Popular Dishes from Each CAPA Global City

Aug 15, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Regan Charie

There isn't much better than trying food from all around the world. At CAPA, our Global Cities Program offers study abroad and internship programs in six of the worlds' major cities. Each city has a massive amount of unique dishes comprised of many flavors. Here's just a taste of each city’s style of food. How many of these foods have you tried before?

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1. Buenos Aires- Asado

Although it might seem generic, the national dish of Argentina is a must try! An asado, essentially a giant barbecue, is a mix of meats that are grilled to perfection. The meat may include pork, beef, sausages, and much more, all topped with a variety of spices and special sauces.

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2. Dublin- Irish Stew

Everyone has heard of Irish stew, or at least a close relative of the hearty dish from Western Europe. This Irish favorite was typically made with mutton, but is now often made with lamb. Combining the meat with potatoes, vegetables, and a variety or spices provides a wealth of tasty flavors.

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3. Florence- Lampredotto

This dish is slightly more extravagant than fish and chips, but certainly less common in many parts of the world; except in Florence, that is.  It is made from the stomach of a cow (typically the fourth stomach), and served in a variety of ways. It if often the star of a sandwich with various sauces, but the meat can also be served on pasta as a substitute for sauce, or even in a salad!

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4. London- Fish and Chips

Everyone knows that fish and chips are stereotypically British, and they are not wrong. It's been around for roughly 150 years, and it's obvious why! Although simple, the dish has been a global favorite for many decades, and as you probably already know, the dish combines fish (usually cod or haddock) and chips (our "french fries", not potato chips). The best and most authentic way to eat this is straight out of newspaper (or a more health-conscious equivalent).

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5. Shanghai- Xiao Long Bao

Although this popular food can now be found all throughout the world, these soup filled ‘dumplings’ are originally from Shanghai. The direct translation is “little baskets of steamed bread,” which is why the term ‘dumplings’ is particularly western. Whatever you want to call these adorable little bites, they are delicious. The contrast of the soup with its casing is unique and flavorful.

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6. Sydney- Pavlova

For a sweeter treat, Pavlovas are a meringue-based dish that was first created in Australia or New Zealand (food scientists are still arguing; some say it’s even American). Either way, the dish is incredibly popular in Australia. The mirengue itself is crispy and crunchy on the outside, with a light and fluffy inside. It is often served with fruit and whipped cream, the perfect compliment to the egg-white and sugar-based shell.

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