Remember when you were studying abroad in Italy and your best meal (by far) was that fluffy gnocchi at your host family's appartamento? Get ready to approximate that experience.
Adventurous foodies, meet EatWith.
Essentially Airbnb for kitchens, EatWith invites travelers to dine in the homes of locals around the world. And, holy meatballs, the meals are kind of incredible.
First, select your destination (currently 20 countries and counting). Then browse the upcoming events and set a date. Heading to Japan? Try making your own sushi in a Shinagawa loft (fish-market trip included!). Planning a visit to Israel? Sign up to make traditional challah with two Jewish grandmas. Having Milan withdrawals? Go back for a classic aperitivo.
Each event description includes the type of meal, menu and pricing info (dinners average $35 to $50 per person). Plenty of photos are also provided, so you can get a sense of what you’re digging into.
But is all this safe? Very. EatWith goes to great lengths to verify each and every host, as well as protect them with third-party insurance coverage. Every host is also asked to make a detailed user profile, and all transactions are completed through PayPal.
Don’t get your hopes up, but you just might find your next gnocchi.