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The floating markets of Bangkok, Thailand
DELICACIES DOWNRIVER: The floating markets of Bangkok, Thailand  (Angelo Cavalli/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty)

5. Carmel, California
When traversing the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea, it's easy to find yourself uttering words like "quaint," "charming," and "picturesque." As you stroll past the many art galleries, world-class restaurants, and specialty food and wine shops, you may envision yourself within the rustic borders of a European hamlet instead of a cozy seaside celebrity retreat.

Boasting a host of acclaimed eateries, from brasseries to Italian bistros, Carmel is a one-stop European shop. For an ultimate indulgence, be sure to attend the Annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine event in April, featuring more than 60 celebrity chefs along with 250 wineries, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and dinners.

Don't miss: Dine at Michel Richard's Citronelle, located at Carmel Valley Ranch, a California-style retreat in the heart of Carmel Valley. Be sure to order the whimsical "Virtual Fettuccini" made from cuttlefish topped with littleneck clams, or go all out and indulge at Citronelle's Chef's Table, where diners can feast on a menu prepared especially by the chef.
Carmel Travel Guide

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nothing embodies Argentina more than a jammy glass of Malbec and a platter of grilled steak at the local parilla. Like its signature dance the tango, Buenos Aires moves to its own sexy beat and is fast becoming a haven for artists, expats, and fashionistas. In fact, many refer to this capital city as the Paris of South America because of its renowned contribution to fine arts, music, and dance.

For eats, head to Palermo, on the north side of Buenos Aires, for a true taste of this cosmopolitan city. Be sure to hit one of the great parilla's, La Cabrera, and sample the Bife de Chorizo served with an intriguing array of sides including fresh endive, pickled onions, and mashed squash.

Don't miss: Hands-on cooking classes at Teresita Bed and Breakfast, featuring an in-depth lesson on making empanadas and Argentine barbecue. This one-day class begins at the local butcher's shop and culminates with an authentic cooking, dining, and wine pairing experience. $110 per person.
Buenos Aires Travel Guide

3. Big Island, Hawaii
Where else in the world can food lovers sample Chinese char-siu, sushi topped with Spam, Portuguese sausages, and lillikoi pancakes—all within a couple of hours drive? Visitors to the Big Island might want to consider looking past typical resort luau's and instead rent a car in search of the many diverse local grinds that dot the island for a true onolicious taste of Hawaii.

Grinds or grindz is Hawaiian pidgin for all types of food, and Hawaii is certainly a mecca for all types of food. From filling plate lunches of Korean-style barbecue, Japanese Katsu curry, or Chinese chow fun served alongside two scoops of rice to sweet Filipino rice cakes, tuna poke, and traditional Kalua pig, the Big Island literally has something for everyone.

Don't miss: Sample the king of all calorie-laden meals, the Loco Moco, consisting of two generous scoops of rice topped with a fried hamburger, brown gravy, and a couple of fried eggs at Café 100 in Hilo. While there, check out the Hilo farmer's market. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, their motto is, "from dawn 'til it's gone." Sip fresh coconut juice straight from the shell as you savor fresh, locally grown mangosteens, lychees, and passion fruits from more than 200 vendors featured each week.
Big Island Travel Guide

2. Mumbai, India
Few countries are as mesmerizing as India, and its striking cuisine is no exception. The foods of this lush country overflow with exotic flavors. Pungent cardamom, curry leaves, turmeric, and mustard seeds blend seamlessly with soothing coconut milk, hot chilies, and fragrant rose petals.

India's international influences range from Greek to British to French, with India's culinary scene becoming a veritable melting pot of flavor and texture. Whether you're hitting the city's markets to haggle away the afternoon or enjoying a five-star vegetarian meal at renowned restaurant, Masala Kraft at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, the many aromas wafting through India's busy streets will intrigue both your senses and palate.

Don't miss: Viking Range's Culinary Tour of India is an escorted tour begins in Mumbai, continues through the spice coast of Kerala, and concludes in New Delhi. Highlights include cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a rice boat, hands-on cooking classes in private homes, and cooking schools, as well as market visits and private farm tours.
Mumbai Travel Guide

1. Bangkok, Thailand
When foodies hear the phrase "street food," they typically can't help but think of the unique delicacies found in the back alleys of Southeast Asia, and Bangkok is no exception. While there's no shortage of amazing eats in this up-all-night city, heading off the beaten path to explore the many hidden culinary gems that line the streets of Bangkok is a must.

Street food in Bangkok can be sampled in many forms. From lightly charred satays to pungent noodles dishes to simple, crispy wontons. Whatever you're craving, you can probably find it, and at all hours of the day or night. And, there's no better place for adventurous eating, so if you've got a hankering for shark's fin, scorpion, or white ant eggs, this is your place.

Don't miss: Venture out after dark to hit the many food stalls in Chinatown's Yaowarat Road, where the streets are lined with herbalists, gold shops, and, of course, a variety of food vendors. Try the duck noodle soup accented with star anise or the papaya salad with sticky rice along with a Thai iced tea.
Bangkok Travel Guide

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