There’s so much good food in the world, it’s hard to decide where to start. It’s not even just a matter of local specialties; every country has their own takes and spins on popular dishes from elsewhere. Sampling every possible permutation of every dish on Earth would probably take longer that most people live, and that’s not even considering the cost.
If you’d like a suggestion on where to start, here’s an idea: go to New York City. NYC is one of the biggest cultural melting pots in the world (or at least one of the biggest I know), and it is there you can try all sorts of food. Now I know what you’re thinking; it’s not the same, right? The food there, though multicultural, is not the authentic article. Too true, but notice how I said ‘start’ in NYC, not ‘stop.’ If you’re thinking about a food pilgrimage, you need an idea of where to go. Visit NYC, try the foods, and whatever you like the best, go to that dish’s home country to try the real thing. If the NYC version is good, imagine how good the real deal would be.
Just remember that a lot of westernized food is adapted to western palettes. That big spoon you get at Italian restaurants for rolling spaghetti, for example? Yeah, real Italians in Italy don’t do that. Keep an open mind.