years, I confessed to being a painfully picky eater. More recently, I have been pondering how the years of travel had opened not only my mind, but my palate, slowly transform the meal into something I looked towards rather than dreaded. However, my biggest takeaway of share this journey is that I’m not and was never alone, because like many food obsessed by travellers that there is out there, there also lots of learning quietly to murmur “no mushrooms please” in several languages.
If you are too picky about food and it wishes to you since, or stresses you out on trips, I get it. I remember very distinctly thinking in the past that even if I want to go one day in Goa and Kerala, I literally did not know what I was eating. I will remember always 2015 as the year that I realized there are actually Indian dishes I love – the world opening guard!
no matter what stage of Restos Picky you are, there are a few tips to help you travel without fear while remaining well fed.
1. Plan Ahead
the local cuisine of your destination before the arrival of the research and to identify some dishes ahead that you think that you might be able to enjoy. Read your guide food section. If you have a friend or acquaintance who traveled to your destination, ask them if they have a good suggestion for a command of “starter”. Otherwise, crowdsource! I always recommend Thailand related to friends to try massaman curry first, the softer the menu.
If you are heading to, say, Greece, try a Greek restaurant at home. You may be able to explain your situation and get recommendations while still in familiar territory and with less of a barrier of the language.
2. Order with care
if there are ingredients you hate, learn how to say them in the local language. I know how to say “no olives please” all over the world! Upon arrival, you can ask a local to write a note to show you the servers in restaurants.
are not embarrassed to ask questions or recommendations, assuming that it is not a major language barrier. Try to order two appetizers instead of an entry to increase the chances that you will find something you like or that you like, and is therefore less food waste if you are not in what you order.
, while I eat meat, I found vegetarian and vegan restaurants to be areas enough without trial when you travel – they are used for clients with a lot of dietary restrictions and preferences, and food tends to be prepared with lots of love.
3. Snack Pack
, while I certainly don’t recommend packing a suitcase full of pop tarts, I believe that it is a good idea to pack a staple of home comforts. Even today, I like traveling with a few my favorite oatmeal packets. Have something, you know that you like on the spot can be great for those days of long journey when you arrive in a new city and just don’t have the energy to look for something that you can stomach.
but be careful if you are crossing international borders – of things like fresh fruit, deli meats and other popular snacks can be banned by the Customs authorities.
4. Do not miss
does not give the chance to meet because you’re worried about being able to enjoy the food or drink some part I love eating outside even if I still cringe when friends want to just ‘control a lot of things and share!”or split a bottle of red wine for the table. My biggest advice must be satisfied without complex but do not ask others to make concessions for you – tell them to go on and order the seafood platter and you will be happy with this salad of your choice. If you are really concerned by their ability to eat anything in the menu dining advance and join for drinks.
more importantly, do not allow guilt and hunger to the rule of your trip. I found that being apologetic about your food preferences prompt others to comment, judge and even slightly make fun of you. If someone gives you a hard time about your eating habits, look them in the eyes and tell them politely that you tried some point they grow on you several times and you like and then change the subject. Be sure of him goes a long way.
the situation is a little different if you are with the host who has done something from scratch, or is offered something you would feel awkward refuses. I can’t tell you how many beers I’ve secretly dumped into sewers or quietly handed over to someone else, knowing I have would go against by saying «thank you!» Home cooked, sit down dinners are the most delicate situation picky eating travellers will face. I will not say that I have never tampered with an allergy. But honestly, I have not found a solution other than to strangle down while what is put in front of me in an effort to stay friendly. If there is something I really do not want to eat, like fish, I might try to hide in anything I do, as the rice – or worse cases, try to swallow without chewing. I want to kind of gagging just thinking about. If you have a better suggestion, please let us know of the!
5. Try the a new thing
, I’m not saying you need to order a local beer if you you like not coffee. But I challenged me to try things I’ve not had before from time to time, or to be a little brave in my purchasing market. I’m an ambivalent meat eater as a first step, so you certainly won’t find me pushing me to try exotic animals or insects, for example, but I have will be often encourage to reach me new fruits and vegetables (mushrooms and olives being obvious exceptions !)
this year, I challenged myself to allow beets in my plate. Now I eat them regularly. I love beets and would I never them buy me to the store at home? Lol but I found that I do not really fear their rape in a dish. It is a less modification of order I have to do when entering a salad on the go.
you have more tips for people affected by a picky palate and nostalgia? Please, share below… and good trip!