If you’re a die-hard foodie then you can’t afford to give the street food havens of the world a miss. Be it local delicacies of Italy sold in every hole in the wall in Rome, or the delectable treats of Mexico City, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Bangkok, of course, is the king of street food and also don’t miss on some delicious American tidbits in NYC.
Be it delicious Italian cheeses, creamy pasta or gelato, Italian street food won’t disappoint you. Oven-baked Italian breads like focaccia will leave you craving for more.
• Eating Italy Food Tours in Rome offers a 4-hour tour called Real Taste of Rome Tour. At 59 euros (around Rs 4,000) per person, it includes tastings of local delicacies. Return airfare (ex-Calcutta) to Rome is at about Rs 58,000. Visit www.eatingitalyfoodtours.com.
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Head for Mexico City streets where you can dig into local favourites like churros (fried dough with cinnamon), roasted corn dipped in mayonnaise, carnitas (braised or roasted pork pieces) and more.
• Eat Mexico, a company offering food tours in Mexico City, conducts the Mexico City Street Food Tour every weekday. This 4-hour tour is priced at $145 (about Rs 7,400) per person. Return airfare (ex-Calcutta) to Mexico City starts at around Rs 93,450. Visit www.eat-mexico.com.
When it comes to Asian street food, Bangkok leads, with kiosks dishing out khao soi (Thai noodles), charcoal-grilled fish sausages and sea bass with chillies. Gaeng pa gai, Thailand’s hottest dish, a chicken curry made with chillies and bamboo shoots, is a must.
• Bangkok Food Tours has a Bangkok Bites and Bikes Tour to the Sathon district. The cycling tour, priced at 1800THB (around Rs 3,000), includes tastings in the city’s Chinatown area. Return airfare (ex-Calcutta) to Bangkok begins at around Rs 21,100. Visit www.bangkokfood- tours.com.
NEW YORK CITY
In cosmopolitan NYC, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to hamburgers, corn- on-the-cob, hot dogs and pretzels.
• The Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour, offered by Foods of New York Tours, is priced at $49 (Rs 2,500) per person. The 3-hour tour includes seven tastings. Return airfare to New York (ex-Calcutta) starts from around Rs 77,900. Visit www.foodsofny.com.
How about an all-American summer holiday? SOTC’s 16-day Grand Tour of USA package will touch New York, Washington, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. At about Rs 2.2 lakh per person, the package includes return airfares, accommodation on twin-sharing basis, breakfasts (but no meals), sightseeing, surface transfers and even a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas. You can book the package till July 31.