Food and travel seem to go hand in hand. There is almost always memories that are associated with food and when travel is involved its almost inevitable. How often do we find ourselves remembering some great times and also saying “hey remember that amazing meal we had.”
This got me thinking; I’ve had some of the best food of my life while I have been traveling. I’m constantly wishing I either had access to those amazing meals or how I could recreate it here in Rhode Island. Well the later is often difficult so here is the question I have for you; where would you travel for food?
Since deciding to write this post I have been thinking (drooling) about all the amazing food I’ve tasted in different parts of North and Central America.
What foods will make this list? Lets read on shall we…
Conch Fritters-Key West, FL
I’ve visited Key West a handful of times and without fail I have to stop at the Hogs Breath. While this dive-like bar might not have a dress code they do make some amazing conch fritters. What is a conch fritter you ask? Conch, pronounced /ˈkɒŋk/ are sea snails. Snails? Did I really just say I love snails? Yep, I’m pretty sure I did, only when battered and deep fried. They are delicious. For those of you in New England I would compare them to a clam cake.
Shake Shack Burger and Fries-New York City
This might be the only item on my list that is actually doable to visit on a semi-regular basis. On my last visit to New York City, the Shake Shack was recommended by fellow travel bloggers. We stopped, we ate, we fell in love. Our must order when arriving was the Shack burger. Which is a cheeseburger covered in shack sauce, lettuce, and tomato. We also decided to indulge in cheese fries, which were deliciously covered in Shack cheddar and American cheese. Amazing isn’t even the word, thank you New York City.
Beer Battered Brown Bag Fish and Chips-Prince Edward Island
This may seem like I’m cheating on Rhode Island but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve had some of the best fish and chips while visiting PEI. These are not traditional fish and chips. For starters the portion size was actually appropriate and they actually contained fish! After stopping at Gahan House in Charlottetown, I was hooked and preceded to order fish and chips on the rest of my tour of Halifax and St. John. The fish is ridiculously fresh and there is just something about them arriving to your table in a brown bag that makes it all the better. Although trying to order sour cream with my fries made for some strange looks. (I think that’s only a Lindsay thing)
Beavertails is a place where you can get dough-boys or in Canada Beavertails. These are the typical Rhode Island dough-boys these are long, beaver tail shaped fried dough. What makes these really unique is the toppings that are added to it. My personal favorite is a Beavertail with Nutella. The next best thing is a Beavertail with Nutella and bananas. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Of course this can be duplicated here in Rhode Island but its just not the same.
While I may be making an assumption here because Costa Rica is the only Hispanic country that I have visited but what they are doing with their Empanada’s is amazing. After visiting Costa Rica this summer it was hands down the best food that I have ever tasted. If unfamiliar with Empanada’s they are friend dough that is stuffed with meats and cheeses. Of if you prefer just cheese. My favorite is chicken and cheese. I also have to throw coffee into the mix in Costa Rica, second to Columbia they have the best coffee, I was lucky enough to bring some back and not a day goes by that I don’t wish I had some more.
So are you getting hungry yet? I’m starving and this was starting to remind me of a Travel Channel show. Well nonetheless its fun to go down food memory lane and pinpoint some of your best meals and or snacks. What are some of yours? Sharing is caring so happy eating!