Explore your Taste Buds on holiday
Many of us now take it for granted that we can travel to other countries on holiday, failing to appreciate the many great things about being able to travel to far off lands. One of the brilliant things to come out of easier international travel is the opportunity to encounter new types of cooking and to sample delicacies and fine cuisine.
It used to be a bad joke that the British wanted fish and chips everywhere they went on holiday. Today, tastes are thankfully more refined. With plenty of holiday deals from firms such as Direct Holidays, travellers can indulge their love for food whilst having an all round relaxing break away from home.
The 'Mediterranean diet' is well known as the basis of a healthy way of life and many of the destinations that offer interesting cuisine can be found around the edges of the Med. A menu rich in healthy oils, fish and fruits, this cuisine has a positive effect on cholesterol and blood pressure – its good for the waistline too!
Taking a cheap holiday to Crete will allow you to sample one of the healthiest diets in the world. One of the most popular local meat dishes is Grilled Paidakia (lamb) – a speciality found in rural mountain areas.
A Tunisia holiday is another fantastic choice for a family getaway and offers a chance to sample North African food with a distinctly French influence. Away from the sundrenched beaches there are many small towns off the beaten track that are perfectly accessible and offer a great insight into local menus.
Perhaps most famous for its 'tagine' style of cooking pot and the basic staple of couscous, there are many other famous dishes such as Brik (fried dough stuffed with tuna fish and eggs) which you can sample.
Taking advantage of a cheap Cyprus holiday not only means that you will feel the benefit of the warm climate that the island enjoys all year round, but means that you will be able to sample some of the best cuisine in the whole of the Mediterranean.
Cypriot cuisine is a unique mix of Greek, Turkish, Italian and Middle Eastern ingredients and styles. Mezedes is a style of serving which will be familiar to fans of Spanish Tapas. This is a selection of dishes with small helpings that will be brought to the table as a progression of tastes and textures, all served with fresh bread and mixed salad.