My Top 5 Best Meals Ever While Traveling

Last updated on : Jun 11, 2020

(Last Updated On: June 11, 2020)

One of the joys of traveling is experiencing something new, and that includes food. When I reflect on some of the places I’ve been, my memories recall not just the visual aesthetics of a place but also the aromas, textures, and tastes. The following five places resonate with me because they represent the best meals ever, the most amazing meals I’ve had while traveling.

Burj Al Arab
Mushroom Risotto - Dubai - Best Meals Ever

5.) Al Mahara, Dubai, UAE

At the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, everything is glamorous, including the food. Though meals at the Al Mahara restaurant will set you back a pretty penny, dining under the romantic lighting of a floor-to-ceiling aquarium filled with colorful marine life, while sampling exquisite entrées, such as gold leaf mushroom risotto, was nothing short of extraordinary. The experience marked the first and only time I’ve ever eaten gold leaf.

Martinique Ateliers - Best Meals Ever
Martinique cuisine - Best Meals Ever

4.) Les Ateliers Médélices, Martinique

While in Martinique, I took a culinary class with Les Ateliers Médélices, where I learned how to prepare some amazing local dishes like mango souskay with pomme d’eau (a local fruit that looks like an apple); codfish fritters fried in manioc flour; green banana salad; and a pineappple dessert with fresh vanilla topped with coconut “rocks” made from coconut powder. We diced up and added some fried plaintains to the mix (one of this lady’s favorite foods)! The blend of textures and tropical flavors was so creative, fresh, and simply good to the last bite!

Seven Glaciers Restaurant
Seven Glaciers Dessert - Best Meals Ever

3.) Seven Glaciers, Girdwood, Alaska

From Alaskan king crab cakes with chile lime aioli to strawberry cheesecake with vanilla ice cream, the food at the Alyeska Ski Resort’s Seven Glaciers restaurant was divine. However, I could not decide which one was better—the food or the view since the restaurant sits atop a mountain overlooking seven hanging glaciers.

Ninh Binh Landscape - Best Meals Ever
Vietnam Dinner - Best Meals Ever

2.) Local Family’s House, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam

My love affair with Vietnam cuisine started with the very first taste, and this meal at a local family’s house was the cherry on top! From spring rolls to papaya salad, every dish was mouthwatering good.

St. Regis Bora Bora - Best Meals Ever
Lagoon Barracuda - Best Meals Ever

1.) Lagoon, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Nothing can match the ambience and setting of outdoor dining during sunset at the St. Regis Bora Bora. Lagoon restaurant, founded by Chef Jean-Georges, was the ultimate dining experience! I savored every bite of my seven-course meal, especially the pan-seared deep sea barracuda entrée. C’est magnifique!

What have been your best meals ever? Tell us in the comments.

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Taryn White
With 75+ countries and all 50 U.S. states crossed off her list, Taryn's wanderlust and wanderlist continue to grow! She loves historic places, off-the-beaten paths, and beautiful beaches. Follow her pursuits on Instagram and

9 thoughts on “My Top 5 Best Meals Ever While Traveling”

  1. I really enjoyed Dubai and would like to visit Egypt, too. You’re making me want to travel more for food!

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