I was very recently introduced to a company called VizEat. Having never heard of it I of course had to have a nosy around the internet and see what its about.
Vizeat is a simple concept, eat local with local people! It gives you the chance to get under the skin of a city by meeting the local people, sharing a meal and chatting.
I think this is a great idea! As someone who avoids tourist trap restaurants when abroad and tries to eat as local as possible, this is certainly an interesting way of having a meal and learning more about a city. So I decided to give Vizeat a go on a recent trip to Paris, a city I know well, but always up for something new!
On a grey Saturday evening in Paris, as we emerged from the Metro the sun began to shine on the Seine, an omen I am sure, and as we promenaded down the river to the address we had been given we felt as if we were seeing a little bit of Paris we would never have wandered around.
We were welcomed open armed by Philippe and Dzianis, and their lovely dog! First to arrive we sat down to a large table set for 12. We were to be a grand international group of Brits, Canadians, Americans, French and Taiwanese. As the guests arrived we gathered around the table and the wine soon started flowing, it was so relaxed.
Dinner started with beautifully baked camembert with fresh salad and bread, I could have quite happily munched my way through the cheese, but no the main course was soon upon us. Three delicious home made quiches – a traditional Lorraine, a four cheese quiche and a tuna. Each were very different but beautiful. I love quiche so I was in heaven. Dessert was perfect for the hot and humid evening – a cold and refreshing melon soup.
The evening was delightful, conversation flowing around the table hearing about the groups travels in Paris and further afield, swapping tips and discussing future travel plans. This was a great way to wile away an evening in Paris, try something new and meet new people. The hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming and truly made us feel at home.
Would I try VizEat again in another city – certainly! I would have to make sure that there were a group of people there as one on one could be a bit intimidating but it was such fun.