Eating your way around the world is that best way to understand how different culture live, their history and their customs.
Updated: 02 July 2019
One of the best things about traveling is being able to sample dishes from different cuisines. Food has always been one of the major draws when it comes to visiting a new place, and various travel companies all over the world are making this their main selling points. They now market out-of-the-ordinary culinary experiences while showcasing and promoting local food traditions and this can be attributed to the well-loved chef Anthony Bourdain.
If you want a truly immersive experience, there is no better way than to east as the locals do and to be welcomed and warmly embraced by the locals. Many cultures have a variety of vegetarian meals or are beginning to adopt more plant-based versions of traditional dishes.
It may have been a struggle before to really immerse yourself into another culture, knowing the kind of food they eat. Some travelers cannot bear the thought of sampling balut (a common street food in the Philippines which is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell) or kokoretsi in Turkey (lamb intestine sandwiches), those with steely determination can get down and dirty, pardon the pun, with local food. Fortunately, with the growing popularity of veganism, there are a lot more chances to get a taste of their lifestyle and traditions. Be it a vegan tteokbokki (Korean streetfood) or vegetarian Paella (Spanish rice), or asian mock duck and more. There are countless ways of understanding a culture through food, without compromising your diet.
Gone are the days when only Michelin-star restaurants were the place to go for good eats. Now everyone wants to satiate their hunger with excellent local eats. One such company with a mission to cater to travelers is headquartered in Monaco, Silversea. With their recent partnership with Royal Caribbean, one of the largest cruise lines in the world, an out-of-this-world culinary experience is now in the works and is set to take off in 2020.
The biggest problem now is ensuring travelers a genuine experience because everything commercialism touches, it somehow ruins. There is always the risk of turning food tours into burger joints that seem to sprout just about anywhere in the world. Once word gets out and people start hearing the news, throngs of people flock to these once serene places and start ordering food until their stomachs burst that cooks wish they remained a secret.
The current food tourism trends also food bloggers and Instagram accounts about food at the forefront. Food photography has also become one of the most famous posts along with photography and fashion. And why wouldn’t it be? Who wouldn’t want to see mouthwatering dishes to try on their feed when they have an upcoming trip planned?
People are hopeful that these food tours will help people appreciate the cultures of locals, their livelihood, the attention and time they dedicate in creating dishes, but not shortchange their efforts. They take time to explain the ingredients and the preparation of dishes and when used correctly, these informal settings can be a far more effective way of understanding that goes beyond borders, language, race, skin color, and cuisine.
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