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4 reasons why food is the best part of traveling

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Food best part of traveling: Pictured, a food stall in Florence, Italy.
Food best part of traveling
Food best part of traveling: Pictured, a food stall in Florence, Italy.

Food best part of traveling: Cuisine is often a reflection of a culture at large: How to experience unique tastes and re-live recipes from wide travels.

Sight-seeing in a new country is exciting. Making your way through a town or city that you have never experienced before can be a thrilling experience. Seeing the local people, the culture and the tourist attractions is wonderful, but what we are all really after is the food.

Foodies love traveling, what better way to experience a country that through its local cuisine? Food tells the story of a nation and its people in a very different manner than a history book might. Food is the real truth in society and the sustenance that brings life to communities. Can you identify with any of these four reasons why you love food and travel?

#1 Cuisine is culture

It’s amazing to experience a new city or society through their food. Food exposes the true values of the people and tells its own historic tale. The fine wines, cheeses, and delicious, decadent desserts of France paint a different picture to the grains, spices, and noodles of the east.

Wherever you go in the food, food will show you the true foundation of the country. Food brings people together. It’s a social experience that is agreed upon and adhered to through recipes and dishes that grace the dining tables of homes and restaurants where ever you go in the world.

#2 Take new recipes home with you

The wonderful thing about food is that all recipes can be duplicated. All it takes is an inquisitive nature and a talent for building rapport with people. Foodies love to share, it is what food is all about. You may be surprised to find that not everyone you meet wants to hold onto their granny’s secret recipes like you imagine. Trade ideas and learn whatever you can from the locals. When you return home, you will have more than just memories, you will have experiences that you can relive through your cooking.

#3 Discover a whole new world of taste sensations

There are so many international vegetarian delights that will delight your senses. Here are our two favorite international recipes for you to try.

Food best part of traveling
Food best part of traveling: Pictured Rice Noodles Singapore Style- a delicacy from the Far East.

From the Far East – Rice Noodles Singapore Style

Ingredients
½ cup chopped green onions

4 cups sliced Napa cabbage

5 cups slice shiitake mushrooms

1 cup sliced green bell pepper

1 cup sliced red bell pepper

½ cup chopped onion

4 cups rice noodles

¾ cup vegetable broth

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons peanut oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

ok until blazing hot, add oil and coat the wok. Add in bell peppers, mushrooms and onion. When softened add garlic, curry powder, and cabbage. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Add in the broth mix and toss around the veggies. Add your noodles and stir fry until noodles are browned. Add in green onions and serve.

Food best part of traveling
Food best part of traveling: Pictured Mexican dish, Spinach, mushroom & avocado, quesadillas. Ole!

From Mexico Spinach, mushroom & avocado, quesadillas

2 whole avocados

3 cups shredded cheese

5 ounces chopped baby spinach

1 chopped red onion

1 cup sliced baby Bella mushrooms

juice of half a lime

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 whole wheat tortillas

red salsa mix

 

Method;

Heat oil on a large skillet. Add onions and a pinch of salt. after 1 minute add mushrooms and cook for five minutes until golden brown. Add half the spinach, let it simmer and then add the balance. Cook for 3 minutes until spinach is wilted. Season with pepper and lime juice and remove from the heat.

Add cheese to tortillas, divide the mixture evenly between the tortillas, top with avocado slices and add extra cheese on top to finish. Hat a skillet and cook each quesadilla for two minutes until cheese has melted and tortilla is golden brown. Remove from heat and serve. 

#4 Food is the foundation of friendship & families

As we mentioned, food is for everyone. Sharing a meal in good company with friends and family is a way to build your relationships. Cook a meal of an exotic new dish you have learned, invite a few friends round and let them experience the best of your travels.

Cooking is about personal expression and the way to excel at cooking is with variety and creativity. With a recipe book filled with exotic dishes, you dinner parties will be legendary and your friends will salivate with every dinner invitation you send out in the future.

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