In my travels around the world I have tasted some outstanding food and drink. Here are some of the foods that are more than worth traveling for:
Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara (Rome, Italy)-
I’m typically not a fan of pasta, but Roman pasta is different than most. Cacio e Pepe literally means “cheese and pepper,” and the only ingredients are pasta, pecorino cheese, fresh ground black pepper, and olive oil. However, when each of those ingredients are of the highest quality (as they are in many place in Rome) the results are delicious. Another amazing pasta dish to get in Rome is pasta carbonara. While cream is used to make a white carbonara in many places worldwide, real carbonara (as it is made in the Rome area) has more of a yellow tint because egg yolks are used, not cream. This makes the dish much tastier when made well. Also, the gelato in Rome is amazing as well. While Rome is a very historical city, it is the tastiest food city I have visited. Fortunately there are so many great things to see, so I can do plenty of walking and sightseeing to get my appetite up between meals.
Brioche Pistachio Gelato Sandwich (Palmero, Sicily, Italy)-
When I eat unhealthy I want it to be worth it, and the brioche pistachio gelato sandwich I had in Sicily definitely was. Sicily is famous for their pistachios and their gelato, so their pistachio gelato is an absolute delight. It is common in Sicily to order the scoops of gelato on a brioche bun, and while its not very healthy (and I wouldn’t recommend eating it every day), it tastes absolutely amazing. Sicily also has some amazing pasta, cannoli, and arancini.
Franklin BBQ (Austin, Texas, USA)-
The best barbecue food I have ever eaten in my life was the barbecue I had at Franklin’s in Austin. Although there was a significant wait in line, it was more than worth it. The brisket there melts in your mouth and is incredibly flavorful. Also, Franklin’s has the stamp of approval from the late great Anthony Bourdain. In addition to some other great barbecue places (like La Barbecue), Austin also has some great taco places (like Torchy’s and Veracruz), some excellent nitro coffee, and some fun speakeasies.
Indian food (London, England, United Kingdom)-
Indian food is excellent in many parts of the United Kingdom, but the Indian food I had at Dishoom in London is the best I have eaten so far. Both the food and the chai tea (which was bottomless at lunch!) were excellent. In addition to Dishoom, London has a massive amount of other good food options, and the Borough Market is one of the best food market I have been to in the world.
Brennan’s (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)-
The tastiest (but most expensive) breakfast I have eaten to date was the breakfast I had at Brennan’s in New Orleans. The soft-scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked, and there was real truffle shaved in and on the eggs. Also, I’m not a big bread person, but the brioche bread at Brennan’s is probably the best bread I’ve ever had. New Orleans also has some great Cajun and Creole food, and it is possibly the best city in the world for cocktails.
The Black Hoof (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)-
Located in Toronto, the Black Hoof offers some unique and incredibly tasty food.
Graeter’s (Columbus, Ohio, USA)-
Based out of the Cincinnati area (but reaching into other cities in Ohio and Kentucky), Graeter’s serves the best (non gelato) ice cream I have had anywhere in the world.
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