Foodie honeymoons are the perfect way for culinary couples to up their game. After all, foodies are always on the hunt for their next great bite. And since your honeymoon is the ultimate getaway, you should be enjoying the best dishes in whichever culture you visit!
Foodie honeymooners owe it to themselves to try all the best local cuisine that their destination has to offer...after all, one of the best ways to experience a culture is through its food. That's why we're here with the best, must-try date night cuisine from different honeymoon destinations around the world.
Tortas & Tamales
Forget about nachos and fajitas -- delicious as they are, these are American inventions for Tex-Mex food, not authentic Mexican cuisine. If you want the real deal, try a torta (Mexican sandwich) or a tamale (corn husk stuffed with corn masa and fillings). Delicious and portable, both are popular street foods you can find in all the major cities and towns.
Tamale wraps can be unfolded into a "plate;" you just need to find a surface to put it down on and make sure you have a utensil to eat it with. Voila! A meal without a plate. Typical fillings include some combinaiton of meats, cheeses, and vegetables in addition to the must-include corn masa (dough) that makes these piping-hot puppies so filling.
The South Pacific
Lovo actually refers to a traditional cooking process rather than a type of food, but is usually associated with cooking fish or meats. Lovo is an earth oven or cooking pit, dug into the ground and covered in palm fronds after the food is added. Then, the fire is burnt down to smouldering embers. Typical foods cooked in a lovo on South Pacific islands are fish, chicken, and pork.
The fish or meat is wrapped in leaves before being added, and typical Fijian veggies like yams, taro root, and cassava are added on top to cook along with the meat. While foods and specifics vary, cooking pits are popular throughout the South Pacific, as well as other regions of the world, and have a history going back thousands of years.
Feijoada, the national stew of Brazil, usually contains black beans, beef, and pork. It's rich, hearty comfort food that will make your honeymoon belly as happy as your honeymoon hearts!
Asado (Argentinean Barbecue)
What's so exciting about a big slab of steak? Sure, it's tasty, but you can get that at any decent steakhouse in the US, right?
Wrong! Argentina is known for having the most delicious steak in the world. It's served with no barbecue sauce or other toppings, other than some chimchurri on the side. The simple reason for this is the incredible quality of the beef: as any sauce will only degrade the experience of enjoying such a relentlessly succulent cut of meat. The meat is also slightly smoked as it barbecues, locking in more of that grass-fed flavor. Cuts are more precise as well: what we know simply as a T-bone actually comprises several different cuts in an Argentinean steakhouse.
In addition, cows are better exercised before being slaughtered, since Argentinean beef farms allow them to be free-roaming rather than confined.
Pào mó (Mutton Stew)
Combining mutton, broth, and unleavened bread instead of noodles, mutton stew is a traditional dish from the Xi'an region of China. Lamb is sometimes used instead of mutton, which is taken from an adult sheep.
Sushi & Sashimi
Like many things in Japan, sushi is more than a dish. It's an art form, a science, a cultural process, and a skill to be mastered. Most people assume sushi has to involve raw fish, but the most important aspect of sushi is actually that vinegar is added to the rice. Anything served with vinegared rice, therefore, is sushi. Sashimi, on the other hand, must involve thinly-sliced fish or meat.
If sushi doesn't feel imaginative enough for you, try Nikuman (steamed pork buns). These hot little doughballs are filled with a slightly sweet pork mixture and are a popular comfort food enjoyed as a snack and appetizer.
Pho has become very popular in cities across the United States, so if you find yourselves on a romantic getaway in Vietnam, you owe it to yourselves to try the real thing! Often sold as street food throughout major cities, pho is a soup made with meat, rice noodles, and herbs, all in a distinctive bone broth.
Chicken changezi is a dish from the Punjabi region of India. It uses marinated chicken drenched in a buttery, creamy masala gravy, and is rich with Indian spices. It's a recipe that's said to originate with Genghis Khan, making it as rich in history as it is with flavor. Find it at restaurants in Delhi and beyond during your honeymoon in India.
Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwich)
Smørrebrød is an open-faced sandwich, usually using buttered rye bread, commonly enjoyed by Norwegians as a tasty lunch. A common iteration uses an egg salad-type mixture with dill, forming a bed that you top with fish such as pickled herring or smoked salmon. Radishes and other toppings are frequently added. You haven't had a true foodie honeymoon in Norway until you've tried this ultra-popular Norwegian delight! Sometimes meats are used instead of fish, but the sandwich is always open-faced.
For dessert, try Krumkaker, a cone-shaped pastry eaten plain or filled with sweet whipped cream and berries.
Schweinebraten (Slow-Cooked Pork Roast)
This slow-cooked seasoned pork is juicy, tender, succulent, and flakes apart delicately as soon as your fork touches the meat. It's a signature Bavarian dish, and often served with sauerkraut, cabbage, and/or German-style dumplings called knödel.
Go beyond pasta and pizza with saltimbocca, an Italian dish made from veal, herbs, and prosciutto all wrapped up and sautéed. Salty and savory, this is the perfect snack to follow up with a dessert of cold gelato! The image above shows assembled saltimbocca ready to be tossed into the pan. We envy the couple that's about to enjoy it!
This Greek "fast food" is simple and delicious: pork on skewers! The meat is served with pita bread topped with some fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki, a favorite national sauce made from yogurt and fresh cucumbers. The big difference between this and the souvlaki at your hometown Greek restaurant is freshness. Since the ingredients are usually more local, you get more flavor, allowing you to experience the dish anew.
Eastern Europe is a region with an array of cultures and a diverse range of people, but there is definite overlap in the cuisine of its countries -- especially those that border one another. Borscht is one of those dishes. Typically based on a beet root broth, giving it a deep red color, borscht can be served hot or cold, and can incorporate a variety of meats and vegetables such as carrots and potatoes. The borscht above is served in one of our favorite ways -- in a fresh-baked bread bowl.
Jerk Meat & Fried Plantain w. Rice & Beans
The many islands of the Caribbean all have their own cultures, cuisines, and traditions. However, as tropical islands, they have a few things in common -- namely, the fact that seafood is a focus of the local gastronomy. But on islands like Jamaica and Trinidad, hot jerk seasoning is a popular way to prepare fish and meat. If you honeymoon in the Caribbean and can try some jerk chicken, go for it! It's often enjoed with a side of fried plantain. When you're done, refresh your palate from all those spicy seasonings with some cooling mango or fresh guava slices.
Boerewors (Beef Sausage)
Africa is an enormous continent, but South Africa's safaris, and dynamic LGBTQ-friendly cities make it one of the continent's most popular honeymoon destinations. While you enjoy your romantic getaway here, try Boerewors, the South African sausage. Boerewors contains mainly beef, but usually also has lamb and/or pork in it as well. Legend has it the dish is derived from a German sausage, but today it makes appearances in other African nations such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and beyond.
Just like their British and Irish counterparts, Australians love their meat pies. The emu is one of the most quintissentially Australian meats. Emu is low in fat, high in iron, and has a texture similar to lean beef. Baked into a buttery crust, it's a hot and filling delight.
The Middle East
Manakish (Middle Eastern Pizza)
The Middle East's answer to pizza, Manakish is a flatbread topped with tasty fixins like cheese, meat, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Sometimes they're folded up, like a gyro -- and, fittingly, this "Middle Eastern pizza" is served, in various styles throughout countries on the eastern side of the Mediterranean. Find manakish during your honeymoon in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, and in other countries where Levantine cuisine has taken root in the local gastronomy.