Thursday, 10 May 2012

Food, The Shortcut to Being a Local!

The most popular place, no matter where you are!
People love to eat. When you land in another country one of the easiest ways to enjoy the culture and become a local is to find out where to eat.

Where Should I Look?

When I first came to New York, I was researching into the local food scene and I read a couple of lines in Time Out about a local restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. The food is authentic and the signature pomegranate margarita shouldn't be missed. Since we left in 2005 it has become a household name in NY and has opened a chain of restaurants across the country.

Although it takes some research into the local area, it is fun to find a couple of bars and a range of restaurants that you can take business associates, coworkers, friends and family to.  

There is also a lot of information online. Try the Foodies' Night In (#FNIchat) on Monday afternoon to connect with other people who like food, and sites like Chowhound and GrubWithUs to meet people who like food and organise dinners.

How Much Of An Adventure Can It Be?

There are always great food finds all over the world, from street food to the best local restaurants, to internationally-recognized restaurants. If you like to be more adventurous, then you can try to find local restaurants that have good reputations for food but aren't well known. In London, Viajante has a world-class chef, but it's in a less accessible area. Well worth the trek.

"Around the World in 80 Plates" should give the cook in you some inspiration. Why not try taking ideas from your travels and updating your favorite dish with a new flavor; part of the fun of being on an international assignment.

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