If you like to get a little history with your food, there are plenty of smart & tasty places around the world that you can experience a perfect blend of both. Here are a few ideas to stimulate your tastebuds and your brain.
1. Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA – Learn about the complex and interwoven stories of English and Native American cultures in the 17th century. See a full-scale model of the Mayflower ship and share a harvest dinner with the Pilgrims. You’ll discover the table manners and recipes that made their way to the new world, and be entertained just the way it happened in 1621.
2. Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, Tokyo, Japan – If you like Raumen (aka Ramen) you will love this museum that includes a street-scape replication of 1958 Tokyo, the year this famous noodle soup was invented. Just about every college student’s dream and dubbed the world’s first “food themed amusement park,” the museum includes 9 ramen shops, where you can slurp noodle soup to your heart’s content and discover regional ramen from around the world. Check it out and be amazed.
3. Frietmuseum, Brugge, Belgium. Okay, so they may be known as “French” fries, but you should know that these fried potato delights were actually born in Belgium. And, for those who cherish the crispy outside and tender inside of an incredibly well-made fry, the Frietmuseum is heaven on earth. While exploring this 14th century building – the oldest in Brugge – you’ll learn the history of French fries and condiments as well as sample some Belgian fries in the museum’s medieval cellar. One of the best tasty places!
4. Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum, Szged, Hungary – Just when you thought you knew everything about salami and paprika, this museum comes along to show you the gaps in your expertise. With everything from photos to butchering guides to life-sized wooden dolls in period costumes demonstrating the salami and paprika production processes, you will undoubtedly learn something new. And what’s more, you’ll be treated to tasty salami and paprika samples as well as discounts for products from the still-operating factory. And, hey, they’ll throw in a free postcard too!
5. Museu de la Xocolata, Barcelona, Spain – Well, after all those tasty places, it’s only proper that we provide a sweet finish to this exploration. If you like the smell, taste and everything else about chocolate, we’ve got the museum for you. The Chocolate Museum in Barcelona is housed in a former monastery, a place in which the 18th century Bourbon army was given chocolate as part of their breakfast rations. Barcelona port was the gateway to Europe’s chocolate distribution, and in the 19th century, the transformation from drinking to solid chocolate was said to have occurred there. In addition to some amazing sculptures made from chocolate, historical exhibits and explanations of the chocolate-making, process the museum offers a variety of activities, tours and tastings. Too bad the site isn’t scratch and sniff!
THE QUICK BITE: There are plenty of foodie museums and exhibits around the world and you can experience the best of learning and eating at these smart and tasty places.