When traveling to new places, one of my favorite things to do is visit the local grocery stores and eat local food. One of these things is probably an uncommon practice right? Well, visiting local grocery stores/super markets of where ever you visit is an excellent place to experience locals, snap up some inexpensive and fun gifts and THE spot for travel treats! I always research regional ingredients and foods of where I am traveling and then seek them out at super markets. (Make sure to allow space in your luggage and that your travel treats are allowed back in your home country too.) I always purchase salt from the place and enjoy sampling chips and cookies too for example.
Now, as far as eating regionally, ask a local. Be clear to ask the local, 'Where do YOU eat?' If you do not make it clear you want to eat what they eat, you make end up at a "tourist" restaurant and not have an authentic experience. Now, there is nothing wrong with a "tourist restaurant" but I prefer an "authentic" food experience. Just know what you're eating and make certain the area is safe. Locals may recommend what they think you want to eat and not a place they would ever visit. For example, teppanyaki was created for tourists not Japanese locals so spend your Yen on something else and immerse yourself in authentic Japanese food like noodles.
Eating authentic travel treats can change your world and isn't that what travel is all about?
Share what travel treats you eat (and bring home) when you visit new places.
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