Favorite Travel Destinations & Dishes Abroad, Unforgettable Places Overseas

As a worldwide traveler disenchanted with American consumerism and individualism, I prefer spending Thanksgiving among the poor overseas where the true meaning of thankfulness can be felt from the heart. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Americans want to embrace and experience their world.

Favorite Thanksgiving destinations abroad are Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, the Orient, and Eastern Europe all of which you can get treated like family upon arrival and get more bang for your buck despite the decline of the dollar.

Must taste foods overseas are:

Costa Rica – ceviche (a phenomenal culinary delight – fish marinated and cooked in lemon juice)

Caribbean – jerk chicken and conch chowder

Orient – Tom kha gai (coconut milk soup with seafood) and Beijing duck

Eastern Europe – borsh (a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice and beef)

Even if you can’t get away and travel abroad for the holidays, try some new cuisine to thrill your taste buds! There are many international fusion restaurants that combine the best of certain ethnic cuisines in which you are sure to find something every family member will enjoy.

Best of all is the cultural experience in which you can learn about the way other nationalities cook, eat, and interact. I find this to be priceless and most enjoyable. Truly global travel has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has enlarged my heart and enabled me to embrace my world.

Imagine a world without war. Perhaps global peace will begin when we all start traveling to one another’s countries and eating at the same culinary table.

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Travel With These 5 Healthy Foods

The 5 selected foods will boost your energy, control your blood sugar levels and even provide you with the antioxidants you need to combat the stress of traveling or the change in sleep schedules.

The selected snack items require little to no refrigeration and contain a variety of nutrients. They also travel well and take up little space.

Apples – This easy fruit has great fiber and is very refreshing when traveling. I call apples natures toothbrush, with my teeth always feeling cleaner after I’ve eaten my apple. Apples will stay fresh for over a week, minus any bruising. The fiber will balance your blood sugar levels, cleanse your digestive tract and has few calories.

Raw Nuts – Having a variety of raw nuts on hand will give you a powerful punch of minerals, vitamins and good quality fat and protein ratios. I also like to add Goji Berries with my raw nuts, which is considered a superfood. Goji berries offer protection from cancer, increasing longevity, boosting the immune system and lowering cholesterol. Since all dried fruit has higher amounts of sugar, I always consume with a fat and protein, such as raw nuts to slow the glucose load. Other foods to add to your raw nut mix are cocoa nibs, shredded coconut and any seasonings to add flavor to your mix. My favorite is nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

Hemp Seeds – can be purchased in sealed foiled bags for easy transport. They have been used for over 2000 years as a healing and tonifiying food in treating a number of ailments. Hemp is protein rich, gluten free with great omega fatty acids and fiber.

Chia Seeds – More and more people are becoming aware of Chia Seeds and the healthy properties they hold. They contain great omega 3 fatty acids, hunger satisfying protein and lots of antioxidants. Mix 2 tbsps of chia seeds per 16 oz of water and you’ve got a hydrating power pack snack.

Carrots or Pea pods – the art of chewing is sometimes great to pass the time while traveling. So if you must chew, chew on fibrous veggies that will provide nutrients. This crunchy snack doesn’t need refrigeration for an entire day and is rich in vitamin A and K and other antioxidants.

This is a good start on high nutrient dense foods to carry with you while traveling. Simple yet effective ideas. So, what’s your favorite traveling snack?

Road Trips And Good Food – A Matched Pair

After giving it a chance, most people find they like the experience of a nice road trip. Whether it’s just an afternoon, a whole day, or multiple days in a row, a road trip can be just the diversion you need to get you away from the stress of regular life. While on a road trip you have many different options as far as meal and meal preparation go, don’t overlook the opportunity to make your food one of the highlights of your road trip.

Your first option for eating while road tripping is bringing your own food along. Whether you brown-bag-it or ice-chest-it doesn’t matter, the thing that will make this road trip most memorable is where the food gets eaten. Eating in the car as you drive can be fun, when you couple good food with good conversation, everyone has a great time. The downside of eating in the car is that it limits you to foods that aren’t too messy or need to be convenient to hold. Another option is to stop and have a picnic. If you’re out to see the sights anyway, why not just stop at a favorite state park, historical site, or almost any interesting place you find and spread the blanket out and eat comfortably. This allows you to spend a little more quality time at this one spot and who knows, you might find out something you don’t know about it too. Stopping for a picnic lunch also breaks up the drive a bit, which is very handy if you have children along.

Your second option for eating while road tripping, is to eat out. Eating out can be a great experience, and it too can break up the long drive and provide some comfort for you and your fellow travelers. If you want to make eating out a highlight of your road trip then stay away from the national chain restaurants and fast food franchises. Why devote a day or a weekend to getting away from it all and then choose to eat at the same places you can eat at when you’re at home? So whether it’s sub sandwiches, hamburgers and fries, or deep fried fish you’re wanting – choose a locally owned eatery. There are many reasons to try locally owned restaurants and places to eat. You may be forced to try something you never would have on your own, and find out that you love it. The food is usually of superior quality at smaller restaurants when compared to national chains that flavor their food to please the masses. Many times, you will find that the owner or owners of the restaurant are the ones doing the cooking and the food tastes much better because they know their business is on the line.

Eating should not only be a necessary part of your next road trip, it should be a highlight. Whether you’re using the opportunity to picnic near a waterfall, or enjoy homemade spare ribs at a diner that only seats twelve people, accenting your road trip with memorable meals can lead to a more enjoyable trip.

Food Allergy Tips: Traveling With a Corn Allergy

Traveling with a corn allergy, or any food allergy, can be daunting. You cannot bring any kind of creamy foods or liquids. So, what’s a person with a food allergy to do, especially if it’s severe enough that you just can’t take a chance? If you have a severe allergy, you will want to wear a medic alert bracelet and consult your doctor before travel to take the proper precautions.

Although my allergy is not life threatening, as some food allergies can be, I personally try not to eat anything in the airports due to the extreme discomfort of the combination of flying and swelling up at the same time. Also, who wants to feel tired and rotten while traveling? So, I do my best to pack foods that can pass through security and I make them aware that I have all those foods and let them check everything as carefully as they like. They usually just have me send it through the machine like everything else.

What can’t go into your food bag is the following: anything creamy like dips or peanut butter, salsa, jelly, spreadable cheese, gravy, syrup, oil, vinegar, sauces, salad dressing, or soups. This leaves out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for sure! You can’t even buy a salad at the airport and bring your own dressing. Also, you won’t have any way to keep things cold for an extended period besides just a little cooler bag or insulated lunch bag perhaps.

To plan well for your trip, consider how much you will need to eat before you arrive at your destination. If you are taking an international flight, plan well. Food bars with vitamins and protein are a great option. Crackers with whole chunks of hard cheese, that you plan to consume early on, are another option. Cookies and muffins usually come through as cakes are allowed, but may be inspected more carefully. I have taken peel open cans of tuna, but no mayonnaise as it is creamy. Nuts and other snacks are fine, but my advice is to go low salt. Just remember to try to steer clear of any creamy or saucy foods and pack extra food just in case you are not allowed to bring something on the plane.

The Variety of Turkish Food

If you are someone who travels based on culinary adventure, once place you may want to add to your list of future travel destinations is Turkey. They have a wide variety of food that makes up their cuisine. There is no one item that sets Turkish food apart from the rest like with pasta in Italy or sauce in France. However the food from the Turkish culture is very good.

One common item that many people can distinguish as a Turkish food is baklava. Baklava is a sweet pastry. Within this flaky pastry are chopped nuts. Baklava is sweetened with various syrups or honey. Baklava is a definite treat.

Another very popular Turkish cuisine is kebobs. The popular Turkish kebob is called döner kebobs. This Turkish dish is made of lamb meat. However, sometimes chicken is also used. The common version of the döner kebob is marinated lamb meat stacked onto a skewer in the shape of an inverted cone. It is then topped with fat, usually tail fat. Sometimes tomatoes and onions are also added to the top of the kebob to drip juices over the meat.

Some of the national drinks available in Turkey include Turkish coffee, Turkish tea, ayran, shira, salgam, sahlep, and boza. Turkish coffee is thick and dark. However, the sugar contents depend. Sometimes it is served without sugar. Other times it is served with a lot of sugar. Also, for alcohol drinkers, raki is a popular alcoholic beverage in Turkey. Raki translates to mean lion’s drink because you must be as strong as a lion to drink it.