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pan-fried chicken

pan-fried chicken

Did You Know? Fried food is so delicious partly because of 2 flavorsome reactions that occur on the surface of the food: carmelization and maillard reactions. In carmelization, heat converts any sugars on the surface of the food to a deep delicious brown caramel and in maillard reactions, heat causes hundreds of different flavor compounds to form, making a truly mouthwatering mouthful.

Dish 1: Pan-Fried Chicken
Where: Stroud’s, 5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119
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Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock Donuts

Did You Know? Donuts are said to have originated in 19th century Holland. Back then, they were sweet dough balls fried in pork fat called "oily cakes". Legend has it the modern doughnut was created in 1847 by a Maine sea captain who poked a hole in the middle to ensure even cooking and minimal grease.

Dish 2: Donuts
Where: Round Rock Donuts, 106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664
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Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Did You Know? Deep-frying cooks food faster than baking because oil conducts heat much better than the air in a convection oven. When done properly, frying steams food from the inside out, confining the oil to just the outer surface, producing a soft and moist inside with a crunchy outer shell.

Dish 3: Salty Dog
Where: Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Chuleta Can Can

Chuleta Can Can

Did You Know? Deep-frying dates back to ancient Rome. The Roman cookbook Apicius was said to have a deep-fried chicken recipe.

Dish 4: Chuleta Can Can
Where: Raices, Recinto Sur St #315, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Did You Know? In 1841, the first state fair was held in Syracuse, NY. Since then, these annual events have evolved from simple competitive exhibitions of livestock and baked goods to full-out festivals of family fun and golden fried wonders.

Dish 5: Fried Catfish
Where: California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
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Deep-fried cheesecake

Deep-fried cheesecake

Dish 6: Deep-fried Cheesecake
Where: California State Fair
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Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Dish 7: Deep-fried Giant Twinkie
Where: California State Fair
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Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Dish 8: Twister Dog
Where: Tornado Potato at the California State Fair
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Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Boiling meat with yucca in the Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia. 960 1280

  

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

The view from the Spanish colonial old city of the new skyline of Cartagena, Colombia, across the bay. 960 1280

  

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Women who roam the beaches of Cartagena, Colombia, selling fruits and treats are called “palenqueras.” 960 1280

  

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch of fried fresh fish and rice at Kiosko el Bony, a popular food stand on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos are home-cooked, sweet dumplings made with yucca sold by grandmothers on the streets of Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar tastes shaved ice with tamarind juice on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Boiled yucca topped with fried pork skin and cabbage, in a classic dish called “vigoron,” is a delicious street eat in Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Nestled at the foot of the towering Andes, Chile’s capital city of Santiago is full of great street eats. 960 1280

  

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings stuffed with shrimp on the streets of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. 960 1280

  

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

The beautiful dragon fruit at the farmers' market in Sao Paulo. 960 1280

  

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City makes for a stunning backdrop while taking a stroll for street eats. 960 1280

  

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos, or tequila worms, at the San Juan Market in Mexico City. 960 1280

  

A frog smoothie in Lima

A frog smoothie in Lima

A smoothie with an amphibious twist -- there's a frog blended into this concoction, which is sold as a healthy drink at markets in Lima, Peru. 960 1280

  

On the streets of Lima

On the streets of Lima

Chinese influence can be found in the street eats of Lima. 960 1280

  

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish marinated in lime juice is one of Peru's most-loved dishes, and it can be found all over the streets of Lima. 960 1280

  

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black bean soup

black bean soup

Year-round, but especially during the cold winter months, black bean soup is a must. El Azteca in Fort Wayne, IN, has been called “one of the best.” And when available as the soup of the day, we’d recommend Shanty Grille in Ellicott City, MD, and Back Porch restaurant on Ocracoke Island, NC. 960 1280

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butternut squash soup

butternut squash soup

A spicy, hearty and creamy butternut squash soup is always good. Next time you’re in Park City, UT, whether visiting family and friends, attending the Sundance Film Festival or having a ski adventure, hop over to Good Karma for their butternut squash soup. 960 1280

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minestrone soup

minestrone soup

A classic: minestrone soup. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones traveling to Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl, head over to Iaria’s Italian Restaurant. Their traditional pasta dinners are all served with homemade minestrone soup and garden salad. 960 1280

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pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

As soon as October is over, everyone’s mind jumps to Thanksgiving. And on a cold fall night, what better way to cap it off than with pumpkin soup? Next time you’re in Portland, OR, head over to The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar where they serve a 4-course feast during Thanksgiving, which includes pumpkin soup as the starter. 960 1280

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beef stew

beef stew

New England is no stranger to cold winter months, and when we need to warm up with a cup or bowl of beef stew, we head over to the New England Soup Factory in Brookline and Newton, MA. 960 1280

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meatball

meatball

Mmm… mamma mia! We love Italian meatball soup, especially made by Italians. Outside of Buffalo, NY, is Ilio DiPaolo’s. The DiPaolo family has been serving its customers authentic Italian cuisine since 1965. Buon appetito! 960 1280

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White bean soup

White bean soup

White bean soup is another classic, and Little Havana in NYC serves their soup with spicy Spanish chorizos. 960 1280

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gumbo stew

gumbo stew

Some would say that a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete until you’ve had gumbo and visited Cochon restaurant -- and they happen to make a mean gumbo. Delicious! 960 1280

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gazpacho

gazpacho

On warm days a classic gazpacho is almost necessary. In the city of brotherly love -- Philadelphia -- the authentic Spanish tapas restaurant Amada serves the tomato-based soup. 960 1280

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chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soup

Who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup? Get this … Asian restaurants have reportedly perfected the art of making free-range chicken noodle soup (pho ga). So the next time you’re in San Francisco, head over to Hai Ky Mi Gia and try their take on chicken noodle soup. 960 1280

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tomato soup

tomato soup

A delicious tomato soup is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. At Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, they serve a delicious and hearty tomato soup. And the best part is, their organic produce is provided by local farmers. 960 1280

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shrimp creole

shrimp creole

To get an authentic taste of New Orleans’ cuisine, in this case shrimp Creole, you don’t always have to visit the Big Easy. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, head over to Lola’s where the atmosphere is "100 percent New Orleans." 960 1280

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Chicken Tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

Need some spice in your life? What about this delicious chicken tortilla soup. In Austin, TX, Mesa Rosa is a favorite when craving the rich chicken stock with chunks of celery, carrots, corn and chicken garnished with avocado and Monterey Jack cheese. 960 1280

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potato bacon soup

potato bacon soup

Craving comfort food? You can’t go wrong with this rich and creamy potato bacon soup. At Conor O’Neills, order their take on the tradition with their potato leek soup, served with homemade Irish soda bread and butter. Conor’s has 2 locations: Ann Arbor, MI, and Boulder, CO. 960 1280

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cheddar brocolli soup

cheddar brocolli soup

Our final soup classic is broccoli and cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese, don’t you think? With 6 locations in Texas, Hoffbrau Steaks serves a creamy broccoli cheese jalapeno soup. Mmm … 960 1280

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chili

chili

Whether it’s served with or without beans, chili warms the heart and belly. Another American classic restaurant is Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington, DC, institution since 1958. The beef-filled, house-made chili sauce is delicious by itself or served as a decadent french-fry topping. 960 1280

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chowder

chowder

For a classic New England clam chowder, visit an American classic -- Union Oyster House in Boston -- America’s oldest restaurant, established in 1826. 960 1280

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