29. Austin TX, U.S.A.: Barbeque food
If you make your way to Austin, Texas, there are plenty of things to do, see and eat, but you cannot miss the amazing barbecue. Pit-masters in and around Austin have perfected their process for smoking tender, mouth-watering meats. Here are just a few places to choose from. For me, there really isn’t anything quite like a tender and moist smoked brisket with a touch of barbecue sauce. Even as a local, I love to try out new places since everyone seems a little different and offers their own specialty.
Franklin’s Barbecue is probably the most well know restaurant, but it takes determination to get. The line starts forming early morning and they open for lunch until the food runs out. If you want to go to Franklins, plan on getting there several hours before opening and ready to enjoy waiting for a few hours.
The Salt Lick
There are several locations, but if you can make it out to the original Salt Lick in Driftwood Texas, it is worth the drive. The best part about the Salt Lick is the family style all you can eat option. You can eat as much brisket, sausage and pork ribs as you can handle.
Bowie BBQ in Whole Foods Market
I am biased here because I work at Whole Foods, but the barbecue is consistently delicious and cooked perfectly. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich or the moist brisket. It is centrally located and never runs out. They get my pick for convenience.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s is located in South Austin, just north of Buda and has amazing brisket and pulled pork. You can buy it by the pound, in a sandwich, or my preference, as part of a taco.
30. Montego Bay, Jamaica: Doctor’s Cave Beach
Have you ever been in water so clear that you can see tiny fishes swimming at your feet? Located on the west coast of Jamaica, a visit to Mobay (Montego Bay) is not complete without a day at Doctor’s Cave. It was made famous after Sir Herbert Barker, a British Osteopath, visited in the 1920’s and later wrote an article about it. He declared that the waters have curative powers and that he was restored to good health after bathing there. After this article was published, many foreigners came to visit and hotels were immediately constructed to accommodate the crowd.
Jamaica has a warm climate year-round, so the ocean remains between 78 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, 22 to 28 degrees Celsius. The beach is located on Gloucester Ave known as Mobay’s “Hip Strip”, where you’ll find hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, clubs and more. The well-known Margarita Ville is just steps away. It is also conveniently located within 5 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the Freeport Cruise Ship Terminal. You can watch the planes descending to land, while soaking up the warm Caribbean sun. Admission is US $6.00 per person for adults and US $3.00 per person for children under the age of 12.
31. Ekaterinburg, Russia: Local mayonnaise
If you ever find yourself in Ekaterinburg, Russia – I know the name probably sounds unfamiliar, but it is one of the top 5 largest cities in the country – you simply cannot leave without trying local mayonnaise. As crazy as it sounds, getting a pack of “Provansal” mayo in a blue jar should be your top priority!
Russia as a country is known for its love of mayo. We add it to pretty much any kind of food – soup, salad, sandwich, dumplings, you name it. Some people love to spread it on a piece of rye bread, others use it for making pastries. It might seem outrageous to add mayo to a cake, but come to think of it, mayo is nothing more than egg yolks and oil which sounds totally reasonable to add to pastries.
Ural region, where Ekaterinburg is located, is particularly famous for its love of mayo. If an average Russian eats about 8 kilos of mayo per year, a person living in Ekaterinburg eats 11. That is because we have the best mayo in the whole world produced right in the city.
You can easily find it in grocery stores. Look for mayo in blue packaging that says “ЕЖК” (the brand name in Russian) and prepare yourself to try the best mayo there is. It will haunt you in dreams when you leave Russia.
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