Have you heard of BonAppetour?? It is a platform that brings travellers and locals together. Locals from a particular town/city become host to travellers for lunch/dinner and offer them an authentic foodie experience. All one needs to do is find whether the city they are travelling to that has BonAppetour hosts, and then register to book an experience with the host of your choice.
During my last trip to Italy I booked a dinner experience with Andrea and his wife Giovanna, locals from Florence. I had no idea what to expect in terms of food quality, ambience or experience. But it definitely felt something I really wanted to do even though it was slightly strange to knock on a someone’s door and start eating with them.
I arrived at Andrea and Giovanna’s house to warm smiles and a large bowl of homely pumpkin risotto. Giovanna was very kind and even asked me if I wanted the recipe.
We chatted about all things Italian and where I was traveling. Since Andrea was fluent in English, we both spoke more and his wife served me helpings of wine. We started the meal with fresh salad in which the tomatoes were brought from the farms in the Tuscan countryside. Both of them made sure I ate well. After the salad came the grilled fish which made me pretty full. I took me long to finish it and therefore I skipped the usual coffee after the meal ritual and instead agreed on dessert. Chocolate mousse with strawberries dipped in wine! Who would say no to that?!
Giovanna was a brilliant cook and a trained singer who invited me to her concert the next day but unfortunately since I was leaving Florence the next morning I could not go.
Nevertheless, Bonappetour gave me wonderful friends in Andrea and Giovanna. They were kind to drop me back to my hotel and even welcomed me back whenever I visit Florence again.
So what are you waiting for?? Taste the world with Bonappetour!