Around The World In Eighty Trays: Countries To Visit And Delicacies To Try

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Tired of fish and chips? Pie and mash? Meat and two veg? It’s not surprising. It turns out that not many people have much variation in the foods that they cook and many end up eating the same dishes over and over. No wonder a lot of us don’t look forward to mealtimes anymore. So when you’re away on holiday, leave these dishes at home. Try out local foods. If you don’t like anything, then nothing is lost. But your new favorite food might well be out there. Here are a few places to visit if you want to spice up your life.

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Morocco

Morocco. Famous for its beaches, markets, camels and surf. This North African, coastal country has so much to offer. From world famous Casablanca and Marrakesh, to smaller towns such as Fez and Lixus. There are bustling cities, mountain retreats and breathtaking deserts. For a real taste of Morocco, stay in villa type accommodation. Avoid resorts and delve into local culture. Dine in local restaurants. Shop in small market stalls. Embrace the true flavours of Morocco and you’ll want to return over and over again.

Recommended Dish: Tagine, a pot of bubbling stew with ingredients of your choice, available at most roadsides as well as in restaurants

Recommended Drink: Not all areas of Morocco readily serve alcohol, but in the areas that do, try out Mahia. This a potent liquor made from distilled figs grown locally. One will be plenty more than enough.

Catalina Island, Dominican Republic. A woman in traditional outfit in front of a bungalow on a seashore (full length portrait)

By Mstyslav Chernov (otrs email) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dominican Republic

The Caribbean is host to so many countries and islands that it’s hard to pick just one out. But let’s go for the Dominican Republic. One of the larger countries in the Caribbean, it is a beautiful, green, tropical land with golden beaches. The local language is Spanish. We’d recommend staying in a hotel for this one, as local housing is generally, unsurprisingly, being used by the locals. Bathe in the sea on beautiful beaches. Dance the country’s national dance, the merengue, and bask in the sun’s rays.

Recommended Dish: Tostones! These are fried plantain and will make a great accompaniment to almost any dish.

Recommended Drink: The Caribbean is famous for its rum and the Dominican Republic has some of the best. For an alternative, try out Mama Juana. It’s a concoction of rum, red wine and honey in spices.

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Sri Lanka

Beautiful greenery, elephants and a rich cultural history. Sri Lanka is a perfect getaway in the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of world heritage sites to visit and miniature tours of parts of the island itself. With mountains to climb and botanical gardens to explore, you’re not going to have a chance to get bored. While you’re there, check out local temples. These trips will be so rewarding.

Recommended Dish: Kotu Rotti. This is the ultimate Sri Lankan street food. There’s no better way to try out local, cultural cuisine. It’s essentially a stir fry of rice, meat or vegetables and soy sauce.

Recommended Drink: Toddy. This is a mildly alcoholic, fermented drink, drawn from palm trees.

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