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July 07, 2016 02:06 ET

Diamond Resorts International® Timeshare -- Outlines Best Local Dishes Around the World

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - July 07, 2016) - Food is one of the most unique and culturally-significant human elements in the world. When understood within its full context, food also provides a direct link to the history and self-identity of an individual country and region. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare resort network with vacation ownership properties in over 35 countries, is well-versed in the varieties of local cuisine and has taken a look at several nations and their most representative food.

Diamond Resorts International® maintains eleven resort properties in Australia, where visitors are encouraged to taste the kangaroo! Kangaroo meat has been a staple of the native Aborigines diet since the dawn of time, but it was only legalized for widespread consumption in South Australia in 1980 and then all other Australian states in 1993 even though the country had already been harvesting and exporting the meat since 1959, mostly to France, Germany and Russia. It has so many positive qualities that it is finding much wider demand in Australia and throughout the world, where many eco-conscious people have declared themselves "kangatarians" -- that is, they only eat kangaroos and not other farm-raised livestock. Kangaroo meat is ideal for health and the environment. It is high in protein, low in fat and has a high concentration of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been linked to a wide range of health benefits including preventing cancer and diabetes as well as reducing obesity and atherosclerosis. Also kangaroo meat is very good for the biosphere because wild kangaroos need no additional land, water or feed and produce very little methane, a greenhouse gas implicated in global climate change, unlike cattle.

France is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Diamond Resorts timeshare network, and if there's one thing many people associate with French food, after cheese, it's probably escargot. Humans have been eating snails for thousands of years, not just in France but throughout the Mediterranean region, as prehistoric piles of empty snail shells indicate. They may seem a bit frightening to some tourists at first, but keep in mind that the delicious garlic and butter drenched morsels are from the same family as oysters, mussels, squid, octopus or any other mollusk treasured by seafood lovers. Snails are rich in protein at around 15 grams per ounce, similar to chicken, and also provide an excellent source of vitamin E and iron.

Dim sum is a delicious traditional cuisine of Canton, China, where variety is key and sharing the individual, bite-sized portions makes the meal fun and communal. Southern China, particularly Guangdong and Hong Kong -- where Diamond Resorts International® offers a network of nine vacation destinations - are capitols of Cantonese dishes. Hong Kong boasts impressive dim sum houses that seat thousands, patrolled by an army of servers pushing steaming silver carts of food. Dim sum literally means, "touch the heart" and covers a vast array of delicious small bites that range from vermicelli rolls to pork buns, spare ribs and all manner of amazing steamed dumplings that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.

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Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 420 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 420 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

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