From olive oil, cured meats, gelato, cheese, chocolate, bread, Champagne and so much more, there is no better way to really get a feel for a destination than trying the local cuisine. Eating is just as important to a travel experience as wandering around a museum or visiting local landmarks. Through food, we can learn about a countries history, traditions, and societal norms. Being from Southern Louisiana, we know a thing or two about great local cuisine. Many people flock to the South each year to experience our culture but most importantly our food! So we really know how cuisine can impact the experience for someone visiting a destination for the first time.
“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat” – Guy Fieri
Getting to sit down and have a typical ‘Sunday Roast Dinner’ in England for the first time or getting to try fresh fruit straight from the floating markets in Thailand is truly an experience. Not only do you get a great snack or meal, but you also get a story you can bring back to your friends and family.
Dining in these locations is not the ‘final destination’ for tourists, rather, more people want to learn where the food has actually come from and how it was produced. This means an influx of requests for cooking experiences and behind the scenes tours of restaurants and farms. This has many restaurants leaning more towards a farm to table dining style.
What are some of the best foods you have tried while traveling? Let us know in the comments!