Foodie Alert! 4 Ways to Engage Your Appetite in Your Travels

When gather to eat, we gather in love and friendship.

Eating while traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Treating the senses to beautifully prepared dishes crafted with the freshest ingredients partnered with an education in local cuisine is pure bliss.

When we fondly reflect on our most beloved vacations, the food we ate is often the star of these memories. Because we all know it isn’t just about the food. It’s about the people around the table with us. How we spend our days together. The anticipation of the adventures tomorrow will bring.

Immerse Yourself in Food Experiences While Traveling

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

Luciano Pavarotti

#1 Enjoy Food Destinations in Our Country’s Backyard (the US)

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According to U.S. News and World Report, here are the top three cities for food in the USA and why they top the list:

San Francisco – SFO features a food scene that ranges from Michelin-star restaurants (it’s one of only four U.S. cities to have a Michelin guide!) to hole-in-the-wall favorites. The various neighborhoods in the city tout global cuisine, like Italian fare in North Beach and Mexican food in The Mission.
New Orleans – Cajun and Creole food tempt travelers, as does the promise of strong coffee and the powder-sugary goodness of fluffy beignets.
Chicago – This Midwest culinary capital serves up deep dish pizza, hot dogs (dragged through the garden), and Italian beef sandwiches.

Other cities in the top ten? New York City, Los Angeles, Charleston, Seattle, and Houston to name a few!

#2 Culinary Tours
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Culinary tours are a fun way to immerse yourself in your destination, learn a little history, and of course, eat delicious cuisine. Some culinary tours focus on a specific type of food (chocolate, for example) while some visit a few restaurants to sample beverages, baked goods, and typical dishes of the region.

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

James Beard

#3 Cooking Classes
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Eating your way around the world is fun, but if you’re really looking to embrace your inner foodie, why not combine your enthusiasm with a little education?

Cooking classes combine the skills of food preparation with the pleasure of eating, giving you the know-how when you return home to “revisit” your favorite places through your newly acquired chef skills. From cupcake decorating on a cruise ship, to mixology classes at a resort, to pizza making in Italy, the options are truly endless.

#4 Specialty Dining on Cruise Ships

While cruise ship dining was long associated with basic dining room fare and midnight buffets, cruise ships of today tout creative menus, fun dining experiences, and a variety of specialty restaurants that cater to every preference.

Let’s look at a few fun offerings on some of the larger ocean ships. Be sure to plan ahead and make your reservations before sailing so you don’t miss out on a unique meal at sea.

Wonderland (Royal Caribbean)
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Imaginative cuisine inspired by the five elements (earth, sea, fire, ice, and sun) reigns supreme at Wonderland, where your dining experience kicks off with dipping a paintbrush in water and painting your menu to reveal your options. The food presentation here is stunning – be sure to have your camera ready as your server places each dish before you.

Crown Grill (Princess)
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Named among USA Today’s “Best Cruise Steakhouses,” Crown Grill offers passengers an elegant dining experience complete with an open theater style kitchen. Snuggle into a comfortable booth and feast on a classic filet mignon or broiled lobster tail; then finish your meal with the indulgent Warm Chocolate Mousse Trifle.

Le Petit Chef (Celebrity)
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Le Petit Chef isn’t just dinner…it’s a unique dining experience paired with an enchanting story told through table art. Four animated miniature chefs from Italy, Spain, France, and Japan showcase specialty dishes from their homelands, combining a choreographed tabletop show with the server’s presentation of your meal. It’s a magical display of culinary and art skills that you’ll remember forever.

Food Republic (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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When everyone’s taste buds are craving something different, Food Republic provides a delicious solution: a menu that features a fusion of flavors from around the world. Sushi, handhelds, small plates, and desserts are all perfect for sharing and sampling at this tasty eatery.

Cucina del Capitano (Carnival)
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Embracing family-style dining in a restaurant that provokes the warmth and love of an Italian dining room, Cucina del Capitano charms with its red and white checkered tablecloths and crew family photos. A comprehensive menu of classic Italian dishes might make decisions challenging, but luckily sharing here is encouraged!

Let’s make your next trip deliciously memorable when we work together to plan a fun foodie vacation!

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