The Food Lover’s Guide to the Best Staycation This Year

There’s still a delicious world to discover without leaving your own town.

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First, Ask Yourself Some Questions

  • What’s your city known for?
  • What does your budget look like?
  • What haven’t you had a chance to explore yet?
  • What kinds of food goals do you have?

Use Resources to Guide You

Some of the most helpful resources I’ve found are Yelp, Thrillist, Serious Eats, Zomato and Trip Advisor. Use these to help you get started.

Treat It Like a Vacation

Next, even though you’re not going anywhere, treat your food tour as you would a travel itinerary. Creating a plan gives your days some structure so you can fulfill your food tour goals.

Embrace Variety

Having a variety of different activities will enrich the experience. Which is why I’ve crafted my week-long ultimate home food tour with a variety of experiences to make each day new and exciting. It gives you something new to look forward to each day.

My Ultimate Week-Long Food Tour

Sometimes a little structure can help put our plans into motion. If you need more guidance on creating your food tour experience, here’s my epic week-long food tour that I turn to whenever I’m feeling stuck in old habits. Take it. Modify it as it fits with your needs. But go do it. Your town has a ton of deliciousness to offer.

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Day One

Hit up your local farmers market and stock up on the seasonal goodness. Supporting your farmers markets means supporting your local growers and artisan makers.

Day Two

Today you get to finally visit that restaurant you’ve been meaning to go to. The one that keeps popping up on top ten lists. The one you say you’ll visit but we both know if you don’t do it now, you will with 100% certainty move away one day and regret not trying the handmade dumplings for the rest of your life.

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Day Three

Start your day right by picking up a box of pastries from a local bakery and having a picnic at your favorite park. Pack a blanket, utensils, napkins, sanitizing wipes and head over to the shop with the best baked goods in town. Then find a quiet spot on a nearby lawn or underneath the trees and enjoy a leisurely morning waking up with the birds.

Day Four

Visit a specialty market; find something you’ve never cooked with before and craft a meal around it. Getting out of our comfort zone will help you grow, in cooking and life in general. Think of it like a scavenger hunt at a local specialty goods store. What new treat can you find today?

Day Five

The craft coffee scene is booming. Now’s a good chance to check out a roaster you’ve never been to before. Support your local shop and buy a bag of beans directly from them. Small roasters have insanely fresh coffee beans.

Day Six

For today, pick a cuisine you’ve never tried before. Type that into your favorite search resource and eat from the first place that comes up.

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Day Seven

On this last day of the epic food tour staycation, take a virtual day trip to a nearby winery. Tons of businesses have expanded their offerings to provide virtual events. That means you can get your own private guide at the comfort of your own home. Pretty sweet deal.

Go Forth and Eat

Well, there you have it. My tried and true week-long food tour guaranteed to inspire you to reconnect with your city in a delicious way, while supporting your local businesses.

A full-time writer and all-the-time promoter of cheese boards. milawrites.com

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