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eating crawfish

Let me just say: being a Southerner in California — and no, I don’t mean I’m from El Centro — makes me sometimes feel like I’m from another country entirely. And being Cajun in Southern Cali? I might as well be from another planet. The whole concept of eating crawfish, listening to “weird” accordion music, and putting red pepper on every dish makes me an anomaly among my friends. I’ve grown accustomed to scoffing at anyone’s attempt to make decent Cajun food. If I want good gumbo, I go to Louisiana. But occasionally I am pleasantly surprised to find an…

Before visiting Poland, all I knew about its cuisine was that it was meat- and potato-heavy. While I don’t normally consume copious amounts of that combination, I didn’t mind the prospect of doing so. As it turns out, I was flat out surprised at some of the menu items I ended up eating. Yes, the old standbys of pork and pierogi were on most menus, but exciting things are happening in the world of contemporary Polish cuisine. Here are a few of my culinary highlights.

You hear a lot about not eating certain foods or drinking water in specific places, and it’s enough to make you not want to eat at all when going there. But what’s the fun of traveling if you don’t enjoy a little local cuisine? My advice? Be smart about what and where you eat. 1. Only Eat Fruit That’s Been Washed I learned this lesson, not in another country, but in Little Havana in Miami. We picked up a mango on Calle Ocho and heartily enjoyed it. Later, both my ex and I were terribly sick. Likely it was fertilized…

Food is a major part of what I love about traveling. But sometimes you end up eating a bad meal, and that’s no fun. The food in tourist-heavy areas of a city tends to be lower quality, so I do my best to avoid it. Here are my tips for finding the best restaurants and bites, no matter where you’re traveling. 1. Hop on Yelp I rely hugely on Yelp to see what other people think of restaurants, both while traveling and at home in San Diego. I’ve found the reviews to be pretty accurate, and try to only choose…