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We long to travel the world to discover different lands, unique cultures, and try new culinary foods. Yes, travel and food are a great combination.

Travelling is all about fresh experiences and heading out to sample local cuisine – wandering the produce markets in Paris, seeking out authentic restaurants in Italy.

Since food is such a part of our daily life, having unique authentic dining experiences often is a priority when choosing your next travel destination. Peru is famous for their Ceviche, raw fish marinated in citrus juice. France is known for Beef Bourguignon, made of beef braised in red wine and beef broth. Italy is known for pizza and pasta,Thailand is known for Tom Yum Goong, a spicy shrimp soup, and Greece is known for Souvlaki and the list goes on.

Food at Boutique Hotels

Chef Silvia Preparing Pasta

Especially exciting as a lover of food (Italian being my favourite), last month, I got to sit down with Chef Silvia who owns a small boutique hotel “Il Falconiere” only a couple of hours north of Rome. Guests come from all over the globe to experience Tuscan culture and participate in one of Chef Silvia’s cooking classes. How I loved to listen to the intense passion she has for fresh farm to table ingredients and see her transform simple dishes into mouthwatering works of art with intense tastes. I love pasta, and of course she will teach you how to make pasta from scratch and add a fresh pomodoro sauce. This is just one reason why Italy is always one of the most popular destinations to visit year after year.

Food at All Inclusive Resorts

delicious desert

For many foodies, an all-inclusive resort often may not meet your expectations since most are cooking for the masses and under a strict budget. That being said, I would say that more and more luxury resort chains like Karisma, Hyatt Ziva, Hideaway by Royalton, Paradisus (Melia), Couples and Sandals are working hard to deliver a dining experience that will impress you.

Food at Sea


Food on cruise lines is becoming more and more a focal point since the days of going to the main dining room to dine have changed to specialty restaurants where you can find your favorite food from Japanese Sushi, Brazilian Churrascaria (barbecue restaurant), to celebrity chefs’ like Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant.  Oceania cruise line is so passionate about food that they built their latest two ships, Marina and Riviera, around their galleys, which are the largest at sea. This way every meal is a dining experience.

Food on Airlines

Austrian Air as well as Turkish Air have upped their dining experience in business class with a chef on every flight, and each course is plated at your seat to your specifications. For Austrian Air, I would give most of the credit to the inflight catering of “DO & CO”.  Turkish Air food is exceptional in economy class but in business class, foodies will love the experience.  If you get to fly to Istanbul and are transiting, they have an amazing transit lounge that might just be the best in the world. There are games to play, places to sleep, and plenty of food options plus an entire section for baklavas and Turkish delights. The bakery corner is a great hit. Lots of space to relax, and there are plenty of drinks.


Travel and food are both great experiences to be had when on vacation. A big part of my consultation with clients is helping them find extraordinary food and wine experiences no matter what part of the globe they are eager to explore. Since travel and food are both very subjective, uncovering your personal likes and dislikes will be key to a vacation experience of a lifetime.

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Dean Barreca

Luxury Travel Specialist based in Toronto, Ontario. Dean Barreca’s career and purpose are guided by one simple truth: Life can be a magical experience when lived to the fullest. With that in mind, Dean tends to take a different approach to the business of luxury travel.