Traveling is easier than it’s ever been. Thousands of flights crisscross the U.S. every day and fuel efficient cars make road trips a breeze. With more destinations within reach, people are finding more reasons to take a trip. The growing culinary tourism market is evidence that foodies are hungry for experiences that reach beyond their plate. Would you travel for authentic, regional cuisine? Here are a few reasons why you should make time for culinary travel.
Fresh ingredients make a huge difference
Freezing and shipping food items can impact the quality of your ingredients. For example, freshly-caught salmon from the rivers of the Northwest or lobster caught off the coasts of Maine simply taste better when it doesn’t have to be thawed.
Local hands with local techniques
Many recipes and preparation techniques are passed down through generations. Regional specialties like Southern biscuits are perfected in tradition that just can’t be duplicated elsewhere. Preparing a fabled dish is as much an art as it is science.
Food reflects culture
There’s more to a dish than its flavors. Food is at the soul of local culture, where regionally available ingredients help shape distinct cuisines. Recipes tell stories of where they came from, and the food usually tastes better from the source.
There’s only one way to crown a winner
Some foods are prepared differently is each region. For example, New York pizza and Chicago deep dish have competed for decades. Perhaps the most hotly debated genre is barbecue. Texas, the Carolinas, Memphis, and St. Louis style barbecue each have their own unique flavors, ingredients and techniques. If you’re going to crown one style a winner, you’ll need to take in the entire experience.
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