We’re going to introduce a new mini-series of things to enjoy while you’re at port based on an A-Z, so here’s the first one that I’ve come up with, an A to Z of ports and the interesting foods you can enjoy on a cruise that calls there:
Amsterdam – try a Stroopwafel, a large snack that consists of two layers of batter with a syrup layer in the middle.
Barcelona – as predictable as it is, tapas are a great option in Barcelona, with plenty of traditional options including potatoes, breads, seafood and meat options.
Casablanca – Moroccan lamb dishes are famous with good reason, so look to try a lamb tagine at one of the excellent restaurants.
Dubai – shawarma is very similar to a kebab, with spiced meats cooked on a slowly rotating skewer and flavoured with spices.
Ephesus – there are many renowned Turkish foods but you may not have heard of Dolma – delicious vegetables stuffed with rice and herbs.
Falmouth, Antigua – if you’re in the Caribbean then you simply have to try BBQ foods, with jerk chicken popular across the region.
Gibraltar – while the British influences suggest a classic fish and chips dish, instead opt for a Japonesa, a fried doughnut with a custard-like filling.
Ho Chi Minh City – Banh Mi Thit is the official sandwich of Vietnam, with pate and six different kinds of pork.
Incheon – be brave and give Kimchi, the national dish, a go – it’s fermented cabbage that has a spicy, sour taste.
Juneau – there are few places in the world that match the quality of salmon offered by Alaska, and it’s served in a variety of ways.
Kotor – pork dishes, in particular ribs and ham, are used widely in the country. Enjoy a fresh pork stew made with rastan, a bitter cabbage-esque vegetable.
Lisbon – piri piri chicken originates from Portugal, and you’ll find plenty of fine examples in the capital.
Muscat – if you are fine with eating tripe then try the authentic Muscat dish of muqalab, with pluck also used and cooked in spices.
New York – the only snack that should even enter your mind in New York is the hot dog, best bought from a stand.
Oslo – lamb and seafood are both popular but why not try Rommegrot, a porridge dish that is made using soured cream.
Paris – so many to choose from but since croissants, croque monsieur etc are all available commonly elsewhere, be bold and try escargot.
Quebec City – in Quebec you simply must try the poutine. A mix of fries and cheese curds and served with gravy, it’s a warming snack.
Rio de Janeiro – carnivores and other meat lovers will delight in churrasco, a mix of up to 10 different meats that is served with beans and salad for a mega-protein hit.
San Juan – carne guisada is a Latin beef stew that has even spread into the southern US states, popular as it is.
Tokyo – sushi is huge in Tokyo, so it makes sense to taste genuine flavours with various vegetable and seafood items to choose from.
Ushuaia – shellfish is the main speciality of the most southern city in the world including crab and prawn dishes.
Valletta – with so many cultures inhabiting Malta over the years, food is generally homely with mixed influences, including kapunata, a version of ratatouille.
Wellington – Hangi food is a traditional Maori cooking method, and these pit ovens conjure stunning fish and chicken dishes.
Xiamen – noodle dishes are the staple of Xiamen and China in general, and noodle soups are wholesome and filling.
Yangon – Yangon is also known for noodle dishes, but instead sample one of the fine curried dishes available.
Zeebrugge – heading into Bruges, you just have to visit a chocolatier and taste some of the fine confectionary items that they have created.
By Ian Lewis