Food is my number one. I'm known among friends to always have snacks on hand, and much of my tips from work are spent on food. Food's always been there for me. Combining this with my love for travel means that wherever I have traveled in the past, food has been a concern. What will the food be like? What are the places to eat? These are important considerations. So, here are eight dishes, from eight countries, that I would get on a plane just to try.
2. Chicon Au Gratin
3. Pão de Queijo
4. Scotch egg
Eggs are great just as they are. But wrap them in meat, bread crumbs and then deep fry them? Genius! These beauties are said to come from London. Another reason to go back to England! They can also be found throughout the United Kingdom and the whole of Ireland. So there's my excuse to see Ireland! I'll be able to cross Dublin off my list.
Okay, this dish is just plain fun to say. Most of the German language is. With a last name like Klingbeil, I really should be visiting Germany regardless. But this potato pancake really seals the deal. They're made of ground or grated potatoes, egg, flour, onion and seasonings and fried in a pan. They can be sides to savory dishes or eaten with fruit, applesauce or cinnamon sugar. Yes, please!
Afghans are pretty interesting desserts. They're chocolate, but are made with cornflakes mixed into the dough. They're topped with chocolate icing and a walnut. They are said to have a unique texture, and they're supposedly not extremely sweet. They come from New Zealand. I always knew there was a reason I wanted to visit New Zealand, and it's definitely these cookies.
8. Crema Catalana
Another dessert! Crema Catalana might seem to be identical to crème brûlée, but it has some subtle differences. It has custard with lemon rind and cinnamon, not vanilla, and it is served cold. Refreshing! This one comes from Spain, which is a country that's already on my travel bucket list. I'm definitely visiting now. Food is always a good reason to travel.