Tips To Help You Eat Like A Local While Traveling
By Bianca Lambert
Millennials love food. We are apparently responsible for killing food trends, and we eat at restaurants more than any other generation. We take this same love of food everywhere we go; there is an entire hashtag dedicated to it: #foodtravel with nearly a half a million photos and videos. If you want to skip the tourist hotspots and eat like a local, here are a few rules of thumb to make that a reality.
Take A Food Tour Or Cooking Class
Thanks to the Internet, food tours and cooking classes are easy to book before you even make it to your destination. I am a huge fan of Airbnb experiences because the prices are generally fair, you can read reviews, and you can fit the experiences into your schedule at your convenience. The cooking class I took in Havana made me appreciate classic Cuban cuisine and the experience provided one of the best meals I had on my trip.
Skip The Tourist Websites
Websites like TripAdvisor are great for hotel reviews, but since tourists and not locals write the reviews, it can be tough to know if you’re getting an authentic local experience. Check out foodie blogs along with our resources to find great places with local flavor.
Give Street Food A Try
Before you say no, hear me out. Street food can be tricky. There are no health department ratings to let you know the street vendors are following food safety rules, so if you’re in an area that is known for risk of foodborne illness, you may want to proceed with caution. But if you’re feeling adventurous (and packed your charcoal), street food can give you some of the best meals you’ve had in your life. The general rule of thumb is if you see a line of locals, the food is probably worth giving a shot.
Ask Your Bartender Or Waiter For Recommendations
I’m sure I annoy the waitstaff when I do this, but when I’m in a new city or trying a new restaurant, I always ask my server what their favorite items on the menu ar.e since they have likely tried most things on it.
Do Your Research
There are so many resources out there from traditional food reviews to vlogs that can give you the information you need to have a great food experience on your next trip. Most of the time you just have to do a quick keyword search on Google to find what you’re looking for — thank you Internet.