2016 Foodie Bucket List

If like me, you are determined to try out a few new culinary experiences this year, I’ve put together a list of destinations that will tempt your taste buds in 2016. Food and travel are two of my biggest passions and this year I hope to combine them more. If you haven’t experienced these four destinations for yourself, make sure you add them to your own foodie bucket list.  


The first foodie destination on my bucket list is Barcelona. Like many foodie destinations, food is integral to your stay and there are plenty of fancy restaurants in this city, but I would advise distancing yourself from the tourist spots and taking a tip from the locals and stock up on local delicacies at the market. Rather than limit yourself to hotel prices, try staying in a self catering apartment while travelling to give yourself the freedom to cook with local produce sourced from the local markets. This will be an ideal option for those of you who enjoy cooking. Barcelona has some marvellous markets including La Boqueria. The colourful fruits will be the first attraction but that's not all there is, do venture further as here you will find everything from seafood to spices and everything in-between.  


Bangkok has always been high on my bucket list; there is just something so enticing about their phenomenal street food. You can’t help but notice the rows and rows of exotic fruits that line the streets and the rose apples seasoned with salt, sugar and chili should be high up on your list of things to try. There are of course food markets a plenty with the most chaotic of them all being Khlong Toey Market. Located just outside of the city, you can stock up on top quality meats and seafood at Bangkok's best-kept secret.  


Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and has been on my bucket list of foodie destinations for a while. Home to one of the oldest and largest food markets in the world; Istanbul is a paradise for foodies. If you find yourself with time to explore, the Grand Bazaar is not to be missed. This famous food market is spread over 60 streets and boasts an incredible 4000 food stalls. This market isn’t exclusive to food, it also sells jewellery and antiques but it is brimming with delicious foodie finds including authentic Turkish dishes such as kidney and liver kebabs. Do remember to try Kizilkayalar's wet burger at Taksim Square, a popular street food you will not regret having.  


Toulouse is one of the lesser-known hotspots for foodies, but like other foodie destinations, it has its fair share of markets. One of the biggest and best is the Marche Victor Hugo. For every market there is a Michelin starred restaurant and if fine dining is your thing make sure you pay a visit to Michel Sarran. Cassoulet, Foie Gras and Garbure (a hearty soup) are just a few of the staple dishes to try here. Whether you want fine dining or street food, Toulouse will satisfy your cravings.
So, there you have it, my foodie bucket list for 2016. Have you been to any of theses destinations? What are your favourite dishes? 


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