Pamper Your Palate in Provence
Few people consider going down under for a culinary adventure, but Sydney features truly amazing cuisine. The city has always been a tourist’s dream but now it’s a sanctuary for foodies as well. Some of the fare is indigenous, literally tens of thousands years old, with recipes and diets colloquially known as bush tucker. With globalization, local cuisine is now infused with multicultural foods of every imaginable flavor. British food is a high point, dating back to Australia’s origins, but it’s no longer the base.
While Aussies love burgers and barbecue, they also adore Chinese and Italian, plus their own traditional Australian cuisine. Many restaurants are purely organic and some offer bush tucker food like crocodile and exotic seafood. Try Adamo’s for Italian, Albion Lane Cafe for Mosman fare, and Bar Cupola for more modern Australian delicacies. If you want to cook yourself, try David Jones Food Hall, the Fourth Village Providore, or fresh Wild Basket.
Head to Hong Kong for Haute Street Food
Hong Kong offers a wealth of sights, smells, and tastes. Packed, pungent, and alive, the entire city seems like it’s eating all the time. Before becoming a huge tourist scene, locals feasted almost solely on fresh seafood, vegetables, and rice, often right on the street—which is of course why street food is still such a big thing. These days, there are thousands of restaurants specializing in every kind of cuisine, including authentic local dishes, such as the six-hour Beggar’s Chicken.
It’s best to head to the more traditional local eateries, many of which exist in hotels. Kowloon thrives with fine places to eat, but at the Mandarin Oriental, you’ll find flavorful fusion food with haute flair. Yung Kee and Man Wah are excellent, as is Indochine. Here, unless you need something quick, ignore the stores. The open air markets and alley stalls in Lan Kwai Fong have the best foods at the best deals.
Paris, New York City, Morocco, and New Orleans are all excellent places to take your appetite as well, but start with lesser known destinations. What’s your dream foodie bucket list?