do you eat local foodwhile travelling abroad?

@udayrao2 (782)
India
January 19, 2010 11:28pm CST
Do you eat local food while travelling outside or stick safely to what you like. I generally try to eat the local food while travelling -especially in a foreign country- and rather not in an expensive 'status symbol' restaurant or hotel but preferably on the roadside, a cafe or a small restaurant, even a stall- this way you get the actual stuff eaten by the locals and the real taste and the manner in which it is served. And generally while I eat I talk with the people around or the owner to find out more about the food & the local customs, specialities etc. Many times I have found that certain foods are available in a particular season or during that festival only- quite interesting. This way i have learnt a lot about other cultures too.
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@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
Hi udayrao! Same here, I like to eat local foods when in a different place/country. I'd feel like my travel/vacation wouldn't be complete if I hadn't tasted their local dishes. Like you, I also prefer eating/buying on stalls or cafes or the roadside, this way, not only that I can taste their local dishes but have a taste of their own culture as well. For me, that's one of the reasons why one should travel -- to know and experience a place/country's own culture :)
@marguicha (166149)
• Chile
22 Jan 10
I love to try out new things to eat. I also love to travel and thereĀ“s no better place to eat the food of the country than where ppeople eat it. I choose restaurants where people from the country go. Tourist restaurants never put the same ingredients. I have had the experience of waiters telling me that they eat this dish hotter or spicier, but... I want to taste it as it is. Usually thosae restaurants are a lot cheaper too.In many countries, eating at the market is a wonderful idea. And if I know the language, I talk to the people too. Happy posting and welcome to mylot!
@clouds0327 (1390)
• Philippines
22 Jan 10
I never travelled abroad, but I am sometimes travelling to other places in my country. I have no problem eating their local delicacy given that I know it's safe and clean.
• Qatar
22 Jan 10
yes i like to eat the local food where ever i go so i can get more attached to the country,and also it may be very tasty ,and i do the same way the asker does from small restaurants or cafe ,it is right in every country there will be a season for the food for that they mean that more customer season or earthly season thats what they really mentioned
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
When travelling, I usually follow Julius Caesar's advise to foreigners visiting Rome - When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And that also goes to the food I take. Besides, when you travel, you try to learn new things, including about the food of the country you are visiting. The first time I went to South Korea, the only thing that I could eat was steamed rice. Kimchi was too hot for me. Their various meat recipes had too much of spices that my tongue could hardly appreciate. Even the drinking water, not enough to wash down a spoonful of a new kind of recipe you are shoving down your stomach just to fill it. But after a few meals, I've learned to adjust my palate and began to enjoy bulgogi, kambi and other native Korean dishes. The same is true with other places I've been too. The first time is always the most difficult. But after a while, after thinking what specialty foods would do to your allowance, you'll just as easily begin to accept the finer qualities of a new dish.
@maximax8 (31175)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 10
I am vegan. I like to eat French bread when I am in France. When I visit Italy I like the pasta and the fruits like small oranges. I enjoy eating tropical fruits like passion fruit when I go to places like Indonesia and Kenya. I like to take some of my own food to make sure I get enough to eat when I go off traveling.
@daliaj (5680)
• India
21 Jan 10
I haven't travelled abroad, but I travelled to different states of my country. The different states have different culture, food, and language in my country. Before I travel to any other state, I try to learn about the state through internet and find the food that is famous in that particular state. I like to try those food items ignoring the fact that I may like them or completely hate them.
@madteaparty (2757)
• Japan
21 Jan 10
I like trying the local food when I travel, and I usually only stick to mc Donalds or such when I can't find anything else open. It's interesting discovering the tastes of other countries, and makes the trip more enjoyable
@vinabee (85)
• China
21 Jan 10
doubeless,i will try the native food when i was in travel. i deeply believe that one exotic culture can be presented in several aspect. so the local food is the best way to realize this country or district's culture. and tasting the local food can delight you when you are in trip, pherhaps you will be fasinating in it and when you come back home, you will learn how to make this dine.
@jilshi (271)
• Malaysia
21 Jan 10
i love to eat local food when go for travelling. i could not find those food in own country. therefore, i will gain experience and learn new cooking style when try the new food.
• China
21 Jan 10
Hi,udayrao2,of course,I do.I can't wait to eat the local food when I travel abroad.They r so fresh to me, and I like it.Talking to the locals is also my favorite thing.I can see and learn alot of things which r different from my hometown ,it can widen my horizon and I'm happy in learing other cultures.Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
@asanlee (408)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 10
Hallo...friend....I think trying the local food at others country is one of the attraction....of course we have to be careful to choose the food stall or cafe or restaurant which is clean,and serve hygienis food. We have better avoid those roadside's stall, just in case we consume some foos that's not hygienis that make us sick . It 's really terrible if we are sick at foreign country. Do you agree?
@kathy714 (129)
• China
21 Jan 10
Hello Udayrao, my mouth and stomach are so used to the food in my hometown that I don't like to take the different dishes in a new place. I remember that I travelled to another country last year. I could not adapt me to the new food there. What I had during that week is just some fruits and snack food I bought in supermarket. I could not imagine what would happen if I had to live abroad for a whole year. Hahaha
@janisvg18 (181)
• Singapore
21 Jan 10
Yup yup! Whenever I travel, I make sure to always try out their local cuisine. It can be from an expensive restaurant or a simple eatery down the corner. It's part of my travel adventure to taste and eat their food. :)
• Hong Kong
21 Jan 10
yeah eating local food is much better because no type of food can take place with that, people eating with a smile of their faces, murmuring stories of their own happy moments, simple type and just a plenty of surprises with a great food to stick around.
• India
20 Jan 10
i generally dont eat much of local food but when i am abroad or travelling somewhere or in a vaccation i tend to eat a lot of them....i just love these local foods but for safety reasons dont eat them but when it comes to travelling i dont take any safety....i eat all kinds of them...
@Porcospino (30484)
• Denmark
20 Jan 10
I always eat the local food when I visit another country. I think it is really interesting to eat food that isn't available in my own country, and I have discovered some great dishes that way. Sometimes I don't like the food that I get, but I still don't regret buying it, because I am curious and I love to eat new kinds of food. Last summer I went to Latvia and Lithuania, in both places I bought the local food, and I liked it very much. In Latvia I also got the chance to eat Russian food, and that was also interesting.
@Torunn (7433)
• Norway
20 Jan 10
Yes, but if I'm somewhere that I think is very exotic I always go for things that are well fried, boiled etc. I agree, it is generally much cheaper and you usually get more interesting food, the restaurants aimed at tourists will often have something they call local food but for example with less spices to make sure everyone can eat it.
@allen0187 (43611)
• Philippines
20 Jan 10
a definite yes!!! i think that eating the local food at a country adds more excitement to the vacation. vacationing isn't just for the sights and sounds of the country but also for the gastronomical adventure that is sure to follow. agree with you that eating at roadside cafes and smaller restaurants or even road side food stalls is a great way to experience the unique culture of a country.
@23uday (2998)
• India
20 Jan 10
hi friend, I will try to eat local food while i travell abroad. When we travel abroad we have to eat that food only. In foreign countries we get a pizza,burgers,hot dog,etc we have to eat this only. WE have to adjust a local food. have a good day.