10 Craziest Food Festivals Around the World

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Seaside Sips

Blue Hawaiian

Iconic Beach Cocktails and Where to Get the Original

Learn more about your favorite pool drinks and where they were born.
Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

The Blue Hawaiian was invented by Harry Yee, who was the head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in the 1950s. The drink is still served there today and Harry, 96, still walks around Honolulu. The drink was inspired by the beautiful color of the Pacific Ocean.

 

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Hurricane

Hurricane

A drink that is ubiquitous to the streets of New Orleans is the Hurricane. This passion fruit and rum concoction was first made at Pat O'Brien's. Just like when this bar was a speakeasy in the 1940s, you can order a Hurricane and take it to go. 960 1280

  

Mai Tai

Mai Tai

The godfather of all tiki drinks is the Mai Tai. Named after the Tahitian word for good, this cocktail was invented by Victor J. Bergeron of Trader Vic's fame in 1944. Victor's family is still at the helm of the brand and now Trader Vic's has locations worldwide where you can order the drink. 960 1280

  

Pina Colada

Pina Colada

The Pina Colada takes rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice then blends it with ice to make the beverage created in 1978. Ramon Portas Mingot claims to be the creator of this drink and you can still find it served today at the spot he worked, the Barrachina Restaurant, in the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.

 

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Painkiller

Painkiller

One of the few major trademarked drinks of the cocktail world is the Painkiller. Created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar, the drink is still on the menu and features Pusser's Rum, which owns the trademark. 960 1280

  

Jungle Bird

Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird bucks the trend of many tiki drinks by adding a bitter component, Campari. It was created in the 1970s at the Kuala Lampur Hilton and you can still order it at their Chambers Bar. 960 1280

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Rum Runner

Rum Runner

A cocktail made out of necessity, Tiki John of the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar, had an excess of rum to move. He created the Rum Runner in the 1950s and you can still order this drink at the newly remodeled bar today.

 

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Navy Grog

Navy Grog

Grog refered to a variety of drinks in the 1700s. Many bartenders have made variations over the years and Latitude 29 has a great one. Rumor has it, this cocktail was one of Frank Sinatra's favorites. 960 1280

  

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

This drink dates back to the early 1900s and was created by Ngiam Tong Boon of the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Still served today, this drink features gin and a signature red color from the addtion of cherry liqueur and grenadine.

 
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Rum Swizzle

Rum Swizzle

Heralded as Bermuda's National Drink, the Rum Swizzle has claims in many bars, such as the Saint Kitts Shipwreck bar. What makes the drink official is the swizzling by a real swizzle stick from the actual Swizzle Stick Tree (Quararibea turbinata).

 

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Zombie

Zombie

The Zombie is my personal favorite beach drink and is from the mind of Donn Beach who founded Don the Beachcomber restaurant. This drink has a list of ingredients but, like most tiki cocktails, features rum. While first mixed in the 1930s, you can find them served at Don the Beachcomber any day of the week.

 

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Royal Navy Fog Cutter

Royal Navy Fog Cutter

Created by Tony Ramos of Don the Beachcomber tiki bar, this cocktail contains both rum and gin for a potent combo. This one goes back to the height of tiki in the 1950s and could be seen at many bars. Don't be fooled, Tony did not invent the Ramo's Gin Fizz as that drink goes back to the 1800s. 960 1280

  

Tips to Try

Los Dos Kitchen, Mexico

Best Cooking Classes Around the World

These terrific cooking classes offer a uniquely delicious cultural experience–teaching you to prepare the local cuisine yourself.
Los Dos, Merida, Mexico

Los Dos, Merida, Mexico

The most popular class in Chef David Sterling’s Merida, Mexico cooking school Los Dos is “Taste of Yucatán.” The class includes an overview of Maya techniques and ingredients, a market tour, culinary instruction, and a full afternoon meal. 960 1280

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School of Artisan Food, North Nottinghamshire, England

School of Artisan Food, North Nottinghamshire, England

Located in Sherwood Forest (yes, Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame), the Schoolof Artisan Food in North Nottinghamshire teaches all levels of students, including one-day classes in cheese making, bread baking and sausage making. 960 1280

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Giuliano Hazan’s Northern Italy Cooking School, Verona, Italy

Giuliano Hazan’s Northern Italy Cooking School, Verona, Italy

In this one-week immersive food and wine course with Giuliano Hazan, chef, cookbook author and son of Marcella Hazan, the godmother of Italian cooking, guests learn to make homemade pasta, risotto, meatballs and more. The class takes place in a sixteenth century villa in the heart of northern Italy’s wine country, where guests stay in luxury accomodations. 960 1280

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James St. Cooking School, Brisbane, Australia

James St. Cooking School, Brisbane, Australia

With a variety of hands-on classes ranging from Modern Australian Cooking to Dude Food (meat-heavy, single serving one pot wonders), Brisbane’s James St. Cooking School offers three-hour classes in which professional chefs demonstrate techniques followed by small group hands-on work, culminating in a shared meal as a class. 960 1280

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Tokyo Kitchen, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Kitchen, Tokyo, Japan

Students in Tokyo Kitchen’s three-hour classes learn about Japanese seasonings and table manners before diving into hands-on lessons in Japanese home cooking techniques. The menu rotates daily between different varieties of sushi, tempura and other Japanese specialties such as okonomiyaki, ramen, katsu and more. 960 1280

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Cass Abrahams Capetown, Capetown, South Africa

Cass Abrahams Capetown, Capetown, South Africa

Considered the doyenne of Cape Malay cuisine, South Africa’s oldest cuisine, local celebrity chef Cass Abraham teaches private cooking lessons in her home. These courses, organized by Cape Fusion Tours, have been described as a history lesson and a cooking class rolled into one. 960 1280

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Langlois Culinary Crossroads, New Orleans, Louisiana

Langlois Culinary Crossroads, New Orleans, Louisiana

Chef Amy Cyrex-Sins describes Langlois Culinary Crossroads as part dinner party, part interactive entertainment. While Langlois hosts private cooking classes by appointment, regular diners at Langlois can tour the kitchen, interact with the chefs and learn about traditional Cajun and Creole cooking.

 

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Beijing Cooking School, Beijing, China

Beijing Cooking School, Beijing, China

Offering one-day and 10-day classes in traditional Hutong cuisine, Beijing Cooking School trains students in both wok techniques and pastry, which includes dumplings, dim sum and noodles. Classes involve market tours and interactive demos as well as hands-on practice. 960 1280

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GalilEat, Galilee, Israel

GalilEat, Galilee, Israel

GalilEat Culinary Adventures bring students into the homes of Druze, Muslim and Christian hosts to learn traditional Arab cooking. A typical day includes two hours of hands-on instruction followed by a shared meal. 960 1280

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Issaya Cooking Studio, Bangkok, Thailand

Issaya Cooking Studio, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand’s original celebrity chef Ian Kittichai and his team teach fun friendly workshops in a modern studio space. A favorite class features four recipes from his Issaya Siamese Club restaurant. 960 1280

  

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