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Streat Helsinki will celebrate the best of street food around around the world, and explore the business side of street eats

Helsinki Streats will celebrate the rich world of street food with a two-day festival.

On March 21 and 22, the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre will host a new street-food carnival called Streat Helsinki, honoring some of the world’s best street food. In addition to some serious street eats from more than 30 Finnish street vendors and international guests, the festival will feature guest speakers from all over the world who will discuss business development strategies and upcoming trends.

American chefs who will speak at the festival include Eric Demby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg; Chris Ying, editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach; Geetika Agrawal, business development manager of La Cocina; Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina; and Binita Pradhan of Bini’s Kitchen.

Other international speakers will include South Africa’s Luca Castiglione, chef and co-owner of Cape Town Food Trucks; and from the U.K., Yianni Papoutsis, founder of MEATliquor and Cynthia Shanmugalingam, founder of Kitchenette.

The event will include Streat Helsinki EATS, a free food festival on Mar. 22 in the Tori Quarters in Helsinki. Tickets for Streat Helsinki PARTIES, a nighttime food festival on the 21st, are available for €38.

“We are looking forward to a non-conventional conference with great talks and conversation with a rock-and-roll attitude,” said Ville Relander, head of Helsinki's Food Culture Strategy. “I am especially happy to help very different organizations to dive deeper into the world of street food.”

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

9 Street Food Recipes for When There’s No Truck in Sight

When the streets of major cities are filled with the scent of sizzling meat, grilled breads, and still-warm, crunchy waffles wrapped in paper, it&rsquos a wonder anyone would want a meal that doesn&rsquot come from a cart. For those who don&rsquot have access to such diverse sidewalk bites&mdashand also for those who can&rsquot be bothered to put on pants and walk outside&mdashwe had to share our nine favorite recipes for street foods you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen.

1. Chicken Bánh Mì Sandwiches

These Vietnamese sandwiches combine French ingredients like mayo and a baguette with cilantro and pickled veg. DIY pickled veggies are super fresh and tasty, but you can use store-bought in a pinch. For even more time-saving, slice leftover chicken or tofu from last night (regardless of marinade flavor) and stuff into a baguette with briny cucumber and carrots, cilantro, and sliced jalapeño.

2. Baked Falafel

Have you made falafel with cooked chickpeas? Did they all fall apart and make you want to cry into your pita? Here&rsquos the reason it didn&rsquot work: A successful falafel should be made with uncooked chickpeas, soaked for 24 hours. Once the legumes have soaked, all it takes is a quick spin in the food processor with herbs, garlic, and onion before a trip in the oven. Can&rsquot possibly wait for your chickpeas to soak? You can use canned chickpeas, but you&rsquoll need to throw in some extra flour to bind the mixture.

3. Chicken Gyros and Tzatziki

It&rsquos dinnertime, and you&rsquore craving a gyro. (Like, right-this-minute kind of craving.) If you can hang on for 20 minutes more, you won&rsquot have to wander to the nearest Greek food cart. Cram thin slices of chicken&mdashor any cooked meat you have&mdashinto a pita with red pepper, onion, lettuce, and feta cheese. No gyro is complete without a good pour of tzatziki, a cooling cucumber and yogurt sauce.

4. Bean and Cheese-Stuffed Arepas

Arepas&mdashcorn pancakes popular in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine&mdashare like tacos, but better. Masarepa, a dehydrated cooked cornmeal (available in the Latin section of most grocery stores) is the base of the dough for this dish. Pan-fry the cakes, then fill with a spicy mixture of black beans, jalapeño, and cilantro.

5. Oat Flour Waffles

In Belgium, waffles are a traditional street food eaten with hands&mdashnot like the whipped cream-covered versions you&rsquod find at a typical American brunch. All this simple oat flour-based waffle needs is a dusting of powdered sugar wrap it in waxed paper and take a walk around the block for the full effect.

6. Beef Shish Kabob

Here&rsquos a tip: Shish kabobs are way easier than other grilled meals, because the veg and protein are all in the same place. The popular Turkish street food is typically made with lamb, but this recipe calls for beef. Season cubed filet mignon (use tip sirloin or chicken breasts for a cheaper option) with a smoky spice rub, then marinate in red wine and onion. Skewer the meat between peppers and onion and get grilling.

7. Chicken Satay and Peanut Sauce

Satay&mdasha seasoned grilled meat skewer served with sauce&mdashpops up in many Southeast Asian cuisines, and now it&rsquos popping up in your kitchen. Simply brush skewered chicken with thick soy sauce and fire up the grill (or pan-fry.) Serve with your favorite bottled peanut sauce or take a whack at the quick accompanying homemade recipe.

8. Carne Asada Tacos

Any time spent walking around is immediately improved with a taco in hand. Marinate tender flank or skirt steak in a garlicky lime mixture, then slice thin. Fill a small corn tortilla with steak, white onions, and avocado slices, plus a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and squeezed lime for a zippy finish.

9. Slow-Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks

Classic brown and yellow street-style cheesesteaks are the optimal meal after trekking around the city of brotherly love all day, but when making them at home we get a little more creative. Add peppers, onions, and mushrooms to a slow cooker along with a beef chuck roast. Serve the warm meat and veg with provolone cheese on a toasted multigrain roll.

The World's Best Street Food: 12 Top Cities

You don't need to dine in fine restaurants to experience the most authentic local cuisine. Spend small and eat big at street stalls, food carts, and curb-friendly venues in these 12 cities.

How do you know if the food is safe? Just follow the crowds.

Photo Caption: There's nothing like a fresh crepe with Nutella in Paris. Photo by ValerieJ/Frommers.com Community

It's hard to find a square inch of a sidewalk in Bangkok that doesn't have a street stall of some kind. Street food is a way of life here, especially late at night. Pull up a plastic stool and choose from an array of noodles, meat, and vegetarian dishes. Save space for delicious fruits and sweet desserts.

Where to Eat: Chinatown Nang Loeng Market (Nakhorn Sawan Road) the side streets around the backpackers' haven of Khao San Road the Saochingcha neighborhood (near Bangkok City Hall) Soi Rambutri across from the Viengtai Hotel (known as Pad Thai Alley) and Aw Taw Kaw, across the Expressway from Chatuchak (or JJ) weekend market.

How Much: For around $3, you can enjoy two or three courses of Bangkok's finest.

Photo Caption: Hawker stalls in Bangkok's Chinatown. Photo by Chi (in Japan)/Flickr.com

Street stalls in Tel Aviv are the best places to try authentic vegetarian delights. Falafel is widely considered to be the unofficial national dish of Israel. Sabich (a pita stuffed with fried eggplant, egg, and pickled cabbage) is originally an Iraqi dish but is fast becoming a local favorite. You'll find that in general, the street food is of good quality and is often kosher, too.

Where to Eat: Along Ibn Gvirol Street, you can find dozens of food stands that serve falafel and shawarmas. Head to Frishman Street or the neighboring town of Ramat Gan for the best sabich. Although it's not technically a food stall, the street-side Abulafia Arab bakery in the port area of Jaffa doles out freshly baked savory pastries and pitas late at night.

How Much: Six falafel balls in a pita (with as many dips and salad that can fit) costs about 15 Israeli new sheqel ($3.85). A chicken shawarma is about 30 Israeli new sheqel ($7.70).

Photo Caption: The food stands in Tel Aviv serve some of the best falafel. Photo by josh.ev9/Flickr.com

Whether it's the giant bagel-style sesame bread (simit), huge baked potatoes (kumpir) covered in a multitude of toppings, a traditional döner kebap served in pita bread, balik ekmek (fish sandwich), or delicious baklava treats, Istanbul's ubiquitous street stalls are a welcome sight -- and smell -- to hungry visitors.

Where to Eat: Karaköy and Ortakoy, two neighborhoods on the European side of Istanbul, have several lanes and markets lined with food stalls. Istiklal Caddesi in the Taksim neighborhood is a pedestrian-only street with plenty of food vendors.

How Much: A fully laden kumpir will set you back about 6 Turkish Lira ($3.80) and a simit around 1 Turkish lira (63¢).

Photo Caption: A vendor with simits (a bread ring covered with sesame seeds) and the Blue Mosque in the background. Photo by KnottyBill/Frommers.com Community

As appealing as it is to indulge in a three-course meal at a Paris bistro, you can also savor many French specialties on the street.

Where to Eat: By day, sidewalks in the Left Bank's Latin Quarter around Saint Michel get crowded with sandwich vendors selling baguettes. In the Marais, you'll want to try the falafel stands on Rue de Rosiers. At night, the air is filled with the aroma of freshly prepared crêpes, especially around Montparnasse, in the Latin Quarter, and near the nightclub areas.

How Much: A Nutella or chestnut-puree crêpe will cost about €4 a jambon et fromage baguette is around €6.

Photo Caption: Falafel stands line Rue de Rosiers in Paris. Photo by Maarten (Superchango)/Flickr.com

Flautas, tacos, burritos, tamales, blue-corn quesadillas -- so much food, so little time. The streets of Mexico City overflow with food stands. If you're worried about the meat, just go vegetarian. Save some room for Fruteros (fruit vendors) and Jugueros (juice vendors) offering the freshest of Mexico's tropical fruits. In general though, it's still wise to avoid the water.

Where to Eat: Food stalls are found throughout downtown, with several on the south side of Plaza de Insurgentes, on Rio Sena between Reforma and Rio Papaloápan, and near the corner of Ayuntamiento and Aranda in Centro Histórico.

How Much: A burrito from a street stall costs around 25 pesos (about $2) tacos are usually around 10 pesos (80¢) each.

Photo Caption: Street food in Mexico City's Centro Histórico. Photo by CommandZed/Flickr.com

Where to Eat: Try the stalls around the various night markets, including Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei and Ladies' Market in Mong Kok on Tung Choi Street. In Tsim Sha Tsui, Hau Fook Street has several food stands. Mei Lun Street in Central and the laneways of Causeway Bay and Wan Chai are also crowded with food stalls.

How Much: 20 Hong Kong dollars (about $2.60) for a bowl of noodles with vegetables and 10 Hong Kong dollars for a serving of four shumai ($1.30) dumplings.

Photo Caption: Ready-to-eat poultry hangs from a food stall in Hong Kong. Photo by David Rosenberg Photo/Frommers.com Community

Kuala Lumpur has more than its share of indoor and outdoor food centers and markets. Choose from Malaysian Indian or Muslim food: roti breads stuffed with kaya (coconut jam), banana leaf rice served with curries, satays, noodle dishes, or a Ramly Burger (the Malaysian variation includes egg and Worcestershire sauce in addition to the usual burger fixings). For dessert, try an ABC or ice kacang (shaved ice topped with nuts, jelly, syrup, and more).

Where to Eat: Jalan Alor Jalan Petaling in Chinatown around Puduraya Bus Station Jalan Masjid India for Indian food Malay food at the Sunday Night Market (Kampung Bahru LRT Station) and Chow Kit Market for all-night food stalls.

How Much: A Ramly Burger is about 2.50 Malaysian ringgit (78¢) a serving of Kway Teow noodles costs about 4 Malaysian ringgit ($1.25).

Photo Caption: In Kuala Lumpur, the Ramly Burger typically includes an egg-wrapped patty. Photo by Sherwin Huang/Flickr.com

When in Mumbai, you must stop at one of the thousands of street stalls (vada pavwala). Most dishes are sweet or vegetarian. The most popular treats include chaat (round snacks made of hollow dough embellished with spices and vegetables) and pav dishes (breads served with curries or patties). Try the vegetable pav bhaji or the vada pav, a potato fritter in a garlic bun.

Where to Eat: During the day, you'll have plenty of choices in the Fort area and around major landmarks. In the evenings, sample local delicacies at Chowpatty Beach. You can also try Bade Miya on Tulloch Roadbehind Colaba Causeway in downtown Churchgate.

How Much: You can find a good vada pav for around 7 Indian rupees (about 15¢) and various chaat snacks for around 14 Indian rupees (30¢).

Photo Caption: The street food at Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai has many vegetarian options. Photo by Dey/Flickr.com

Eating in Tokyo doesn't have to be an expensive adventure. Though you'll want to have some sushi, the locals are more likely to tuck into a large bowl of ramen or udon noodles served from street carts. Food stalls along busy neon-lit lanes also serve up takoyaki (little dough balls stuffed with octopus) or yakitori BBQ skewers.

Where to Eat:
There's a row of street stalls at the Tsukiji Fish Market (skip the touristy sushi stands) in Shinjuku, Yakitori Alley is a lane with stalls on both sides and in Kabukicho, you'll find several takoyaki stalls.

How Much: A bowl of ramen or udon is about ¥800 ($9). Six pieces of takoyaki is ¥400 ($4.50).

Photo Caption: Yakitori Alley in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by adactio/Flickr.com

Like pretty much everything else in Singapore, the street food is clean and served in an orderly fashion. The main difference is that you won't necessarily find it on the street. Instead, you're more likely to eat delicious morsels of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cuisine in government-regulated food malls and markets, which are often inside apartment buildings, office towers, and shopping centers. Despite the geographic technicality, the food is definitely "street" in style. Bonus: You won't have to worry as much about an upset stomach ruining the rest of your trip.

Where to Eat: The hundred or so stalls at the Chinatown Food Centre satays and seafood at Newton Circus Hawker Centre the Hill Street Food Centre for great fried rice noodles the Muslim market at Geylang Serai Ellenborough Market for Teochew Chinese food the old hawker center in Maxwell Road the Chomp Chomp Food Centre the Lau Pa Sat Food Centre and the People's Park Market. Visit the Makansutra blog for updates on the latest eateries.

How Much: You can eat well, including generous portions of noodles and satays, for less than $10 Singapore dollars ($7) per person.

Photo Caption: Food stands at Newton Circus Hawker Centre in Singapore. Photo by kabl1992/Flickr.com

In the medina of Marrakech, you'll find plenty of souks (markets). What is a main city square by day is transformed at night into an open-air feast of food stalls, snake charmers, tarot card readers, and performers. If you're feeling adventurous, you can sample the traditional sheep's head. For the more conservative palate, tuck into brochettes or assorted fish, tagines, fried aubergine, and couscous dishes.

Where to Eat: The night market at Jemaa el Fna offers hundreds of stalls serving all kinds of Moroccan dishes at communal tables.

How Much: A bowl of harira soup may cost around 10 Moroccan dirhams ($1.10) and a vegetarian tagine around 30 Moroccan dirhams ($3.30).

Photo Caption: Escargot stands in the bustling Jemaa el Fna night market in Marrakech. Photo by Gruezi/Frommers.com Community

Throughout Rio -- downtown, in the suburbs, and beachside -- you'll come across vendors selling all kinds of tasty morsels and beverages. The suco de açai (açai juice) and various fruit smoothies can become a little addictive, and you'll no doubt have late-night cravings for tapiocas (crêpes), assorted pastries, and caramel- or chocolate-filled churros. Cariocas (Rio natives) always know where to grab the best bites and delicious fruit drinks, so follow the locals and try traditional Brazilian street fare at rock-bottom prices.

Where to Eat: Food-and-drink kiosks along the boardwalk of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches generally stay open all night (especially in summer).The Sunday market at Praça General Osório Square has some decent eats. In Old Rio, downtown, and in the suburbs, try the street version of churrasquinhos (BBQ meat on skewers), cachorro quente (hot dogs), and the delicious pão de queijo (cheese bread).

How Much: Pão de queijo is R$2 ($1.20), and juices are R$2-R$4 ($1.20-$2.40). Churros cost R$1 (60¢), and tapiocas range from R$2-R$5 ($1.20-$3), depending if they are sweet or savory. The prices of churrasquinhos vary but usually start at R$2 ($1.20).

Amman, Jordan

The scene: Jordanian street food is a tantalizing hybrid of Persian, Mediterranean, and North African cuisines. Manakish, for example, is a type of Arabic pizza smothered in za’atar, olive oil, halloumi, eggs, and ground meat (give or take an ingredient). The dough is baked in a brick oven and hawked on nearly every street corner in the city—along with the most heavenly charcoal-grilled meats you’ve ever smelled.

The dish: juicy lamb kofta, a.k.a. shish kebabs.

World's best street food

(Budget Travel) -- With all due respect to esteemed chefs and restaurateurs, anyone who's ever bought fresh steamed crab from a Bangkok canal boat or sampled hot, crisp frites on a Brussels sidewalk knows that not all stellar meals are served in courses -- or even come with silverware.

In fact, certain cities around the globe have cult followings built entirely around their street-food cultures. Below, a definitive guide to seeking out the best bites in the world's most bountiful (and greasy-fingered) destinations.

With more than 400 carts selling everything from Korean tacos to Carolina-style barbecue, Portland is a microcosm of mobile meals. Lunchtime crowds gather near SW 10th Avenue and SW Alder Street later on, night owls head across the river to SE 12th Avenue and SE Hawthorne Boulevard for deep-fried cherry pies and savory crepes, served until 2 a.m.

2. Los Angeles, California

Talk about a turf war. Near L.A.'s MacArthur Park (at South Park View Street between Wilshire Boulevard and West 7th Street), old-school vendors trade in Salvadoran pupusas plump with cheese and edible loroco flowers while a new wave of roving trucks tweet their daily locations and dole out custom ice cream sandwiches (@coolhaus) and buttery grilled cheese (@grlldcheesetruk).

It's a rare city in Mexico that doesn't have great street food, but the tacos de pescado in the Baja port town of Ensenada, demand a special pilgrimage. Join the masses at the city's fish market for corn tortillas piled high with battered fried halibut, shredded cabbage, pickled onions, avocado, jalapeños, and sweet-tangy crema-mayonnaise sauce.

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The nation's first capital is also home to some of its oldest and most beloved portable fare: soft pretzels, Italian ices, and, of course, cheesesteaks, now being reimagined in Vietnamese and Mexican versions. Locals get theirs at the century-old, seven-block-long Philadelphia's 9th Street Italian Market, open daily (italianmarketphilly.org).

Street Smarts: Look for the long lines. Certain vendors are more popular than others for a reason, and a few extra minutes of waiting will almost always be worth it.

The food stands along Piñones Road about 30 miles east of San Juan make some of the island's best frituras, or fried snacks: coconut arepas, piononos (plantains stuffed with beef), and bacalaítos, a mixture of pancake dough and salted cod. If you hit the strip around sunset, you might even catch an impromptu salsa-thon.

6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Health-conscious Cariocas, as locals are known, hit up Ipanema's Sunday market in Praça General Osório square, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., for grilled-shrimp skewers and the occasional dessert splurge: churros stuffed with dulce de leche. The less guilt-inducing alternative: a fresh coconut drink or an açaí shake from one of the stands along Copacabana Beach.

In the city's rambling medina, grilled-meat hawkers will cook to order any cut you bring from one of the many nearby butchers. In the evening, head to the night market at Jemaa el-Fna and settle in at the communal tables for chickpea stew, boiled snails, and strong mint tea poured the traditional way: from a pot held perilously high above the glass.

Street Smarts: When local water quality is in question, opt for hot drinks, and watch the preparation closely (did that tea boil for a full five minutes?).

Art nouveau architecture, the European Union headquarters: Who cares? Brussels is all about the frites (which, we assume, account for the bulk of the nearly 250 pounds of potatoes a typical Belgian consumes annually). At the city's standard-bearer, the Maison Antoine kiosk in Place Jourdan, the secret to success is in the sauces: pineapple ketchup, beer-flavored carbonnade, and mayonnaise so tasty it's almost a dish unto itself.

Stroll the city center and you'll encounter numerous Imbisses, stands selling sausages and sliced Leberkäse (a baked loaf of ground beef and pork) topped with mustard and folded into Semmel rolls. And to try the local caffeine fix of choice, head to the cafés of the 18th-century riverside Naschmarkt for a Wiener Melange, an espresso drink with steamed milk and whipped cream.

Happily for all the travelers who make their base in the Sultanahmet district (home to the Hagia Sophia), the stalls beside the nearby Grand Bazaar can compete with any in this food-rich city. Have your pick of mussel skewers in garlic sauce, grilled corn, roasted chestnuts, and permutations of kebab too plentiful to count. (Feeling adventurous? Try the kokoreç, chopped lamb intestines seasoned with hot pepper and oregano.)

Street Smarts: Bring your own plates and utensils. Illness is often spread through improper washing this is one way to cut the risk. If you see locals doing the same, consider it a must.

Mouthwatering falafel abounds throughout the Middle East, but this waterfront city is also home to a unique treasure: the Iraqi Jewish specialty of sabich, a pita sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, chopped hard-boiled egg, and pickled cabbage and beets. To get right to the source, head to the stands of neighboring Ramat Gan, where the dish was invented.

For centuries, Thai food sellers operated out of boats along the canals that formed the city's main transportation system. In recent years, roadside cafés have all but supplanted the custom, but at Taling Chan floating market on the western edge of the city, vendors still grill fish and steam crabs directly on their boats every weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Street Smarts: Fruits and vegetables with edible skins are only as safe as the water they've been washed in, so stick to the ones that you can peel yourself (like bananas).

The narrow alleyways of the city's Old Quarter yield a treasure trove of breakfast delicacies for the jet-lagged traveler. Street vendors set up as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare sweet green rice wrapped in banana leaves, sesame- and coconut-filled dumplings in ginger syrup, and rich coffee poured over sweetened condensed milk (but watch the ice).

In its many hawker centres (or food courts), such as Chinatown's Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore delivers a civilized street-food experience -- complete with table service. Patrons can usually ditch their belongings at one of the marked tables, browse the offerings (ranging from Chinese fish ball soup to spicy Malaysian pork-rib prawn noodles), and give their table number at the counter.

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Deep-Fried Butter

Back in 2009, the Texas State Fair introduced the extremely reasonable and not-at-all unhealthy delicacy known as deep-fried butter. It’s actually steamed broccoli, but they named it deep-fried butter as a joke. Just kidding. It’s what the name implies: deep-fried balls of butter. Don’t worry. They offer grape and cherry versions so you can get those all-important fruits and veggies.

Deep-Fried Kool-Aid

Listen, if something can be deep-fried, then we owe it to ourselves as a society to go through with that act. Case in point: these balls of deep-fried Kool-Aid first seen at the San Diego County Fair. Somewhere, somehow, the Kool-Aid Man is having heart palpitations.

Fried Ice Cream Burger

When you think of awesome burger toppings, you probably think of tomato slices, American cheese or even bacon. You do not, however, let the thought of ice cream cross your mind, because that would be crazy. You are not crazy. Florida, on the other hand, is quite, uh, eccentric. As such, this cheeseburger topped with a scoop of fried ice cream fits right in there.

Spaghetti and Meatballs On a Stick

The Minnesota State Fair is known for being obsessed with placing food on sticks. However, spaghetti and meatballs might just be the strangest stick-poked creation. To make it easier to eat, the spaghetti is actually inside of the meatball. Also, of course, the whole thing is deep-fried because, well, why not? If the Lady and the Tramp had access to these, that scene would have played out plenty different.

Fried Beer

Beer is great and all, but it lacks a certain flair for oil and breading. This Texas State Fair delicacy put an end to all of that. This deep-fried beer is actually a sort of ravioli. The beer is packed in dough, fried and then topped with nacho cheese. Now you can get liver disease and heart disease at the same exact time. Yay!

Pickle Pops

You know those ice pops you used to eat as a kid that came in huge boxes of 40 or more? This frozen treat at the Kansas State Fair uses the same concept, except instead of delicious, frozen sugary fruit juice, it's briny, sour pickle juice. Yum? One would imagine it would go perfectly with a deep-fried pastrami sandwich.

Chocolate-Covered Scorpions and Crickets

Sure, the very notion of eating a poisonous scorpion may be enough to make you feel existential dread, but what if it was covered with heaps of chocolate? Everybody loves chocolate! Hey, at least these scorpions featured at the Arizona State Fair aren't not deep-fried.

Caramel Apples Covered in Mealworms

The Arizona State Fair seems to treat eating as more of an endless dare than a purely enjoyable experience. Here is your garden-variety caramel apple, only covered with dozens of mealworms. This "treat" could ruin more childhoods than the Star Wars prequels.


Sure, you’ve heard of Octomom, but what about her faithful pet, octodog? This many-tentacled and porky creation oozed into the Iowa State Fair several years ago, and it’s continued to be an inexplicable hit ever since. This is the perfect "gateway drug" to get your kids into eating fair food. Next stop, caramel apples covered in worms.

Chicken-Fried Bacon

Let's just sit back and admire what we are looking at for a moment. Chicken. Fried. Bacon. This is the most Southern-sounding dish of all time, and yet it hails from Hawaii, the land of healthy surfers and stuff. Maui County Fair, you've captured a nation's hearts (and filled them with cholesterol).

Deep-Fried White Castle Burgers

Nothing says "I've completely given up" like sitting down to a meal comprised of deep-fried White Castle sliders. Not even Harold and Kumar would slide down that slippery slope. Neil Patrick Harris might, though.

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Rosaura "Chawa" Magaña of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore

As the child of immigrant parents, Rosaura “Chawa” Magaña watched her folks struggle with language barriers and discrimination. "I think the injustices against communities of color were part of what ultimately brought me to create Palabras Bilingual Bookstore," she says.

Magaña was inspired by Librería Donceles, a traveling art installation that does double duty as a Spanish-language bookseller. "I knew I wanted to create a bookstore and community space," Magaña says. "At Librería Donceles, I saw poets read in Spanish, looked through books I had never seen before about different aspects of Latinx culture, and watched a musical performance in Spanish."

She began imagining a similar space in Phoenix, one that embraced the culture and voices of people of color and could foster community connection and growth. A first-generation Mexican-American, Magaña understood that Latinx stories were rarely represented in the standard literary canon. "I thought it would be amazing to walk into a bookstore and see an intentionally diverse selection of books," she explains. "It would have made all the difference in the world to me as a kid to experience that."

The World's Top 10 Cities For Street Food

As one flip of the TV dial will show, eating has become an ever more important component of travel. It's not just fine dining. Some of the world's most authentic - and least expensive - eats can be found in tiny street-side stalls or giant market halls where "hawkers" peddle their wares to large crowds of locals. For visitors too, discovering new foods and new customs is a big part of the fun.

VirtualTourist.com surveyed its members about their favorite street food experiences worldwide. From the docks of Belize to the markets of Morocco, the French fries of Belgium to the fried noodles of Southeast Asia, the pickings are lush, luscious and sometimes surprising.

Click on the slide show to view the selection.

Virtual Tourist offers a platform for travelers to share their tips and reviews with other travelers.

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I think I ended up as a Forbes travel contributor because I’m the only Wharton MBA to become a travel writer. I grew up in New England and worked in finance in Tokyo

I think I ended up as a Forbes travel contributor because I’m the only Wharton MBA to become a travel writer. I grew up in New England and worked in finance in Tokyo before B-school. Later I moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. In 1998, stunned by my only ever layoff, I began exercising skills (and, let's be frank, pleasures) I’d long left dormant: writing and traveling. A decade and a half later: so far, so good. In addition to Forbes, I’ve been published from Travel + Leisure and the Los Angeles Times to dozens of Lonely Planet titles. I can speak Japanese and French, read Korean menus and embarrass myself in Spanish, Italian and Chinese. And I continue to polish my business chops with cross-cultural consulting work for companies across the US. In my most traveled year, I logged over 140,000 air miles.

Austin, Texas

There always seems to be something happening in Austin. With the University of Texas, the annual SXSW Festival, and the incredible nightlife and atmosphere of 6th Street, it’s only natural that the street food scene has grown. If you’re in the area, check out Kebabalicious, a Turkish truck offering up a menu filled with items like Beef & Lamb Pitas and a Mezza Platter with homemade falafel. One of the more famous examples of Austin street food is Franklin BBQ, which has had glowing reviews from customers for over a decade. From a trailer serving BBQ, Aaron Franklin shot to stardom on cooking network shows and more. In 2011, he moved from a trailer to a brick and mortar establishment but stayed true to his roots by insisting on first come first serve with no cutting in line no matter who you are.

Watch the video: japanese street food - uncle rikuro JIGGLY CHEESECAKE osaka japan (August 2022).