While we recognise food can affect our moods, just how much of an impact does it have? Does dining out, specifically, have an impact? According to many medical sources, the answer is a definite “yes.”
People are happier when they spend on experiences rather than things. And dining out means you get that experience! You can enjoy some time in a new place, soak in the atmosphere and try new foods. It’s definitely a win-win, right?
Psychologists also note that our bodies respond on a basic level to foods with dopamine-producing neurons, which encourage us to notice and relish food. People who seek out a variety of experiences and try out different things are more likely to minimize negative emotions and make the most of positive emotions when compared with people who try fewer things.
So, with all that said, here’s a little list of outstanding eateries to check around the region when the new normal finally also includes travel and dining out again! Fingers crossed…
Anan Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A pioneer of modern Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, Peter Cuong Franklin is one of the most recognisable faces on the country’s growing gastronomic scene. Today, he runs Anan Saigon and its sister Nhau Nhau, which are consistently named among Vietnam’s top dining venues. At Anan Saigon, he combines his deep knowledge of Southeast Asian street-food flavours with contemporary international techniques.