Understanding the local culture through food is our goal at Authentic Food Quest. Our mission is to inspire people to travel through authentic food.
To help you and the travelers in your life appreciate the local flavors better, we’ve put together gifts for food travelers that will make you drool.
We hope this list inspires you to Savor your Adventures in 2017.
Food Experiences As Gifts For Food Travelers
To better understand the local cuisine and culture while traveling, taking food tours or cooking classes, or even sharing meals with locals are great ways to connect.
On our travels, we tried several food experiences and we recommend the following:
For Food Tours
Context Travel in Paris offers delicious tours including the Chocolate and Pastries tour in Paris.
To book a tour simply click on this link: Paris chocolate tour. To read about our experience, please check our article: Paris Chocolate Tour: The Best Way To Treat Yourself.
If gourmet chocolate is not your thing, Context Travel also offers tours for wine lovers, cheese lovers, and Paris market walks. There is no better way to spend an afternoon learning more about French gastronomy and delicious treats.
And, if after all of this eating you feel inspired to work out, Context Travel also offers a running tour of the city. Bring your runnings shoes and discover the city from a different perspective, while keeping fit!
In Argentina, Chile and Uruguay
If your travels take you to South America, don’t miss out on visiting the wineries or taking a food tour in the region.
You can read the full review of our experiences in Buenos Aires, or in Uruguay. For each of these tours, Daytours4u offers a discount for the Authentic Food Quest readers. Check the article and scroll down, there you will find the code to input when booking your tour online.
After taking their tour, we recommend, especially for the first time visitors to Thailand. We will be publishing an article about our experience shortly!
In New York City
Based in New York City, The League of Kitchens offers cooking classes with a deep cultural focus. They focus on cultural immersions through food. The cooking instructors are immigrants who teach cooking workshops in their homes. You get to eat local food in a local’s home, prepared by a local while learning about the culture.
Read more about them in our interview with Lisa Goss, the Founder. If New York is in your travel plans, take time out and experience an immersive cooking class
In Southeast Asia
Cookly, offers cooking classes across Southeast Asia. Taking cooking classes while traveling can be a great way to learn new recipes and new techniques while learning about a country’s culture. This would make a great gift for food travelers and you can check out their cooking classes here.
Staying and Dining With Locals
Airbnb continues to be our preferred choice when it comes to accommodations. It is a great way to get to know locals and the local culture. One thing that we like is having access to a kitchen to cook and try many local products.
In some cases, with Airbnb, you may even have the opportunity to share meals with locals. We’ve enjoyed many great exchanges over meals with locals and wrote about the 5 Reasons Why You Want To Stay With Locals On Your Travels.
If you have never used Airbnb, you can use our weblink to get $35 off your next trip on Airbnb.
You can also offer a gift card that is redeemable online to the people in your life who love to travel.
Cooking and Culinary Books
One of the best parts of travel is discovering and eating the local and authentic foods of the region. What is even better is having a guide that is chalk full of information and one that takes the hassle out of doing all the research about Argentine cuisine.
Authentic Food Quest Argentina, our first food and travel guide book, is filled with local food adventures, Argentine food experiences and travel tips on how to get the most authentic experience around the country. Get this perfect gift for food travelers and armchair travelers alike.
A Taste of Argentina – Seven Fires: Grilling The Argentine Way
There is only one chef that best defines Argentine cuisine, and his name is Francis Mallmann.
We had the pleasure of meeting Francis Mallmann, in Buenos Aires and he shared insights about the Argentinian grilling culture.
If you enjoy grilling and are looking for new tips and recipes, check out the recipes in this book and learn to grill like an Argentine.
Discovering the cuisine of the Philippines is one of the distinct pleasures we have enjoyed on our quest in Southeast Asia. The diversity of the archipelago (over 7,000 islands) coupled with the influences of Malaysia and Indonesia, China and India, Mexico, Spain and the U.S. gives Filipino cuisine a vibrant personality.
In Pampanga, the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, we had the pleasure of meeting Claude Tayag, one of the most famous chefs in the Philippines. In their book, he and his wife eat their way across the country and tell the stories of the traditional cuisine. This makes a tasty gift for people who love to travel.
Anthony Bourdain, author and host of the CNN show, Parts Unknown recently published his latest book, Appetites.
This recipe book is filled with inspiration from France to Vietnamese street food. The recipes, for the most part, are not exotic as some of the places he has visited, but they are authentic. If you love home cooking and entertaining, check out this cookbook.
Food Travelers Products
For many of us, having clean and potable water is something that we take granted. However, when you are traveling you cannot make the same assumption. Safety and accessibility to drinking water is a luxury in many countries.
On our travels, we carry with us Grayl Water Purifier bottles. These light-weight bottles can make clean and purified water in less than 15 seconds. From making drinking water, cooking water, and water for coffee, these water bottles provide safe water anywhere.
One added bonus is that you don’t need to buy plastic bottles, and can do your part for the environment.
Pick-Pocket Proof Clothing with Clever Travel Companion
One of the worst things that can happen on your travels is having your money or important documents stolen. It does not matter if you are traveling to relatively safe cities like Paris, Bangkok, Buenos Aires or even in your own hometown. Thieves and pickpockets are incredibly savvy and they use all sorts of scams to separate you from your valuables.
The best solutions we have found to keep our valuables safe are our shirts and pants from Clever Travel Companion. With the secret pockets that are perfectly built for passports, phone or money, you can’t go with pick-pocket proof clothing. Keep the food travelers in your life safe with the secretly hidden pockets of Clever Travel Companion clothes.
Have you ever been in a situation where all you needed was a knife to cut that slice. Or, a bottle opener to pop open that local beer. Or a can opener for that last ingredient to complete your meal.
Traveling with a Swiss Army knife comes in handy. With the multiple functionalities, we have used ours for cutting cheese, cold cuts, fruits and vegetables when hiking. Or as a knife, when cooking and preparing a meal. This is a great gift for people who love to travel, but make sure to pack it in your checked luggage.
Staying Connected on The Road
In this day and age staying connected while traveling is a necessity. As a foodie traveler, you may need Google Maps to find directions to the local market. Internet access comes in handy to find that local and authentic restaurant and book reservations. Figuring out how to get there on the local buses or train/metro is so much easier when you are connected.
The two services we use to stay connected on our travels are Tep Wireless and Flexiroam X.
Reliable internet access is hard to guarantee on one’s travels. We have found ourselves in many situations where we have had slow or intermittent internet access. Since we work on the road, having reliable access is a must.
We recently started using TEP Wireless and it has already saved us on multiple occasions. It is a small portable Wi-Fi device that allows you to connect up to 5 devices. If you are traveling as a couple or a family, stay connected with Tep Wireless.
Flexiroam X offers a new way to roam internationally, without incurring the huge roaming fees. You get a tiny microchip that you attach to your SIM card. If you use the referral code AFQROAM, you will earn 100 MB of free data and you will automatically get 100 MB when you sign up at Flexiroam X. Flexiroam X service covers more than 100 countries around the globe.
When traveling, the last thing you want is to have your reading material or books weigh you down. This could be travel books, your own personal reading material or the culinary books we mention above.
Thanks to the Amazon Kindle you can carry all your books on one single device that is much lighter than a paperback book. One feature that we use often when in a new location is the Family Book Sharing function. This allows you to read the same book, at the same time on different devices. Consider carrying a Kindle with you for your upcoming travels.
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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.