Mission Burrito

Though people have their allegiances to burrito chains, nothing beats a burrito from a hole-in-a-wall location in California. The salsas are spicier, the tortillas are fresher, and the meat is packed with so much more flavor.

Boudin noir (black pudding)

This hearty sausage made in France is filled with congealed pig’s blood. Common fillers include pork fat, apples, onions and cream. Bon appetit!

Baklava

Baklava is a distinctive oriental or Middle-Eastern pastry, made of layered filo that holds sweetened chopped nuts between the sheets that are then cooked and drizzled with honey, orange flower water or rosewater. It’s slightly laborious and time-consuming to make, but the outcome is worth it.

Huevos Rancheros

If you’re in the mood for a more exotic breakfast dish, Mexican huevos rancheros is a tasty, filling option. Fried eggs rest on a bed of slightly crunchy corn tortillas and are topped with a spicy tomato-chili sauce. You can of course add guacamole, sour cream and bacon to make it really brunch-worthy. For more heat, add a dash or two of Tabasco.

Pho

Pho is a Vietnamese soup traditionally made with rice noodles dipped in a made-from-scratch beef broth and seasoned with various spices: star anise, cinnamon sticks, roasted ginger, roasted onion and black cardamom, fennel seed, clove, etc. Finely sliced lean beef is added and made to cook directly in the hot broth. To garnish, fresh herbs, such as cilantro and chives are sprinkled on just before serving. If you haven’t slurped your way through one of these steaming bowls yet, we highly recommend it.

Absinthe

Originally from the country of Switzerland, this mind-altering drink is extremely powerful and up until recently, was widely believed to cause hallucinations. Now that’s been proved to be more of a myth, but still, sip with caution.