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Enjoy the Local Foods!

Posted on: October 5, 2009

As a follow-up to my earlier post about McDonald’s opening in the Louvre, a couple of thought I wanted to add:

1) @GoPlanit tweeted a link to an article about ways to experience culture in your travels.  At the top of the list was “Eat the local food.”  I could not agree more.  In my mind, this is the whole reason why Culinary Travel has evolved into the form of travel that it is today.  The food of any destination, whether here in the U.S. or abroad, is deeply rooted in its culture and its people.  To not taste the flavors of your travel destinations is to me the equivalent of missing some of the best attractions the destination has to offer.

2)  About 10 years ago, my mom and a friend took a trip to Paris.  This was my mom’s second trip there, and neither she nor her friend spoke French.  She called me from a pay phone in the Louvre to ask:

a) Where do we go shopping?  (Somehow she expected me to have memorized the Paris subway map to give her directions.)

b) Where should we have lunch?  When I realized exactly where she was, I said “Turn around.  Do you see the cafe where you, Dad, and I had lunch last time?  You can split a bottle of wine for $5.00 there.”  She was happy with that answer.  Now consider how pitiful it would sound if in the future I were to actually say to someone “Yeah, there’s McDonald’s in there too.”  That just sucks the novelty right out of the whole experience.  If all travelers were OK with sticking to fast food and other chains,  we culinary travel specialists would be in a fine mess, wouldn’t we?

What are your thoughts on travel, food, and culture?  Do you have a favorite food-related experience from your travels?  Post a message and share!

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2 Responses to "Enjoy the Local Foods!"

Absolutely agree! In fact, eating the local food is one of the things that excite me the most about traveling.

Hi Jimmy,

Thank you for your post. Culinary travel specialists like myself would be in a fine mess without good local foods and excellent chefs and cooks who prepare them! What is your favorite culinary travel destination?

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