6 Countries That Are Not Thailand that Should Be on Every Foodie’s Travel Bucket List

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Travel makes for interesting food discoveries and experiences. While there are restaurants that specialize on international cuisines around the world, nothing beats the experience of savoring traditional cuisines in places that created them. If you love culinary trips and adventures, here are six of the best countries to visit for food.

India
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India’s rich culture and heritage are just two of the many great reasons to visit it at least once in your lifetime. And there is the food. Indian cuisine is so diverse with many of its regions and cities boasting a wide array of delicious food to explore. Delhi and Mumbai are great places to start for a foodie adventure with the cities’ street food scene providing many opportunities for some amazing culinary experiences. The Rajasthani cuisine in Jaipur, Hyderabadi dum biryani, Awadhi cuisine in Lucknow, and the Bengali food in Kolkata are also worth a trip.

Japan
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Food in Japan is an experience unto itself. The Japanese take their food seriously and the much touted attention to detail extends to the country’s cuisine. This is a place where aesthetics often intersect and meet taste and flavor. With so many dishes and treats to try, Japan is a haven for foodies.

Italy
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Pasta, pizza, pastries, cheese, and wine – these are just some of the best things that Italy has to offer and then some. The country is synonymous with food and travel. It is a place where you cannot really separate both. Food is deeply embedded in any worthwhile travel experience around Italy.

Morocco
 Moroccan Couscous
The anticipation is part of the Moroccan cuisine experience. There is nothing hurried about preparing Moroccan food. Leave the “fastfood” expectations behind and immerse yourself in the delightful experience of slow food cooking. Try not to leave without tasting some of the country’s must-try dishes and drinks like b’ssara, b’stilla, couscous, fish chermoula, harira, kefta tagine, mint tea, and the Moroccan street food in Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech.

Peru
Peru ceviche
Peru may not be among the most popular culinary destinations in the world like Italy or Thailand. But it is increasingly getting more attention than it used to. A growing number of Peruvian restaurants are taking the world by storm. Get a taste of traditional cuisines in Peru and make sure to try some of the country’s best like causa, ceviche, lomo saltado, and the Peruvian roast style chicken among others.

South Korea
Korean cuisine
Korean food is as diverse and rich as its Asian neighbors China and Japan. There is no dearth of dining options and dishes to choose from. The list of not-to-be-missed food is long, but make sure to get a taste of some of the country’s best like bibimbap, kimchi, pajeon, and tteokbokki.

An Eater’s Guide to Making Healthy Food Choices

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Enjoying the pleasures of eating does not have to be an unhealthy habit. While sticking to a nutritious diet may be a challenge for some at some point, being a foodie does not have to be a source of guilt or an excuse to indulge in binge eating. You can be a food lover extraordinaire without putting your health on the line. And regardless of how busy you may get, you can always take pleasure from delicious eats without the guilt. Here are some ways to eat healthy while indulging in your passion for food.

Cut back on sweetened beverages. Drinking water with your snacks and meals is part of making healthy food choices. Research suggests that 20% of daily caloric intake is comprised of calories from sodas and other sugary drinks. Make it a habit to drink water with your every meal. If you want something different, drink a glass of water with lemon or unsweetened iced tea.

Go for nutrient-rich food. Eating anything that is fastest to get or most convenient to have when you are busy often lead to some unhealthy choices. While fast food meals can be filling, they rarely contain sufficient amount of essential nutrients that you need. They can also be high on calories, sodium, and saturated fat. To make healthier food choices, you have to carefully choose from the menu. Read descriptions and labels so you can avoid items that have the highest calories and unhealthy fats.

Take time to prepare your own food. Take the time to pack your own snacks and lunch. Bringing your own food at work helps you make healthy food choices in your busy life. Prepare healthy meals such as salads with grilled lean meat toppings and vinaigrette, brown rice with lean meat and mixed vegetables on the side, chicken breast sandwich with no mayonnaise, apples, carrot sticks, and many more.

Keep nutritious snacks handy. It is fairly easy to grab some snacks wherever you go. Cafeterias, vending machines, and restaurants or cafes near you will always have something tempting to offer if you want to enjoy a snack. But not all your options may be good for you. To avoid overindulging in high-calorie treats that do not have much to offer when it comes to nutrients, you can keep some healthy snacks on hand that you can easily grab, if needed.