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Trying New Foods when Traveling

Some traveler’s enjoy trying new foods as much as they enjoy traveling to new destinations and experiencing new cultures. To them, travel wouldn’t have the same feel if they didn’t partake of some local delicacy. My husband and I have never been one of those people that love trying new foods when traveling.

When we travel with our three teens, our idea of adventurous eating is to order a pizza from a local business and not a chain. As far as our kids are concerned, you really can’t go wrong with pizza. And that’s true, the majority of the time.

Wood fired pizza at Dominica in New Orleans

But sometimes you visit an area that is known for a delicious drink, entrée or desert and it seems a shame to not try something new or take the opportunity to eat an old favorite in a new locale.  Taste of America, a Culinary Tour of USA, shares some of America’s favorite foods like coffee, Key Lime Pie and Chili Con Carne and the locations that made them famous.

So how can you be assured that you won’t miss out on trying something that the area you’re visiting is known for?

–          Do a bit of research before you travel.

A google search or a review site can provide you with several suggestions. I have also found it helpful to ask for recommendations on some of my social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

–          Ask the locals.

I’ve found that people generally enjoy being helpful and are willing to share their knowledge.  Ask the front desk attendant at your hotel, or ask people that you pass on the street for recommendations.

–          Stop at a Visitors Center en route to your destination and talk to the attendants. They should be able to answer your questions, make meal suggestions and to share about the local area.

Bottom line, be prepared. You don’t want to travel to New Orleans and leave the city without buying and eating a beignet, right?

What are some foods that stick out in your mind from your travels?

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Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug

Thursday 22nd of August 2013

One of my favorite things to do is try new food on vacation. European food sticks out in my mind. YUM!

Karen

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

OMG, my husband and I traveled full time in an RV for 13 years, and we always told people that we were eating our way across America. WE always tried all the local places we could find, and skipped the chains as often as possible. I remember a little place that used to be a gas station in Virginia that had the best crab cake sandwich, ever. Another place in Texas had a seafood soup that was devine!

Tonya

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I love local restaurants and do try to avoid chains. I'll make an exception if it's one that isn't around our home.

Sara Phillips

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I love to try new food when I travel, but I am a SUPER picky eater, so I have to keep that in mind. I definitely agree with asking the locals, though!

Tonya

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

That's my problem too. I'm really picky. Not my husband, not my kids, it's me. And I get something I don't like and then feel like I've wasted money. That's why I typically cook when we travel.

Stephanie Person

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

Holy cow that looks awesome! Doing a bit of research before you travel I think is key. It makes for a great trip!

Tonya

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

That wood fired pizza was from Dominica, a restaurant in New Orleans, at The Roosevelt hotel. It was delicious.

Onica {MommyFactor}

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I love eating new foods while traveling. I agree. Ask the locals for recommendations.

Tonya

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

Locals know best.... :)

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