Calling All Foodies: IE Features Authentic Local Cuisine

August 27, 2010
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Travel + Leisure readers (and our guests) have just named IE one of the Top 10 "World's Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria, including the food. And while our small-group journeys remain committed to exploration, even confirmed "foodies" will find meals worth raving about in Earth's wild regions.

You'll work up quite an appetite during daily excursions. And whether it's sampling restaurants in Lima, Peru, or local fare in India, or settling down for a sumptuous meal in the heart of Laos, you'll enjoy meals to satisfy every palate. Plus, whenever possible, we use locally grown food to stimulate the economy and give you a fresh taste of the local culture and cuisine. Some of the true culinary treats IE offers guests include opportunities to dine in a restaurant featured on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain on our Vietnam vacation, and an exclusive sunset meal at the Miraflores Locks — a Frommer's Top 5 dining experience on our Panama tour.

 

Maglubeh from Jordan's Petra KitchenSelection of Restaurants:

Anh Tuyet's (Laos & Vietnam)
Featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations series, Anh Tuyet is a well-known local chef and artist.  The restaurant is famous for all kinds of local delicacies but most famous for their roast chicken, which you will sample.

International Miraflores Restaurant (Panama)
As an exclusive treat for International Expeditions' guests, one dinner in Panama City will be at the fine International Miraflores Restaurant at the Miraflores Locks. Named one of Panama's "Top Five" dining experiences, from the terrace and dining room we watch ships navigate on their way through the Panama Canal.

Petra Kitchen (Wings Over the Nile)
The Petra Kitchen (pictured) is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you'll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of a chef. Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course — all typical Jordanian dishes. You glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine of the Levant.