Calling all Foodies: 7 Countries with the Best Food Around

Calling all Foodies 7 Countries with the Best Food Around

One of the greatest pleasures while traveling is trying a smorgasbord of foods. From the heavenly spices of Indian cuisine to the timeless dishes Italy has to offer, an essential part of experiencing any culture is tasting the food. For all the traveling foodies, here are the countries with the best food.


Colorful, varied, and flavorful, Mexican cuisine always makes for a delicious meal. Rich and spicy, fans of avocado, tomato, beans, and rice will be in heaven. Mole, an ancient sauce, is delicious on nearly everything, and there’s nothing tastier than well-made tamales. You’ll want to have a margarita on the side to wash it all down before you go back for seconds.


Any list of the countries with the best food would be remiss without Italy. With its incredibly fresh ingredients, comforting dishes, and simple recipes, just about everybody loves what the Bel Paese has to offer. When you’re there, a slice of authentic pizza, a plate of spaghetti, and a piping hot cup of coffee are all musts.


Food and romance go together like wine and cheese, making this romantic country a perfect destination for food lovers. Its bread, cheese, and wine are renowned around the world, so no matter what you pick up in a café, it’ll be fresh and delicious. Standout dishes include bouillabaisse, ratatouille, and coquilles Saint-Jacques. On the sweet side, indulge in some macaroons—there’s nothing quite like them.


Greece has put olive oil—the gift of the gods—to good use in over the years. Spread upon almost every Greek dish, it adds depth and deliciousness to each bite. Spanakopita is another delicacy here, filled with spinach, feta cheese, and part of a wonderfully flaky pastry. It’s hard not to be happy in this land filled with beautiful views and top-notch dishes.


Foodies around the world have Japan to thank for bringing sushi to life. Beyond those delicate and intricate creations, Japan is home to miso soup, tempura, and udon. Versatile and stunning to behold, Japan is the perfect destination for those who want to try something new.


Although a haven for vegetarians, there are incredible dishes for meat-lovers in India as well. Known for its abundance of spices, Indian food is flavorful in the extreme. You can’t go wrong with curry, but for something outside the box, try dosa. It’s a pancake stuffed with cheese, vegetables, and any spices that will punch up the flavor. 


Although pad thai is a mouth-watering dish, there are even more delicacies that Thailand has to offer. Street food is the way to go in this country, and each bite will offer up a plethora of flavors. Each dish is awash in spices, creating complex and satisfying flavors. Som tam is a must-try dish, with its combo of sour, spicy, and sweet. Whatever you pick up from the vendors, it’s sure to be a divine culinary experience.

5 Delicious Drink Recipes for Summer Parties

5 Delicious Drink Recipes for Summer Parties

Throwing a party this summer? Once you figure out your menu, it’s time to think about drinks! Barbeques, beach parties, and outdoor dinners all benefit from a drink table. Stock it up with water, drinks for children (if appropriate), and a big batch of cocktails. To ensure your next party is a hit, we put together some of the best drink recipes for summer parties—you won’t be able to get enough!

1. Moscow Mule Punch

Moscow Mule Punch

How can you go wrong with a massive batch of Moscow mule? It’s the perfect mix of light and refreshing for a hot day outside. It also pairs wonderfully with food right off the grill. All you need is ginger beer, your favorite vodka, lime, and mint. Get the full recipe here.

2. Giggle Juice

Giggle Juice

Perfect for a dinner party with the girls, this light pink drink is sweet, bubbly, and sure to get you laughing. Giggle Juice is great for when you’re tired of or don’t have time to prepare sangria. Grab a bottle of Moscato and pour it into a pitcher with three cups of pink lemonade, a can of Sprite, a cup of vodka, and as many strawberries and sliced lemons as you’d like. It’s super delicious!

3. Pineapple Rosé Sangria

Pineapple Rosé Sangria

The heat won’t be a bother when you’re sipping on this tasty drink. Whether inside or outside, this drink is simple and refreshing. Combine a bottle of rosé and two cups of pineapple juice, and you’ll be slurping down this treat in no time. Throw in raspberries, blackberries, and pineapple so it’ll look as good as it tastes.

4. Strawberry Gin Smash

Strawberry Gin Smash

This simple recipe makes the perfect quick drink for barbeques. Muddling, mixing, sipping—it can all make for a scrumptious summer drink. This recipe calls for gin, club soda, mint, lime, and strawberries. Find the recipe here so you can see for yourself what a hit this drink is.

5. Margarita Punch

Margarita Punch

If you’ve been looking for a delicious big-batch of margaritas, we’ve found the perfect recipe for you. This margarita punch contains all the best ingredients—it’s light and delightfully flavorful. For the tequila lovers at your parties, this is the drink to have on hand—check out the recipe!

As fun as summertime parties can be, it’s still important to practice safe drinking habits—especially when you’re in the sun all day. At your next get together, remember to responsibly indulge in these delicious drinks.

Mane Event, Taste of Arlington Heights 2019 on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3; Precedes Arlington Million

The annual Mane Event and the Taste of Arlington Heights events are coming soon to downtown Arlington Heights, at Vail Ave. and Campbell St., on August 2 and 3, 2019.

The Mane Event will be held from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019

The Taste of Arlington Heights will be held from Noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 3.

Each event showcases food and refreshments from Arlington Heights local restaurants with live music, and children’s entertainment.

The Mane Event and Taste of Arlington Heights events are back-to-back street festivals located on Vail Avenue and Campbell Street near the intersection of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street.

The Mane Event Arlington Heights
The Mane Event, from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019, is planned by the Special Events Commission.

Mane Event Lineup Friday
5 - 11 p.m. Business Expo
5 - 8 p.m. Children’s Entertainment
6 p.m. The Jet Set Quartet
8 p.m. 7th Heaven

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Taste of Arlington Heights Saturday
The Taste of Arlington Heights, from Noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday August 3, 2019,  is organized by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Taste of Arlington Heights Lineup
Noon -1:30 p.m. DJ/Kids Entertainment
2 - 3 p.m. Kevin Purcell and the Root Doctors
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Indigo Band
5 - 6 p.m. School of Rock
6:30 - 8 p.m. Sugar Highway
8:30 - 11 p.m. ARRA

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Parking for the Events
There are several convenient parking locations for these downtown events. The Vail Garage just north of Sigwalt Street and Vail Avenue fills quickly, but other parking areas nearby include the Municipal Garage at Sigwalt and Arlington Heights Road and the surface parking lots along Northwest Highway between Ridge Avenue and Evergreen Avenue. See also Downtown Parking Map.

These two events lead up to the Arlington Million, the Arlington Park Racetrack’s premiere event held on Saturday, August 10, at 2200 W. Euclid Avenue.

The Sudden Rise of Meal Kits Offered by Grocers

Meal kits are still all the rage. Why? They make life easier—meal kits are ideal for those who want to cook healthy dishes, but simply don’t have time. These kits also allow people to experiment with ingredients they never used before and concoct meals they’d never prepare otherwise.

You’re probably already familiar with online meal kit subscriptions such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh—these types of companies created meal kits to provide consumers with ready-to-make meals. In turn, their customers wouldn’t have to step foot into grocery stores. However, the truth is that people still shop at supermarkets, so retail distribution proved necessary. Over the past few years, meal kits quickly made their appearances in stores all over the country.

Advantages of In-Store Grocery Meal Kits

While people are still purchasing online meal kit subscriptions, there’s no denying that meal kits offered by grocers have a competitive edge. To start, online meal kit companies will jack up prices to cover convenience and packaging. On the other hand, supermarkets can sell meal kits at lower prices, as they don’t have to worry about these components. Additionally, customers don’t have to lock themselves into a predetermined menu each week; people can shop as needed without committing to a subscription. They also won’t have to worry about wasting food, since they don’t have to necessarily buy a week’s worth of food all at once. Plus, unlike meal kit companies that cater to a small population, grocery stores can tap into a very specific demographic—the people who still want the in-store shopping experience but will end up buying meal kits to save time and expand their culinary horizons.

Challenges Meal Kit Companies Face

Due to the clear benefits we listed above, most online meal kit companies resorted to partnering with grocers in efforts to maintain their brands’ significance. However, they encountered challenges by doing so. To ensure certain meal kits would stay fresh on store shelves, companies needed to adjust them, and perfecting the recipes isn’t a quick process. Companies also realized that they couldn’t rotate their recipes as often if they wanted to appeal to the masses.

Who Offers Meal Kits, and Where Can I Find Them?

Numerous grocery store companies, such as Albertsons and Kroger, and superstores, such as Costco and Walmart, currently sell meal kits. Some of the meal kits offered by grocers include options from Home Chef and Plated. Customers can find meal kits in their favorite grocery store’s deli section.

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