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Best travel destinations for foodies

Survey results are available for Americans’ favorite foodie travel destinations. And its foodie spots south of the border that Americans still enjoy the most.

To determine the world’s best cuisine tasted on vacation, VacationRenter polled 1,000 (mostly) experienced epicurean travelers to find favorite places to eat. The results revealed that Mexico was the favorite country for foodies, but the survey didn’t stop at Central America. A recent release of the vacation rental company’s findings reveals some fun facts and an interesting global roadmap for foodie travelers and brand new foodie adventurers.

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Favorite food spots in Europe

Italy and France finished a narrow (respective) first and second place for the best food in Europe. That shouldn’t be much of a revelation given Italy’s vast edible expanse and France’s reputation as the originator of Western cuisine. In order to become a qualified chef in the United States, a thorough knowledge of French fundamentals is required.

What was a light bomb was that the UK ended up third for Europe. English fare might be seen as a somewhat bland and fried endeavor, but London offers some of the best dining in the world, so perhaps the food experts pointed VacationRenter’s queries towards the city. That’s certainly what one respondent quoted in one of London’s wealthiest communities said: “I ate at Gordon Ramsey’s flagship restaurant in Chelsea. I had a white wine risotto. It changed my life.

Mushroom risotto
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Favorite food spots in South America

Argentina and Brazil eclipsed the pack for best South American food, although it wasn’t really a contest. Succulent steak, rich cheese and rich sauces dominate the rest of the country’s neighbors just as much as its dual borders dominate the landmass.

Favorite food spots in Asia

In a somewhat surprising twist, Vietnam didn’t make the list, leaving Singapore and Thailand to represent the best food in Southeast Asia. The city-state of Singapore is famous for its seafood, while Thai cuisine is so delicious it’s ubiquitous in the Western world.

Japan beat China, Hong Kong and Korea in the sprint for the best East Asian fare, with the latter two nations not even making the list. Only 46% of people said Japan had the best food in the region and 39% said China, so that would seem to be a more well-distributed answer to the question of countries with the best food. Japanese food can also be extreme, as one survey respondent described.

“I ate a live squid dish in Japan. It was still lively and soulful,” VacationRenter quoted the volunteer as saying.

Favorite foodie spot in the world

It was Mexico, however, that dominated the results. Mexican cuisine was the most popular among millennials, the most likely to be recreated at home, and a favorite international dining destination. According to Statista’s projected statistics on restaurant industry retail in 2021, 44% of Americans, almost all other people, buy Mexican food at retail establishments. From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, the country is a culinary capital. This fact has also been confirmed by the review of international foods. Of 1,000 people participating, 66% say Mexico has the best cuisine in Central America. Considering that its borders once encompassed much of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, Mexico is as much a part of American culture as New England or the Pacific Northwest.

More than half of those polled described themselves as “absolutely” foodies with just 16% disagreeing with the label. Nearly six out of ten subjects dined in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Several sources claim that adding a single Michelin star to a restaurant can boost business by 20%. And two jumping double stars. With an expert foundation, VacationRenter’s findings form a legitimate guide.

To find more details and find Michelin star suggestions, dig into the survey below.

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