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Whether you are a lover of all foods, a vegan fanatic or a wine and cheese enthusiast, there is a good chance that cuisine influences the destinations you pick for your vacations. After all, getaways are a chance to splurge and indulge, and enjoying regional fare is the best way to do exactly that.
The following destinations are some of the ultimate places to taste incredible cuisine and plenty of regional specialties, and each can be booked by an independent travel agent working with a host agency like Travel Planners International.
French cuisine is among the most respected in the world, and many of the world’s best chefs master French cooking before they expand their horizons. Paris, the French capital, makes the ultimate destination for foodies who want an introduction to authentic French fare.
Starting with petit déjeuner, or breakfast, Paris offers staggering options for the food lover. Begin the day with a freshly baked croissant and a steaming cup of cafe au lait, and then try the popular meal of moules frites, or mussels served with fries, for an explosion of flavorful white wine and herbs.
Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without sampling a bottle of champagne or indulging in a sweet baked good from a local patisserie.
For hearty, rustic Italian fare that focuses on quality ingredients rather than presentation, Tuscany is the ultimate destination. Instead of an abundance of pretentious eateries, you will find exceptionally good food and locals who know the difference between freshly pressed olive oil and the imported versions.
Vendors on the streets sell a dish called lampredotto, a local specialty. This thick soup features tripe, herbs and ripe tomatoes, and it is always served with crusty Tuscan bread and homemade basil sauce.
Grabbing this dish while sightseeing will give a whole new meaning to the idea that fast food can’t be absolutely delectable.
Lovers of Asian cuisine won’t want to miss Tokyo. Along with being a contemporary metropolis that is home to more than 13 million people, Tokyo boasts amazing culinary choices for travelers.
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Start with a visit to a sushi restaurant, many of which have conveyer belts to relay dishes like salmon, tuna and octopus nigiri right to your seat.
For a cheap and hearty meal, visit one of the many noodle vendors offering soba or udon noodles in a rich broth along with your choice of meat or vegetables.
Barcelona may not be the capital of Spain, but is the hub of the country’s culinary landscape and home to the idea of tapas, small plates of appetizers enjoyed instead of large entrees.
Tapas are a foodie’s dream because they allow you to taste a variety of local dishes at a single sitting.
You’ll want to try Spanish favorites like the egg and potato dish tortilla espanola as well as jamon serrano, which is a local cured ham, or gambas al ajillo, an incredibly flavorful dish of grilled shrimp marinated in a garlic and olive oil sauce.
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As an independent travel agent, working with a host agency gives you the resources you need to plan the ultimate foodie getaways. This will help you attract a demographic of foodies ready to splurge on an unforgettable vacation to places all over the world. Learn more about what a host agency can do for you and your travel agent business.