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Travel_iconFood and drink are an important part of travelling and vacationing; here are some interesting food experiences to try at popular holiday destinations.

South Indian Food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: South Indian food in Kuala Lumpur is quite literally finger licking good. The banana leaf meal is a Tamil tradition to be experienced. Consisting of rice, curry, vegetable sides and condiments, the meal is served on a banana leaf – without cutlery or crockery. Diners are required to sit on one side of the table while the meal is served from across the table with plenty of ceremony.

Tea Gardens in Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul is dotted with outdoor cafes; when shaded by vine covered trellis’ or surrounded by greenery they are known as ‘tea gardens’. These are perfect places to relax during a hectic day of sightseeing.

Sip coffee or apple tea from dainty, tulip-shaped glasses (beware, Turkish coffee is an acquired taste), nibble on a savoury borek or baklava and play a game of backgammon, a favourite with the locals. Or puff away at the nargile (hookah) as you watch the city go by.

Afternoon tea in London, UK: An English tradition, afternoon tea is an event. Served at regular intervals after lunch and until 5:30 pm tea at one of London’s high-end hotels or department stores is a cultural and gastronomic experience. The typical tea trolley includes finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, French pastries and a wide selection of teas. Most restaurants observe a dress code and require reservations.

Food Truck Fare in New York City, USA: New York is known for its financial sector, fashion and food – especially food trucks. These mobile stalls serve everything from the regular to the exotic including hot dogs, burgers, tacos, falafels, lobster bisques and gourmet desserts and sweet treats. New Yorkers say it’s the serendipity of finding a favourite truck that makes it an exciting experience.

– Leila Mahfooz Barry            

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 19, 2013.