In this brief article, the renown chef and modern-day explorer talks about some of his travel insights. I have to say that from our experience we have to agree. For instance, I once made a trip to Mercado del Progreso in the neighborhood of Caballito in Buenos Aires, where you can see butchers in action, empanadas being freshly made and all the hustle and bustle of a local market. I decided to visit it after reading about it in Moon Travel guide to Buenos Aires. I ended up taking pictures and talking to vendors appreciating their work. I purchased some of the empanadas right out of the oven, still warm and delightfully aromatic.
Anthony recommends eating where the locals eat and looking for busy places, but how do you find them? Well, I learned a good restaurant finding tip from my father-in-law, Roberto. Wherever we would travel together he’d always ask a taxi driver about a good local eatery. We never missed. The taxi drivers have an intimate knowledge of their cities and they know where to grab an inexpensive but tasty bite. One of such tips was a seafood restaurant in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. The place our taxi driver recommended was packed with locals and we had to wait about 15 minutes just to sit down. The food was so good we came back again two nights later.
It pays off to go off the beaten track, talk to locals and try something outside of our comfort zone. The reward is often a trip highlight experience!
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