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There’s nothing like experiencing a signature dish in its home country. While you can recreate regional cuisines at home, why not take the adventure with us to sample local food and drink at its source? Find your perfect tour and discover this classic regional fare.

Antipasti
ITALY'S SIGNATURE APPETIZER

Florentine meals usually begin with antipasti, and our guests indulge in some of the best meats and cheeses of the region during dinner. There are many foods you may see on your antipasti, but here are some of the most popular meats and cheeses you’ll find on this dish while in Florence:

PROSCIUTTO

A thin-sliced cured ham, served uncooked. Has a buttery texture with a sweet, mild flavor.

SALAME TOSCANO

A lean, slow-aged pork with a distinctive set of spices and aroma.

CAPOCOLLO

A traditional pork cold cut made from dry-cured muscle. Not as brined as ham.

SOPPRESSATA

A dry salami with several varieties, with the two principal types being a cured dry sausage typical of Basilicata, Apulia, and Calabria, and a very different uncured salame, made in Tuscany and Liguria.

MARZOLINO CHEESE

A soft cheese that is mild and fragrant with a snowy white color.

PECORINO CHEESE

A hard and salty cheese made from sheep’s milk. Also used for grating on top of dishes.

Sample some antipasti on one of our Italy tours.

Succulent Street Food
IN VIETNAM

Vietnam is renowned for its fantastic street food. The smells and sounds of the bustling streets surround you as you encounter people cooking fresh food right there in front of you. If you see one of these dishes, stop and give it a try.

PHO (‘FUH’)

As one of the most widely recognized Vietnamese foods in the world, it can be found just about anywhere in Vietnam. It’s a combination of soft rice noodles in broth with either beef or chicken and topped with chopped onions and fresh herbs.

BAHN MI

This is perhaps the most ubiquitous street food in Vietnam. It’s a crusty baguette that’s sliced in half and stuffed with pate, pork, shredded pork skin, mayonnaise, carrot pickles, cucumbers, cilantro, and Vietnamese radish.

BROKEN RICE (COM TAM)

During the process of milling rice, some of the grains are broken. These fast cooking grains are softer and absorb sauces more easily, making it a local favorite. Broken rice can be served with prawns, pork, chicken, fried egg, and pickled vegetables.

Pick up a bahn mi sandwich or be delighted by a delicious bowl of pho when you set out on one of our tours to Vietnam.

 

Churrasco
A BRAZILIAN BARBECUE

In Brazil, the term churrasco describes a popular style of barbeque in which a variety of meats seasoned with salt and spices are roasted to perfection on a skewer over a wood or charcoal fire. It’s similar to what is called asado in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.

A churrascaria is the steakhouse that serves the churrasco, often in an all-you-can-eat style (bring your appetite!). Waiters, called Passadores, carry skewers full of pork, lamb, duck, and ham with pineapple, sausage, seafood, beef, and chicken around the restaurant, slicing portions onto the diners’ plates.

Side dishes include different sauces, fresh salads, and farofa, a toasted cassava flour mixture with a smoky and lightly salted flavor that complements the barbequed meat. These restaurants are most popular in Brazil, but can be found elsewhere in Latin America as well as Europe and the United States.

Get a taste of authentic Brazilian churrasco with our tours to Brazil.

Red or Green?
ANSWER THIS QUERY AFTER
A VISIT TO NEW MEXICO

On a tour of the American Southwest, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dish that doesn’t feature green chile sauce. Smothered on top of tamales, mixed into hearty stews, folded into a breakfast burrito, or even baked into chocolates, the green chile is a staple of New Mexican cuisine. Once you take a bite of the sauce created from this piquant pepper, you’ll understand why it’s a hit with locals and natives alike.

It should be noted that once ripened, a green chile turns red. And for many locals, the flavor of the red chile is preferred. In fact, in New Mexico the official state question is: red or green? Depending on who you ask, red and green chiles are either wildly different or taste pretty much the same. To accommodate these preferences, some restaurants will feature both varieties or serve dishes “Christmas style” mixing red and green together.

Nicole Ammerman,
Director of the Santa Fe School of Cooking, on the uniqueness of the red and green chile:

Most people prefer the green chile for its fresh, vegetable flavor, while the red is often ripened and dried in the sun, presenting a much more complex taste. Once you live here, you adjust to the flavors and sometimes, you change your mind! I tell first-time visitors not to be scared of the spice and to try a classic dish, like tamales smothered in green chile.

Spice up your life on a visit to New Mexico, Land of Enchantment and mecca of the green chile:

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