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.

Bacalaito and alcapurria. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Try These Common Puerto Rico Kiosk Foods

The roadways all over Puerto Rico are dotted with countless lean-tos, shacks, pavilions, tents, and trucks where enterprising cooks sell a variety of mostly fried local delicacies called frituras. For the uninitiated, the assortment of fried food can be daunting. But if you want a truly traditional Puerto Rican experience, pop an antacid and dive into an adventurous array of some of the tastiest food on the island.

Loquats. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

What to Eat in Bermuda

Is there a true Bermudian cuisine? Gourmands might snigger at such a proposition, but Bermuda has claimed its repertoire of hallmark dishes—usually a melting pot of items from other places adapted for local menus. The amalgam of British, West Indian, African, and Portuguese cultural influences has created a somewhat eclectic collection of local dishes.

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.

If there’s one popular snack that is emblematic of Mexico City, it would be tacos al pastor.

Capital Tastes: Popular Garnachas and Street Snacks

While Mexico City boasts food from across the republic, it also has its own distinctive flavors, including a rather serious taste for tacos and other garnachas (simple snacks). In fact, these quick bites, sold in parks and on street corners, might be the most distinctive aspect of the capital’s food scene.

A tortería in Mexico City.

Dining Options in Mexico City

Throughout the city, in any neighborhood, you’ll find a plethora of puestos, or street stands, often crowded around areas where there’s lots of foot traffic, like outside a Metro station. A step up from balancing your plate in one hand and taco in the other, taquerías are simple sit-down eateries (sometimes with a bar and barstools only) that serve tacos and other snacks, while a tortería is the same, but for tortas.

Three small lobsters split and roasted on a plate with avocado and small plantain chips.

Regional Cuisine on the Galápagos Islands

Ecuador isn’t known for gourmet cookery, but the best food in the country is found on the coast, and many of these specialties are available on the Galápagos. Author Ben Westwood gives you an overview of the regional foods and drinks available on the islands so you can eat like a local.

A plate heaped with rice and a couple pieces of chicken stewed with a reddish-orange tint.

Belizean Restaurants & Cuisine in Belize City

Belize City is packed with traditional Creole eateries. From jam rolls and flaky pastries to traditional Belizean fare like stew chicken, fish fillets, and meat pies, there are plenty of food options to choose from in this roundup of the city’s best restaurants.