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Local Food When Traveling Abroad

The best way to experience a new country is by eating the food they have been cooking for centuries. Eating locally will not only help you learn about the culture but also give you a chance to try something new.

Here are some tips on how to enjoy delicious local food when travelling abroad!


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Look Up Delicious Food Online

Trying to figure out local food for a trip abroad can be not only confusing but also frustrating. There is no better way to gather information than going online and looking it up. Find out what they eat in that country, try some recipes, or read reviews from people who have been there before.

If you don't know where to start, look at Food.Porn to find the best places where you can enjoy delicious foods and meals. Most places don't just have local food, but also different restaurants that serve, for example, Italian, Turkish, Greek, and other specialities. This will help you decide which places you want to go eat out.

Search for Local Restaurants around Your Accommodation

After finding some delicious food on the Internet, you can start looking for restaurants in your area that serve it. Look for places that are close to where you will be staying or eating during your trip abroad. This way you can plan your travel around your food. 

Just make sure to avoid restaurants that serve a lot of tourists, since they will not have authentic local food.

Walk Around the Area You Will Be Eating In

Just because you find a couple of places that have delicious local food in your area doesn't mean you should be eating there every day. 

If possible, try walking around the area you will be in and seeing if any other food places may serve local food. You might end up walking into a restaurant with a lot of locals going to it, then this is where you should eat! This way you will have the best options for good, delicious local food.

Taking a Local Friend When Eating Out

If you have a friend that was born or lives in the country you will be going to, then you know they can help you pick out the best places to eat.

If your local friend has been to these restaurants before and knows what dishes are popular there, he/she will not only help you find good places but also recommend specific dishes from those restaurants. You could also print out a list of foods you want to eat and ask your friend to take you where they are sold.

Experience Local Food in the Way They Do

One of the best ways to learn about a culture is by experiencing the food they have been eating for years. 

Try going into these restaurants without looking at a menu or just having a menu in English. This way you can experience what they usually serve there and have a better chance of them being able to recommend something good for you.

Another great thing about going into these restaurants without looking at a menu is getting to learn about what kinds of spices or herbs they use in their cooking. You will be surprised by how much information you can learn about a country just by tasting their food. Plus, you will have the chance to taste something new.

Talk To Local People about Food

If you are in a place with a lot of locals, then they should know where the best places are to eat good food. Just keep in mind that what one person recommends may not be what another recommends, so try asking the people around you where they eat and what their favourite dishes are. 

This will give you a variety of places to choose from and also make it easier for you to find something that you might like.

Learn A Few Key Food Words in the Local Language

Learning some food-related words in the local language can help you out when trying to order food in a restaurant. This is useful, especially if the waiter doesn't speak English very well or at all. You will be able to ask for specific dishes that you want without having to just point at them on the menu.

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If you want to enjoy delicious local food when travelling abroad, there are several ways to find good places with that kind of food.

Search for some restaurants around your accommodation or walk around the area you will be in and see if any place looks good.

If possible, take a local friend with you so they can help show you where to go eat. To experience this country's culture, try finding the best restaurants based on what locals usually eat there. Best of luck!

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