A Trip to Remember

Easy steps to plan your culinary journey

Within the next few weeks, we will finally get the chance to take a break from our daily routines, what with the holiday season just around the corner. Now, whether you’re planning for an overseas getaway or a local excursion across the archipelago, a course of action that will definitely give one a better vantage point to immerse one’s self in a local culture would be to embark on a culinary trip. Here are a few tips on what you can do if you’re keen to fill your vacation itinerary with food galore.

1.     Find out what you like
It’s pretty obvious that each person would have his or her own preferences when it comes to dining. Therefore, a wise move would be to identify which would satisfy your palate to a T. Spend some time browsing through the Internet to read trustworthy reviews and – here’s a good tip – find a reviewer who shares a similar taste to yourself.

2.     Locate the area
Plan your routes to ensure an efficient culinary trip in terms of both time and transportation costs. If you’re new to the locale, ask a local guide or the staff of the hotel that you’re staying at to provide you with some assistance.

3.     Sharing is caring
If you have a whole day jam-packed with exploring the local culinary scene, then it’s best to eat in small portions. Ask your friends or partner to share, and if you find it difficult to resist the delicious choices that you have in front of you, fret ye not – you can always return the next day for more.

4.     Explore traditional markets
In order to fully take in the local delicacies of a certain area, make your way to the nearest traditional market. It’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to find a multitude of authentic dishes here at very reasonable prices. To make things even better, you can expect them to be served fresh since they’re offered at a market where they purchase their ingredients.

5.     Keep an open mind
As we’ve mentioned before, each individual would have his or her own proclivity towards certain food. Maintaining low expectations on the cuisine of an area is therefore a necessary step, as they may not suit your taste buds. However, this is exactly what a culinary trip is all about – an adventure with surprises lurking in every corner that will bring you closer to the local culture.

Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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