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Aug 31, 2022

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Through food, we can learn about a country's history, traditions and people. Offering a unique and delicious way to immerse yourself in local culture, it plays an integral role on any vacation.

These four rising culinary destinations with incredible meals and surprising twists offer plenty of reasons to pack your appetite.

More than theme park snacks: Orlando, Fla.

Earlier this year, Florida received its first Michelin restaurant guide, in which Orlando boasted 34 incredible restaurants.

Indulge at restaurants like the Michelin-starred steakhouse Capa, the Mexican hotspot Black Rooster TaqueriaSelam for a taste of Ethiopia and Papa Llama for Peruvian eats.

Along with seafood: Halifax, N.S.

Halifax is raising the bar on capital city cuisine with its new Queen’s Marque waterside development by the harbour.

While no one is turning down a traditional lobster roll or fresh catch here, a host of new restaurants are well worth a try.

Enjoy French cuisine like duck confit at Cafe Lunette or tempting South American tapas at Bar Sofia.

Better beach grub: Anguilla

You might assume that your food and drink choices on beach vacation are limited to rum punches and buffet-style meals.

But that’s far from the case on this Caribbean island that hosts highly trained chefs at more than 100 restaurants.

For a classic beachside spot, stop by Blanchards beach shack for a grilled cubano sandwich or an ice cream cone.

Dine at Salt to potentially spot celebrities while enjoying local tuna, crayfish and lobster.

As well as cheese and chocolate: Neuchatel, Switzerland

Ditch your fondue fork and head to this tiny town that’s outside of Lausanne.

Settle in for a meal or an overnight stay in one of 38 shoreline pavilions at La Table du Palafitte, where chefs use locally raised ingredients to create picture-perfect dishes, like ribeye de veau suisse and homemade ravioli with chasseral goat cheese.

Or opt for a dish too pretty to eat, but you must, at La Maison du Prussien. Choose the essential menu for a taste of potato mousseline, filet of beef and java chocolate, or try the discovery menu, which includes blue lobster, free-range veal and peach salad among other tempting treats.

For something more relaxed but equally delicious, like Scottish smoked salmon or warm Breton scallops, Brasserie du Poisson is where the locals go, with its park-side location alongside cobblestone vineyard paths.

Let your tastebuds guide you on your next culinary trip.

Image credit: Destination Canada

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