Saturday, 22 June 2013

Traveling abroad? Eat as the locals do for a foodie adventure

See something you've never seen or tasted before? Go for it!

People enjoy traveling for different reasons. Some go to other cities just to go on a crazy shopping spree, others like to learn about history and culture, still others are adventure and adrenaline junkies and, of course, there are the foodies.
As a tourist, one must make sure he or she does not fall into tourist traps and spend hard-earned money on overpriced, mediocre food. So when one is in a new place, how does one know where to go?

Here are a few tips on how to be a good foodie tourist:

  • Skip chain restaurants and fast food joints. Some people may argue that the reason they prefer eating fast food when traveling is that it is convenient and it tastes the same anywhere in the world. While this is true, wouldn't you want to try out eats you don't have back home? Even if you are not a foodie, you may be missing out on food discoveries that will make your taste buds sing.
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  • Go local. If you see a bunch of tourists like yourself crowding around a restaurant, stay away! Look for more out of the way spots where the locals eat and order the same thing they are having. Even if they don't speak English, use the universal language of pointing at things on the menu or discreetly pointing at what the table next to you ordered.
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  • Be adventurous. Are there things on the menu you have never heard of, or is someone offering you something you've never seen or tasted in your life? Go for it! The worst that can happen is that you won't like it, but at least you say you've tried it.
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  • Eat at someone's house.If you can score an invite to someone's home for dinner, say yes! This way, you will be able to experience local, home-cooked fare as well as spend time getting to know what a typical person from that place is really like.

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