If you’re a food lover, you’ve probably considered a handful of location for your next delicious tour of flavours. Italy and France come to mind, especially if you want to taste authentic spaghetti alla bolognese, or if you are in need of a true, rich Bordeaux wine. In fact, if you’re a foodie, it’s likely that you are thinking of a handful of European and Asian destinations to satisfy your taste buds. The US don’t always make it on the bucket list of food connoisseurs. However, there’s a state that has the potential to take your taste buds on a memorable journey, through wine and food, and it’s California. Here are the top four reasons why you don’t want to ignore this sunny state and its imaginative cuisine any longer.
Taste the original Caesar’s salad at Tijuana
You might think that Caesar’s salad you can order in any restaurant is a typical Italian salad. Maybe, you even think that it is a dish that used to be appreciated even during the Roman times, with such a significant name. The truth is somewhat different. The Ceasar’s salad was invented in Tijuana, a restaurant in San Diego during the mid-1920s. According to the tradition, the salad was invented by Caesar Cardini in the restaurant on the Independence Day weekend. Nowadays, you can stay in town at the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego, for instance, to get a taste of this simple and delicious recipe. Tijuana and San Diego form an international metropolitan conurbation across California and Mexico.
Discover the avocado festival
Start your tour of California in San Diego, and slowly head over north to explore the many tastes of the state. Three times a year, you’ll find the festival of avocados, which is next held in the Morro Bay, north of Los Angeles. There is something indescribable about California avocados. They have a sweet, soft and refreshing taste like nothing else before. In fact, if you don’t like guacamole, the Morro bay festival is guaranteed to change your mind!
So you thought you knew sourdough?
A couple of hours drive north of the Morro Bay; you’ll hit San Jose, where you’ll find the Sourdough eatery. Don’t think that Americans can’t do bread, because having lunch in the magical ambience of this eatery is going to prove exactly the opposite. You’ll find nothing but sandwiches in this early 1900s decor, but you’ll know from the first bite that it’s something different from your typical lunch box. California has made a reputation for itself as a sourdough bread expert.
Enjoy a glass of wine in Sonoma
Finally, conclude your tour with a visit of the premier wine region, in the north of the state, Sonoma. It’s close to San Francisco, which is the ideal place to stay overnight before your big vineyard tour, unless you prefer to stay in one of the Tuscan-feel rentals! You can join a wineries tour or get a map to experience the region for yourself. One thing is for sure; you need to try some of the premium Californian wines… You will reconsider your love for Bordeaux!
From South to North, you can plan a two-week tour of California’s best foods and wines. And if you have a love of beers, make sure to stop at some of the best craft breweries in San Diego and San Fran!