One of travel's greatest joys is experiencing different cultures through food. But, paradoxically, the ease of global travel is putting local cuisines at risk. As businesses begin to cater to travellers who expect familiar tastes, less mainstream flavours may drop right off the menu.
I left Marrakech 54 pounds heavier than I had been when I arrived. Somewhere between taking a carriage ride to the city's main square, Djemaa el Fna, and weighing my luggage on the Royal Air Maroc baggage scale, I gave myself s and my bank account s over to Morocco's mysteries, hungry to bring home a bit of the heady sensuality that hangs in its labyrinthine souks.
Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is the highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. Here are 10 countries (in no particular order) that your taste buds will thank you for visiting.
Cities are chameleonic; their fortunes ebb and flow with the tide of history. Those etched in legend are the ones that have plugged successfully into the zeitgeist of the times and thrown up something culture-defining. Consider Caesar's Rome, Moorish Granada, Gaudi's Barcelona, or Haussmann's Paris.