  • Kong
  • Cumulua
  • MoVida
  • 8 Bit
  • Jinda Thai
  • Boat Frankie
  • Raph Rashid

Houston, Texas
Yes, you read that right! Houston, Texas is one of the best cities for foodies! With a current population of over two million people, Houston is starting to make a name for itself as far as the food scene is concerned. There are over 1000 food trucks to be found and sampled from!

Popular restaurants, food trucks, and markets you should visit include:

  • Phoenicia and Revival
  • Little Bigs
  • Tacos Tierra Caliente

Try to get out and visit the city’s biggest weekly farmer’s market, the Urban Harvest.


Travel Spotlight: European Cooking Classes

Whether you are traveling internationally or domestically, it is always important to sample the native cuisine as it can be a thorough insight into the culture of a region. One of the best ways to experience a foreign cuisine is through a cooking class. Many travelers often reap the benefits of eating out at restaurants while exploring, however cooking classes are becoming increasingly popular especially overseas in eastern and western Europe. So if you are traveling overseas, here are 4 cooking classes to keep an eye out for in some of the landmark cities.

Promenades Gourmandes With Paule Caillet
Paris, France
Taught in the personal kitchen of Paule Caillet is this world renowned cooking experience. The classes are taught in small groups of 9 or less, and are a full 6 hours. This class starts with a full tour of the french market, before settling into the kitchen to start the preparation. As one could assume, the cuisine is a French style known as bourgeoise, and is considered to be the soul of France. When booking a class here, be sure to allocate a full day, including room for a small nap after.

Tuscany Region, Italy
Tuscookany is a world renowned cooking vacation resort located in the heart of the famous Italian Tuscan Region. Tuscanooky offers cooking classes for participants of all ages making it a perfect experience for the entire family. The classes come in 3 day packages as well as two different one week packages, making this a significant commitment while on vacation. The Tuscanooky staff incorporates breathtaking tours and instructional activities, however they do allow for plenty of rest time in their luxurious villas.

Billingsgate Seafood School
London, England
If seafood is your thing, then Billingsgate is your place. The Billingsgate Seafood School is a nonprofit program that emphasizes the importance of responsible fishing and how it translates into gourmet cooking. The program offers many specialized programs ranging from knife skills to sushi preparation. Billingsgate has been in the seafood business since the late 1800s, so one can infer that they have mastered the art. Come to Billingsgate and experience the world famous seafood giant in the historic Docklands of London.

Cook and Taste: Spanish Cooking
Barcelona, Spain
Although Cook and Taste is a fairly new program, that doesn’t mean they are any less experienced. Cook and Taste offers half day sessions with market tours included for classes up to 15 participants of any age. Cook and Taste is famous for their incorporation of other cultures into their spanish dishes to make for an innovative and thorough experience. Be sure to pay attention in this class as the Chef’s are known to give tips on how to recreate the dishes in a personal kitchen at home.

Top 4 Things To Do In San Francisco

San Francisco has a lot to offer, from its wide range of historical landmarks to its beautiful scenery. The Golden Gate city truly has it all, making it the perfect place to add to your travel bucket list. Before you book your trip to San Francisco make sure you take look at the top four things to do in this lovely city!

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the first things you must do when you make it to the Bay Area, is go see the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. This classic landmark is an inspiring sight no matter how you decide to enjoy it. Whether you walk, bike, shop or capture photos of the beautiful scenery, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

AT&T Park

AT&T Park is home to MLB’s San Francisco Giants, one of the oldest professional franchises in the history of American baseball. This beautiful stadium is located along San Francisco’s Bay, allowing fans to catch views of the water while enjoying America’s pastime. Now, what can be better than that? For all of you baseball fans you can take a tour of the stadium and get an opportunity to see the field, dugout, locker rooms and more. It is truly an unbelievable experience for fans. These tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. rain or shine, and tickets cost $22 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz continues to be a popular San Francisco attraction for families and history fanatics. It is a former prison located on a small island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.  This historic place has so much to offer as you can learn about the penitentiary itself,  see how prisoners lived, and even learn about the top criminals that were incarcerated here.

Cable Cars

Cable cars are a popular tourist attraction and an awesome way to check out some of the finest views in San Francisco. San Fran’s cable car system is the last of its kind in the United States, and is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city. The cable cars are not to be the fastest hub of transportation, but they are still seen to be a big hit in the Bay Area.  You can catch the cable cars from a few spots around town.

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