One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to experience the food! If I am traveling somewhere new, I will hardly ever eat at a chain restaurant. I want to eat with the locals! Why eat at an Applebee’s while I’m on vacation when I can eat there any time? When planning your trip, do some research on famous places to eat near the city you are visiting. You can Google it, ask your friends for recommendations, check out a food blog, and you can even call the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and ask them to send you a visitor’s guide and other local information (they will ship these items to you at no cost). The CVB is a great office to utilize when traveling. Most large cities will have a CVB and will also have a website. Most of the time the website will list local restaurants, shopping, lodging, as well as a calendar of events. Once you find a few local spots that look appetizing, you could even search the internet for coupons, find their Facebook page to check out promotions and operating hours, and probably even check out a menu for pricing information.
When I look back on my trips, so many of the great memories I have involve food. When trying a new dish, especially something that you can’t get near your hometown; it seems to make the meal so much more special. There are some cities on my bucket list to travel to, just for their famous food! I can’t wait to go to Philadelphia to try a Philly Cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks and then try one from Pat’s King of Steaks. These are two of the most famous Cheesesteak restaurants in Philadelphia, and they are right across the street from each other. They both claim to be home of the best Cheesesteak in Philly!
When I traveled to Japan, the food was so different from anything I had ever been exposed to. I actually really struggled during this trip because of the food.
I usually don’t eat much seafood, and obviously sushi and other types of seafood are a major part of the Japanese cuisine. There were lots of pickled vegetables, and bowls of noodles.
Even though I said I usually do not eat at chain restaurants while traveling, I had to stop at a McDonald’s while in Japan to see how it compared to the McDonald’s that we have here in the United States. I had the teriyaki burger and it was actually pretty good. The most interesting thing that I ate in Japan was at this chicken restaurant. They keep bringing you food as long as you want to eat, and they serve just about every part of the chicken. At one point they brought out grilled chicken skin that was served on skewers. I never would have thought to serve the skin by itself. But most people think the skin is the best part of a piece of chicken anyway, so it makes sense! Since it was grilled and not fried it had a more slippery texture, but the spice blend they used made it taste delicious. Since I was in Japan, I felt it was necessary to try Sake at least once. They serve it warm or cold, I prefer it cold. They also have different varieties of fruit wines. These wines are very popular and are actually sold in vending machines out on the streets. There is also a beer that is one of the most popular beers in Japan that I tried. It’s called Asahi Beer and tastes great!
When I traveled to Chicago, I could not leave the city without trying the famous deep dish pizza! Let me just tell you: IT IS AMAZING!!! Authentic Chicago deep dish pizza is unlike any pizza you will ever eat. One slice of this pizza can fill up a grown man. This pizza packs a punch. Giordano’s is where we ate and is one of the most well known pizza establishments in the city of Chicago. Don’t be in a rush when you decide to eat a deep dish pizza, it takes about 45 minutes to cook because it really is that deep!
When I traveled to Freeport Bahamas, I went to a quaint local restaurant called Goldie’s.
I had the conch fritters for an appetizer. This was a really neat experience because conch is definitely something that you don’t see in Oklahoma! You could look out the window of Goldie’s and see a dock where the staff goes to get the conch shells. Once they take the conch meat of the shell, they stack them on the bank of the water.
There were conch shells piled as high as my head. The conch fritters were really tasty. The reminded me of a larger version of a hush puppy.
I could go on for days about the fantastic meals and experiences I have had throughout the years of traveling. I guess that’s to be expected when you love to travel and love food just as much!