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Adventurous eaters love to find the richest, most unusual, and of course tastiest treats from around the world to tempt their palettes. It's no surprise that this kind of appetite can run into money, as foods “off the beaten path” tend to come from establishments that are more concerned with the quality and flavor of the food than with keeping prices affordable. Often, these exciting and exotic dishes are found at exclusive eateries using only the finest ingredients. People with an appetite for adventure can feel at a loss for how to excite their taste buds when they find themselves on a budget. Thinking creatively about their budget and desire for flavor adventure, though, leads frugal foodies to get the best of both worlds.
Prioritize Food Fun
Look In Surprising Places
Go With A Group
Dining family-style can help bring food costs down in a major way. Instead of going with one other person and ordering your own individual meals, grab a big group of friends and organize a menu mix-and-match. Restaurant portion sizes are almost always too big for one person these days, so a group of six people can get away with ordering four entrees or several appetizers to feed everyone. Splitting the bill brings down your payment in a big way, and you also get the chance to taste so many more menu items than if you all ordered your own plates.
Shop For Food Fairs and Special Events
Lots of exotic, upscale restaurants share their food with the general public at events like street fairs and food festivals. Look for these kinds of events in your area; though prices vary, you can often pay a one-time admission fee and then sample a certain number of foods for free. This is a great way to sample many different foods for one low price. Keep your eyes open also for special events at restaurants you want to try; they occasionally offer a prix-fixe menu at a lower-than-normal price to let diners sample items across their menu.
Cook It Yourself
Do you know how many food blogs are out there on the Internet? You can find a recipe for just about anything you could ever want to try, and making it at home is almost always cheaper than eating it in a restaurant. You may need to invest a bit in some essentials like proteins, spices, and other pricier items, but will end up saving overall compared to dining out. You can also control the meal yourself and tweak an exotic meal to combine all your favorite flavors in one place.
Dining adventurously can be expensive, but it certainly doesn't have to be. If you have an adventuresome dining personality, think creatively about how to satisfy your exotic cravings without breaking the bank and find solutions that fit your lifestyle. Employ the same spirit of adventure that dominates your taste buds in finding a way to make dining on a budget work.