9 Delicious Reasons a Food Tour Should Be on Your Plan for WorldPride
If you are planning to be one of the estimated three million people taking part in this year’s WorldPride Madrid 2017, you probably have a plan for making the most of your time in the Spanish Capital. Parades, parties, clubs, restaurants, tapas bars, parks and museums… Madrid has it all no matter your travel style or budget.
But one of the best things to do in Madrid during Pride is try authentic local Spanish food. Madrid is one of Spain’s most exciting cities for cuisine, and is chock full with incredible markets, tapas bars, wine bars and restaurants. To make sure you get a true taste of the city, a food or tapas tour in Madrid is definitely the way to go. Here’s why!
Discovering Catalan Culture & Local Cuisine
Living in Madrid, Catalonia has been one of those destinations I just can’t seem to avoid. With an international city like Barcelona as its capital and gorgeous landscapes, there always seems to be a reason to go. Costa Brava has spectacular coasts to be discovered and beaches to be enjoyed. Then there’s the Pyrenees Mountains where Catalonia and the rest of northern Spain share a border with France that’s sprinkled with quaint towns and lakes. So I have often found an excuse to head to the Catalan region whether it’s to ski in the mountains, swim in the ocean, or enjoy city life in its beautiful, architecturally rich capital city. During my most recent trip to this northeastern region of Spain, I discovered that the Catalan cuisine is just as diverse and appealing as the landscape itself.
8 Tips to Find Authentic Experiences in Sweden
The tourism industry has changed dramatically over the past few decades with the ever important goal to seek out authentic experiences during a trip. Even the typical beach go-er likely hopes get at least a glimpse of a destination’s cuisine and local vibe. But for the avid traveler really trying to experience the authentic nature of a country, it can sometimes be difficult to sort through the mass offering. Sweden may not be a typical summer beach holiday destination but in many cases this allows for travelers to more easily experience those things that are typically Swedish. So whether you’re headed to the ultra trendy and gay friendly capital of Stockholm or the northern reaches of Swedish Lapland, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in everything that’s authentic Sweden.
What’s the Best Traditional Food to Eat during a Visit to Helsinki?
One of the highlights of my visit to Finland was the food tour I took on the last day I spent in Helsinki, the country’s capital and most populous city. Food tours are one of our favorite activities while traveling. You get to experience some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and markets as recommended by the locals without having to do much planning yourself. I recently did a food tour in New York City last November and David explored London’s East End for the best eats in September. While it’s true we’re not huge fans of traditional walking tours, we jump at the opportunity to take a food tour. So needless to say, I was first in line to join this event hosted by Visit Helsinki during my trip to Finland.
Italy Meets China During This Delicious NYC Food Tour
I recently took a trip to the US to visit family for Thanksgiving. And since David is now teaching English in Madrid with less time off, I decided to make a solo trip to New York City following my visits to Boston and Newport. The highlight of my NYC visit was going on a food tour in Little Italy and Chinatown. New York City has countless activities to choose from but NYC tours focused around food, and specifically eating, are sure to please. And at just $49 for a 3 hour, face-stuffing good time, it’s a bargain and well worth the price.
I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn during my visit, so my 10am tour start time meant that I needed to get an early start to arrive in time. Knowing the subway route already, I figured an hour and 45 minutes would be more than enough time to arrive early. What I didn’t account for was the weekend schedule changes and my natural and unfortunate ability to get on trains without properly reading the train name and destination. Oops.