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Whether it’s caught by a local fisherman in a nearby bay and sold fresh at your neighborhood seafood market or it’s caught thousands of miles away in another ocean and is only consumable on another continent — near of far, seafood is one of the most universally enjoyed cuisines in the world.
Exotic Seafood You Have to Travel for (Slideshow)
Seafood connoisseurs are eager to travel the distance in order to taste the many exotic water species of the world, from fish to sea slugs and snails to seahorses, in Australia, Spain, Iceland, and beyond. Each delicacy has a unique preparation and pairing.
With two poisonous spines, the Australian flathead can be dangerous to catch and prepare. But eating the sweet fish is harmless. It’s great for battering and deep-frying and is ideal for fish ‘n chips. When whole, it can also be roasted or barbecued, and fillets can be poached, steamed, grilled, or eaten raw when fresh.
Espardenyes, sea slugs, found only on the Catalan Coast of Spain, taste better than they look. Considered a delicacy, they have an earthy flavor unlike any other, tasting somewhere between monkfish and scallops, and are very expensive. They’re commonly fried or prepared in tomato sauce.
Considered the national dish of Iceland as well as one of the world's deadliest delicacies, Hakarl translates to “fermented shark,” which is exactly what it is. Made with either Greenland shark or basking shark of the North Atlantic Ocean, the dish is foul-smelling with a very fishy and acquired taste. The shark is traditionally served in cubes on toothpicks and paired with brennivin, an Icelandic alcoholic drink.
These exotic dishes are worth trying, but some of them aren’t necessarily liked by everyone. Hakarl, for one, is generally un-liked by many of the world’s renowned chefs like Anthony Bourdain, who called the dish “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing" he had ever eaten. But don’t let that keep you from tasting this traditional Icelandic dish. Read on for more exotic seafood you have to travel to try.
Haley WIllard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.
This article was originally published March 04, 2014.
The Food You Must Try in Alaska
While Alaska might not be San Francisco or Paris, you’ll find that the Last Frontier offers many unexpected delights to lovers of food and drink. The pristine North Pacific Ocean produces a bounty of seafood unmatched just about anywhere else in the world, while the near endless daylight combines with rich glacial soils to yield remarkably tasty fruits and vegetables. Local chefs and brewmeisters—often single entrepreneurs or mom-and-pop teams—serve intriguing meals and beverages in venues scattered across the state, creating a cuisine that’s uniquely Alaskan.
Here’s our list of the foods and libations you should try—and where you can find them!
Enjoy classic Alaskan salmon across the state.
20 Absolute Best - Boston, Massachusetts: Great Seafood Since the Revolution
Millions of tourists come to Boston Harbor every year to see the spot where the Sons of Liberty exclaimed their dissent to Britain's rule by dumping crates of tea into the harbor.
The Boston Tea Party exhibit itself is pretty lame but the harbor has other advantages. One of these is the amazing seafood that is available in Boston. Most of this food is caught right off of the coast and almost every seafood place in downtown Boston knows how to cook it to perfection. Seafood is just one of the many things that the city of Boston has to offer.
2. French Cheese
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Don&rsquot get me started on just how much I like French cheese. I could wax lyrically about it for hours. There is just so much to choose from and while you can buy the more popular French cheeses like Camembert, Roquefort (blue cheese) and Brie around the world it&rsquos the little gems that you find at the fromagerie ( cheese shops) that I love. If you find yourself passing a shop like this go inside and ask to taste, or else head to a local supermarket and check out their selection. Some of my other favourites are Tomme and freshly made fromages de chèvre (goats cheese).
Delicious french cheese
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Seafood Extravaganza Dinner Party Menu
My neighborhood’s Gourmet Dinner party group met a couple of weekends ago for our monthly themed dinner. I hosted this time with a Seafood Extravaganza! Dinner Menu. I’ll be sharing the entire menu with all recipes on this post- just click recipe titles below to reach actual, printable recipes.
EIGHTEEEN friends came to my dinner. I know, crazy huh? Before you think I’m too crazy to do this, I need to let you know that I just hosted the party, planned the menu, and each couple brought a dish. That’s much more manageable and un-crazy. For my table decor, I went with some simple white tablecloths, blue dishes, sand-colored napkins, sea-inspired candles and a few shells and starfish. Oh, and the most important table decoration of all… fish swimming in vases! (Don’t worry- the fish were ALL taken home by my guests to add to the fish tanks in their homes, but not before our friend Brad thought it would be fun to terrorize them by swishing a butter knife around in the vase. Geez, Brad.). They made for pretty cute centerpieces though.
And if you look closely, you’ll see some salt-water taffy scattered on the table too. My guests enjoyed nibbling on those after dinner, and they fit into the theme just right. Warning: black striped taffy usually means that it tastes like black licorice. In other words, chew it up, then realize how gross it is and then spit it into your napkin. Uck.
We set up a simple serve-yourself bar in our backyard. Something for everyone.
Featured beverage: the Sea Breeze Cocktail , of course!
Appetizer #4: Shrimp Ceviche
Side Dish: Summer Gratin
The dinner was a smashing success! And by that I mean that the plates were licked clean, there was a lot of whooping and hollering and toasting going on, our last guests left at about 12:30AM, and I needed Advil the next day.
All of the seafood came from Anderson Seafoods (via overnight delivery, arriving fresh and perfect! Many thanks to Anderson Seafoods for managing to get the seafood to me in the midst of our crazy Southern California Blackout!) Favorites of my guests were the scallops and the salmon. It was a lot of food! I over-planned a bit since I was serving 18 people. A couple of appetizers would have been plenty, and we definitely did not need two entrees. The key lime pie was much loved too.
I’d kinda like to do a wild & crazy 7 Deadly Sins Dinner Party next (recipes based on themes of the 7 deadly sins), or maybe some kind of 70’s throwback recipes dinner. I’m running out of dinner party ideas… so let me know if you’ve got any?!
3. Moroccan mint tea
Mhhhm, mint tea… Guys, I’m telling you: You can’t visit Morocco without trying the deliciously sweet mint tea – it’s practically the national drink. It’s a green tea base with lots of mint leaves and sugar. No one actually knows how much sugar Moroccans put in their tea, but it’s a lot.
Warning: This tea is borderline addictive.
Mint tea leaves at the souk
The Best Mauritian Dishes
1. Shrimp Rougaille Stew
A Mauritius Creole dish with a rich, spicy tomato base flavour with ginger, garlic, celery, and thyme. A perfect combination of African, French, and Indian influences.
2. Riz Fritz
You can easily substitute with your favorite meats and vegetables (though cooking times may vary). Garlic is a must. Shrimp would work well as a substitute for chicken. Corn, tofu, broccoli, or cabbage would also be nice additions.
3. Mauritian Lima Beans Curry
One of the most famous dishes in the country, which can be eaten alone or as part of a selection of dishes on a larger shared table.
4. Pineapple Mousse Parfait
This is one of the lightest and most refreshing dishes that you will ever taste. Perfect to cleanse the palate after a large meal.
You will find mini samosas all over the country and they are ideal for appetisers or as part of a buffet. They usually come in mixed vegetable, potato or with ground beef.
6. Mauritian Chicken Curry
Bring a bit of Mauritius into your house with this tasty Mauritian Chicken Curry. Delicious and simple to make cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated.
7. Mauritius Pulao
Mauritius Pulao is an exotic rice dish from Mauritius and is a mix of European, Indian and Chinese cuisine. It is a traditional one-dish recipe greatly enjoyed by families for its mouth-watering taste and an irresistible aroma.
Spending some time in the country? Check out The 7 Most Instagrammable Spots In Mauritius.
10 Types of Seafood You Have to Taste in Greece
Sit under the shade of a tree in a picturesque Greek restaurant by the sea, grab a glass of wine or ouzo, and let locals guide you through a wide list of traditional Greek seafood dishes, all made of good quality fresh ingredients, topped with the appropriate doze of spices and herbs, and flooded with the famous Greek olive oil.
We urge you, though, not to try to repeat the whole concept, preparing the exact same meals with the exact same drinks, when you return home. Because this kind of experience is something like a ritual and cannot, and should not, be copied and repeated. You can only feel it when visiting Greece.
Greek Reporter will help you organize all the essential information before your journey. Let’s start now, discovering together the 10 seafood dishes you should not miss during your stay!
If you want to feel the real taste of the juicy Greek sea, try to sip the salty broth coming from these delicious mussels. The dark blue shells are scrupulously scrubbed and cleaned before being cooked in tomato sauce and feta cheese. The color of the female mussels is orange, while male mussels are light yellow. This tasty dish is extremely popular, mainly in the fish restaurants of northern Greece.
Greek Shrimp Saganaki
Greek shrimp saganaki, usually prepared in a small, two-handle heavy bottomed frying pan, called a saganaki or sagani, can be served as a starter or appetizer and is actually quite filling. According to the beloved traditional recipe, the shrimps should first be sautéed in delicious Greek olive oil, deglazed with traditional Greek ouzo drink, then poured into a spicy tomato sauce and finished off with fresh herbs and salty feta cheese, before they are ready to be served in pipping hot ceramic bowls.
Greek Lobster Pasta
This classic summer dish that represents Greek nouveau cuisine will successfully deliver all the Mediterranean aromas in your plate. The Aegean Sea hosts several tasty lobsters that are fabulously combined with any type of fresh pasta. The lobster pasta sauce is usually made of garlic, onions and fresh tomatoes with the magic addition of a splash of wine and a pinch of star anise.
Greek Crispy Fried Squid
This is one of the most popular Greek meals that is served in every fish tavern (psarotaverna) in Greece during the summertime. For the crispy fried calamari rings, flour and seasoning mix are enough to do the trick. Try it with a wedge of lemon and a traditional Greek salad, and realize why it is considered by many to be the best Greek summer food.
Greek Sea Bass
Greek sea bass (Lavraki) is a very popular dish on the island of Cephalonia. Sea bass is lovely on the grill, filled with garlic and herbs, and baked-wrapped in greaseproof paper.
Greek Fried Anchovies
Anchovies are very tasty and healthy, and are one of the cheapest fish in Greece. It’s a perfect option for those who suffer from heart problems as anchovies offer Omega 3 fatty acids and the olive oil Omega 9 fatty acids.
Greek Cod With Garlic Sauce
This fish dish dates back to times were salt was used as a food preservative as refrigeration was not an option. Today, cod fritters are a very popular dish in Greece throughout the year. They are made with salty cod fish that is previously soaked in water for at least 48 hours in order to leach the salt.
Greek Cuttlefish With Spinach
Cuttlefish with spinach is a popular Greek recipe that is known for its pure ingredients and can be cooked easily and quickly. While spinach offers lots of iron and cuttlefish provides protein, fresh dill, bay leaves, Greek olive oil and fresh tomato and lemon juice make the difference to your palate.
Greek Octopus With Pasta
Octopus with pasta is an all-time classic Greek dish. The combination of a juicy octopus with the essential sharpness of the tomato sauce and red wine, as well as the al dente pasta, is simply incredible. Pair this dish with fresh bread, a delicious Greek salad and a glass of ouzo and you won’t regret it.
Greek Crab SaladThe delightful taste of the Mediterranean Sea comes alive in this irresistible Greek traditional dish. The main ingredients of this fabulous crab salad are crab meat, of course, along with generous amounts of mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomato, onion, white wine and aromatic herbs. Don’t be too excited, though, because that’s the simpler recipe you can get. Ask for advice from locals while visiting one of the beautiful Greek islands this summer and try to convince them to reveal to you their true culinary secrets about this salad.
Gulf Coast Spice: Unique Food and Friendly People
If you’ve visited the Gulf Coast before and eaten locally, you’ve probably enjoyed beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffée, and oysters. (Am I the only one, or does the beignet remind you just a little of a our powdered faschnacht?) It’s impossible to visit the Gulf Coast region without passing a casual, no-frills shrimp shack featuring fried seafood, shrimp and grits, and Po’boys, a signature New Orleans sandwich on a crisp and fluffy French baguette. The region also is known for sausage like Andouille, a spicy sausage, and Boudin, a spicy rice and meat sausage. Note the word “spicy.” Here, too, shrimp is treated both as street food and delicacy. As you travel the coastline, you’ll spy shrimp and grits on most menus from the humblest shack to 5-star restaurants—and each will have its own flair.
Great food and fellowship go hand-in-hand. When you dig a little deeper into the people who have created, and are carrying on, the food traditions, it makes perfect sense that both are accessible, spicy, and vibrant. If food can be “happy,” you’ll find it in the Gulf Coast—and there’s probably a festival for it! To name a few, there’s the Scallop Festival, Crawfish & Bluegrass Festival, Po’Boy Preservation, Boudin Wars, Pecan Festival, Sausage Festival, even, the Blessing of the Fleet, and many more. And, guess what? You’re invited, too! Just try to be the first one to say, “Hello.”
Speaking of spicy, what is the difference between Creole and Cajun food?
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Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
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Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!