Every Foodie’s Travel Goals and Pastry Bucket List

A real foodie dreams of traveling to taste the world’s finest foods, traditional and contemporary baked goodies included! All of us have a list of what we imagine eating. A few of us may have been fortunate enough and already tried some of these. Let’s look at some popular and not-so-popular ones that deserve to be on our food bucket list.

Travel the World for Food

The world is best experienced through food. Here are some delicious must-tries you can not miss at these locations.

Sweden’s Semla

Semla is a seasonal delight that should be making its presence known after Christmas till Lent. Traditionally these are eaten just before Lent, but the love for semla might be stronger than custom. Semlor (the plural of semla) are fragrant cardamom buns filled with almond marzipan and whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar. Semla is aromatic, creamy, and unforgettable.

Portugal’s Pastéis de Nata

These delicate, flaky custard tarts have been around for centuries. The contrast between the crust, the smooth, velvety custard, and the not-so-sweet delectability of this dessert makes it popular worldwide. This dessert is the inspiration behind the egg tarts from Macau and Southeastern China. Craving in Mississauga? Click here.

Italy’s Cannoli

Cannoli is most likely among the most iconic desserts. These deep-fried tube pastries are filled with a mixture of ricotta and cream. It may sound easy, but certainly a classic. This dessert has evolved into many versions, and we would love to try them all.

Germany’s Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

If Germany is a fairy tale, then a black forest made from cake would be the fantasy land of boozy cake enthusiasts. Cherries soaked in kirsch (a liqueur made from cherries), a scattering of kirsch, and whipped cream make this chocolate cake among the best in Germany.

Egypt’s Kunāfah

This lovely, subtly sweet cheese-based pastry is filled with tradition and flavors. Made with shredded pastry dough, soaked in rose water, and layered with cheese and pistachios, kunāfah is certainly a feast for the palate.

China’s Mooncake

China’s Mid-Autumn Festival brings families together, and moon cakes are part of the celebrations. Old-fashioned mooncakes have different fillings, such as red bean paste and lotus seed paste. Typically, they have salted duck egg yolks in them. The modern ones you can get from almost all of southeast Asia may have savory salty ham and nuts, chocolates, or ice cream fillings.

India’s Gulab Jamun

India and its cuisine are wonderfully exotic, with spices and herbs that can tease your tastebuds and leave you desiring more. Gulab jamun is an underdog. It looks actually simple: deep-fried bread soaked in sugar syrup infused with saffron, rose water, and green cardamom. This is like consuming cake pops with a soul. The character the flavors give this lowly dessert is worth the sugar.

Your Local Confectionary

Something you can not miss is your local confectionary. Taking a trip doesn’t mean you have to get on a plane. Confectionaries and restaurants near you may offer special and delicious desserts. Some may even have versions of pastries from all over the world. If you are curious but unable to take a trip now, check them out.


If you are stuck at home drooling, go on the internet to see what is around you. You might discover authentic foreign restaurants that can cure your curiosity. Once you can, head out to search the world for a life-changing food experience.