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12 Recipes That Will Transport You To Your Favorite Vacation Destination

Vacation plans on hold? Travel the globe with these recipes inspired by some popular dream travel destinations.

1. Bangkok, Thailand: Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai

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Enjoy this colorful, veggie-packed pad thai while imagining you're at one of Bangkok's famous night markets.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

2. Jaipur, India: Mango Lassi

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Best the heat with a cool, refreshing glass of mango lassi, just like one you might buy from a lassi wala (aka a lassi vendor) in India's colorful "Pink City."

Get the recipe from the Wanderlust Kitchen.

3. Negril, Jamaica: Jerk Shrimp Skewers

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Missing the beach? These jerk shrimp skewers, served with a fruity pepper dipping sauce, will transport you straight to the Caribbean.

Get the recipe from Immaculate Bites.

4. Rome, Italy: Fried Zucchini Flowers Stuffed With Cheese

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Fried fiori di zucca (or zucchini flowers in English) are often, but not always, stuffed with cheese and are a quintessentially Roman dish, perfect for when you're dreaming of a Roman holiday.

Get the recipe from Christina's Cucina.

5. Mexico City, Mexico: Huevos Veracruzanos

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Mexico City is the ultimate foodie destination for those who want to try cuisine from all across Mexico like these Huevos Veracruzanos, or Veracruz-style eggs. But if your Mexican vacation is on hold, this delicious breakfast is so easy to enjoy at home.

Get the recipe from Nibbles & Feasts.

6. Paris, France: Classic French Crepes

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Nothing screams Paris more than a plate of delicate French crepes. But if you thought you had to travel to France to get them, you're in luck. They're easier to make than you might have thought!

Get the recipe from the Flavor Bender.

7. Tokyo, Japan: Chicken Katsu

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If you've ever dreamed about a trip to Tokyo, you already know that there is way more to Japanese food than just sushi. This simple five-ingredient chicken katsu is the perfect blend of Japanese flavor and comfort food.

Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.

8. Santorini, Greece: Saganaki

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Rather be sitting at a Greek taverna? Same! But the next best thing might be this pan-seared Greek cheese called saganaki because of the small frying pan it is prepared and served in.

Get the recipe from Marilena's Kitchen.

9. Barcelona, Spain: Churros Con Chocolate

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Churros con chocolate is one of the most well-known Spanish sweet treats — and with good reason. Whip up a batch of these on Sunday morning and pretend you're finally taking that long-awaited trip to Barcelona.

Get the recipe from Yummy Addiction.

10. Marrakech, Morocco: Chicken Tagine With Olives

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The word "tangine" literally refers to the earthenware pot this chicken and olive stew is prepared in, but you don't need any fancy, imported cookware to make this simple but authentic North African meal. To imagine you're actually in Morocco, serve it with this herbed couscous.

Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking.

11. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Chimichurri

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Chimichurri — made from fresh green herbs and olive oil — is so versatile and easy to make that you can eat like you're in Bueno Aires any night of the week. Serve it with grilled meat for an authentic experience.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

12. San Jose, Costa Rica: Chifrijo

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Chifrijo is a newer Costa Rican dish but it's not hard to see why it's so popular. Literally, its name comes from its main ingredients — chicharrones and frijoles —but it can be made a variety of ways to celebrates the variety of fresh foods Costa Rica is known for.

Get the recipe from 196 Flavors.

What's your favorite destination-inspired meal?

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