Picture this - It's your ten year anniversary, you and bae are sitting across from each other enjoying a decadent creme brûlée at you favorite restaurant. After the first bite, you're thrown back in time, to the moment you two stepped off the plane in Paris, hand and hand, ready to celebrate your honeymoon.
With taste so strongly attached to memories, its no wonder many couples are turning to foodie destinations when it comes to planning the highly anticipated excursion. The crust of any great honeymoon is genuinely in the meals you share, wether its a bed-side whip cream sundae or a five course meal in the Caribbean. To add a little sauce to your steak, we've created a menu of destinations that you and your honey can head to if you're looking to please the palette.
Mediterranean Bliss in New York City
New York City may not be the tropical paradise newlyweds associate with honeymoons, but for foodie couples looking for authentic culinary experiences, NYC is hard to beat. For a bit of Mediterranean Bliss, honeymooners can head to the new Hotel Hayden in NYC's Flower District. Opening this spring, Hayden's Rooftop will offer a unique, year-round rooftop experience with impeccable views of the Freedom Tower. The Mediterranean-inspired foodie paradise will feature a menu of small plates from the kitchen of Mykonos Blue, the traditional Greek restaurant tucked inside Hotel Hayden, plus a forthcoming late night menu of Greek street food, and a curated drink menu featuring cocktails made with Greek spirits like Ouzo and Mastika.
Coconut and Vanilla Tahitian Treat
Tahiti, known by honeymooners for its stunning islands, beaches, and tranquil waters, is also highly regarded for its fascinating cuisine. You and bae, can try their abundance of Coconut + Vanilla flavors usually savored into delicate sauces and dishes derived from native ingredients in stews, curries, and poisson cru.
Flavors of the Amazon in Peru
In Peru, couples can enjoy chef-hosted departures on Aqua Expeditions. Hosting two four-night departures in October and November 2017, consulting chef on the Aria Amazon Pedro Miguel Schiaffino - chef and owner of Malabar and AmAz - two of Lima's most cutting-edge restaurants - invites honeymooners to explore the flavors of the Amazon with him. Couples will take cooking classes with Chef Schiaffino (newlyweds can spot pink river dolphins while savoring meals) and travel together to the local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients essential to creating his signature dishes on board.
When in Doubt, Go Bajan
Hit Barbados for the infamous Flying Fish, along side Pudding and Souse, macaroni pie, rice and green peas, baked chicken and coleslaw. With a unique blend of foods with African, Indian and British influences and an abundance of fine restaurants, this hotspot destination has something to suit every taste.
Rum, Rum, Yum Yum in St. Lucia
St. Lucia's Marigot Bay Resort and Marina is home to an exclusive "Rum Cave," where on-staff rum connoisseurs walk honeymooners through a variety of rum tastings, accompanied by house-made rum truffles and lessons on different distilling techniques. St. Lucia's rum distillery is located 5 minutes up the road, so private tours for couples are also available.
Saltfish and Funji in St. Croix
Not a foodie yet? You'll be calling yourself one at the end of the Virgin Islands Food Tour. This food excursion takes visitors through St. Croix's rich history, viewing historic sites and art while sampling local dishes made by top chefs, such as saltfish and funji (a cornmeal polenta-like dish) and red grout (a tapioca and guava-based dessert inspired by the Danish). By the end of the three-hour tour, visitors are transformed into local food experts.
Emerald Bay + BBQ'd Lobster
After "I Do" , there's only two words that makes the room go all blurry with delight and that's BBQ'd lobster. Nestled amidst an ancient rainforest, on a private island fringed by white sandy beaches and emerald waters lies Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia. Couples can enjoy a candle dinner for two on Emerald Bay, where they're served a five-course meal with bbq'd lobster, from the local waters, grilled by your personal chef and brought to you by your private butler.
A Southern Twist on Farm To Table
Newly-wedded foodie couples should check out the burgeoning food scene in vibrant Asheville, North Carolina, including a stop at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn. The Inn offers a "No Taste Like Home" package allowing couples to learn how to safely gather, serve, and preserve wild mushrooms, plants and other extreme cuisine as they walk through the bountiful woods. Travelers can then deliver their newfound ingredients to the property's Guest Services desk for The Inn's Chef to create a personalized complimentary appetizer for the happily married couple to share.
High Tea for London Blokes
The five-star Milestone Hotel is a quintessentially English property in the heart of London boasting luxurious suites, fine British dining , charming public areas and an award-winning Afternoon Tea menu. The perfect getaway for couples looking for a peaceful, yet authentically British experience within the bustle of London, includes fine British dining in their charming restaurant Cheneston's with classic dishes like Chicken Pot Pie and a Dover Sole Pot Roast. For a truly intimate and romantic dining experience, guests can dine in the circular Oratory, located next to the main restaurant, which was once the private chapel of the original house where the Milestone stands today.
Sabores Latino in the Motor City
The food scene in Detroit tells the history of the Motor City with flavors comprised of local comforts, ethnic delicacies and high-end ingredients, all combine to satisfy hungry Detroiters and honeymooners alike. Who knew that Southwest Detroit is the go-to place for authentic Latin American cuisine? For the freshest steakhouse you've ever been to check out El Asador - they don't even have a freezer! Grab the tacos at Taqueira El Rey or one of the many taco trucks in the area. Sample the mouthwatering flavors of the Dominican Republic at El Caribeño or visit Mi Lindo San Blas for seafood dishes.
Monte Carlo Michellin-starred Sushi
Part of Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo's bespoke "Just For You" program, the exclusive "Pick Up Your Stick" experience is a one-on-one guided tour of the Monaco fish market led by YOSHI head chef Takeo Yamazaki. Couples will learn how to make sushi, in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred, Joël Robuchon restaurant during a private cooking class, followed by an intimate tasting lunch of Japanese cuisine paired with exceptional wines and champagnes.
Sandwiches Are Big In Texas
Couples looking for good food down south, should head to Houston, TX baby - Queen Bey voice*. H-Town is home to the country's top chefs, like award winning Chef Hugo Ortega from four of Houston's top Mexican eateries, Sushi Master Chef Manabu Horiuchi, Chef Sylvia Casares author of The Enchilada Queen Cookbook and the owner and executive Chef of Prego, John Watt. Houston is also home to one of the country's top Jewish delis run by Chef/Delimaven Ziggy Gruber. Chef Gruber has a larger-than-life personality and even larger sandwiches, bomb.com breakfasts, and even better cheesecakes.