How to eat at great restaurants when traveling

I consider myself a minor league foodie. By this I mean that there is nothing very sophisticated or educated about my food obsession, other than the fact that I simply love good food. And because I wouldn’t say that I really love to cook, I’m a person who loves good food in a restaurant.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, or complicated, or even hard to pronounce… it simply has to be delicious.  For this reason, I am a firm believer that every amazing vacation should include great food.  There are very few destinations on my list of places I have immensely enjoyed visiting that didn’t offer this component.  (Besides maybe the Czech Republic. I loved Prague...hated the food!)

As such, I like to make it a point to discuss this topic with clients when creating custom itineraries. Would they prefer reservations every night for the hottest restaurants in town? Are they going to trust the concierge to point them in the right direction? Or do they plan on wandering down unknown streets and simply pop into wherever is calling their name? None of these approaches is wrong, but just in case they find themselves at a loss and in a country that isn’t as yelp friendly as they’re used to, I like to give some recommendations so they feel prepared in this department

The following is a list I included in a custom itinerary for a client’s recent trip to Sydney.

I myself have only been to Sydney once, and it was years ago, before I was in the habit of noting extraordinary restaurants I might stumble upon. As such, this list was mostly done from research. However, checking in with clients when they return is a good opportunity to learn and continue to refine my knowledge. According to them, a dinner at Mr. Wong’s was LIFE CHANGING (emphasis theirs), a delicious meal at Home Thai proved to be so legit, and an afternoon spent at Bondi Iceberg Club right on the beach was a wonderful way to relax, take in the beautiful views, and enjoy some cocktails. They shared with me a few of their own faves they discovered from their trip that I can now add to my list and feel confident in recommending the next time I have clients heading to Sydney!

Is this something you might find helpful when you're out traveling the world?