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FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD Whether we realise it or not, food is one of the key ways in which we experience a place when travelling. The experts from Lonely Planet have rustled up a feast of globetrotting gourmets, covering everything from the premium of fine dining to the ultimate street food. Put down the paintbrush and forget about your new sofa, your holiday is waiting. Buenos Aires, Argentina A world class destination for meat lovers, today the city’s cuisine is a mixture of traditions brought by European immigrants: Italian-style ice cream, empanadas from Spain, wine from French vineyards and German-style sausages and cheeses. In the heart of Argentina, you’ll find a true tradition. The meat is grilled over an open flame on a parrilla, a heavy-duty barbecue found in steak restaurants. Whether it’s chicken, beef or pork, marinades and sauces will have you wanting more and more. Margaret River, Australia Heading south from Perth, this remote region of southwestern  Australia is a surprising foodie destination. Towns and cities including Fremantle, Bunbury and Busselton hug the coast, so local seafood is plentiful, and just a few hours from Perth the Margaret River wine region combines a rural ambience and spectacular beaches with a sophisticated food scene. Cape Town, South Africa At the southern tip of Africa, chefs have created a progressive food scene by revisiting ancestral traditions and respecting the cape’s rich natural resources. With incredible produce to work with such as fresh fish and seafood, cuts of game including springbok and an abundance of fruit and vegetables ripened in the warm sun, in Cape Town your food dream just became a reality. Hanoi, Vietnam Is there anything better than authentic street food? The elegant capital of Hanoi is the birthplace of a selection of signature national dishes that have become synonymous with Vietnamese food worldwide, such as pho and bun cha. Hanoi is a city of gourmands and there’s no better place in Vietnam for street food. Aarhus, Denmark Having long been in Copenhagen’s shadow, Aarhus is emerging as a European destination for dining with flair. It’s an ideal place to investigate how and why Denmark has gone from dowdy dining destination to full-blown culinary in little over a decade. Aarhus’ surroundings of bays, forests and fields provide a rich larder of ingredients, from excellent pork, beef, game, dairy and seafood to root vegetables, wild berries and herbs. Chennai, India India’s southern city of Chennai is dominated by a fiery cuisine that puts lentils, potatoes and tomatoes centre stage, challenging perceptions of humdrum vegetarian food. Chefs are ceaselessly inventive when it comes to finding ways to transform vegetarian staples into gastronomic sensations and even hardened carnivores will be convinced after just a few mouthfuls. For more information, visit www.lonelyplanet.com n Images Credited - lavizzara/Shutterstock.com


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