JackieEats! My Favorite Bites of 2017

One of my favorite parts of traveling is #alltheeats. I love trying new foods abroad, seeing how local chefs put their hometown spins on cuisines from around the world and finding new favorite bites everywhere I go! This year I ate, a lot, in so many different countries but these particular dishes were definitely my favorite bites of 2017. From simple street food to Michelin Star dining – this list has a little bit of it all!

1. Duck Sammich, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Duck It is located in the Copenhagen Street Food Hall on Paper Island serves up a pulled duck burger in several variations – all of which come packed with fresh salads, home picked onions and their delicious homemade dressing. I only spent a few hours in Copenhagen and this delicious duck burger is reason enough to return!  

2. All the olives, Morocco

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I was legitimately blown away by the deliciousness of the olives in Morocco. Hailing from an Italian family – I arrogantly assumed European-Mediterranean olives were the best in the world and Morocco served me a slice of (olive based) humble pie with the most delicious olives I’ve ever tasted in my life. The Mediterranean still is crowned as the ‘most delicious olives’, however, Meditteranean Morocco, that is. Check out my article “Classic Foods You Have to Try in Morocco for all the Moroccan cuisine inspo!

3. Dumplings, St. Petersburg, Russia

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I explored St Petersburg for a few days earlier this year with Royal Caribbean. Part of their daily excursions is to take us to local restaurants and eat like the locals do! I could’ve eaten these Russian “Pelmeni” meat dumplings every day we were there – they were so good. I’m on a hunt to try to find them here in New York, so if anyone can recommend a restaurant – I’m all ears!

4. Sopes, Acapulco, Mexico

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I’ll take all the sopes, please! I’ve always loved Mexican food – even prior to my first trip to Acapulco this year! So, trying sopes and other Mexican dishes, in Mexico, was a dream come true. Trying the authentic dishes in Mexico is even one of the things I suggest in my article, “How to Spend Three Days in Acapulco”!

5. Quipes, Santiago, Dominican Republic

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As I noted in my “Ultimate Foodie Guide to the Dominican Republicquipes are actually representative of the Middle Eastern immigrants who once settled in DR! These deep fried ‘fritters’ have been adapted to the traditional DR cuisines and are often stuffed with bell pepper, ground beef, basil, onion, and spices. Needless to say: delicioso!

6. Lobster Ravioli, Ravello, Italy

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Lobster Ravioli.

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The gorgeous Villa Maria gardens.

I first stumbled upon Villa Maria in Ravello back in 2013 but at the time they were still closed before peak season. I then vowed to make it back and eat at this gorgeous property and this year – I did! Villa Maria’s property sits next to their GORGEOUS organic garden which is terraced on the mountains of the Amalfi Coast (seriously, could this situation be any more perfect?). I indulged in the most delicious lobster ravioli, ever. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat lobster ravioli here in the States ever again because the balance of fresh pasta with cheese and lobster in such a light sauce was so perfect!

7. Giant Cinnamon Roll topped with Bacon, Denver, Colorado

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I mean, let’s keep it real, who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls? When I found out that Denver Biscuit Co actually adds bacon on top of their already massive cinnamon roll, I knew I had to try it. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.  

8. Pancakes, Paris, France

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Pancakes? In Paris? I know, I know. But hear me out. The geniuses at Café Mericourt have taken pancakes and upped the ante. They’re made with orange flower water and topped with seasonal fruits (in my case, figs and kiwis) and then as if it couldn’t get any better – they go ahead and add a dollop of lemon ricotta and maple cream on top. *salivates at the thought of it*

9. Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, Perugia, Italy

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I spent three beautiful nights in the Perugia region of Italy at Ripa Realis Colle del Sole. A little off the beaten path it was super convenient to plan to have dinner at the hotel restaurant each night – and it did not disappoint. The zucchini flowers were stuffed with herbs and a ricotta type of cheese, gently fried for texture and then drizzled with olive oil and garnished with fresh tomatoes.

10. Shrimp and Mushrooms, Milano, Italy

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When I first read this on the menu at Olmetto, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. But! I’m a huge fan of both shrimp and mushrooms so I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did! The two paired together harmoniously as the chefs at Olmetto really, really know what they’re doing! You can also read a bit more about how I spent my time in Milan here.

11. Sicilian Style Caponata, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

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When it comes to cheese and produce – I think Italians just get it. I’ve never been disappointed with a meal in Italy but this dish at La Goletta in The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy was something truly special. The components all paired together perfectly. The burrata cheese with the sweet and sour caponata melted in my mouth! I could’ve eaten 15 servings of this and still want more – LOL. I also wrapped up a bunch more restaurants in Bellagio in my article, “Bellagio, Italy, Discovered via Lake Como with Bellagio Water Sports.

12. Lobster Pot Pie, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Earlier this year I traveled to Philadelphia for a project with Amtrak and had some time to explore the city. I was told I couldn’t miss City Tavern, a restaurant established in 1773! I’ll be 100% honest, I was expecting large slabs of meat and boiled potatoes to be on the menu but much to my surprise there were delicious cocktails and heaps of appetizing menu options! I opted for the lobster pot pie and it changed my life a little bit. I can’t wait to get back to Philly so I can indulge in this decadent dish again!

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