When you visit a city and are interested in learning about its culture, there is no better way than to experience the cuisine which makes it unique from other places around the world. Dining is the ultimate experience for immersion and a food tour embraces a city’s soul. Baton Rouge offers great food tours during which you will gobble up some of its culture, as well.
If the phrase “the song remembers when” can bring you back to a place in time when you heard that particular song, it’s even more true for food. Try eating gumbo when you’re away from Louisiana and it will remind you of when you were in South Louisiana and tried it for the first time. You will remember where you were, who you were with, and how enjoyable the experience was. In short, you will re-live your memory all over again. Baton Rouge, and all of South Louisiana, offers cuisine like nowhere else in the world, so your enjoyment of food here will certainly create memories that will make you want to come back and visit.
Eating is more than just putting food in your stomach. Eating employs all five senses:
- Seeing: First, you eat with your eyes. That first moment when your eyes make contact with what you’re about to eat is the first inclination of how much you may enjoy the dish.
- Hearing: Secondly, you hear the food – whether it’s food sizzling on a platter or the “oh’s” and “ah’s” of those around you, what you hear goes a long way towards how much the dish will satisfy.
- Smelling: Third, that first whiff of food can entice you to want to dive into the dish, or can turn you off from even wanting to take that first bite.
- Tasting: Fourth, you taste it. Of course, this is the ultimate test of how much you will enjoy the dish – what happens in your mouth. Is your first impression, “Oh, it’s so delicious”? Is it too spicy? Is there an herb or seasoning that you do or don’t like? All of that happens in your first bite, and very quickly. After that, it’s either extremely pleasant, so-so, or something you don’t ever want to taste again.
- Touching: Fifth, you touch the food. If it’s a finger food, how does it feel? Is it greasy? Is it mushy? Is it tough to cut? Even before it enters your mouth, touch may help determine your impression of what you are about to taste.
Baton Rouge’s cuisine is unique, found nowhere else in the world. In its short history, each culture that occupied the city brought with it its own foods, and the blending of those is what makes Baton Rouge’s food so distinctive. French, British, Spanish, American Indians, and the African and migrant populations all contributed to today’s Baton Rouge cuisine.
Besides ensuring memorable tastes, food tours do other things for the traveler. Food tour groups are typically rather small and you will meet other like-minded individuals. You’ll get a chance to get out on the town and learn about what’s in the area and beyond. You’ll even learn about some of the city’s best kept secrets on its restaurants and attractions, something that you may not find out about by just Googling.
If you’ve never been on a food tour and don’t know where to start, these sites will provide the information you need:
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