Food is one of the best aspects of traveling. It helps you fully immerse yourself and connect with your destination, making you feel like you are at the right place at the right time. Even if traveling and exploring might not be in your near plans, you can still send your taste buds on a trip of a lifetime. Fortunately, the United States has some of the most beautiful cities with some of the most delicious foods in the world. Why not use this opportunity to explore what this vast country offers by preparing meals that best represent its numerous cities? Plus, if you are one of the 53% of Americans who consider themselves foodies, you would have an amazing time.
Muffuletta from New Orleans
New Orleans is an entire experience all on its own. There’s so much to do in this vibrant city, from Mardi Gras to the exciting nightlife of Bourbon Street. It’s also home to jazz music and, most importantly, Creole cuisine. This city's melting pot has so many signature dishes, from jambalaya, beignets, red beans and rice, gumbo, and of course, the muffuletta sandwich.
This meal originated in the 19th century when Italian immigrants and settlers started selling traditional sesame bread from Sicily, also known as muffuletta bread. A grocery store in New Orleans used this bread to create the muffuletta sandwich in 1906. More than a century later, this dish has become a staple in many local delis, grocery, and convenience stores across New Orleans. All you need is your bread, salami, cheese, ham, and delicious olive salad. And it is the perfect on-the-go snack.
Pizza from New York City
Pizza has been the foundation of New York City’s culture for centuries. If you’ve ever visited the busy city, you've probably chanced on pizzerias on every corner. New York style pizza is simply the best. Both the city’s residents and visitors fall in love with its tasty and thin crust. But you might be surprised to learn about the secret ingredients many New York pizza makers swear by, the city’s water.
Its water is so popular that many pizzerias elsewhere even import it to recreate that amazing and tasty pizza. But you can recreate this delicious pizza right from home, whether you have access to its water or not. Top your pizza with ingredients like quality mozzarella, tomato sauce, and your choice of any meats or vegetables.
Barbecue in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to two different types of barbecues: Eastern North Carolina and Lexington-style barbecues. Both types are similar in that the main ingredient is pork. However, the former includes a sauce made with vinegar and spice. On the other hand, the Lexington style only uses pork shoulder and a vinegar-based tomato sauce. Whatever barbecue you choose, you will surely have a delicious experience. Include some yummy sides like hushpuppies, fries, and mashed potatoes.
You don’t have to wait to step out of the house to experience the flavors of the US. It’s time to stock up on your ingredients and immerse yourself in your favorite city right from home.