Cuisine is a gateway to culture. Eating like the locals instantly helps you get to know a new country better, and when it comes to those more out-of-your-comfort-zone foods, it’s one of the best ways to embrace the unexpected. So we asked a few Go Ahead staff members what local specialities they were surprised to learn they really liked while traveling.
“I ate a starfish at the night market in China. It is amazing how it can be both crunchy and gooey at the same time!” – Kelly, Quality Control Manager
Barbecued baby octopus
“When I was in Tokyo, we explored the Nakamise shopping arcade, a lively, bright walkway with more than 50 shops with local foods and souvenirs. At the end, it leads up to the Asakusa Kannon Temple.” – Lynne, Director of Traffic & Communication
Black pudding hash
“During the Highlights of England, Ireland & Scotland, I had the opportunity to try black pudding hash. Black pudding is an integral part of a traditional Irish breakfast (though I had it for dinner!), made from pigs’ blood, onions, herbs, spices and oatmeal or barley. Mine was served with homemade mashed potatoes, squash and brown gravy. It was surprisingly delicious!” – Jennifer, Group Development Manager
Brown bread and caramel ice cream
“I had more than my fair share of brown bread during the Ireland Walking Tour, so when I saw this ice cream flavor at Murphy’s in Dingle, I had to try it.” – Jessie, Editor
“When I was in Italy, I went to this little mom-and-pop restaurant with no menu. The couple who ran the restaurant served up different dishes every day depending on what was fresh. When I went, we had tomato stew with tiny, whole octopi. I was nervous for the first bite, but loved it!” – Katie, Copywriter
“When I was in Australia I had crocodile chowder. It was really good actually! In fact, I’d eat it again if I had the opportunity.” – Jenny, Groups Tour Consultant
What’s was your biggest culinary surprise while traveling? Tell us in the comments below, or tweet us at @goaheadtours.