The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil's landscape is dramatically varied ranging from the Amazon, to grasslands, swamplands, pine forests, and coastal plains. Like the land, the people of Brazil are just as varied, with strong Amerindian, Portuguese and African influences. At the heart of the Brazilian diet are Rice, Beans and Manioc (also known as Cassava or Yucca). When we think of Brazilian food, first to mind is churrasco style cooking. In this country, barbecue isn't just a way of cooking, it's a way of life (just visit the city of Nova Brescia and you'll find a statue of a man barbecuing in the central plaza!). Festive gatherings bring loved ones together to grill different types of meat on long skewers, from Prime Rib, Linguica (a Portuguese-style sausage), Lamb, Chicken and more. But at the heart of these celebrations is the family spirit, which is so important in this stunning country.
This landlocked country is bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. It's a fascinating place with an even more enchanting history. With influence from their neighbours along with both Turkish and Roman cultures, Hungary has everything from gorgeous architecture to mineral spas to what's considered one of the most intricate languages... Hungarian food is one of the most sophisticated styles of cooking in Eastern Europe and in Budapest, you'll enjoy everything from Hungarian-style cafes, trendy eateries, to Michelin-starred restaurants. And while you may be surprised, Hungarian wines are some of the most revered in the world.
A rich region but a surprisingly young country - transport to the food mecca of Italy. Known world over as the favorite food of almost all, it could take a lifetime to master all of Italy's most famous dishes. With a diverse country ranging from rice fields to some of the best dairies in the world, it's impossible to not fall in love with Italy.
This delicious country is a favorite in world cuisine. Authentic Mexican food is vibrant, fresh, spicy and fun. It is uses an amazing array of chillies, both fresh and dried. Incredibly complex and filled with history, Mexico’s six major regions are culinarily diverse due to key differences in geography, and history. The north of Mexico is known for beef and goat, in the Yucatan, food tends to be sweeter and less spicy whereas the Oaxacan region is known for its savoury tamales and moles.
At the narrowest point, this North African country is only 9 miles from Spain. It borders the Atlantic ocean, shares a large coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and has deserts and mountains that rival any country. The largest city is also its largest port, Casablanca, famed for the movie (none of which was actually filmed in the country). From colorful pottery, lively markets, chaotic streets, peaceful desserts, songful Mosques, and maze-like streets, Morocco will forever capture the spirit of the lustful traveller. But it's food... It's food! Berber, Arabic, Turkish, Middle Eastern, and French influences culminate to create a unique blend of spices and a shared eating experience you'll long for. From surfers to historians to explorers, Morocco is a destination that should be on everyone's list.
Affectionately known as "The Big Easy" the city of New Orleans is world renowned for its music, architecture, night-life and of course its Creole cuisine. A deeply unique metropolis in the United States, this colorful port city has been influenced by its location along the Mississippi River and has a complex history. Influences from France, Spain, Africa, Germany, Italy, Canada and Native Americans have developed a cuisine rich in sauces, spice, seafood and food from the land and even the surrounding wet lands. Arguably the most important contributor to American cuisine, NOLA is home to classics including Gumbo, Oysters Rockefeller, Po' Boys, Muffulettas, Etouffee, Bananas Foster, Jambalaya and many more.
Land of the legendary Incas, Peru is home to one of the earliest civilizations and richest history in the world. From the Amazon, to the Andes, to the coastline, the bustling capital city, or the mythical Machu Picchu, Peru will bring any traveller absolute delight. An incredibly biodiverse country, Peru is home to over 3,000 varieties of potatoes, wild produce and giant corn, so big you'll gasp with shock. With a bountiful land and ethnically diverse country, it's no wonder Peru has seen a wave of culinary nods becoming one of the world's most revered gastronomic destinations. One taste of their Nikkei dishes, and you'll understand why.
Welcome to Spain, a country devoted to living the good life. From ancient cities, wild cliffs, the snow capped Sierra Nevada, to the sun and salty waters of the Mediterranean - in Spain, you'll find everything and more. Food and wine are the soul of the country. Home cooks have recipes they pass down through the generations and celebrity chefs share the same corner. Be it enjoying Tapa at a rowdy bar to splurging on an elegant Michelin starred meal - this country is one that has it all.
Thailand is as stunning as it is diverse. With landscape ranging from deep jungle to vibrant cities to some of the best beaches in the world, this relaxing country is filled with beauty all around. Whether you appreciate the grand monasteries or the waves crashing against the shoreline, there is something for everyone to discover. Arguably though, it's the flavors, and not the sights that put this country on the global must-visit map. The perfect balance of salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy - it's hard to not fall in love with everything Thailand has to offer.