24 Jan What is a Foodie-Traveler?
You know you’re a foodie-traveller when – So you are a keen globetrotter and like to dip into local delicacies. Does that make you a Foodie-Traveler? Who better to ask this question than fellow globetrotter and foodie, the founder of Jetset Times Wendy Hung.
Nowadays, it seems that we can find any type of cuisine anywhere in our home countries. When it comes to travelling, some do for sports, some for art or philanthropy. But most of us still globetrot for food. So how do you know when you’re a foodie-traveller? You know you’re a foodie-traveller when…
You are an experimentalist. Really, nothing scares you. Chicken feet, blood sausages, seafood that don’t appear to exist in encyclopedias. You want to try everything and experiment with cuisines that are foreign to you. You’re a foodie-traveller, curious about items that can’t be found in your home country. Even if you can’t finish the whole meal, at least you’ve tried whatever catches your eye at first glance. Somehow, there’s distinct satisfaction in knowing that you’ve bitten into something you’ve never tasted before. There’s no walking away with regret. Even if you know you may not like it, at least you’ve given a shot at something new.
You crave to indulge like a local. To you, travelling isn’t about fulfilling an empty stomach in the nearest McDonald’s. You want to know where the locals eat, where they sit down and divulge in a great meal every week. You know the most famous restaurants aren’t always where the goods are at. Discovering a hidden alley with a line outside, or asking recommendations from random locals is the real deal. At times, a restaurant without English on the menu is an indication that you’ve landed in the right place. You very well know, to eat like a local is the best way to understand the culture. So you eat like one, indulge and devour like one.
Every photo on your phone is…well, food! Who cares about landmarks and street performers. To a foodie-traveller, a beautifully presented plate of a locally prepared dish is far more captivating than paintings in museums or scenic landscapes. To you, the excitement resides in the moment when your order arrives at the table. There’s a thrill in spending the first two minutes snapping away with your phone or camera rather than taking pictures of renowned statues. By the end of your trip, sifting through albums of food photos is more prideful than any souvenirs you felt obligated to purchase.
You do your homework on, not monuments to see, but restaurants to try. Prior to the trip, just as anyone else, you looked through websites and reviews for preparation. Instead of conducting research on what to see or where to stay, the eagerness to compile a list of must-eat restaurants feeds immense anticipation. From Michelin star fine dining, famous local chefs, to hole-in-the-wall bistros; by the time you hop on that plane or train ride, you have already completed pages of places to eat. Your trip won’t fully satiate appetite unless you’ve checked off every name on the list.
Farmer’s markets, local produce turn you on. To you, the hustle-bustle inside a farmer’s market can show wonders of a local culture. You can’t help but purchase a tiny carton of exotic fruits to eat at a park nearby or observe lines of stands that carry the freshest catch of the day and vegetables straight from local farmers’ lands. A foodie-traveller is satisfied by pointing out ingredients that can’t be seen back home, intrigued by the vibrant array of colours displayed on every counter. Cheeses, meats, vegetables and fruits that are locally grown all indicate how people of a certain country develop, nourish and survive through time.
If you’ve yet to become a foodie-traveller, you should give it a try. There’s a thrill in travelling for food or allow food to lead your journeys around the world. Whether you land in Asia or Africa, as long as you identify with any of the above, you know you’re a true Foodie-Traveller. Always hungry, yet contently satiated.