Sometimes you see a dish on Instagram or your favourite program on television and you think to yourself, “I’d love to do that.” Not, “I’d like to make that”, or “I wish someone could bring me that”. No, what you crave in that moment, and rightly so, is the entire experience of walking into the restaurant being seated and served the finest things in the world. This impulse has a name in our modern, globetrotting travel culture. Destination dining.
You have probably heard of the concept of a destination wedding, finding the beautiful exotic location to make your special moment all the more memorable. Dining is another area of life that people are seeking out as an extraordinary adventure. There are idiosyncratic delicacies that are not replicated elsewhere on earth. These extraordinary foods demand pilgrimage for those enthralled by the experience of flavour. I’ve got a couple places listed here that I intend to check off my list as the years go by.
Having been to Paris for work and only occasionally for holiday, experiencing some of the finest foods of Paris and France can seem a delightfully unending task, while that is completely true there is one dish that stand out as a quintessentially Parisian, extraordinary culinary feet. The best known perhaps being “pressed duck”. While the dish is served in several places around Paris, Tour d’Argent opened its doors in 1582 and their pressed duck is renown. A roasted duck has the meat carved and separated at the side of the table while the remaining bones are placed inside a mysterious, two foot tall steel and brass chalice with the spout on the bottom. This contraption with wheels and gears is known as “the duck press”. The duck press takes the remaining juices in the duck and extracts them for addition to the sauce for the entreé. It’s a bit gruesome for some, but it’s also a truly unique, rich taste not found anywhere else in the world.
Morocco has been a crossroads for thousands of years, and its people and chefs have been blending flavours from cultures far and wide, to make their own dishes of beautiful complexity. It’s markets are colourful and vibrant and have small places to eat throughout, but restaurants have conglomerated traditional dishes for you to enjoy in comfort. Café Clock in Fez is a restaurant that has many traditional tangine dishes and even a camel burger.
Georgian foods are delicious and varied, but some favourites are baked cheese filled pies called khachapuri. The Caucasus region that encompasses Georgia is a grassy land that is dotted with hundreds of dairies producing vast amounts of cheese, yogurt, and cream. There are varieties of khachapuri that include an egg, ones that include roasted bitter greens, ones that are served with a pat of butter on top, but the common ingredients are cheese and bread. Baked or fried it’s hard to go wrong with the tomato-free cousin of the pizza. There is no specific place to recommend, you’ll just have to try a few and find your own favourites.