Shot of tequila, sangrita, and lime. Photo © Konstantin Kalishko/123rf.

Regional Foods and Drinks of Mexico

With its varied terrain and diverse local traditions, it’s not surprising that Mexican food is highly regional. Certain states distinguish themselves for particular dishes and ingredients, while other treats such as aguas frescas and thick egg custard for dessert are widely enjoyed. Here’s an overview of Mexican cuisine from region to region, along with popular items from mezcal to nieves.

Colorful peppers for sale at a farmer's market in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo © John Cumbow/123rf.

An Introduction to Mexican Food

One of the world’s great cuisines, Mexican food is diverse, delicious, and profoundly omnivorous, both simple and sophisticated. Food is essential to Mexican culture, and eating well is something enjoyed throughout Mexico, at every price point and in every type of establishment—from food stalls, bakeries, and markets to cafés, cantinas, and restaurants.

Sliced Century Eggs displayed on a plate with garnish.

The Stranger Side of Vietnamese Cuisine

In a nation as food-focused as Vietnam, it is all but impossible to come up with dozens of savory masterpieces without having created a few strange dishes along the way. While pho and banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) have gained worldwide acclaim as delicious, accessible facets of local cuisine, there are several specialties that manage to make some travelers wrinkle their noses.

Kriol stew. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Evolution of Belizean Food

The very idea of a national cuisine is as new as every other part of Belizean identity. Since the times of the Baymen, Belize has been an import economy, and with independence came renewed national pride where “Belizean” has been gradually applied to the adapted varied diet of many cultures.

Woman ladling bun nuoc leo into a bowl. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Traditional Vietnamese Cuisine

Some of the freshest, most flavorful, and most varied dishes in Southeast Asia belong to Vietnam. From Hanoi’s bun cha (grilled pork in fish sauce with noodles) to Hue’s bun bo (spicy beef noodle soup) or the dozens of southern meals unique to each small village and town, Vietnamese cuisine’s complex and irresistible flavors win over many a hungry traveler.

Fried rice topped with egg on a square white plate.

What Foods Make Up Aruban Cuisine?

Aruban cuisine has been influenced by the history and the diversity of cultures that inhabit the island. Author and resident Rosalie Klein talks about what foods you’ll encounter and what foods not to miss when visiting Aruba.

A meal next to the beach

Samburá: A Meal Well Worth the Walk

Michael and his sister honed their palates in cities like New York and Paris. During a recent trip through southern Bahia together, they ate some passable food, some good food, and, on occasion, some very memorable food.