Tip of the Week: Keep A Food Passport

By Becca Pilolla

If you’re like me, traveling to Paris means more than seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at night, going to Florence means more than climbing the Duomo, and walking across the Charles Bridge in Prague is just an added bonus. Traveling to all these destinations have more secrets than just the sites. There’s the food.

The best part about traveling is tasting the different cuisine.  So when I go to Paris, I dream about that Nutella and banana crepe, and that ham and cheese croque monsieur, as well as the Eiffel Tower.

In Italy, there’s more to experience than the Coliseum, the Duomo, and the Forum.  There’s the pizza, the pasta, and the panini, but most importantly, don’t forget about the gelato!

In Prague, make sure you grab some of those sausages, local brews, and some goulash!  It’s just too good to pass up! Yes, it may look suspicious, but it is so good!

This tip of the week, is all about trying the local foods. Trust me, if they eat it there, it’s okay.  People eat weird things! But part of the experience in a new place is about eating that local grub.

Think of Simba in the Lion King.  He starts eating all those weird bugs, but hey, Hakuna Matata! He survived and enjoyed it.  I have eaten bugs before, I’ve tried all the local grubs, and I’m still alive and kicking. It just adds a little spice to the trip, and a fun story to tell everyone when you get back.

A great idea is to have a “Food Passport”. Bring a small book with you when you travel on vacation, and every time you go to a new restaurant, or try a local cuisine, take a sticker or business card from that restaurant and insert it into your book. Instead of a stamp from every country, city, or state you’ve been to, you’ll have a business card!  Flip through the pages later on and see all the awesome things you’ve eaten and all the fun placed you’ve tried unique dishes.

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Be that badass on your vacay and in your group of friends who eats that escargot, frog legs, and haggis.  Hakuna Matata, right?

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