There are few things better then standing on a populated street in a foreign land, pedestrians, bicycles, taxis whizzing by, cows lolling in the shade, locals colorful and vibrant, and you're standing there holding a rolled up cone of newspaper stacked with the best street food anywhere.
This could be so many places; Mexico, India, Spain, North Africa.
I eat street food wherever I go because not only is it often delicious it can also provide the perfect backdrop for some of the most memorable times on the road, when the simple and sublime merge.
When I travel to more "exotic" destinations first off I make sure I'm heading into the trip as strong and healthy as possible. This is by far the best defense. Long before the trip, and actually in general, I sleep, eat well and exercise. All the things we know are going to help keep us healthy regardless of where we're at.
When choosing street vendors see who's busy, and in fact go during the busy times of day so you're getting fresher food that hasn't been sitting around. And look for vendors with hot grills or vats of piping hot dishes.
These have been some of the best times; eating a steaming hot samosa while standing in front of the Shangri-La gardens in Kashmir, or sharing a table and a hot bowl of noodle soup near the Burmese border.
So go ahead! Dig in!
Maybe we'll meet over that slice of pizza in New York, a taco in Austin or the sticky rice in Thailand.