Go Ahead and Splurge. Fine Dining is Good for You.

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Fine dining is not usually on top of many people’s list of priorities. Even if money is no object, some prefer to skip the pricey entrees and elegant ambiance in favor of other alternatives. With so many restaurants around that are giving fine dining establishments a run for their money, it is not surprising that more and more people are being lured out of the experience. Potential costs aside, fine dining offers more than chic ambiance, exquisite cutleries, and high-end menu selections. The dining experience itself can be good for you. Here are some of the reasons why:

Relaxing atmosphere

Fine dining restaurants nowadays are more varied in terms of ambiance and menu selections. Regardless of which one you choose, you can expect a less-hurried and more relaxing atmosphere. Whatever music is playing in the background will most likely not hinder intimate conversations. There are also less activity and noise that could distract you from the sheer pleasure of enjoying your food.

Quality conversations

In the era of Facebook and Instagram, mobile devices are a constant fixture in many diners’ tables nowadays. More often than not, you will find people busy with their phones than having quality or more meaningful conversations with their companions. While most fine dining restaurants do not have rules against mobile phone use, the ambiance itself seems to encourage being more engaged and connected with the person or people you are with.

Time to fully savor your meal

When was the last time you savored every bite of your meal? One of the best parts of the fine dining experience is the chance to immerse yourself in every entrée you get. There is no rush and with food portions served just right, you will have plenty of room for the next ones.

The best and finest ingredients

The price may be heftier than ordinary meals, but you can at least expect the best and finest ingredients. Fine dining restaurant chefs take pride in every dish that comes out of the kitchen. So you can rest assured that every ingredient and step in food preparation is exactingly scrutinized.

These things may not look like much if you think about the price you have to pay for the experience. But they are actually among the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. Stress should have no place on any table – fine dining restaurant or not. So once in a while, go indulge. It will do you a lot of good.

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5 Countries You Should Visit for Food at Least Once in Your Life

You have not fully experienced the joys of traveling if you have not tried the local food. Every place has a dish that has its own signature – something that hints of its culture or tells a story. For this alone we would gladly travel to the ends of the earth for more culinary explorations. Our travels have brought us to the most fascinating destinations with unforgettable gourmet experiences. We can pretty much make a long list of places we love to visit over and over again for the food. Here are the five countries with food so glorious you would want to come back for more:

France

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The country that is home to the world-renowned Michelin Guides understands great food well. It should not come as a surprise to find it on top of the list of people’s places to visit for food – not to mention everything else that makes it a popular tourist destination. A trip to France will not be complete if you have not tried the baguette, crepes, croissants, macarons, and pain au chocolat. The bouillabaisse and duck confit are must-haves as well.

Greece

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Mediterranean cuisines have long been touted as among the healthiest foods in the world. Greece is one of the top places to savor the tastiest healthy dishes you can find. Greek salads are just the beginning. When in Greece, do what the Greeks do. Eat tzatziki, souvlaki, and indulge in delicious desserts like melomakarona.

Japan
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There are more to Japanese cuisines than sushi and tempura. Japan’s extensive selections of ramen are to die for. Different regions in Japan have their own version of sukiyaki, which is another must-try when in the country. This dish is cooked in an iron pot and features ingredients like meat and a selection of vegetables. If you do not mind splurging, try the kaiseki ryori for a banquet-like experience. You will be served with different choices of authentic local dishes that include appetizers, fried and/or steamed foods, side dishes like picked vegetables, and desserts such as fruits.

Italy
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Go beyond the usual in Italy. The pizza and pasta are, of course, staples that you should really have at least once while there. And do not forget the gelato. But beyond these culinary delights are more offerings that deliver an explosion of flavors and aromas. Try the ribollita, torrone, among many others.

Vietnam
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You do not have to look hard and far to find healthy foods in Vietnam. The country is teeming with different types of restaurants that have the healthiest foods on their menu. Famously known for its dish called Pho, Vietnam has a lot more to offer even to the pickiest eaters. Start your culinary adventures in Vietnam by trying the goi ca trich, pho, and spring rolls. We are sure you will find other Vietnamese cuisines equally delightful.

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