Let Your Taste Buds do the Traveling: Dishes Not to Miss in Unique Destinations

We may not be able to travel as we wish right now, but we can imagine…with FOOD! Have fun savoring some of these amazing eats around the world. We chose some fan favorite vacation spots and offered up some of the unique and adventurous dishes not to miss the next time you travel there. Some you may have heard of, but some may be new to you. Bon Appetit!

Italy – What is better than Italian food? Even better, Italian DESSERT! Italy is known to have great unique desserts that stay true to their cuisine. For example, Tiramisu. It’s sweet and has coffee, cocoa and mascarpone in it because, well, Italy…and they can never not have their coffee and sweet desserts.

tiramisu
Tiramisu

France – This may sound like a turn off to some but we promise you it’s a hit! L’Escargot, which are snails. Yes, you read that right. In this delicacy, snails are bathed in butter and cooked with some garlic and parsley. You’ve got to try it.

New Orleans – Of course we always have to pick a place right here in America. Get yourself a Poor Boy when in New Orleans. The Poor Boy or Po’boy is a traditional sandwich which consists usually of fried seafood (shrimp, crawfish, fish, soft shell crab, or oysters) or roast beef. It is served on French bread that has a crisp crust and fluffy center, then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, ketchup, and for real Cajun flavor, hot sauce! Who’s ready to take a trip to New Orleans soon?

Spain – If you really enjoy seafood and meats, this dish is for you. Paella, a traditional dish containing chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, peppers, beans, peas and so much more – this dish is a fan favorite. With lots of spice and lots of color this beautiful dish is well known and a must-try when in Spain.

paella
Paella

Africa Bunny Chow – Don’t worry, it’s not what it sounds like! Bunny chow is a half loaf of bread hollowed out completely and stuffed with spicy curry. You can add whatever meat you like or even make it vegetarian if you choose by adding lentils and beans, and you’re good to go! Don’t let the name get to you, it’s worth a try.

JapanOkonomiyaki, found through most of Japan, is a simple but unique combination you may not ever have considered. This great-tasting dish mixes batter and cabbage together, is flipped in a pan like a pancake, and topped with any number of savory toppings. Its name means “cook to one’s liking” so top it as you wish! In Japan, it’s typically meat, seafood, and cheese.

okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki
Some of dishes above are quite adventurous, so if you like to keep things simple, we haven’t left you out. Here are some basic, simple dishes at each destination. There’s always something for everyone!

ItalyGelato is such a simple and lovable dessert. It is pretty much like ice cream but denser and way smoother than ice cream. It is delicious. And really, who can say no?

gelato
Gelato

FranceBaguettes. Need we say more. Its CARBS! We can thank France for the best loaf of bread to ever exist. A long, thin, loaf known for crispy crust and chewy inside. Usually right in France at a bakery you can get these fresh and warm. Whose mouth is already watering from the thought of this?

baguettes
Baguettes

New Orleans – A popular soup and the official state cuisine is Gumbo, a thick soup that consists of a lot of flavored stock, shellfish or meats, sausage, peppers, celery, and onions. They even have veggie versions if you so choose. Best part is you can make this as spicy as you like. Even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy this yummy goodness, so we say head right to the pelican state to try it!

SpainGazpacho, a pretty basic soup made of blended vegetables, oil, garlic and herbs, but what makes it unique? It’s traditionally served cold. This is an authentic Spanish dish that even the not-so-adventurous eaters will enjoy.

gazpacho
Gazpacho

AfricanCouscous is considered a healthy side dish found in northern African cuisines. It’s very similar to rice in consistency, made of small steamed balls of crushed semolina and served with stews. Definitely a fan favorite if you’re looking for a healthy simple side dish.

couscous
Couscous

Japan – Ever heard of Udon? They are thick, firm and chewy noodles usually served in a simple broth. Sounds like a great quick meal or starter.

Note: This is just a quick snapshot – our opinion only. There are so many exciting tastes to explore. Be sure to take some time on your next adventure and savor something local. Expand your palette as you explore the world. Be sure to ask your Boscov’s Travel Advisor what their favorites are when planning your next journey. Salute!

Oh Joy! There’s So Much to Love About Norwegian’s Newly Reimagined Ship

Introducing the New Norwegian Joy

The following post is written by Amanda from the Boscov’s Travel Marketing Department.

Have you ever heard of a ship that gets refurbished after only two years? Probably not – it’s unheard of. Once again, though, Norwegian Cruise Line doesn’t disappoint and has decided to refurbish the Norwegian Joy for the American market. Originally created for the Asian market, this ship underwent a $50 million makeover and let me tell you, this ship is GORGEOUS!

With a guest capacity over 3,800 and overall length 1,094 feet, this ship features a race track like sister ship Bliss, and so much more. It will make you feel like you’re living in an entertainment-packed resort no matter where you are on the ship. Take on the challenge of outdoor laser tag and virtual experiences, ride the first of its kind two level race track… then check out the water slide that hangs 11 feet off the side of the ship, the casino, observation lounge, splash academy, teen club, and a kids’ aqua park – there is something do for every member of the family.

After my extensive research, I must say I’m so obsessed with the wide range of dining options (yes, I am restaurant guru). There is an American diner restaurant, an outdoor promenade and The Waterfront where you can eat outdoors overlooking the beautiful ocean! Enjoy 16 dining options – – food is everywhere you turn.

So the big question: how can you experience this beautiful cruise ship? She will be sailing year round – summers in Alaska and the rest of the year sailing the Mexican Riviera, from Miami and LA to the Panama Canal. So if any of these sound interesting to you then get ready to sail!

I’m excited with anticipation as I’m about to book my first cruise (through Boscov’s Travel, of course) and am absolutely considering this ship! It really looks like a dream vacation with endless possibilities and things to do! Great job Norwegian! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


If you’re ready to start planning your Norwegian Cruise aboard the Norwegian Joy, email travelrequest@boscovs.com or call 800-755-8020.

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Traveling with Dietary Restrictions

Clients often ask us where they can travel while accommodating their dietary needs. In the past, options were very limited for travelers on diets due to medical reasons or by choice.

As hotels become more in tune with the needs of their clients, they are offering different options to cater to vacationers. From resorts which pride themselves on healthful selections, to hotels which offer meals designed to accommodate those with celiac disease, vacations can be enjoyed by almost any traveler.

If you’re a gluten free eater, there are plenty of resorts that offer gluten free choices during your time away.  You can now spend your time relaxing instead of worrying about what you can’t eat at your next meal. View the list of hotels that offer gluten free fare by viewing Apple Vacations’ recommendation of resorts to visit perfect for the gluten free eater below or view the list here – Gluten-Free.

If you have a question regarding the best resorts for you to stay to accommodate your dietary needs, email us at travelrequest@boscovs.com

ARUBA

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Riu Palace Aruba

BAHAMAS

Riu Palace Paradise Island

CANCUN

Beach Palace

Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

GR Caribe by Solaris Deluxe Resort

GR Solaris Cancun

Great Parnassus Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

IBEROSTAR Cancun

Isla Mujeres Palace

Live Aqua Cancun

ME Cancun by Melia

Royal Solaris Cancun

Sun Palace

COSTA RICA

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Hilton Riu Guanacaste

COZUMEL

Cozumel Palace

CURAÇAO

Curaçao Marriott Resort & Emerald Casino

Hilton Curaçao

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hotel Catalonia Bavaro Resort

Hotel Catalonia Gran Dominicus

Riu Palace Punta Cana

Melia Caribe Tropical Resort

Ocean Blue

Paradisus Palma Real

Riu Bachata

Riu Bambu

Riu Merengue

Riu Palace Bavaro

Riu Palace Macao

HAWAII

Fairmont Kea Lani

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Halekulani

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Sheraton Kauai Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

The St. Regis Princeville Resort

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Turtle Bay Resort

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

IXTAPA

Barcelo Karmina Palace Deluxe

JAMAICA

CocoLaPalm a Seaside Resort

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Secrets Monetgo Bay

LOS CABOS

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Golf & Spa Resort

Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort

ME Cabo

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa

Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Grand Spa

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa

Villa La Estancia

PANAMA

Trump Ocean Club Panama

PUERTO RICO

San Juan Condado Plaza

RIVIERA MAYA

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

Playacar Palace

Riu Palace Riviera Maya

Riu Tequilla

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun

Valentin Imperial Maya

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita

  1. LUCIA

Anse Chastanet

  1. MARTIN

Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin

  1. THOMAS

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

VALLARTA

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta

Resort & Spa

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta

Melia Puerto Vallarta

Riu Jalisco

Riu Palace Pacifico

Riu Vallarta

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center

Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach

Villa La Estancia

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa

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List provided by Apple Vacations. While this information was correct at time of publication, Apple Vacations recommends confirming any dietary restrictions with the hotel, just in case. AD6593 8/12

Resort images from Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa.