May 8th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits Tangier, Morocco in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

One of the signature photos people always take home with them from Morocco is of heaping piles of spices in a variety of enticing colorful displays. These setups aspire to overwhelm visitors with the enchantment of a new and undiscovered place – and to encourage wide-eyed tourists to part with their dollars.

Diane Rice of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, captured a singular image of one of those remarkably shaped groupings of spice cones, a monument to Morocco's exotic qualities.
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In search of Nepal's culinary identity
October 14th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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Fragrant spices, savory vegetables and delectable presentation make Nepalese cuisine just as intriguing as the culturally infused country from which it originates. But many people might have trouble defining what exactly constitutes food from Nepal.

Neerakar Uprety went back to Nepal for a three-week visit in July 2011 after living in the United States for eight years. The Washington resident's goal was to see his home country's meals in a new light. He tried several different foods and shot gorgeous photographs of their presentation.

Uprety maintains a blog called Nick's Palate about his love of exotic foods, and he shared several of his pictures with CNN iReport as part of the Destination Adventure ongoing travel project.
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Search for seaweed leads travelers to Argentina
October 3rd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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The fabled Patagonia region of Argentina beckons visitors seeking adventure and the mystique of a place that is now emblazoned on the logo of a brand-name clothing outfitter.

But for Jane Teas of Columbia, South Carolina, a December 2009 trip to Argentina was a chance to learn more about seaweed harvesting.

Teas uses Argentine seaweed in her own research on dietary uses of this product of the world's waters, so she had a particular interest in seeing its origins.
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Oktoberfest beercation: confessions of a first-time beer taster
September 23rd, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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One of my biggest irrational worries right now is of somehow becoming incapacitated, forcing authorities to barge into my apartment all movie-style and come face-to-face with the large number of full and empty beer bottles that I currently have scattered around the place.

What was going on that brought so much beer into her apartment? Either serious problems, or serious partying.

But I assure you, it's all in the name of science. And there really is such a thing as too much beer. Really.
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For German Bier, it’s all in the glass
September 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Ein Bier Bitte! This time of year, these three simple German words are, perhaps, the most spoken in the world. They are, after all, the linguistic key to survival for millions of beer lovers who’ve made a pilgrimage to Bavaria for Munich’s famed Oktoberfest.

Having lived 10 years in Munich myself, I’ve lost count of how many German Biers I’ve ordered. But in sampling many of the best brews Bavaria has to offer, I learned something that’s often lost on the casual Oktoberfest visitor: German Bier is more than just a thirst-quenching elixir brewed with a distinct balance of malt and hops. It’s also about the glass or mug that holds it – so, that giant, one-liter Oktoberfest Maßkrug? It was designed that way for a reason - not just to become an over-sized souvenir.
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When in Costa Rica, enjoy the fruits of the rainforest
September 15th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Whether touring a local coffee plantation or grabbing dinner in a restaurant with a spectacular view of a nearby volcano, travelers who visit Costa Rica have an opportunity to sample a bounty of local fare. Bustling markets overflow with regional produce, and the fruits of the earth are the primary ingredients in many of the popular local dishes.

Costa Rica, our latest Destination Adventure location, celebrates its Independence Day on September 15. Now seems like the perfect time to explore those fruitful foods of this popular adventure and eco-tourism destination.

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Eat like a Viking in Iceland
September 9th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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Putrefied shark meat. Sheep heads and testicles. Some of Iceland's traditional delicacies might challenge a few palates, but if you're looking for a little edible adventure, eating like a Viking just might be the way to go.

Long before the days of 24-hour diners and fast-food chains, the people of Iceland couldn't just run to the convenience store or make a 3 a.m. pit stop at Taco Bell.

Food options were limited in the long, cold winter, so they were eating very old food and trying to stretch it as far as they could through curing and drying. This led to some very...interesting items on the menu.
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How Emily got her appetite back
September 1st, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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Emily Smith is a researcher at CNN. She grew up in Cape Town before moving to the United States and recently wrote a South Africa travel guide for CNN Travel. Her previous article explored how a childhood trip to Disney World gave her an even greater appreciation for fresh food back home.

I grew up in South Africa and moved to the United States. Atlanta to be exact. Home of fried food and sugary drinks.

I hated the food when I first got here. It didn’t taste the same as home, in that it didn’t taste like anything. Chicken was bland no matter how well seasoned it was. The bread was the worst. I love white bread. Adore it. We hardly ever had it growing up, but I think to help ease the transition from South Africa to America my parents allowed my sister and me to eat it.

I distinctly remember sitting down for lunch the first Saturday we were here. Mom had made the lunch we always had Saturdays – fresh bread with a platter of meats and cheeses and salad type stuff from which everyone would make their own sandwich. Simple, but a comfort food back then. I lifted the warm baguette filled with ham and cheese and lettuce and mayo to my mouth preparing myself to taste home and instead got the yeasty, vinegary reality of sourdough bread. I hated it.
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Kiwifruit, green-lipped mussels and other New Zealand delights
August 30th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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There's one fruit that everyone associates with New Zealand, and that's the kiwifruit - that green-meated, furry-skinned fruit that makes up half of the strawberry-kiwi dynamic duo.

Also known as the Chinese Gooseberry, they originally were grown in China but are now possibly New Zealand's best-known export, other than, say, Crowded House and Flight of the Conchords. It's named after the kiwi, the country's symbolic flightless bird.

iReporter Tab Hauser of Flower Hill, New York, was delighted that upon arriving in New Zealand in July 2010 for a visit with his family, he could find not only the standard green variety that we get in grocery stores, but also a golden yellow kiwifruit that was "a little juicier," as he described it.
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