Food Love Around The Country (And World)!

We are total suckers for exploring both the A List and hidden gems across the country, and with that comes a LOT of fantastic food adventures! Here are our favorites.

We want to hear from you! Where are your favorite restaurants, hole-in-the-walls, and hidden gems?

Ice Cream: Hokey Pokey from Giapo, Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand is known for their sustainable farming practices and their diary co-operative group, Fonterra. New Zealand’s number one export is also dairy and due to their sustainable farming practices, their ice cream is much creamier than other ice creams – almost like the texture of gelato. Their most famous flavor is Hokey Pokey. It is creamy vanilla ice cream with honeycomb toffee in it. Hokey Pokey refers to the name of the honeycomb toffee. This is the perfect creamy, sweet, crunchy dessert. Giapo takes their ice creams a step further by creating what they call “haute ice cream”. When you order the Hokey Pokey from them, they not only give you a scoop of the hokey pokey ice cream, but they also dip it in warm chocolate to create a hard chocolate shell and they stick extra pieces of the honey comb toffee in the shell like razor blades. This is over-the-top amazing and gets you lots of the honeycomb toffee, which is irresistible. If you are ever in New Zealand, Giapo’s Hokey Pokey is a must!

Neapolitan Pizza: Canne Rosa, Dallas, TX

After having lived in Italy, it is very hard to find good, authentic Italian pizza in America. Not deep dish, not New York style, not chain restaurant pizza... Italian Pizza. You know, the kind that wilts when you pick it up and pieces that you have to fold in half to stop them from dripping all over your plate. Canne Rosa has a brick fire oven and cooks their pizzas in 8 minutes! My favorite is the Honey Bastard, but every pizza is made with local, fresh ingredients. If you don’t believe us, believe the fact that they have been rated best pizza in Dallas by D Magazine for the past 5 years.

Ashley’s Favorites: Honey Bastard Pizza (not listed on the menu!), S’mores Dessert Pizza

Macarons: Laduree, Soho Manhattan

While these little treats have been around for a while, they seem to have become popular with millennial girls recently. #gritgalproblems I went on the hunt to find the best flavors... I even tried making my own (they are a lot harder then they look to make and there is a reason they are so expensive)!! Through all my tastings, I realized its best to stick to the original and trust the French with this delicatessen. The best macarons are found at Laduree. While we recommend going to Paris for the full effect, the ones in Soho Manhattan aren't that bad either!

Bonuts: Biscuit Love, Nashville, TN

If you have ever been to the South, you know the goodness of a warm, fresh biscuit. If you have any bit of childhood left in you, you still enjoy a good donut. Now you don’t have to choose! At Biscuit Love in Nashville, TN, you can try their Bonut (Biscuit Donut). They come as little round balls, covered in sugar with a jelly compote dip. They are heavenly and deadly at the same time -  a must try if you are in Nashville!

Prosciutto Sandwich: Bellina, Atlanta, GA

If you are looking for a simple, prosciutto sandwich on homemade bread with fresh ingredients, make sure to stop by Bellina in Atlanta. This was one of the best sandwiches that I have ever had and it was one of many delicious things on the menu! We also tried their fresh pasta and meatballs - heavenly! This restaurant is grab and go in the newly popular Ponce City Market and is a great place to sit, eat excellent authentic food (and not to mention, the people watching is fantastic). 

Gelato: Gelateria La Romana, Rome, Italy

Trips to Italy are filled with Limencello, pasta and of course, gelato. After traveling across Italy and trying endless cones on cones of gelato, the best I've ever tried was easily from Gelateria La Romana in Rome. With several different locations around the city, the fast-paced workers serve up flavors ranging from simple strawberry or chocolate to new tastes like crumbled dark chocolate with tart cherry. For 2 euros you can get a cone filled with fresh melted white or dark chocolate, two flavors, and homemade whipped cream. The brain freeze is definitely worth inhaling the irresistible cone and for only two euros, you can go back every night for more (trust me you definitely will)!

{From our Social Media Contributor, Claudia!}

Deep Dish Pizza: Giordano’s, Chicago, IL

Unless you have been living under a rock (we've all been there), you know that Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza and there are three places that most people have heard of Giordano’s, Lou Malnatis and Gino East. If you're asking for a local's opinion, here is my breakdown: Gino's East has a cornbread crust. Lou Malnatis has a crunchier crust with lots of sauce. Giordano's is the perfect mix of the two of them! Be prepared to wait no matter what time of day you go as it is a popular spot and most deep-dish pizzas take an hour to cook. It is so worth the wait.

 Ashley’s favorites: Spinach, mushroom and tomato deep-dish pizza.

Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich: Hot Little Biscuit, Charleston, SC

Located on King Street, you could easily miss this restaurant as you walk by. It is no bigger than a walk in closet but it is worth popping in when you're in town. They hand-make biscuits and customize the biscuits as you wish! They also have a Biscuit of The Day on butcher paper on the wall. This biscuit is fluffy, warm and buttery and tastes great plain, with jam or as a breakfast sandwich.

Ashley’s Favorite: Egg, sausage, and pimento cheese biscuit.

Mille Feuille: SeccO, Paris, France

France is known for it's decadent pastries and amazing bakeries scattered all around the country and especially in Paris. When they think of French pastries, most people think of croissants or macarons. France's best pastry, though? Neither! Instead, it's their Mille Feuille, a layered treat made of flakey puff pastry sandwiching decadent vanilla cream. You can find them all over Paris but the best comes from a small patisserie in the 6th arrondissement, Secco. Located on Rue de Sèvres, Secco's Mille Feuille satisfies any sweet tooth and will have you craving one still months after you leave Paris. If you're ever near the area, you can't go wrong with one or maybe ten of these treats!

{From our Social Media Contributor, Claudia!}

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