“The best recipe is passion” according to Ferran Adrià, one of the best chefs in the world and great lover of books, gastronomy and travelling.
What better moments to remember with passion than those shared around a good table, enjoying gastronomic delicacies from all over the world with the best company you can think of?
Travelling is getting to know other cities and countries through its people, its history, its culture and its landscapes. But, most of all, through its traditional cuisine, its ingredients and its cooking and serving methods.
Do you know what enogastronomy is? It is simply the art of a good table, a combination of good wine & food that will allow us to know a place better through its spirits and cuisine.
As well as Italian and Spanish gastronomy, which are famous worldwide, this article wants to reveal the secrets and pleasures of others - if you do not know them yet – such as Cuban food, typical dishes of Brazil, Greek food and even a Mexican cuisine tour, so that you can not only enjoy the marvelous beaches or historic monuments during your next trip, but the most authentic food from each destination.
In the end, you should remember that we are what we eat. And eating well will allow you to enjoy your holiday even more.
Tasting Mediterranean cuisine
Spanish food: more than paella, Spanish omelet and tapas
The succession of cultures that have left their mark on Spain over the centuries are the foundation of the exceptional Spanish cuisine, recognized and appreciated throughout the world.
The Phoenicians and the Greeks spread the cultivation of vine, olive trees, wheat and barley; the Arabs, fruits, vegetables and condiments that are essential in Spain's cuisine today: rice, saffron, eggplant, artichokes, oranges, lemons, watermelons and nuts. After the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America in 1492, potatoes, tomatoes, legumes or chocolate, among other foods, were incorporated into Spanish recipes.
What would an exquisite paella, or a tasty Spanish omelet, or a refreshing gazpacho, or creative tapas, or a plate of lentils or a delicious chocolate with churros be today without all these contributions?
Tumbet, pa amb oli, arròs brut ... Traditional Mallorcan recipes
Beyond its dreamy beaches, the largest of the Balearic Islands offers delicious Mallorcan cuisine, with strong roots and increasingly appreciated by visitors who are fortunate enough to visit the island.
The tumbet is one of the typical dishes that combines fried eggplants, red peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. Brut rice is the quintessential winter dish, a mixture of different meats and vegetables with saffron and other types of spices and condiments. Pa amb oli or bread with oil is one of the classics and very simple to prepare: you only need a slice of good bread, ripe tomatoes, olive oil and salt.
Trampó, stuffed eggplants, Mallorcan soups or gató with almond ice cream are other delicacies of this land.
The island has top-notch restaurants where you can savor some creations of the simple but tasty Mallorcan recipes.
Oil, ham and wine: food tourism in Andalusia
Get to know gourmet Andalusia through its exquisite delicacies and delicious wines, which are appreciated everywhere.
The best ham in the world
In Jabugo, a small town with just two thousand inhabitants in Sierra de Aracena, Huelva, Iberian pigs fed on acorns are raised in freedom from which the best ham in the world is made, thanks to its intense and incomparable taste.
Olive oil, liquid gold
Did you know that Andalusia is the region that produces more olive oil worldwide? With it, typical Andalusian dishes are prepared, such as gazpacho, Cordoba Salmorejo or porra antequerana.
Moreover, it is the great secret in fried fish, shrimp omelet, fried vegetables and the marinades that are so typical of this land.
Andalusian wine tours
Andalusia has an ancient tradition in the cultivation of the vine and in the production of famous wines throughout the world, such as jerez or manzanilla. The geology and climate of southern Spain are excellent for the elaboration of these high-quality and varied products.
The Wine tours of Andalusia bring together the enological, cultural and traditional attractions of the different areas.
Travel to Malaga, Michelin territory
Are you a fan of fine dining and are you planning to visit Malaga soon to devote yourself to food tourism? Well, you're in luck! This Andalusian province hosts neither more nor less than a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants.
Gastronomy in Madrid: from traditional stew to squid sandwich
The most typical dish in Madrid is undoubtedly the Madrid stew, a powerful proposal that consists of a starter dish of noodle soup made with the broth used to cook the chickpeas, beef and bones, chicken, cabbage or green beans, Bacon, sausage and black pudding, which are served as a main course.
The famous restaurants Florida Blanca, Casa Lhardy or La Bola are the three great landmarks of the city when it comes to trying their most famous dish.
Food tourism in Europe: typical food from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Montenegro
Italian dishes are probably the most famous in the world, the basis of any international cuisine menu worth its salt. The traditional lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, risotto or ravioli share fame and prominence with the big star: pizza.
If you are considering visiting Rome, you cannot miss the creations of the Pizzeria da Baffetto, considered by the Romans as the best pizzeria in the city. Photographs of celebrities who have eaten in this emblematic establishment hang from its ancient walls.
Cod is the quintessential dish of Portuguese cuisine. In A Provinciana, one of the most popular joints in Lisbon, you can taste it in different dishes, all of them delicious.
Queijo Serra da Estrela, broth rice or the feijoadas, beans cooked with tomato, carrot, sausage and bacon, are other classics of Portuguese cuisine.
And what about the wide variety of Greek food, an example of the recommended and exquisite Mediterranean diet?
Moussaka, the traditional Greek pie based on minced meat, eggplants and tomatoes, share the praise with other creations such as tiropita, feta cheese pie, or souvlaki, meat skewers with vegetables, among other specialties.
On the beaches of Crete where, according to classical mythology, Zeus was born, you can taste the best of Greek cuisine.
Gastronomic tourism in America: typical Brazilian food and Cuban and Mexican cuisine
Taste some of the typical Brazilian dishes, such as chicken ximxim, well-seasoned chicken and prawn stew, tapioca crêpes and, of course, a fluffy churrasco, will not leave you indifferent on your next trip to this wonderful country.
Roasted pork, ropavieja, rice with chicken, black bean stew, yucca with mojo or caldosa are some of the references of typical Cuban dishes that have crossed the borders of the island.
Iberostar's hotels in Cuba, several of them located in historic buildings, are an excellent option for you to savor some of these traditional recipes.
Would you like to try some of the most exquisite Mexican food recipes in your home country? Tamales, guacamole, enchiladas, chiles de nogada or al pastor tacos, as well as exotic fruits and raw dishes repaired with care in restaurants next to the best beaches in the Caribbean.
And since Americans not only live on hamburgers and fries, enjoy discovering the most curious desserts in the United States on your next trip to this country.