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In Hawaii, "pupus" and "appetizers" are synonymous, and enjoying a traditional pupu platter -- ideally, at sunset, with a cocktail -- is a must. The Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui is renowned for its pupus, such as its fried macadamia-nut-crusted shrimp. A Hawaiian favorite we'd rather miss? Spam. Where We Ate It: Napili Kai Beach Resort, Maui

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World Food Tour: 7 Local Specialties Not to Miss (3 of 7)

 In Hawaii, "pupus" and "appetizers" are synonymous, and enjoying a traditional pupu platter -- ideally, at sunset, with a cocktail -- is a must. The Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui is renowned for its pupus, such as its fried macadamia-nut-crusted shrimp.
A Hawaiian favorite we'd rather miss? Spam.
Where We Ate It: Napili Kai Beach Resort, Maui
If you're a foodie, cuisine plays an important role in your vacation. We can relate. Luckily, we've gotten to sample a lot of great food while off investigating hotels across the globe, and we've particularly enjoyed discovering various destination's specialties, from smoked salmon in Norway to macarons in France. There's a lot of food out there, to be sure, but these seven local dishes ranked among our favorites.
First up, ackee and saltfish in Jamaica. This savory mix of salt cod, ackee (a fruit related to the lychee), and onions is Jamaica's national dish. It's often served alongside another delicious Jamaican specialty -- fried dumplings. Watch out, those babies are deadly.
Where We Ate It: Half Moon, Montego Bay No one is quite sure how sticky toffee pudding got invented, but we're sure glad it did. This desert of sponge cake and toffee sauce is about as decadent as it gets.
Where We Ate It: Bushmills Inn, Northern Ireland In Hawaii, "pupus" and "appetizers" are synonymous, and enjoying a traditional pupu platter -- ideally, at sunset, with a cocktail -- is a must. The Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort on Maui is renowned for its pupus, such as its fried macadamia-nut-crusted shrimp.
A Hawaiian favorite we'd rather miss? Spam.
Where We Ate It: Napili Kai Beach Resort, Maui This traditional Costa Rican rice and beans dish is served with every meal, including breakfast. It's pictured here with fresh fish and another popular Costa Rican dish: maduros, or fried sweet plantains.
Where We Ate It: JW Marriott Guanacaste If there's one thing that Norway is world-famous for, it's smoked salmon. Whether you liked it with your eggs, on a bagel, plain, or one of a dozen other ways, you have Norway to thank for its international popularity.
Where We Ate It: Rica Nidelven Hotel, Trondheim This French confection seems simple enough: It's made up of two meringue cookies and a ganache or jam filling. Like a mini cookie sandwich. But these little guys are all the rage in the dessert world. They come in myriad flavors and some contend they are becoming as popular as the cupcake.
Where We Ate It: Hotel Du Cadran, Paris Tacos may have been widely adopted the world over (and for good reason -- they're delicious), but they're 100 percent Mexican. In fact, there is evidence that people were eating tacos in Mexico before the Spanish conquistadors even arrived. It's no mystery why they've managed to stick around for hundreds of years: They're impossible to resist.
Where We Ate Them: Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa Del Carmen
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