Global warming and the recession may have delivered a one-two punch to many consumers’ travel plans, but that doesn’t mean people can’t still enjoy an exotic escape of a different kind.

Enter Destination Dinners, a San Francisco company that offers a wide variety of dinner kits replicating dining experiences from around the world, reports trendspotter Springwise.

Bangladesh, Jamaica, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Israel, Lebanon and New Orleans are all regions that customers can ‘visit’ gastronomically by means of Destination Dinners’ recipe kits, which come complete with everything necessary to create a local-style meal. Premeasured spices, sauces and dried items are part of every package, as are step-by-step instructions, a shopping list for fresh ingredients, and fun facts and trivia about the destination in question.

The Destination Dinner kits are designed to serve four adults and are priced at USD 25 or USD 30. A line of dinner party kits is also available—including serving pieces, placemats, bowls, trays and even music CDs—as is a “Destination Passport” plan that ships one dinner kit plus a corresponding cooking or serving tool each month.

Photo by Destination Dinners.

Originally posted by Rich Whittle on March 18, 2010 in Ideas.

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