Canadians have long sung the praises of poutine
, a French fry-cheese curd-gravy amalgamation that does not disappoint. The famous dish originated in Quebec, but variations topped with bacon and even caviar can be found near Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel
, a property with contemporary design and luxury amenities in the stylish Yorkville area.
Often lauded as the national dish, curry rice has been a mainstay in Japan since 19th-century British colonists brought it over from India. Full of spices and strong flavor, Japanese curry comes in three beloved forms, while many locals order it katsu-karē
-style: topped with a fried pork cutlet. Grab a bowl of the specialty before heading back to Hotel Okura, Tokyo
, a Zen-inspired property with traditional Japanese influences.
Because of its heavy French and Cajun influences, New Orleans cuisine is world-famous for a number of indulgences: Parisian-inspired beignets
come out piping hot and are dusted with powdered sugar in the city’s cafés, and effervescent jambalaya can be found in the historic French Quarter, home to the stunning Le Pavillon Hotel
. Creole jambalaya, a smoky stew punctuated by rice, chicken, shrimp and Andouille sausage, is warming and filling, perfect after a stroll through the idyllic downtown.
Peking duck has been served in Chinese homes since the Imperial era, and despite its centuries-old existence, the recipe has stayed the same—requiring at least 24-hours advance preparation. The prized specialty originated in Beijing but is now the national dish, and is known for the duck’s delicate, crispy skin, served with pancakes, scallions and a sweet sauce. Stay at the Fairmont Peace Hotel
, home to one of Shanghai’s most famous traditional Chinese restaurants.