Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love.
This is the very best way to get off the tourist trail and eat authentic food, like a local and with locals. In our experience, being able to bring home or recreate a flavor from a travel experience is by far the best souvenir you can take home.