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One of the best ways to get to know a country while you’re traveling is trying all of the traditional, common foods. People bond over food. Food is the thing that we all gather together over the holidays, we talk about new foods we’re eating, and it takes up a lot of time considering we eat 3 meals a day (or um, maybe like, 6 meals a day). So when we travel, trying new foods always ends up being a huge part of learning about the country and their culture. Once we’ve enjoyed delicious, savory goodness, we save the best for last: desserts. Let your sweet tooth kick in and your mouth water these desserts from every corner of the world. When you visit one of these countries, don’t miss out on the tasty sweets that aren’t typically served in your home country. Of course you can find some of these in the US as well, but they might not be quite the same- although I will stand by Trader Joe’s mochi and New York City’s macaroons as being irresistible.

Japan- Mochi

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake in which the rice is pounded into paste and molded into a ball. They are typically made with flavors like chocolate, red bean and green tea.

mochi japanese

Photo via The Telegraph

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Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.

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