Traveling For the Love of Food

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Traveling For the Love of Food

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So right! Sometimes I don’t even need the fine weather, just the food. I love traveling for the food! I think I spend more time googling what to eat and where to eat than on what to do. Now, I’ve started added having cooking lessons to my agenda as well. What’s better than sitting all day with a local, swapping stories, and eating?

Honestly, I love it. I was recently in Prague and Jim and I had a private lesson.  Tereza* taught us some amazing recipes spiced up with her family history and some local stories.  She’s also a guide and gave us some wonderful tips of places to see in Czech that I’d never heard of before.  On top of the three course meal, I figured travel advice is always a bonus, and even though I value talking to local people, don’t you find it’s one of the harder things to do sometimes?

I do travel for food. I’m one of those people who will try anything. Really…anything. When we traveled and lived overseas as kids, my mom used to tell us we had to try it, just try it. What I learned from that is that I might not really like it, but it’s not going to be too bad either. There’s very few tastes that I have a really strong negative reaction to. If anything I will just never want to eat it again, and definitely not choose it from a menu, but I will try anything.  Recently I heard a mom who said her child not only had to try it, but try three bites.  I’d never heard this before and she explained that with only one bite the child still may have made up his or her mind, but with three it’s a fair taste of the food.  I guess this is one you have to determine by knowing your own children.  As you know, my daughters are all grown up and travel extensively, trying foods all over the world.

It’s true I’ve come across foods that are hard to stomach.  Some foods, like the stinky durian, was hard to even get to my mouth.  It’s that stinky.  Once I did, though, I didn’t find it all bad.

Much more often, I fall in love with the new tastes and I then try to figure out what ingredients are inside it. Does anyone else do this? I like to try and incorporate new foods into what we cook when we’re home. Making up a Turkish börek not only fills the stomach, but it curbs the travel craving as well as bringing up memories of our time in that country. The biggest set back is trying to find a substitute that works for the local ingredients or trying to take a dish that traditionally takes hours to make and make it easier so that it is a doable process. There are not many times in the year that I’m going to dedicate an entire day to cooking, other than Thanksgiving, so I try to find a way to shorten the process without taking away from the essence of the dish.

With my love of food, my summer is shaping up to be one of gastronomic proportions.  So far I have cooking lessons set up in three countries, Sweden, France, and Hungary.  I can’t wait!  Stay tuned for more foodie fun and recipes to come.

Do you travel for food?  Have you taken any fantastic food tours or lessons?

 

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10 Comments

  1. I am with you on this one. I travel for the food! Even when we are at home, a lot of our weekends revolve around food. With my mom, we not only had to try different foods but we had to eat all the food in houses we were visiting. You are like my husband. He will try bugs, offal and who knows what else.

  2. We also love to sample new food while traveling. I haven’t sought out a lot of cooking lessons as I don’t cook a lot, but I have very fond memories of the pasta making class in Rome and a wonderful afternoon of cooking a meal in Vietnam! Ah, durian….yes, I do have problems with anything I think that smells bad or has a weird texture, which does keep me from trying a few things. Sweden – are you two heading to TBEX Europe this year? Best, Jessica

    1. Jess, Well, cooking lesson are a new love of ours. It’s so much fun. We cook when we’re home during the school year, but of course when we’re traveling we get to sample all the awesomeness! Yes! We’ll be at TBEX…you guys?

  3. Foods are definitely the way to get a taste (literally and figuratively) of local culture. I think kids mimic their parents in this even if they do it on their own level. While my husband and i were reveling in the cheese and charcuterie in Paris my daughter was discovering how much better their roast chicken and raspberries are, and did extensive “research” in the patisseries. kids are always more daring when it comes to desserts. 🙂

  4. It’s so true, Corinne. What would travel be without food? Sometimes I don’t even care if the weather is bad, as long as there is a good bistro around. Lately food traveling has become very trendy. There are trips geared specifically for food and wine tasting, rather than sights seeing. I love to combine the two, but I am not good with the cooking part. I love to try what other people make rather than roll up my sleeves.

    1. Anda, We love to cook, but since we’re so often on the go we don’t get enough chances. I always try to take the recipe and see how I can make it with our “American” ingredients.

  5. I totally agree Corinne, I think cooking classes are a great way to experience local culture through food! I took a Thai cooking class in Bangkok (it was ridiculously cheap and idiot-proof) and it was one of the highlights of that trip. I think durian is worth trying at least – at least in sorbet / ice cream form maybe. Kudos to you for actually trying the fruit! For what it’s worth, my dog loves durian more than anything else in the world 😀

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