June 21st or the Summer Solstice usually marks the start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. With this comes longer days and warmer temperatures. And for many, it is also a time to slow down, relax, spend time outdoors (grilling, fishing, swimming or laying out in the sun) and travel.
Are you traveling this summer? Is anyone traveling to visit you? Regardless of the distance you may be covering this summer, we invite you to open yourself to new flavors and tastes and awaken your taste buds.
We have created a great resource “the 5 best ways to find authentic food while traveling”, that is jam packed with several tips to help you enjoy authentic food along your travels.
For this blog post, we putting a spotlight on restaurants and how to have authentic meals on your trip. Get the rest of the tips by downloading your free ebook here.
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Find The Local Restaurant Gems On Your Trip
On your summer travels, get off the beaten path and discover the local and authentic foods in the area. Disconnect from your digital devices (smart phones and tablets) and immerse yourself in the local culture. Pick up the local and free magazines and newspapers and see the local restaurants that are being featured.
Find out what the popular cooking shows are on TV and get inspiration. Ask around for suggestions. Start by asking your hosts where you’re staying. Ask taxi drivers and locals at the museums or tourist attractions you are visiting. Be curious, engage with the locals and eat at the local hours and follow the local rhythm.
Eat Where The People Are
When it comes to food, look for the restaurants that are filled with locals. The further you move away from the tourist attractions, the better the chances are you will find local and authentic restaurant options. Having lots of locals in a restaurant is usually an indication that it’s worth trying. Once you settle down in the restaurant, look around and see what the locals are ordering. Take a chance and try something new.
Go For The Short Menu
When looking for an authentic experience at a restaurant, let a short menu be your guide. When a restaurant forgoes a multi page menu and has only a few signature dishes, this is usually a good sign of specialization using fresh and local ingredients. Stop there and choose to have a meal at this restaurant. Don’t ask for any alterations or changes to the meal. Let the chef delight your senses.
Choose the Plat du Jour or Menu of the Day
When you find yourself at a restaurant that has a “plat du jour” or special menu of the day, make a point to order it. The reason is that not only it is usually a dish that the chef has mastered, it is also a seasonal dish made with fresh ingredients.
One little known fact is that generally the meal of the day is slightly cheaper. By making the dish in large volumes, the restaurant is able to price the meal affordably, passing the savings on to customers. Keep in mind that when the special of the day is done, it’s gone. So, don’t hesitate, order the plat du jour or menu of the day and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
Wherever your travels will take you this Summer, we want you to experience the best of the local and authentic food. Get the rest of the tips here and Savor The Adventure.
Rosemary is a writer and culinary explorer. Together with her partner, Claire, they created Authentic Food Quest to inspire people to travel deeper through authentic food. Through food, they believe, people can have more meaningful connections on their travels. Prior to creating Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary worked as a director of strategy in advertising for over 15 years. Take the quiz and find out your Food Traveler Profile.