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Published Aug 14, 2021
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Spice Market, Morocco
One of our favorite things about traveling to different countries? The food. From slow-cooked tagine paired with sweet mint tea in Morocco and Italian gastronomic specialties found at the largest agri-food park in the world to the numerous Hawker Food Centers serving up a variety of classic and modern dishes exclusive to Singapore, there's no shortage of delectable cuisine found across the globe that will satiate your palate.
Carmel Market and Vegan culinary tour
Experience a fascinating variety of culinary riches in Israel, where colorful spices, flavors and scents of the Carmel Market combine with the bustling atmosphere of the city’s central market and exciting new restaurants and food counters run by chefs reinventing Israeli cuisine. Or, take another route and discover why Tel Aviv is the #1 vegan destination in the world, a place where traditional vegan and vegetarian cuisine combine with innovative young chefs to create a one-of-a-kind delicious adventure.

Featured on our Discover Israel program.
FICO Eataly World
Located in Bologna, a northern city often called the capital of Italian gastronomy, FICO is dedicated to Italian biodiversity and craftsmanship, where raw materials are transformed into quality food. This agri-food park is the perfect place for you to discover Italy's great heritage through your tastebuds. From field to fork, FICO invites visitors to learn about—and experience!—the behind-the-scenes creation of Italian food and drink from 20 different regions that draws on the local terrain, traditions, and culture.

Featured on our Italian Treasures program.
Hawker Food Centers
Taste your way through Singapore’s many Hawker Food Centers, all brimming with classic and modern dishes that are sure to please your palate. The locals enjoy a wide variety of amazing cuisine at truly affordable prices, and these food centers are a must for visitors, too! One of the most popular venues is the Newton Food Center, home to nearly 100 hawker stores serving up fish porridge, lor mee (braised noodles) and a variety of other noodle dishes, and so much more. Or, stroll down Singapore's famous Satay Street, where, according to popular opinion, stalls sell the best grilled beef and chicken satay. From modern fusion fare and Eurasian specialties to local favorites and international cuisine, the Hawker Food Centers are a food-lover's dream come true!

Featured on our Singapore and Tokyo Adventure.
Home-hosted dinner in Morocco
Dive into the local way of living and enjoy a simple home-hosted dinner with a Moroccan family in the palm groves of Marrakesh. From the savory and spicy aromas and flavors, the traditional spread of Moroccan cuisine is hard to beat. Indulge in fresh fruits before enjoying home-baked khobz (Moroccan bread). Finally, the highlight of the meal: Tagine, a delicious slow-cooked meal of braised chicken with olives, preserved lemons, onion and garlic. And of course, the meal is topped off with cups of sweet mint tea poured high from a silver teapot.

Featured on our Best of Morocco program.
Hákarl in Iceland
Travel to Iceland and learn how to make Hákarl, a national dish consisting of cured shark, made with a special fermentation process and hung to dry for 4 to 5 months. It is said that around 1600, the carcass of a large shark washed up onto shore. Instead of letting it rot, someone thought of leaving it to dry. Driven by hunger, they decided to eat it. Not only did they realize that the meat was edible, but they also found it quite tasty. Today, Hákarl is consumed as is or served in a glass topped with Brennivín, the Icelandic aquavit. Prepared this way, the smell is mitigated and the approach to this food is a bit more gentle. Tip: When you taste this delicacy, try not to breathe in through the nose and let your taste buds do all the work, as to not become overpowered by the strong smell.

Featured on our Discover Iceland’s Northern Lights program.
Ecuadorian cooking class
With its fertile soil, varied typography, and diverse climates, it's no wonder that Ecuador is blessed with some of the finest produce in all of South America—perfect for preparing delicious cuisine! Some traditional Ecuadorian meals include Arroz con Pollo, Ceviche, Cuy (guinea pig), Empanadas, and so much more! Got a need for heat? Ecuadorians use aji, a spicy chile pepper hot sauce, to season just about everything. Try your hand at creating some Ecuadorian staples as you sail upstream on the Amazon River and attend a cooking class with the ship’s expert chef, who will share recipes and techniques using fresh, organic ingredients to prepare delicious Ecuadorian food that you can replicate at home.

Featured on our Ecuadorian Amazon Cruise Adventure.
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