We start in sunny Spain and head to Barcelona if it's a taste of paella that your tastebuds are longing for. There'll be no shortage of restaurants seeking your attention to serve you the national dish, but we wholly recommend finding Bosque Palermo, situated north-west of the city centre. This fairly small establishment will serve you up a seafood treat and an unbeatable paella (get one to share between two and you'll still have leftovers!). Wash it all down with a traditional, thirst-quenching sangria and you'll surely leave more than satisfied with both your food and the size of the bill. Sit inside or outside, either way you'll be dining in a restaurant with a fine atmosphere with a superb authentic feel to it.
Back to America now, not only the undisputed home of the donut, but also the motherland of the hotdog. Now this is the tricky part. The home of the hot dog is most certainly New York, but we prefer the ingenious Chili Dog if we're completely honest and there's only one place that that can truly call home: The Capital Region!
When it comes to Chili Dogs, it's only worth thinking about the most historic restaurants in the area. Ben's Chili Bowl has been running in Washington, DC since 1958 and has only ever grown in popularity since it's early years of business. Perched on the U-Street corridor, Ben's is neighboured by a host of bars, clubs and restaurants in one of the area's busiest areas and serves up the perfect pre or post-part snack. No wonder it's stayed so popular.
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For a different and diverse culinary experience though, take up the chance to cross off two fascinating countries in eastern Europe. With a two-in-one visit of Montenegro and Croatia you'll be given plenty of chance to sink your teeth into something new.
Starting with a 5*, 3 day stay in Montenegro, heading along the coast you'll find a number of restaurants serving up a variety of international cuisines, but you're here for the local stuff right? Look out for menus with Kacamak in that case. Mushy in texture, Kacamak is made with corn flour or wheat predominantly served with cheese and sour milk (don't let that put you off). Both this and Cicvara (cow's cheese and flour served with potato and sour milk) are meals which will keep you full for most of the day, perfect for the explorers amongst you.
Off to Dubrovnik next for another short 5* stay. Unsurprisingly, here you'll find hearty meat dishes and some superb locally sourced seafood. Look out for Peka, which is either meat or seafood (typically lamb/squid) cooked in a bell-shaped lid surrounded by hot coals that yearns tasty results! Alternatively, Brodet is a mixed-fish stew, usually benefitting from the fantastic local source and also usually containing eel.
For a real hearty meal though, seek out somewhere serving Burek. Typically large in size, this pastry dish is best compared to a Cornish Pasty but is found to be more pizza-shaped and a thinner, flakier crust. Mostly, Bureks are filled with cheese, meat or both and are great for rumbling bellies that don't want to get overly adventurous with their dining.
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