Gastronomic tourism

On the occasion of the trip I made to Japan to see the technological innovations in Panasonic appliances, I spent a few days in Kyoto and given the proximity, I took the opportunity to approach Kobe to try the famous Wagyu beef fed with beer. Today I am remembering that tasty and tender meat: we tried Kobe's ox, and we told you the experience.

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With the arrival of summer there are thousands of tourists who distribute their vacations for much of the Spanish coast in search of tranquility, beaches and, generally, good food. Among those products of the sea, one reigns when it comes to talking about shellfish and crustaceans: the red shrimp. Extended from the north of the Mediterranean to the last reaches of the peninsular South Atlantic, the Aristeus Antennatus (Risso, 1810) boasts of being one of the tastiest delicacies of our coasts.

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Cruzada por la ría de Nervión, casi acariciada por el mar Cantábrico y protegida por montes que le valen el apodo de El Botxo (el agujero en euskera), Bilbao es una referencia gastronómica de primer orden dentro de España, en la que coexisten propuestas de pintxos, de asadores y restaurantes repletos de clasicisimo y una creciente oferta Michelin , perfecto para que cualquier escapada a la capital vizcaína tenga un sabor inmejorable.

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Panasonic has introduced its new line of appliances and does it in style. To show us his new products and facilities, he organized a trip for nine European media, taking us to the country of the rising sun. While we knew the news and features of the new Panasonic brand appliances, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Kyoto knowing the peculiarities of Japanese cuisine, discovering their products and learning to use them.

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The summer does not give truce in the capital and Madrid and tourists do not resist the gastronomic charms of the city. A table, some chairs and the opportunity to peck something becomes the favorite plan of many to enjoy the good weather outdoors and in good company. From the attics of the most imposing hotels to discrete patios, through trendy restaurants or imperishable cafes.

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Heiress of an intercultural gastronomic tradition, Córdoba, known for monuments such as the Mezquita-Catedral, or popularized by its private Patios, is also a city in which good cuisine has a great role. Marked by its past as capital of the Umayyad caliphate, but also by the passage of the Guadalquivir in the city, being a relevant crossroads since Roman times, Córdoba has become thanks to its impressive legacy in a city in which Cordoba and tourists They enjoy harmony, even when sitting at the table.

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More and more travelers consider that enjoying good gastronomy is essential when choosing a tourist destination to go on vacation. Specifically, according to a report from Booking.com made in the last year among more than 50,000 people, six out of ten tourists choose the destination of their vacation because of the appeal of their local cuisine.

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It is the true objective of a large part of tourists, who prefer to call themselves travelers (although they are still tourists): get to know the local culture to the fullest. And in this equation, trying to prove the true gastronomy of the area is key. Approaching the gastronomy of other cultures is a fundamental aspect of any trip, but it is not always easy to truly eat like a local, because you are not.

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At 1400 km from Lisbon, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the nine islands that form the Azores archipelago rise. Discovered in 1427, it was completely uninhabited and only a decade later began its colonization by the Portuguese. Although its geography resembles that of the Canary Islands, which have the same volcanic origin common to Macaronesia, its latitude, much higher, which guarantees mild climates and abundant rainfall, makes it an ideal place for the practice of agriculture and livestock , activities that have been traditionally dedicated, and not so much for sun and beach tourism.

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In the world there are thousands of breweries, but only some, due to their age, their location or the way they make the popular drink, are known tourist destinations that attract visitors from all over the world. With the rise of microbreweries, there are many towns or cities that have their own factories, but it is not the same to manufacture the beverage in a garage or an industrial estate than to do it at 1650 meters of altitude, on the beach or in a church.

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Unfortunately, when we hear about the Azores in Spain, the first thing that comes to mind is the mythical image of George Bush, Tony Blair and José María Aznar. It was in 2003, when the presidents of the United States, United Kingdom and Spain, in addition to Durao Barroso, prime minister of Portugal (country that discovered these islands, which had remained uninhabited, in 1427), met at the island's Luso-American base Terceira to complete the invasion of Iraq aimed at ending Saddam Hussein's regime and its non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

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Perhaps it will be because we in Spain have an average of two or three bars in each street, but the fact is that we have no habit of eating street food or street food, so popular worldwide. However, when we go on vacation, we love to try what is sold in food trucks, carts or food kiosks and that is why I have planned to make a gastronomic trip around the world through the most representative dishes of street food.

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