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It’s hard not to focus on the bad news coming out of the Middle East and Africa: disease, terrorism, war. But in spite of those challenges — and because of them — this region will broaden visitors’ horizons. You’ll never see anything like the wildlife roaming in the Sahara Desert, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem or the Great Sphinx in Egypt. And amid all that history and nature, you’ll find some of the most modern metropolitan areas in the world, including Johannesburg and Dubai.
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Maine Lobster Bake

Maine Lobster Bake

Is there a more quintessential New England experience than the lobster bake on a rocky beach? Maine lobsterman haul in 40 million pounds of lobster each year – 90 percent of all lobster caught in the U.S. Why not eat it at the source?    960 1280

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Malaga's Sardines

Malaga's Sardines

Sardines are supposedly products of Sardinia, Italy. However, many people consider the sardines caught off the beaches of Malaga, Spain to be the best in the world. 960 1280

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Alabama Fried Grouper

Alabama Fried Grouper

You don’t have to be Bubba Gump to love Gulf shrimp in all its permutations. But on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, the fried grouper sandwich at The Gulf in Orange Beach is the local favorite. 960 1280

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Australian Barramundi

Australian Barramundi

Wonga Beach in North Queensland is one of many Australian beaches known for barramundi, a type of seabass.  960 1280

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Prince Edward Island Mussels

Prince Edward Island Mussels

On Prince Edward Island, an Atlantic province off the eastern coast of Canada, mussel farmers work year-round to grow and harvest the famed PEI mussels that are shipped around the world.  960 1280

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English Fish and Chips

English Fish and Chips

Fish and chips and vinegar! You know the refrain, but there’s nowhere better to get it fresh off the boat than in Aldeburgh, England, where fishermen still haul their boats onto the rocky beach with hand crank winches. Smoked fish is also a specialty at this Suffolk beach where cod is plentiful. 960 1280

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Point Reyes Oysters

Point Reyes Oysters

The area along Tomales Bay on Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California is also known as the Oyster Trail. Here, the mollusks are typically served grilled on an open flame with barbecue sauce.  960 1280

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Portuguese Langostino

Portuguese Langostino

It’s sea-to-table dining in Cascais, Portugal, where Mar do Inferno is one of a handful of beachside restaurants serving freshly-caught seafood. Langostino – that smaller-than-a-lobster-bigger-than-a-shrimp crustacean, is the specialty of the region. 960 1280

  

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Poke, a Hawaiian dish of cubed, raw ahi tuna doused in soy sauce and other seasonings and mix-ins, is popular on the beaches of Oahu. 960 1280

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Crabs from Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Crabs from Maryland’s Eastern Shore

On Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, native blue crabs are served steamed and smothered in Old Bay Seasoning. Lay them out on a newspaper, and crack them open with a wooden mallet. You can rinse your sticky, Old Bay-encrusted fingers in the tide when you’re done.  960 1280

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Carribean Conch

Carribean Conch

Conch is popular in many forms – most notably as deep-fried fritters – throughout the beaches of the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Here, fisherman prepare conch on a beach in Turks and Caicos. 960 1280

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Zanzibar Octopus

Zanzibar Octopus

Zanzibar, off the coast of East Africa, is known for its white sand beaches and its octopus – caught in the reefs by wading spear fishermen. In Zanzibar, octopus is typically served grilled or in curry. 960 1280

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Shawarma

Shawarma

Delicious Middle Eastern spices are infused into either lamb, chicken, turkey, beef or veal, and then the meat is slow-cooked for nearly 24 hours to create shawarma. The most popular ways to eat shawarma are in a gyro or with flatbread (aka taboon bread). Find shawarma at countless places in Jerusalem, including Hamarosh and Moshiko. 960 1280

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Falafel

Falafel

The falafel, made of fava beans and/or chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), is extremely good and healthy. It's normally topped with a variety of ingredients, including tahini, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. Almost always sold alongside shawarma, falafel has found its way to the West, quickly becoming a go-to for a quick meal in large cities such as New York City  and Washington, D.C. 960 1280

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Rugelach

Rugelach

This gem is made of yeast-leavened, sour cream or cream cheese dough that’s filled with some of the sweetest combinations around: raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seeds or fruit preserves. When in Jerusalem, try rugelach at the popular Marzipan Bakery. 960 1280

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Beigeleh

Beigeleh

A tasty treat similar to its Italian cousin, the pretzel, beigeleh (or ka'ak in Arabic) is rolled-up dough covered in sesame seeds and served with an herb packet of za'atar for dipping. Beigeleh is sold on the streets in the Christian and Muslim quarters of Jerusalem's Old City.

Related: Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

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Musakhan

Musakhan

Incredible flavors, along with a tasty bird, top a piece of taboon bread for musakhan. Cardamom, black pepper, olive oil and onions — to name a few of the ingredients — make this dish very tasty. Enjoy it from vendors in the Muslim Quarter or at Philadelphia Restaurant in East Jerusalem. 960 1280

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Hummus

Hummus

Usually served with taboon bread, hummus consists of ground chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) with sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. The Middle Eastern staple comes with almost every dish. New twists on traditional hummus include adding eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, figs, spinach, feta and countless other combinations. 960 1280

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Sachlab

Sachlab

Sachlab, a pudding-drink made from a certain orchid plant, is served hot and enjoyed with coconut shavings, nuts and cinnamon. If you're up for trying something new, sample sachlab at the 24-hour Mifgash HaSheikh café. 960 1280

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Lamb

Lamb

Served a variety of ways (e.g., shawarma), lamb is a staple meat in Jerusalem. Enjoy it slow-cooked at Darna, a fine-dining Moroccan restaurant in Jerusalem.

Related: Moroccan Goat Tagine

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Beef and Lamb Burgers

Beef and Lamb Burgers

They're probably not the first thing you think about eating in Jerusalem, but burgers made of juicy lamb and tender beef are served at the popular Black Bar 'n' Burger in the New City. Top your burger  with traditional items, such as garlic baked in olive oil, duck breast with hot peppers, and, of course, hummus, if you wish. 960 1280

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Kebabs

Kebabs

Kebabs (called shipudim, or "skewers," in Hebrew) are the essential Middle Eastern cuisine. Simple to eat and really tasty, they consist of skewered cuts of meat — and, sometimes, veggies — on a stick. There are plenty of options all over Jerusalem, including Hashipudiya. 960 1280

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