"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." Yes, us Enchanters certainly agree with George Bernard Shaw’s statement - life without food isn't worth living.
Our destination experts have short-listed and shared their favorite, tried-and-tested eateries below. From street food in Delhi, via cookery classes in a tropical jungle setting to fine dining in ritzy establishments, begin a culinary voyage across the globe.
Cape Town has been a firm favorite with gourmands for many years and an increasing number of travelers are exploring its nearby winelands which are a mere hour’s drive away. Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek all nestle amidst fertile valleys that produce prime grapes.
Franschhoek (French Corner) especially, has in recent years consolidated its reputation as South Africa’s culinary capital. Excellent restaurants, award winning wineries and top notch accommodation make Franschhoek a popular spot.
Much lauded and frequently listed among the best restaurants in the world, The Tasting Room at the elegant hotel Le Quartier Francais delights customers with its signature African-inspired tasting menu consisting of eight courses.
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel is renowned for its award-winning wines, achieved by sustainable and economic farming methods that improve the quality of the grapes. Located in a prime position outside Stellenbosch, the estate features luxury accommodation with mesmerizing views of surrounding mountains, vineyards and False Bay.
Many would say its cuisine is of reminiscent of peasant food due to affordable ingredients but its blend of sweet, sour, spicy and salty results in some of the most intriguing flavors mingling in your mouth. Slurping and eating with open mouth is encouraged, by the way.
Two of the most iconic dishes hark back to French colonial times with le baguette being the staple for the famous Banh Mi, while rumor has it that the broth for one of the nation’s favorite meals, Pho, has continental influences also.
Relive Vietnam’s colonial heritage at Ana Mandara Villas. Set amidst a tropical landscape, the estate features art deco villas and an outstanding restaurant where private cooking lessons can be arranged.
For a lively atmosphere, visit the floating market at Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Watch everyday life on the river whilst grazing on a multitude of freshly prepared dishes, fetched off one of the many boats.
Perhaps not a mecca for vegetarians, Argentina is said to produce the world's best steak, in addition to its first-class, award winning wines.
Begin your feast in the stunning capital city of Buenos Aires, often compared to Paris for its impressive Haussmann-esque architecture and tree-lined boulevards. Whether a small, neighborhood tapas bar or one of the many fine dining restaurants, make sure you let your taste buds be tantalized by ‘asado’, a traditional Argentine barbecue.
Those who appreciate a good tipple should make the journey to the Mendoza region which produces a fine Malbec. Originating in France, where in recent years production has seen a decline, the high altitude vineyards of Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley situated on the borders of Argentina and Chile grow excellent grapes, creating a Malbec that can only be described as smooth and easy to drink.
If staying in a chic boutique hotel set amidst 55 acres of vineyards in rural setting with Andean views sounds up your street, head to Cavas Wine Lodge. Located just outside Mendoza, the estate oozes colonial charm yet comes replete with all luxurious amenities the discerning traveler would expect.
Often met with skepticism by travelers, some of the best Indian food to be had is from street carts. Delhi especially, has a staggering choice of street food, which is a 'must-try' on any itinerary. If doing this on your own is a trifle daunting, join a guided tour to delve into a plethora of local delights, minus the dodgy stomach! If in doubt, just join those stalls where all the locals gather.
If you want to return home with newfound skills, meet Mrs. Meena Bajaj who will teach how to prepare and cook a selection of authentic dishes at her Delhi home.
If city life gets too frenetic, head to the stunning and laid back shores of Kerala. Not just a tropical beach paradise, Keralan cuisine delights with rich flavors and abundant seafood.
Explore its scenic palm-lined waterways aboard the Vrinda Houseboat operated by The Oberoi, which epitomizes elegance, luxury and style. Enjoy a cruise where you can taste delicious, freshly prepared dishes or, with help from the knowledgeable crew, create your very own menu. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and let the world float by you.
Salivating? Don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Enchanting Travels to discuss a bespoke trip to explore a variety of culinary delights our world has to offer.
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