food tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4601/all en-US How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/italian_street_food_in_venice.jpg" alt="Italian street food in Venice" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people would never dream of buying street food from a stall when traveling, and with the number of horror stories out there, that's understandable. Reports of widespread contamination and severe food-borne illnesses are common. As a result, choosing the right stall can feel like a minefield if you don't know what to look for.</p> <p>I've been seriously ill many times in my eight years of traveling, but in my experience, it's nearly as likely to come from a nice sit down restaurant as from a street food stall.</p> <p>Street stalls are an important part of the culture in many countries, and they are where you'll find some of the most delicious and authentic cuisine. They also happen to be a cheap way to eat well. It pays to be cautious, but there's no need to miss out on street food altogether if you follow a few basic rules. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Only eat at local mealtimes</h2> <p>Wherever you are, spend a little time figuring out what time people tend to eat their meals. One way to do this is to observe the areas that serve street food and make a mental note of when they get busy. You can also ask a local resident for the inside scoop. Once you're armed with the local mealtimes, stick to them rigidly and make sure that the stall you choose is bustling before you start to order.</p> <p>If you arrive before or after peak times, you won't know how long the food ingredients have been sitting around. You want a stall with a high turnover, constantly refreshing their ingredients and swapping out utensils and containers. When it comes to street food, it's always best to follow the crowd.</p> <h2>Look closely at the queue</h2> <p>In almost every other aspect of life, queues are looked at as a tedious and unnecessary waste of time. But if there is not a line of people waiting to order at the stall and you've followed the point above, then you should be questioning why.</p> <p>Put simply, queues mean quality, because people don't stand in line unless they know they're going to get something that's worth waiting for. Consider queues your best friend. They don't just mean that the food will be tasty, but they virtually guarantee that it will be fresh and safe to eat.</p> <p>In areas where competition for street food vendors is high, this applies even more so. Quite often, street food stalls that sell exactly the same dishes will group together in one place. Though it seems counterintuitive, the economies of agglomeration mean that it's actually beneficial for vendors to do this, as a higher volume of similar stalls attracts a higher number of buyers. Don't go rogue and be the person that chooses to save time by heading to the place with no queue. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Watch the preparation of the food</h2> <p>One of the greatest things about street food is the element of theater that comes with it. Watching chefs elaborately toss ingredients in the air with their wok, or chop fresh produce at lightning speed can be as entertaining an experience as eating the food itself. But more important than the open air performance is the fact that watching the preparation means you can plainly see how hygienic their methods are.</p> <p>Take a look at the preparation surfaces that are in use: Are they clean as a whistle or covered in flies? Does the stall owner look like they have decent standards of personal hygiene? Where is the raw food being kept? Is it out in the sun or carefully packed away in a cooler or refrigerator? Watch closely for a few minutes before you make your choice, and if you're not happy with how the food is being prepared, move on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>If it doesn't taste right, don't continue</h2> <p>When it comes to food, using the sniff and poke test to determine whether something is safe to eat is not a good idea. Just because it smells fine, that doesn't necessarily mean it's not going to be harmful. Food could appear on the surface to be perfectly fine and still be riddled with illness-causing bacteria. That said, if a dish smells or tastes terrible, then you should definitely err on the side of caution and take it as a sign that something is potentially off or rotten.</p> <p>A solid rule of thumb to follow is that if it doesn't seem right, then just don't continue eating it. There's no need to be rude, but you should let the cooks know that something doesn't seem quite right, so they don't pass on contaminated food to other customers. You may have paid for it already, but it's really not worth the risk. You should, quite literally, go with your gut in this instance.</p> <h2>Eat cooked food or peelable food</h2> <p>If it's not cooked, or not peelable, then don't let it pass your lips. In many countries, there are delicacies that are made from raw eggs, raw vegetables, and even raw meat. Though they may be lovely and perfectly safe for those who are used to eating them, don't play Russian roulette with your digestive system. If you are desperate to try one of these dishes, then it's far better to go to a restaurant that you have reference-checked thoroughly beforehand than to take a gamble on the street.</p> <p>Always be sure to check that food is piping hot throughout, as partial heating is a surefire way to encourage bacterial growth. You can always ask for something to be cooked longer if you're unsure. When it comes to fruit, stick to the stuff that's peelable. A removable skin is nature's promise of sterility within.</p> <h2>What to do if the worst does happen</h2> <p>If you do end up getting sick, the first and most important thing to do is remain hydrated by drinking lots of water, because it's essential to replace any fluids you lose when you're sick. Get lots of rest, as it will help your body recover quickly. Remember, most bouts of food poisoning won't last longer than three days. It's not usually necessary to take any medication for sickness or diarrhea and it will ordinarily just run its course naturally.</p> <p>If your symptoms are severe, or they haven't improved after three days, then you should get in touch with a medical professional to seek further help.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Eat%2520Street%2520Food%2520Safely%2520While%2520Traveling.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-big-with-a-dream-wedding-overseas">Save Big With a Dream Wedding Overseas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-podcasts-for-travel-lovers">6 Podcasts for Travel Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel food poisoning food tips international travel safe travel safety tips street food travel tips Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1969596 at http://www.wisebread.com Mix 'n match your food to save money http://www.wisebread.com/mix-n-match-your-food-to-save-money <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/tasty_food.jpg" alt="Tasty food" title="Tasty food" width="300" height="220" /> </p> <p>Is there any way out of the &quot;I love to eat but I don&#39;t want to cook all the time!&quot; dilemma? Will there ever be a way to eat consistent, healthy, homecooked meals without slaving in the kitchen all the time? Read on, and tell me what you think. </p> <p>First, a little background: I love to eat well. When I&#39;m working full-time, though, there are days when I&#39;m lucky to be able to throw some snacks in a bag so I don&#39;t starve all day (or dent my bank account eating out all the time). There are days when I forget to eat and days when I keep the chocolate companies in business. And when I come home, most of the time I&#39;m not ready to start cooking. I need my down time, time to relax and hang out and take care of all the things I couldn&#39;t take care of all day because I was working. But I still want good meals.</p> <p>For a while, this was a problem without a solution. I found myself either eating the same thing every day because it was cheap at Costco, relatively healthy, and didn&#39;t require me to cook anything, or spending a lot of money, when I multiplied it over every day for a month, eating at a local cafe. I was frustrated and unhappy with myself and fed up with how I was eating. Then, one night, I made pasta. </p> <p>I mixed up a ton of sauce, but then realized that I only had a couple servings of spaghetti, so all the sauce was going to go to waste (because going to the grocery store when it&#39;s not a weeked doesn&#39;t happen). I sighed, and put the sauce in the fridge because I couldn&#39;t bear throwing it away before it was bad. Over the next several days, I kept seeing the sauce and feeling guilty for wasting it. One night, I was making a quesadilla and had it all finished when I realized I was out of salsa. I saw the pasta sauce, and added it to the quesadilla, for a surprisingly good (though different) taste. That quesadilla woke me up. </p> <p>Over the next several days, I put that pasta sauce to all sorts of uses. I put it in tortillas, mixed it with my otherwise-plain veggies, even ate some of it with a rice dish I didn&#39;t particularly enjoy. <em>Instead of thinking in meals, I was thinking in individual items and how they could go together</em>. Awesome!!</p> <p>Now, instead of either slaving or despairing, I make sure that I have something (and many times more than one thing) around that can contribute to many individual meals. I have sauces that can be used on sandwiches, as salad dressing, with pasta, as a topping for rice, and as a mix-in for veggies. I cook up ground beef so I can make tacos, burritos, enchiladas, even meaty pasta sauce. I don&#39;t get bored with my food, yet I can whip up a &quot;meal&quot; quite quickly. I never have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen at once (because cooking one of these sauces or meats doesn&#39;t take nearly as long as cooking a whole meal), but I still get to cook my own food and eat as healthily as I want to.</p> <p>Here are a couple of my favorite recipes and serving suggestions for each one:</p> <p><strong>Killer Mexican Ground Meat</strong></p> <p>1 lb. ground beef or turkey<br />1-2 cloves garlic (or 3, if my husband is eating)<br />onion powder to taste<br />chili powder to taste<br />cilantro to taste<br />cumin to taste</p> <p>Brown ground meat with garlic and spices. </p> <p><strong>Add to</strong>: tacos, sandwiches, roll-ups, panini, chili, soup, salads, enchiladas, pasta sauce</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1655,129182-251198,00.html" title="cooks.com"><strong>White Sauce</strong></a></p> <p>THIN WHITE SAUCE:</p> <p>1 tablespoon butter<br />1 tablespoon flour<br />1/2 teaspoon salt<br />1 cup milk or 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water</p> <p>MEDIUM WHITE SAUCE:</p> <p>2 tablespoons butter<br />2 tablespoons flour<br />1/2 teaspoon salt<br />1 cup milk or 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water</p> <p>THICK WHITE SAUCE:</p> <p>3 or 4 tablespoons butter<br />3 tablespoons flour<br />1/2 teaspoon salt<br />1 cup milk or one half cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water</p> <p>Melt butter in a sauce pan and whisk in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually stir in cold milk, cooking over direct heat and stirring constantly until sauce boils; reduce heat slightly and continue to stir until sauce becomes smooth and thick. When sauce thickens, simmer for an additional 10 minutes over very low heat, stirring occasionally.</p> <p>Stir carefully to avoid lumps. If sauce becomes lumpy, use a stick blender or rotary beater to blend out lumps or else press through a sieve. Wondra flour may be used to great advantage since this flour does not have a tendency to lump. <p><strong>Add to</strong>: <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1655,129182-251198,00.html" title="cooks.com">Cooks.com</a> says this can be used to make cheese sauce, onion sauce, and horseradish sauce, to name a few. I&#39;ve also used it to make dill sauce and different curry sauces to give my food an Indian or a Thai taste. Try it with pasta or as a soup base for something really different.</p> <p><strong>My latest favorite?</strong></p> <p>Andrea&#39;s <a href="/perfect-peanut-sauce" title="Peanut sauce"><strong>peanut sauce</strong></a> . Yummy and versatile! </p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/spine/" title="Rick&#39;s pics">rick</a> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mix-n-match-your-food-to-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/put-it-in-a-pie-for-fast-frugal-food">Put it in a Pie for Fast, Frugal Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Food food tips Mexican Food mix 'n match recipes sauce Fri, 27 Apr 2007 21:13:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 569 at http://www.wisebread.com