One helpful resource is called MealSharing.com. It’s basically a social-media network for foodies, where you can join a meal hosted by a local. The idea isn’t to go out to the hottest restaurant; it’s to spend time with locals and share cultures over a home-cooked meal. Oh, and it’s free.
Cookening was founded by French foodies, and lets you dine with locals in their homes. You can filter your options by what languages they speak, the type of food, and how much you should contribute.
Other similar programs include Eat With, which can be found all over Europe, and With Locals, which connects travelers in Asia.
But, are they safe? All these networks have some built-in security features, like detailed profiles and reviews from other users. You can also communicate with hosts in advance, so don’t be afraid to ask questions before showing up for dinner.
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