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Top 10 Best Places for Street Eats in the World

If you’re a foodie like I am, you’re going to want to make your travel arrangements to these exciting locations. You may want to consider taking some vacation time; these hot spots may be hard to reach during a traditional lunch hour.

10. Singapore

One of the safest street food cities in the world. They have strictly enforced regulations and centralized hawker areas. Plus, stalls are required to show cleanliness grades (“A” through “D”), so you know exactly which vendor to choose. Order: Hainanese chicken rice; bak chor mee (pork noodles); sup tulang (bone marrow soup); min chiang ku.

Maxwell Food Center, very near Chinatown, is one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centers. The longest lines will be for Hainanese chicken rice and congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre, also very close is great for spicy, delicious laksa and seafood-based noodle dishes.

At Lagoon Food Village, by the beach, you will see an entire row of satay stalls.

9. Sydney

Sydney’s diverse food scene has you covered for most any craving. Variety aside, the city’s street stalls and food trucks are some the world’s cleanest. Like Singapore, the city enforces food safety guidelines and performs regular cleanliness inspections.

For ramen or pho, during the month of October, Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets are worth the trek.

Other times of the year, you’ll find the best Asian street food at Cabramatta or Marrickville, in Sydney’s Western suburb.

Order the fat boy burger and truffle fries at Mister Gee Burger truck.
Gnocchi with lamb ragu is good at Urban Pasta food truck.
Banh mi at Marrickville Pork Roll.

Because Sydney’s food trucks are scattered and on the move, across the city, we recommend downloading the Sydney Food Truck application, to know exactly where everyone is located on the day of your visit.

8. Istanbul

These city streets are crawling with street vendors and shops where you can grab a quick sandwich, hot dog, or cold beer. While the food is usually safe, err on the side of caution and stick with cooked foods, rather than raw meat or seafood. Lahmacun is a Turkish-style pizza covered in ground meat, onions, and spices, grilled corn on the cob is called m?s?r; kokoreç or lamb intestines wrapped around skewered sweetbreads and grilled over charcoal; and the flaky pastry, börek usually has either a vegetable or cheese filling.

7. Bangkok

Street food is so inherent in Bangkok you can eat well in the city and never set foot inside a restaurant, and that covers three meals a day. There are an estimated 12,000 vendors in the Thai capital; however, they are not all licensed. We suggest you hang with the stalls that display a sticker of a smiling plate, which is the health official’s seal of approval. Som tum Gai Yang or green papaya salad with chicken; grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice; boat noodles; moo dad died (deep-fried pork jerky) are all great choices.

Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Soi 38 night market off Sukhumvit Road are packed full of delicious street food options.

For the best boat noodles visit the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument.

6. Marrakesh

Street food in Marrakesh is some of the most exciting and flavorsome in the world, with all its spices, colors, textures, and influences. Food safety is not a primary concern at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square because there are frequent inspections, and leftover food is disposed of nightly. We still think it’s a good idea to go for tagines, sandwiches, and cooked foods when possible, especially if you are outside the Medina.

Each night, Djemaa el-Fna turns into the city’s greatest outdoor dining hall, overflowing with sizzling grilled meats, fragrant tagines, and fluffy, spicy couscous. Tagine; ghouls; bastille (Moroccan pigeon pie); ma’qooda (deep-fried potato balls); chebakia (sesame cookies) are all yummy options.

5. Mumbai

About 250,000 hawkers, cover the streets of Mumbai and all of them are rich in culinary exploration. Most of Mumbai’s street food is hearty, filling and vegetarian-friendly. But beware: food safety is a concern in Mumbai because only around 17,000 hawkers are legally licensed. Stay with cooked food and avoid dairy.

A wallah will be on every street corner, but the best vada pav is at Shivaji on Rajwadkar Street, Colaba. They make vada pav fresh daily. Vada pav is a fried potato patty on bread.

The best pav bhaji or spicy vegetable curry served with a butter-soaked bun will be at the stalls in front of Juhu Beach.

Pick up a tasty bhelpuri, which is a crunchy puffed rice and vegetable salad at any chaat-wallah on Chowpatty Beach.

4. Palermo

It goes without saying that pizza and pasta are awesome. But don’t discount the curbside cooking. Chickpea fritters and liver sandwiches are daily fares. Most everything is deep fried, so food safety isn’t a huge concern, although your waistline maybe something else when you return home.

Food stalls are everywhere, and a spleen sandwich which tastes better than it sounds is a must order and be sure to ask for a lemon wedge. Try one at Pani ca Meusa di Porta Carbone on Via Cala.

Fish are caught daily and grilled in front of you at Borgo Vecchio.

3. Rio De Janeiro

The natives at this location, called Cariocans take eating to a new level by starting their day with an acai bowl, for lunch a beef and cheese flatbread esfiha to be followed by a food truck burger of stuffed bean patties or acaraje for dinner. While there are food regulations, we are unclear on enforcement, so uncooked foods are best left alone except for acai bowls.

Santa Teresa’s boho neighborhood is a great place for authentic acaraje, but for everything else, hit the beach! Try the Acai bowls, tapioca crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, cheese puffs or pastries stuffed with veggies, shrimp or beef.

2. New York City

There is nothing you can’t find on the streets of New York friends! The Health Department is strict about regulating and monitoring the sanitation of mobile food vendors, and offenders are heavily fined. So, eat what you want and enjoy!
Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Festival – don’t miss it during the summer
Any other time of year, Prince Street in Soho is the place to be for all day food trucks.
King o Falafel: order the lamb shawarma.
Milk Truck: grilled cheese.
Dirty Water Dog: chipotle pork burrito.

1. Cartegena

African and Spanish influences run amuck here, and while you will find and taste some of the tastiest and innovative dishes, there are no existing regulations for food safety so proceed with caution, please. We suggest a street food tour so you can bypass the testing and head straight for the very best foods.

Plaza de la Trinidad is a good start, and you will want to order Arepas, mazorca desgranada, which is a corn, meat and cheese combo topped with crunchy potatoes. Guava and cheese filled pastry or bocadillo con queso and bollos, which are boiled yucca buns.

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Top 10 Locations to View the Deep Blue Sea

Is there anything more beautiful than the blue, blue water of a clear, pollution-free river, lake or ocean? The answer is “no,” and we’re going to tell you where you need to go to capture this beauty while you relax on the beach with a beverage of your choice.

10. Lefkada Island

It would be impossible to pick a spot on the beach at Lefkada Island in Egremnoi, Greece that fails to deliver a picture-perfect view of the Ionian Sea. Be prepared to descend a steep sloping staircase to the white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. That staircase will deter some travelers, so the beach isn’t usually too packed.

9. Five Flower Lake
Hidden in Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, Five Flower Lake offers waterfalls that cascade into a lake that is so still and clear, it produces mirror images of its surrounding mountain ranges. The floor is covered with fallen trees that create beautiful, delicate patterns that are visible from any point around the lake.

8. Havelock Island

Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, Havelock Island in India is a portion of the Andaman Islands. The island offers white beaches, aquamarine water, and a great snorkeling opportunity. Go off the grid to this exotic site, complete with palm trees.

7. Islas de Rosario

For quality thought time and solitude, hit the Cartagena coastline in Colombia to find the uninhabited islands of Islas de Rosario.  Extensive coral reefs and hundreds of varying tropical creatures will greet you in this beautiful paradise.

6. Ambergris Caye

If scuba diving or snorkeling sounds appealing, this destination was made just for you.  It’s a quick boat trip from outside Australia and the largest barrier reef.  Nurse sharks, stingrays, eels, turtles and other bright fish await your arrival to visit underwater caves and the Blue Hole.  When you’re done with your water activities, pull up a hammock and relax in the sunshine.

5. Peyto Lake

Banff National Park is home to the Peyto Glacier, and Wapta Icefields and the brilliant blues of the melted water can be ideally seen from the Bow Summit near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. It’s the image you see on postcards, come to life. Here, you can also hike or visit the hot springs at Banff.

4. The Maldives

Prepare to see a celebrity or two in this hot spot hiding between the Indian and Arabian seas. Stay in a cozy bungalow atop the blue water and snow white beaches.  Relax at the spa, play in the underwater playground and swim by the coral reef.  Back home, you’ll be the envy of everyone you know!

3. Con Dao

This Vietnam destination is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Above the water, you will see cliffs of granite and 16 islands of the Con Dao along the Con Son waterway. The best views are found on the Dam Tre Bay Lagoon.

2. Devil’s Bay

With the devil’s name, you must see if you find the horned devil himself at this Virgin Gorda spot in the British Virgin Islands. It takes some effort to arrive at the destination, but you will receive an incredible payoff once you see the perfection of the bay. If snorkeling is something you enjoy, the clean, crystal, turquoise Caribbean is where you need to visit.

1. Crater Lake

One of America’s most impressive lakes, Crater Lake in southern Oregon where there are no incoming streams or rivers to upset the water. The water is cold and deep; however, it is ideal for scuba diving. The lake is so clear that the sunshine extends 400 feet down into the 1,900-foot depth lake.

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Top 10 Wine Destinations

Pack your bags and prepare your senses – you are going on a wine vacation! Before it reaches your glass, the world’s best wine starts its life in gorgeous vineyards across the globe. It is only right that you go directly to the source as you explore vineyards, pair your wines with delicious foods, and enjoy the scenery that accompanies. To get you started, here are 10 of some of the worlds best wine destinations to appease your inner sommelier and connoisseur.

10. Napa Valley, USA
Welcome to US wine country. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley has produced some of the best wines in the USA and world over. Over 50 types of grapes are grown in this scenic sanctuary, so there are plenty of unique blends to explore. You can make it a day trip or a full Napa vacation, visiting the various wine estates, some of which even offer accommodation and various activities centered around wine and food.

9. Adelaide, Australia
Australia’s wine capital and the home of some of the best shiraz the world has to offer, Adelaide is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts who are visiting down under. Between Barossa and McLaren Vale, you are able to explore the Shiraz variations in the region. Whilst you are are in the area, you can indulge in some of the unique wine-related activities such as wine tasting on a hot air balloon. You can also take the time to tour some of the local restaurants that offer wine pairing and sampling selections.

8. Cape Town, South Africa
Chardonnay with a view. That is exactly what you can expect when you visit the Constantia Valley, just half an hour out of Cape Town. You will be greeted by the stunning Table Mountains, as you explore the various world-renowned estates across the valley. Most of these estates also have award-winning chefs that prepare both local and international cuisine that pairs well with the wine on offer. Whilst you are in Cape Town, you can also take advantage of the plethora of activities available on offer.

7. La Rioja, Spain
With over 500 wineries and centuries of grape-growing history, La Rioja is your Spanish wine destination. Here you will find winemakers using traditional, high-quality winemaking techniques that make every glass an experience. You will also find wineries using new technologies and exploring with different blends to bring variation in every bottle. For the full experience, be sure to book a night at the renowned wine hotel; Marqués de Riscal. Here you will be treated to some of the best reds, and delicious foods to create a wholesome wine experience.

6. Sonoma, USA
Located right next to Napa Valley, Sonoma is often overlooked among wine destinations in the world. Do not be fooled, this area is rich in high-quality wineries and lush landscapes that will surely take your breath away. You are also invited to enjoy the top-tier cuisine served in California’s best restaurants. You will find that there are also plenty of lodging options in the Sonoma region allowing you to spend time enjoying all Sonoma has to offer.

5. Loire Valley, France
This is the perfect destination for romance, peace, and variety. Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque regions of France that boasts luxury hotels, with peaceful surroundings that make for the most relaxing getaway. In the valley, you are going to be treated to a variety of wines, from smoky cabernets to sweet blends; paired with food prepared by world-class chefs. You will not be disappointed by this magical wine getaway.

4. Bordeaux, France
Known for its scrumptious reds, Bordeaux is a bucket list destination for wine lovers world over. 80% of the wine produced in the area is red, and red blends that are simply a magical dance on the taste buds. The city is riddled with Michelin star restaurants that offer local wines on the menu – be sure to visit at least one on your wine getaway. There are also plenty of activities to partake in the region for when you need to take a break from the delicious wine.

3. Central Otago, New Zealand
If this location sounds familiar, you have probably glimpsed the landscape in Lord of the Rings. There is more to the green valleys and snow-capped peaks – the region boasts a booming wine industry. Central Otago offers a plethora of sweet and aromatic wines that are simply to die for. You can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, sipping on some of the worlds finest liquids.

2. Santorini, Greece
Wine, good views, and the freshest foods- what more do you need in this world? For those who are looking for the ultimate summer wine holiday, Santorini is the destination that is calling your name. Here you can enjoy popular Mediterranean wines that are made from unique tasting grapes that you will not find elsewhere. The wines are paired with an abundance of freshly delicious Greek cuisine, making for a heavenly experience. There is also plenty to see and do in Santorini, including touring wineries, lounging by the water, or exploring the exquisite architecture in the city. This is a wine holiday that your whole family can enjoy.

1. Porto, Portugal
If the name doesn’t give it away, Porto is the home of…..you guessed it, Port Wine. For the lovers of sweet wine, Porto is the ultimate wine destination for you. Here you will enjoy various port blends, as well as their renowned Vinho. Wine tasting is accompanied well paired local cuisine and an abundance of culture. You can also make a stop at the Port Wine Museum where you can learn anything and everything there is to learn about your favorite wine.

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Top 10 Art Museums in the USA

One of the best ways to understand a place is through their art. The US is no stranger to art. With it’s indigenous, colonial, and immigrant history, there is plenty of artistic expression and creation across the country. With plenty of museums and galleries, it is almost impossible to visit a city in the USA without visiting an art museum. Whilst it was a grueling process, here are 10 of some of America’s best art museums. The shortlist contains museums that offer diverse art; from the finest paintings to the most realistic sculptures, installations, and other art forms.

10. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City
One of the most iconic in the country, MoMA is New York’s ever-expanding museums that draw crowds from all over the world. The museum is home to both local and international art and installations. Along with transient exhibits, MoMA has a personal collection that encompasses seven curatorial departments filled with masterpieces. The MoMA has become an iconic pop-culture reference as well, being name-dropped in the lyrics of many renowned artists such as New York native, Jay-Z.

9. Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the country, containing over 220,000 objects from the first century AD till present day. The museum boasts collections of diverse American art and especially 18th and 19th-century pieces from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania-German art. The price of admission into the PMA also grants entry into the Rodin Museum.

8. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
Given the sheer size and scope of its collection, LACMA is a destination that requires multi-day visitation. The museum is home to plenty of local art, which is highlighted and celebrated. There is also artwork from across the world, spanning hundreds of years. Because of the large Hispanic population in LA, you can also expect to see plenty of Hispanic artists and artwork featured in the museum.

7. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
DC is well known for being the city of art and museums, and the National Gallery of Art is one of the best in the city. With a lot of the art being gifted, the museum boasts collections from all over the country. Visitors can expect to be impressed by the sculpture galleries which contain world’s largest collection of Edgar Degas’s wax and mixed-media sculptures. There are also pieces dating back to the earliest centuries, and portraits paying homage to American popular culture and modern day figures.

6. The Art Institute of Chicago
With more than three hundred thousand artworks and artifacts, this is definitely not the place for a one day visit. In fact, to truly appreciate all the works, one would need YEARS. The Art Institute of Chicago has an impressive collection from all over the world; antiquity to present. Whilst you are there, you can expect to see iconic names such as Van Gogh and George Seurat.

5. The Menil Collection, Houston
Opened in 1987 to house John and Dominique de Menil’s private collection, the Menil Collection has grown to be a large museum, home to about 17,000 various pieces.  What the pieces have in common is that they embody the couples belief that art holds spiritual and transformational power. You will find works from renowned artists such as Andy Warhol that embody this belief.

4. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Unlike others on this list, the Seattle Art Museum has their works spread over multiple facilities in the city. You will find collections of ethnic, modern, and contemporary art spread over the facilities. The museum is also renowned for its Asian art collection which is housed in its original Art Deco building, and Olympic sculpture park which is situated on a nine-acre waterfront space.

3. MASS MoCA, North Adams
This is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art, as well as performing arts in the country, making MASS MoCA a unique establishment. It is located in a former historical mill town and has more than 205,000 feet of exhibition and rehearsal space. Because of the large space, the center focuses on behemoth-sized installations that are sure to take your breath away.

2. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
This is the country’s largest showcase for Asian art and an extensive showcase at that. The growing museum currently has over 15,000 pieces from all over Asia, spanning 6,000 years of history. The museum also pays homage to iconic Asian American art. The actual museum building is also a work of art in itself – designed by Gae Aulenti, the architect responsible for the Musée d’Orsay conversion in Paris

1. Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis
Technically, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation is not a museum…technically. The institution has only three permanent installations; one sculpture each by Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly, and Scott Burton. Their featured exhibitions, however, are truly worth the visit. Notable exhibitions include Buddhist art and work by self-proclaimed “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark.