Do me a favor, please. Turn off CNBC.
The U.S. is or is not heading into a recession, but let's set that aside for now. Let's go someplace where the U.S. economy -- or the presidential election -- is not the No. 1 news story. The U.S. economy is one of the largest in the world, but it's not the only place to invest.
Come fly with the Fool, and we'll see whether we can find some interesting investing opportunities, and delicious food, elsewhere. Because of budget constraints, we won't stop at every company from our "Best International Stocks" series, so be sure to do your own exploring.
Our first stop is Apodaca, Mexico, home to Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, which operates the nearby Monterrey airport. Enjoy cabrito al pastor, slow-roasted over embers, before driving to Garza Garcia, location of cement maker Cemex
Head further south to Concordia, Brazil, home to frozen-food producer Sadia
Now, to London. Mind the gap! Stop at the headquarters of Diageo, provider of Smirnoff vodka. Maybe we could have an aperitif before dinner, which might include Wish-Bone dressing from Unilever
Now we head to Bagsvaerd, Denmark, outside Copenhagen and home to Novo Nordisk, an insulin provider and biopharmaceutical company. Don't forget the smorrebrod, an open-faced sandwich, for lunch. Then to Stockholm, Sweden, location of Autoliv. If you drive there, you might be using one of Autoliv's safety products, such as a seatbelt. While you're there, make sure you attend a kraftskiva -- a crayfish party.
Then we venture south to Turkey and Israel. In Istanbul, try some lufer, bluefish, served as a delicately spiced kebab while you get a taste of Turkcell's wireless communication. In Israel, visit Teva Pharmaceutical
Now it's eastward to Asia. First stop is Singapore, home to electronics manufacturer Flextronics
Turn north to Beijing, home to Baidu.com
Our last stop before returning is Toyota City, Japan, just outside Nagoya. This is home to Toyota Motor
Whew! I don't know about you, but I'm tired and full after that trip around the world. While we both recover, take the opportunity to read more about those companies and others by following the links below. When you've "eaten" as many as you wish, head on over to CAPS and tell us which ones you like or dislike. We'll tally the votes and announce the winner: the best region outside the United States that you, our Foolish readers, have chosen.
- America Movil -- Mexico
- Canadian Natural Resources -- Canada
- Cemex -- Mexico
- Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte -- Mexico
- Allied Irish Banks -- Ireland
- Autoliv -- Sweden
- Diageo -- England
- Novo Nordisk -- Denmark
- Turkcell -- Turkey
- Unilever -- England
As you might guess, many of the companies above are recommendations of Global Gains, the Fool's international stock-picking newsletter service. These include Allied Irish Bank, Autoliv, Cemex, Grupo Aeroportuario, and Turkcell. You can try this Foolish newsletter service free for 30 days.
Other newsletter recommendations include Sadia from Motley Fool Hidden Gems, Baidu and Syneron from Rule Breakers, Cemex from Stock Advisor, and Diageo and Unilever from Income Investor. The Motley Fool owns shares in Allied Irish Bank.
Jim Mueller loves to try food from different countries. Of the foreign countries listed above, he's been to only three. He also owns two of the companies mentioned -- Autoliv and Allied Irish Bank. The Fool's disclosure policy is glad its home is in Alexandria, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., where you can sample many of the foods we've mentioned here. Come to think of it, Jim's happy about that, too.