food safety

Weird Foods

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One of the things I enjoy the most about traveling is trying new foods.  Over the years, I’ve eaten some adventurous things.

Eating fried caterpillars in Zimbabwe

 

Freshly caught piranha in Brazil

 

Stuffed rabbit in Cuba

 

Grilled guinea pig in Ecuador

 

How adventurous of an eater are you when you travel?  Check out the list below and start counting!

 

Weird Food Bucket List: 60 Strange Foods From Around the World

 

For what it’s worth, I’ve eaten 20 of the 60 foods.  So much more good stuff to try!

 

If you want to eat adventurously, but worry about dying, I have a whole chapter in my book that explains how to eat and drink safely in a foreign country.

 

 

The absolute worst food I’ve ever eaten. Duck blood soup (served over raw pig lungs) in Vietnam

 

“Street Meat”

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Most guidebooks will instruct you to “never eat street food.”

 

That’s bullshit.  Street food is often the safest option for travelers.  It’s prepared fresh and is still hot.  It hasn’t sat overnight on a rat and cockroach infested counter in a restaurant kitchen waiting to be rewarmed in a microwave.  Besides that.  It’s delicious.  Just look at all of these amazing street foods at the link below:

 

Best Street Food Around the World: 50 Favorite Street Food Dishes

 

I’ve eaten most of the foods listed for the countries I’ve visited and have not yet gotten sick from any “street meat.”.

 

Look for a vendor who is cooking the food in front of you and a long line of locals.  If you do that, you’ll likely be fine.

 

If you want some more information on street dining, pick up a copy of my book or check out the links below.

 

How to Eat Street Food Anywhere in the World Without Getting Sick

THE ULTIMATE STREET FOOD SAFETY CHECKLIST: HOW TO EAT LIKE A CAUTIOUS LOCAL

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony Bourdain’s International Dining Tips

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Many of my friends who haven’t traveled much are scared to death to eat the local food in another country.  When they travel. they only eat at American-owned restaurants like Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and McDonalds in the misguided attempt to avoid food-borne illness.

Not only are those folks missing out on some amazing local food, they are actually more likely to get sick.

Foreign versions of American chain restaurants catering to tourists have some of the worst food handling practices on the planet. Stay away from them!

In the article below, Anthony Bourdain explains how to find a good local restaurant in another country.

Anthony Bourdain’s Tips For Eating Great When Traveling Abroad

 

 

 

You can read more food safety tips in my book’s chapterEating and Drinking Without Dying.”

 

 

 

 

Some of the above links (from Amazon.com) are affiliate links.   As an Amazon associate I earn a small percentage of the sale price from qualifying purchases.

If you would like to further support my work, head over to my Patreon page.