No matter what continent you’re from, where you live or who you are, experiencing food is a central part of life.
Travelling is popular for a lot of reasons. For some, meeting and learning about new and interesting people can be the motivation. Sight seeing and exploring unfamiliar territory draws some to explore new lands. Experiencing new and different food is often has a significant part travelling to new places.
Not only are you likely to experience foods that are new to you, there is also the chance to experience ethnic food you may have tried at home under different and less authentic circumstances. Eating Sushi in Tokyo, for example, will give you a much more distinct experience than any fusion Sushi place in your neighbourhood. Sitting at a table with Japanese locals, drinking fresh green tea, snacking on ginger while chefs prepare fresh Sushi right in front of you is an unbeatable and delicious experience.
While travelling, food can often surprise travellers. The variety of flavors and dishes to be found around the world are surely unfamiliar. Food may have different colors, peculiar textures and strange garnishes then what a traveler is accustom to. You might find yourself surrounded by strange smells in a Taiwanese night market, for example, or maybe you’re brave enough to taste the stinky tofu which comes by its' name honestly. For the adventurous tourist, it is always fun to experience local specialties.
Even foods you are think you know, may be very different when you’re away from home. It’s not unusual when travelling to be a bit thrown off by a new language. The result can sometimes mean you aren’t 100 percent sure what you have ordered! For example, processed cheese in the U.S. cannot compete with the fresh Swiss cheese made from real milk found in Switzerland. In France ordering a fruit bowl, can literally imply receiving a bowl of unprepared fruit while you were expecting a fruit salad.
The world is rapidly becoming more globalized which allows us to access different meals from all over the world. Immigrants have influenced the food culture in a city like Vancouver that is a total melting pot of nationalities.
Here you can spot plenty of Sushi, Mongolian, Indian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Mexican and other ethnic restaurants everywhere you go. On our Commercial Drive, Little Italy tour, you can see how the area has been greatly influenced by Italian culture. Numerous Italian restaurants exist here that have been operating for more than 35 years. Many of these stores import wonderful Italian food, contributing to the authenticity of the neighbourhood with just a dash of Canadian.
All of our tours offer interesting history about the areas we tour in and the food we find along the way. Some tours lean more toward the history of the area, while others lean toward the food of the area. All of them offer an exciting culinary experience that offers a delicious taste of Vancouver.
For more information on the tours offered by Taste Vancouver Food Tours, click here.
By Amelie C. Grassl