Food Varieties – The Reason Why Traveling Is Exciting for People

One of the most exciting parts of traveling is getting to sample the food of the new culture. You can, most likely, order some of these foods from a place in your town, Chinese or Taiwanese, but the experience is so much better when you can actually visit the people and taste their culture in their food

As an example, remember your favorite Japanese dish that you order every time you are in your local Japanese restaurant. When you actually travel to Japan, that dish will taste completely different.

This is because, when a person opens a restaurant in America, they try to localize the foods to draw in and keep the local customers. The local people’s palates are usually not ready for true ethnic foods.

The food in a fast food chain is usually the same in every town and country. However, the food at the restaurants in your hometown always taste different than the way the same food tastes in a town on the other side of the country.

This reason is why traveling is exciting for people.

People of a specific region have a very distinct way of cooking certain foods. An example is Texan dishes. People from Texas have a special knack for making their food spicy, but a chef from the best culinary school will not be able to match it without having been taught by a Texan.

Ethnic food is not ethnic without the background of the culture. Mexican dishes do not taste like true Mexican dishes if the chef does not understand enough of the culture to know why, how and how much of each ingredient to use.

It is impossible to emulate the dishes of an authentic ethnic chef. Therefore, if you want ethnic food you should travel to that place. Try some of every dish you can so you can have a true cultural experience on your trip.

Food Borne Illnesses – Watch What You Eat and Drink

Food poisoning. We all know the symptoms of something we ate that we should not of, or not been careful about. Certain tips we know that are tried and true. For example you may have been told to stay away and be careful about potato salad at buffets in restaurants or at all in one inclusive hotel resorts. Similarly you may have been cautioned when traveling abroad away from the US and our modern municipal water and sanitation systems not to drink the water, down to being careful of ice cubes in your alcoholic beverages, the ice cubes being made from untreated water. Still what is food poisoning and basic run of the mill food borne illness and illnesses?

Food borne illness as well as food borne illnesses affect a myriad of sufferers be it at home in a local restaurant or away from home traveling on a vacation. It can happen in corner diners, it can happen in posh restaurants, it can happen on expensive cruises. Sometimes it’s the fault of the restaurant or food service or caterer. Sometimes it’s really nobody’s fault. Food poisoning can occur in the cleanest of establishments and food service operations, with the best systems for no reason at all altogether. The true story is told of a smaller Winnipeg Manitoba local eatery which was attacked and infested with a pathogen on some ordinary lettuce.

The health inspectors did their job in follow-up in reports from patrons who were affected with severe food borne illness. It turned out in effect, that no lack of cleanliness or food handling procedures had occurred in any manner or forms what so ever. Yet the word had gone out of this plague which had affected the patrons who ate at this establishment. The business of this local restaurant was done to a trickle. Yet the food inspectors held no one at blame in any manner. It could have happened to any restaurant under their charge indeed that were following procedures and cleanliness procedures to Bristol standards.

The next day a photo of the inspectors dining at this restaurant along with an explanatory tale appeared on the front page of a major local newspaper. Lo and behold tons of former patrons of the restaurant, and even non- patrons appeared in virtual scores on the weekend to save this restaurant from oblivion and extinction. It was a case of standing room only in the line up alone from people who came to support the restaurateurs.

Yet the story of food poisoning and food poisonings is not always such a good and positive one. Many people, who suffer food poisoning, do not realize what they are affected with. They may pass it off simply as the “flu” or “stomach flu”. At one time or another most of us had probably had a food borne illness. We may not have known what it was or chose to let the flu and its symptoms ride it out. While it is true those symptoms of food borne illnesses and food poisonings may be mild and simply disappear in a few hours or at most several days. (The classic description of the standard 72 hour flu comes to mind). Yet in other cases food borne illnesses can result in hospitalization and even be fatal especially in the young, the elderly and those with serious illnesses to begin with.

Which brings us to our summary of food borne illness and illnesses and the perils of apparent food poisonings? Watch what you eat especially when traveling. If you appear to have the flu – then monitor your symptoms. If you are ill with another illness or a number of serious illnesses then pay particular additional close attention. If your symptoms continue and do not subside promptly seek medical attention.

Vegetarian and Vegan Fast Food Restaurants Across The Globe

When one thinks of fast food, burgers, hot dogs, and buffalo wings come to mind. Vegan fast food?..Yes..It does exist! Vegan fast food restaurants have been cropping up across the globe. FoodSwings in New York City is one of these restaurants. Their menu is quite vast and encompasses every imaginable, fast food item. Veggie burgers, veggie dogs, faux buffalo wings, faux chicken fingers, faux Philly cheesesteak, chile, and faux fish n chips are just a few of their delectable menu offerings!

Faux meats and faux cheeses are made of soy, wheat, gluten, or other non-animal products. Typically, soy is the ingredient of choice. For the newly vegan or carnivore guest, I can assure you that these faux substitutes will not disappoint you! You may even convert to veganism yourself. These faux meats and soy cheeses will even please the palate of a carnivore!

My first experience at an all-vegan, fast food restaurant was indeed at FoodSwings in New York for both lunch and dinner. I ordered the veggie dog, buffalo wings, fish n chips, and potato skins with faux bacon bits. These all vegan restaurants make this dining experience an authentic one. In other words, just as carnivores indulge in all of the toppings and condiments enhance their selections, these all-vegan alternatives do likewise. My veggie dog arrived complete with faux cheese, mustard and relish. The fish n chips was accompanied with vegan tartar sauce. The buffalo wings were smothered in BBQ sauce. Finally, the potato skins arrived with faux bacon bits and faux sour cream. For the first time in my life, I could relate to anyone who had experienced the fast food, dining scene!

Vegan, fast food restaurants are becoming more commonplace in Europe also. Germany in particular can boast of several of these eateries. They serve the typical fare of veggie dogs, veggie burgers, buffalo wings, chicken fingers, and so forth. Some of these restaurants specialize in a particular type of fast food, such as veggie dogs.

As a vegan child, I can recall feeling “out of place” when accompanying friends to the breach or seashore or on a vacation. While the others found a satisfying lunch at a clam shack or burger cafe, I had to either settle for fries and a salad or frantically wander around the vacation spot seeking vegan meal options. That is no longer the case!

As the global vegan population continues to grow, we should expect to see more of these all-vegan, fast food restaurants appearing in many locations across the world.

How to Eat Safely During Travel

Much planning and coordination surrounds taking a trip. Whether you’re going to a neighboring country or halfway across the world, you must decide when to go, where to stay, what to pack, what to do, and so on. Depending on where you are going, you may even be required to have certain immunizations before you travel. One very important thing you must do to prepare for your travels is to consider how you will eat safely in a foreign country. People who are not careful about this often spend half of their trip or more suffering from upset stomach, diarrhea, dehydration or worse. In some instances, carelessness can lead to diseases such as typhoid, cholera or hepatitis A. The following guidelines can help you learn how to eat safely during travels and avoid some common pitfalls.

Good Habits

Some of the guidelines for safe eating abroad are just commonsense habits that we take for granted. Take hand washing, for example. At home, we know that it is generally a good idea to wash our hands before a meal. However, if we fail to wash up before eating the results are typically not catastrophic. In other countries, however, strains of bacteria that our bodies are not accustomed to may be present. Exposure to these bacteria can cause problems.

At home, we know that we should wash any raw fruits or vegetables that we plan to consume. When travelling, make sure to avoid any such foods unless you are able to wash them (scrubbing vigorously) yourself.

The point is that when it comes to healthy and hygienic eating habits, it is important to be extra vigilant and fastidious when travelling than when at home.


Part of the excitement and adventure of visiting a foreign country is sampling the local flavor. You should not be afraid to try foods that are new to you, so long as you keep some safety guidelines in mind. First, try to dine only in eating establishments that appear to be clean and orderly. This may be difficult in places where street vendors are the order of the day. In general, trust your instincts and use common sense.

Eat only food that appears to be fresh, just-cooked food that is very hot on the restaurant. Food that has been kept warm for any amount of time should be avoided at all costs. Avoid food that has been exposed to flies or other insects. Dairy products such as milk, cream, and cheese should be avoided unless they are pasteurized and refrigerated. Before consuming any seafood, shellfish, meat or poultry, make sure you can confirm that it is cooked thoroughly. If you cannot, – don’t touch it!


When travelling abroad, it is generally a good idea to stick to bottled water. Water quality levels can vary greatly from area to area and it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you do not have access to bottled water, you can boil water to purify it. Unless you are sure it’s made from purified water, it is also a good idea to avoid ice in drinks.

Travel Tips That Everyone Should Know

This article lists a few important tips that will help each and every person during their travel.

1. Safety aspects: There are various safety aspects that have to be considered while traveling. The person traveling to a new country should make sure they understand all about the place where they are traveling to. This will give them a basic idea of the safety in that country or place. A few phone numbers are also very important for the person. The phone numbers of the local police and also the local contacts should always be at hand as it may come in handy during an emergency situation. There are various aspects of safety that the person should consider. Terrorism, accidents, burglary, wild animals are some of the things from which the person has to be safe. The safety aspects depend on the place where the traveling is being done.

2. Insurance: The insurance is also very important if the person is traveling to another country. There are various kinds of insurances available. The person should have a traveler’s insurance policy for medical benefits and also for accident benefits. The insurance should be taken care of before the person goes on the visit.

3. Currency exchange: The person should also make sure that they have adequate amount of money in the currency of the country to which the travel is being undertaken. Various denominations of money will also help. Traveler’s cheques could also help. These days, the debit card and the credit cards have made life easy for travelers.

4. Food and water: The person should be very careful about the food and water that is being consumed. This is because the change in the food and water can cause diseases. Food is cooked and so the chances of disease are less. The water that is consumed should be very safe for drinking and good bottled water might help prevent water borne diseases.

5. Vaccination: There are certain important vaccinations that should be had before a person visits certain countries. This will prevent diseases that are very common in some countries.

6. Pre planning: The travel should be planned properly and the itinerary should be clear. This will help the person have a safe and also a comfortable journey wherever the person goes. Travel planning even up to the return journey will make life simple.