Food. It's reason enough to board a plane and travel half a world away.
I just landed back home from a whirlwind tour of Peru and Bolivia and I've been persistently asked, "How was the food?" Well, I'm embarrassed to admit the night before my departure I had ignorantly declared, "This might be my last good meal for a while." What can I say? I had visions of gallo pinto for 21 days straight. I couldn't have been more wrong. The food in Peru was amazing. Ceviche, fusion, Chiffa, and upon reaching Bolivia I was greeted with succulent Argentinian beef and gamey Llama.
Of course when you travel, you also run the risk of ruining a dish for yourself. The Pad Thai of Bangkok's street vendors was so good, I'm reluctant to order it back home. Another part of me can't help feeling that Canadian food - with its European origins - is a little bland. It's little wonder why the Dutch and British East India Companies travelled across the globe for cinnamon, ginger and pepper.
Intrepid Travel's January photo contest was a celebration of international flavours, fare, smells, markets and street food vendors. It's truly a feast for the eyes and we dare you to resist ordering take out tonight!
Bertais Market in Mataram, Lombok is the island's biggest. Why not eat your way through it?
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Need a guide to Bangkok-area floating markets? Read ours here: canadiantraveller.com/5_Floating_Markets_Near_Bangkok
Seoul, South Korea
Photograph taken at Noryangjin Fish Market
Recreate this image, visit: 688 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
Captured in the capital's Tsukiji Fish Market.
Visit it yourself: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The judges loved this photo for its, "Action, food and local colour all wrapped into one delicious photo!"
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