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Take a World Cuisine Dining Tour Close to Home

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September 01, 2020 By Karen Rice

Many folks in Northwest Arkansas may not be travelling this Labor Day weekend, due to the current pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside of your normal routine. Staycations can be perfect ways to rest and recharge without having to travel far from home. Staycations tend to be affordable ways to spend time together for those who perhaps do not have the budget to travel, those who prefer the convenience of remaining nearby, or—in our current circumstances—prefer to stay safely at home.

A break from meal planning and preparation is part of the allure of traditional vacations. But just because you’re choosing a staycation does not mean that you need to forgo the respite from cooking nightly meals. In fact, staycations can be ideal times to explore the various dining opportunities your local community offers - even providing a way to “tour the world” through global cuisine. Northwest Arkansas boasts a great array of restaurants offering a wide variety of foods from countries around the world. Here are some tips for maximizing your staycation dining experience.

· Choose from crowd favorites. Check out the cuisine your friends and neighbors have discovered by visiting The Best of NWA, (https://bestnwa.com/2019-winners-menu.html) and see what you’ve been missing out on!

· Plot your map. Make a list of the types of cuisines you want to sample based on regions of the world and match them to nearby recommended restaurants. Your culinary tour can be narrowed down to a specific geographical region, such as Mexico, or broadened depending on the restaurants in the area.

· Learn about the culture. Do a little research into what comprises the menu of certain cultures so that you can select truly traditional dishes rather than Americanized versions. This brief history lesson also may offer insight into particular traditions behind food preparation methods.

· Use their expertise. Ask the chef or restaurant staff to make their recommendations on what you should try for authentic dishes. Many restaurants are anxious to share information and put together a tasting menu, even if it isn’t on the main menu.

· Support local businesses. An added benefit of this hometown global cuisine tour is that you will be keeping money in our community by supporting local businesses. Encourage others to do their own restaurant tours by recommending certain establishments and sharing positive experiences on social media.

Dining out is a key component of vacations and travel. Staycations also can incorporate a tour of culinary delights without having to stray far from home.


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