21 wonderful journeys for foodies

The most epic foodie trails revealed below can make any foodie become excited, from From a Puerto Rican highway famous for its pork to an Italian forest filled with white truffles.

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Oysters in Galway, Ireland. While more famous for Guinness beer and Irish whiskey, real oyster connoisseurs should head to Ireland, and more specifically Galway, to sample the famous Kelly oyster — an extra large, extra salty bivalve. Moran’s Oyster Cottage, which has been open since 1797 and in the same family for seven generations, is a must, as well as the annual Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival in September, which also hosts the world’s annual oyster opening championship.
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Pork at the Ruta del Lechón, Puerto Rico. Pork Highway, as it’s known, is a stretch of road around 45 minutes from San Juan, packed with lechoneras selling the island’s unofficial national dish: Lechón asado, crispy skinned, spit-roasted whole suckling pig. Nowhere does it better than Route 184 to Guavate, in the Sierra de Cayey mountains, where you can essentially pick the exact piece you want simply by pointing at the roasting pork.
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Barbecue at the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s Historic Barbecue Trail. In North Carolina, aka “The Cradle of ‘Cue,” the dividing line is Chapel Hill, which separates the vinegar based eastern style and the western tomato based version. Hit the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s Historic Barbecue Trail to try them both, as it features 23 historic spots between eastern North Carolina and all the way to Tennessee.
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Pizza in Naples, Italy. Naples, Italy, is the birthplace of this food staple, where references to flatbread date back to the 16th century. To ensure that all Neapolitan pizza lives up to its name, the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana awards certificates of authenticity to pizzerias around the world that make “real” Neapolitan pizza — real involving many extremely stringent criteria to adhere to.
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Bordeaux wine in Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux wine is world famous and encompasses all wines made in the Bordeaux region of France, which is the largest wine growing region in France. Bordeaux vineyards cover almost 300,000 acres and produce over 450 million bottles of wine each year, and along with around 7,500 châteaux (wineries) and 60 kinds of Bordeaux wine, a trip here will keep your taste buds busy.
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Cheese at the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road, Austria. Less road than an area comprising cheese experts spread across 22 scenic villages, the “road” features gorgeous Alpine hiking trails meandering through dozens of dairy farms and cheese cellars, crossing roving pastures and passing real-live milkmaids. The road encompasses 160 local farmers, dairymen and cheesemakers that produce 60 kinds of cheese — over 3,000 tons a year — as well as milk, natural yogurt and locally-churned butter.
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White truffles in Alba, Italy. White truffles are a delicacy: last year a Russian oligarch even paid $95,000 for four pounds of the funghi. What makes them so special is that they don’t grow just anywhere: White truffles grow primarily in the forests of the Langhe, in Italy’s Piedmont region. The small town of Alba is considered the region’s capital, and therefore Italy’s white truffle capital.
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Jamón in Jabugo, Spain.Spain’s jamón is the stuff of legend — it wasn’t even available in the US until 2007. The iconic cured ham, the most expensive ham in the world, is cut from an Iberian pig’s hind leg and also known as pata negra, black hoof. According to Spain’s food laws, jamón ibérico must be made from black Iberian pigs, though pigs may be crossbred as long as they’re at least half ibérico.
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Fresh fish at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo, Japan. It’s certainly the world’s busiest, as around 2,000 tons of fish change hands here daily. It’s worth a trip simply to see enormous fish thrown around like footballs, as well as the famous 5am tuna trade. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at the onsite market, which has hundreds of food stalls and restaurants. For a sushi-for-breakfast adventure, visit Sushi Dai, which is right near the market and thus serves some of the freshest rolls in town.
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Olive oil on the Vía Verde del Aceite, Spain. Spain is the world’s largest producer of virgin olive oil, and 20% of the world’s entire supply is produced in Jaén, Andalucia. Visit the Vía Verde del Aceite (Olive Oil Greenway) in the Sierra Mágina Mountains, where nine metal viaducts, designed by Gustave Eiffel, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage designated villages, and 34 miles of hiking and biking trails on a former railroad beckon
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Coffee at the Zona Cafetera, Colombia. The Eje Cafetero, or Zona Cafetera — aka the coffee triangle — is an ideal spot for coffee tourists to explore, named for the three coffee growing regions (Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío) it encompasses.
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Champagne in Champagne, France. The sparkling wine is only allowed to be called champagne when it’s produced in the Champagne region of France and made in accordance to some pretty strict laws, like secondary fermentation once the wine’s in the bottle to make it extra bubbly. You’ve probably heard of some of the region’s more famous wineries, like Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon.
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Bourbon on the the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky. Conceived by the Kentucky Distillers Association, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a self-guided trail that features nine distilleries spread across 60 miles between Louisville and Lexington, with highlights like the Jim Beam distillery, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
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Street food at the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore.The city is famous for its many hawker centers, the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre being one of the most famous. Hawker centers are semi-enclosed buildings or markets that house dozens and dozens of tiny food stalls peddling local street food and desserts, usually made fresh to order.
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Craft beer in Portland, Oregon. While choosing the best spot for beer lovers is tough, Portland, Oregon, triumphs as it’s home to over 60 breweries — more than any other city in the world. Living up to its “Beervana” nickname, it features beer fests galore, beer pairing at high-end restaurants, and even a movie theater with its own brewery.
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Herbs and spices at the Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey.The Ottoman-era Spice Bazaar, on Istanbul’s European side, primarily sells spices, but also dried herbs and fruit, coffee and tea, sweets, and even caviar. Back when it was created, the market was the last stop for camel caravans traveling the Silk Route.
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Asado barbecue in Argentina. Two of Argentina’s most famous exports go hand in hand: leather and beef. Asado, which describes Argentina’s delicious grilled meats — crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside — is essentially Argentina’s national dish.
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Kölsch beer in Cologne, Germany. Kölsch, a super pale ale, is a beer brewed specifically in Cologne, Germany — if it’s brewed elsewhere, it has no business calling itself a Kölsch. Create your own Kölsch tour by hopping around the 13 breweries in town that produce it, most famously Gaffel and Reissdorf.
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Pecorino Romano in Sardinia, Italy. Pecorino Romano, a hard and salty Italian cheese, is one of Italy’s oldest. The Sardinia-native cheese is made from sheep’s milk, and was already a diet staple in ancient Rome, especially for soldiers thanks to its long shelf life.
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Whisky on the Island of Islay, Scotland. he Scottish Island of Islay — also known as “Whisky Island” — may only have 3,500 inhabitants, but it’s home to eight Scotch distilleries. Twenty miles off the west coast of Scotland, the small island is said to produce the world’s best single-malt whiskies, famous for their smokiness and apparent notes of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Belgian waffles in Belgium. They don’t call it a Belgian waffle for nothing. Waffles in Belgium are bigger, lighter, and crispier than their American counterpart, and loaded with whipped cream, fruit and chocolate.

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