What gift should you give a food traveler in your life or perhaps yourself?
If you find yourself short on ideas to find yet another gift for a food traveler, relax, we have you covered.
At Authentic Food Quest, our mission is to explore the local flavors and help other food lovers do the same.
Over the past four years, we explored local flavors in South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the U.S.
This comprehensive food traveler gift guide will help you and the food travelers in your life prepare for their next food adventures.
1- Food Tours & Cooking Classes
There is no better way to experience local food than with locals themselves. When traveling to a foreign destination, taking a food tour or cooking class is a great way to meet locals.
Additionally, at the start of a trip, a food tour or cooking class is a great way to better understand the food culture and local specialties.
Food Tours with Context Travel
Context Travel keeps surprising us with new and delightful food tours. With small groups and expert docents, they bring deep knowledge about the destination to their tours.
After taking the Paris Chocolate and Pastries tour in France, Chinatown Food Tour in Bangkok,and a food tour in lisbonLisbon with a personal chef, we continue to be impressed with the quality of their tours.
Beyond these cities, Context Travel has tours all over the world. Simply book a food tour anywhere in the world and enjoy discovering new food stories,
Cooking Classes with Cookly
Taking authentic cooking classes is one of the joys of travel. We are partners with Cookly, a company referred to as the “Airbnb for cooking classes.”
We have taken amazing cooking classes in Laos, Chiang Mai, Vietnam, Portugal, France and Cambodia.
If you are looking to treat yourself with a cooking class, browse through the list of cooking classes offered and experience your travels in a delicious way.
2- Unique Ingredients For Tasty Travels
Here, we add to the list a few emblematic ingredients from Bulgaria, Portugal and South Carolina, USA.
Bulgarian Tsubritsa or Summer Savory is used extensively in Bulgarian cooking. It is known as the “Queen of Bulgarian spices” and spread liberally over meats and vegetables. Try Bulgarian cooking at home, when you pick up Bulgarian Tsubritsa on Amazon.
Portuguese Olive Oil – While in Portugal, we were amazed by the high quality and abundant use of olive oil in Portuguese cooking. We learned that olive oil is a vital ingredient in Portuguese cuisine and it is found on every dinner table and used throughout.
Portuguese Wines – Douro Valley, in northern Portugal, produces some of the finest, affordable and underrated wines. Even though the area is famous for Port wines, it is an exceptionally beautiful and historic wine region. During our trip to Portugal we discovered and fell in love with many types of Portuguese wines. Try the green wine or Vinho Verde or any of the amazing reds.
Carolina Gold Rice – Carolina Gold was once the most popular rice in America and it nearly disappeared in late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Today, the production of Carolina Gold has been restored. We loved it’s incredibly vibrant nutty flavors, when we learned about it in South Carolina. Try American heritage rice and savor the amazing flavors.
For more ingredients and other unique ingredients we’ve discovered on our travels, feel free to browse the Authentic Food Quest Store.
3 – CookBooks for Food Travelers
Seven Fires Grilling The Argentine Way
While in Argentina, we had the pleasure of meeting Francis Mallmann in Buenos Aires. He shared insights about the fascinating Argentinian grilling culture.
His book, Seven Fires Grilling The Argentine Way remains popular amongst Authentic Food Quest readers. Learn Argentine grilling techniques, tips and recipes from Argentina’s most famous chef.
Bulgarian Rhapsody: The Best of Balkan Cuisine
Bulgarian cuisine is varied, yet specific to certain regions of the country. The food is colorful, flavorful and draws inspiration from its neighboring countries.
In our Bulgarian food guide, we highlight the local ingredients and traditional food not to miss. However, if you want to try making Bulgarian food, the Bulgarian Rhapsody offers easy to follow recipes of the trademark traditional Bulgarian dishes.
When we wrote about the delicious Portuguese cuisine, we often referred to Tia Maria’s recipes for information about the dishes and ingredients.
Her cookbook Taste Portugal: 101 easy Portuguese recipes is perfect for the beginners in Portuguese cooking. The recipes are simple and focus on the traditional local foods.
Enjoy the most popular Portuguese dishes from Caldo Verde to Pasteis de Nata.
When we visited Austin, Texas in 2018, we took the opportunity to eat our way through the best Texas Barbecue.
On that trip, we had a chance to experience best barbecue in the world, from Franklin’s Barbecue.
The owner Aaron Franklin in his book, Franklin Barbecue: a meat-smoking manifesto tells the nitty gritty of his barbecue process and the Central Texas BBQ style.
Learn his own story and how he got started in 2009. Now, almost 9 years later, he has become the most celebrated pit master. And, Franklin Barbecue has been awarded at all the major barbecue venues and magazines.
This is a wonderful guide to follow in the footsteps of Franklin and make the best barbecue at home.
4 – Authentic Food Quest Books & Food Trails
One of the best parts of travel is discovering and eating the local and authentic foods of the region. What’s even better is having guides and food trails that highlight the best local foods, drinks and desserts and where to have them. By taking the hassle out of doing all the research, you are free to enjoy more of your travels.
Authentic Food Quest Argentina
Authentic Food Quest Argentina, our first food and travel guide book, is filled with local Argentine food experiences and travel tips to help you get the most authentic experiences in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and the wine regions, Patagonia and the Lake Region and the Andean Northwest.
Authentic Food Quest Peru
Released in May 2018, Authentic Food Quest Peru, invites readers to discover the major cuisine types in Peru. With that are descriptions of the authentic dishes, desserts, beverages, street foods and unique produce. Find where to eat like a local in this culinary journey through Lima and Cusco.
Authentic Food Quest Food Trails
Authentic Food Quest Food Trails are self-guided food trails that take you off the beaten path on your travels and allow you to experience a city through food.
For an overview of the local and authentic dishes, desserts and drinks not to miss, along with a downloadable map with addresses and hours of operations, download your PDF guide today.
The Food Trails are available for download at Authentic Food Quest Store.
If your looking for inspiration for your next trip, discover new tastes and flavors with Authentic Food Quest Food Trails.
5- Food Travelers Products
Travel Tracker Map by LANDMASS
While we were in Austin, we attended TravelCon, the first Travel Media conference. We met with Landmass and learned about their Travel Tracker Map.
As a map lover, I fell in love with this map right away. This is a great food traveler gift for those who want to instantly see the countries they have visited or are planning to visit.
The map is well crafted and allows you to plan for your next travels while keeping memories of the countries you already visited. Scratch off each country you’ve visited and uncover the map’s bright colors. A corresponding flag appears as you make your way all around the world.
A stylish and practical map, it will make for a beautiful food traveler gift.
Activated charcoal is a natural treatment and a packing essentials for travelers. It is used around the world as an antidote for hundreds of poisons. It works by absorbing poisons and toxins in the digestive tract, by binding them together thereby reducing their potency.
We carry activated charcoal pills and use them preventatively before meals. Sometimes, if something is not feeling right after eating, we take two pills and things usually clear up quickly after that.
Traveling with Activated Charcoal offers peace of mind and is a wonderful food traveler gift.
Grayl Water Bottles
Having clean and potable water while traveling cannot always be guaranteed. In many countries, safety and accessibility to clean drinking water is a luxury.
We first started using Grayl water bottles when we went to Thailand. We were looking for ultra light water bottles that can purify water easily. Grayl water bottles makes clean, purified drinking water from any water source in less than 15 seconds.
Moreover, you can have clean water without the waste of buying bottles of water.
The Compass Rose line of packing cubes have a one-of-a-kind colored and numbered system allowing you to pack in one of five unique ways. You can pack by weather, clothing items, family member, outfit or destination.
When you purchase Compass Rose packing cubes, you get four packing cubes that are the perfect width for carry-ons, and an efficient stress-free travel experience.
6 – Accommodations
Live with Locals via Airbnb
When it comes to accommodations choices, we always start by searching Airbnb places. For us, Airbnb continues to be the best way to live and eat like a local.
We make sure to stay in a home where there is a kitchen we can use. That allows us to cook and try many local products.
While we were in Lisbon, we shared a Portuguese meal with our host and had a remarkable time bonding over local dishes and shared experiences. This experience would likely not have been possible if we were not staying with locals.
Immerse into the Local Culture while House Sitting
When traveling within the US over the past few years, we housesit taking care of people’s pets and homes while they are traveling.
What we enjoy the most about the experience is living like locals and getting to know the local food scene.
To find house sits, we use the Trusted Housesitters platform that connects owners with house sitters. With house sits offered all over the world , you’re sure to find a house sitting destination of your liking.
Give yourself or the food traveler in your life the gift of traveling and exploring local flavors. Embrace the local food experiences and travel deeper.
Connect with the locals and above all else, have fun and eat well.
Savor the Adventure!
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Claire, ex-engineer, is a digital nomad and content creator at Authentic Food Quest. Since 2015, with her partner, Rosemary, they travel the world in search of the best local food experiences. Their mission is to help you enjoy the best local specialties on your travels or via recipes in your home kitchen. Favorite country for food: Vietnam. Favorite local dish: Hainanese Chicken Rice. Favorite way to keep fit: Cycling. Claire is responsible for the website and the fun food & travel videos on Youtube. She is also co-author of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.