Sampling the Local Foodie Scene

Local foodie tips from #travchat

As promised some followup travel tips. You can read the first part of the tips series here. The subject of these tips is food, specifically tips on sampling genuine local food. The popular #travchat Twitter chat (Every Wednesday at 10:30am UK time) asked the question “What tips would you offer for sampling the local foodie scene?”

Go local

Overwhelmingly the tips suggested the best way was to “go local” or “eat where the locals eat”. This was followed by advice on how or where to “do what the locals do”.

Another tip, and one I have often used myself, is to eat street food. This is prepared with the local population in mind so will generally be local cuisine. The danger is you might not know what you are eating due to the language barrier. It is worthwhile learning some appropriate phrases and having list of foods in the local language.

Checkout where the longest queues are as the locals will know where the best food is. This also applies to the health and hygiene of the stall holder. Sick and ill customers is not good for business so you are less likely to pick up food poisoning where there are crowds of locals.

Using Google

A lot of tips involved using Google but not the first page of results if you really want to go local. These are just a taster (pardon the pun) of what was posted.

I assume that Channa (@twoweeksleave) then uses Google Translate to determine what the reviews are saying.

Finally a plea from The Tourist Trail (@TheTouristTrail) to use and support local cafés and restaurants and at the same time experience genuine local cuisine. I am all for that.

By following the advice above, and some of my own, I have enjoyed great local foodie experiences in diverse destinations such as Mexico City, Lanzarote and Singapore

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