I love food.
Whether that comes as a surprise or not, now you know for sure. Food is an important part of my life, and not just as a form of sustenance. It’s the silky smoothness of a spoonful of gelato, or the perfect balance of salty and sweet when you dip dark chocolate into peanut butter. Good food is a gift from God himself, and I’m thankful every day when I’m able to experience something so perfect and harmonious it causes my taste buds to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. That’s why I hope to talk about food on this blog. A lot.
Returning from an international adventure of my own, these tips about local cuisine will certainly came in handy. And it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across the globe, or somewhere a couple hours away. These tasty tips can apply in almost any situation, and I hope you find them as useful as I do!
5 Tasty Tips
by Loreal Sade
Once I began traveling without my family, one of the most frequently asked questions was, “how was the food?” And honestly, I did not have an answer. I was too afraid to try something new. As I began working in the food service industry, I had to start trying foods, not because I wanted to, but because I had to be able to describe them in a way that was relatable to the consumer. That’s when my palette opened and I started tasting the world. So now when I go anywhere, I am sure to try somewhere new. So I came up with a few tips to help me taste buds go on an adventure wherever I go.
1. Do some researching BEFORE you arrive.
Get on the internet and research. Look for what the place is known for in terms of food and drink. For example, going to Maine, you should definitely look for some lobster. In Boston, you have to try clam chowder, or in Jamaica- jerk chicken.
2. Now that you have arrived, look for the locals.
There is always a tourist area that will stick out like a sore thumb. Talking to the locals will definitely help with that. Don’t be afraid to ask, as most of them want you to experience their authentic lands- their style. Not to mention the food is usually cheaper.
3. App it up.
Find apps that work for you. Personally, I use Yelp!, Around Me, and Open Table. I look at price, pictures, and reviews. Read the reviews! Most are honest from service down to plate presentation and prices.
4. If you have a special diet, always ask.
I found that sometimes there are vegan, vegetarian, and GF options available even IF they aren’t advertised.
5. Stay away from chain restaurants.
To a certain extent, I avoid eating at chain restaurants that are near my home- although there are exceptions. I went all the way to Jamaica and ate a Margaritaville—nothing ravishing about that. I went to Aruba and found a locally owned quaint restaurant where the owner and his son go out and catch fresh fish to serve daily—now that’s something to share.
L’oréal first fell in love with travel when she studied abroad in Mexico. Learning about nutrition, she was able to work with parents in the community and local healthcare professionals to not only learn about nutrition but to aid in creating a nutrition teaching experience for children at the local orphanage encouraging the influence of eating healthy. After graduating with her Bachelors in Language Studies, she returned to the states, where she continued her 8-year journey of working for Walt Disney World in Food & Beverage. While there, she was able to learn about food allergies, food preparation and plate presentation which inspired her passion for food. She was able to work as a F&B Manager, creating dishes for guests with food allergies and intolerances.
Tired of missing out on the joys of life, she quickly learned that part of great memories in travel is not just about going somewhere and basking in the ambience, or going to that one ‘must see’ place. It is also about trying new foods. Travel also provides experiences that can be applied life after returning home. The world is more than was is seen in the backyard. By train, plane, bus, or car, Success.Eat.Travel. is meant to provide an inside perspective to her tasty and fulfilling journey through her travels.
When asked how does food, travel, and success coexist and what is the point of this blog was asked, she replied, ” Life is about eating your way through the world and savoring every moment. One of the greatest success of travel is not going to a new place physically, but appreciating cultural differences and utilizing them in a way to reach your ultimate destination of success. For me, that would be creating a multi-faceted organization and foundation that permits low income neighborhoods with the opportunity to learn about nutrition and how it ultimately affects their overall quality of life. Even something as small as learning how to read an ingredient label could make a great difference.” L’oréal’s passion has inspired her to pursue a Master’s of Public Health degree, which she hopes to complete by the end of 2016.