I had so much fun putting together a massive mosaic of my first year of travel in photos (and you guys loved it too!). One comment threw me off. My friend Kiara, said “I was actually surprised there aren’t more photos of food.”
Obviously, there was only one way to remedy the situation: to create a FOOD MOSAIC!
Kiara was right of course. How did I neglect such an important part of our life? Before setting off on our adventures, I never imagined that food would become such a heavy part of our travels. How many days are planned solely around meals? How many major attractions have we skipped in favor of more food? How many destinations are chosen purely for the cuisine?
I’ve always liked eating, but it’s only been recent years that I’ve really started paying attention to it. Mostly before, I just ate whatever I could afford and wherever was convenient (hello Chipotle! Okay fine, I still like it). I didn’t go out of my way to get myself fed. I’d say the turning point was meeting D, who took me all the way to Las Vegas to his favorite Italian restaurant. From then on, I understood that food is something to be sought out.
D was also a more adventurous eater than me. I was never picky, but there were some foods I absolutely refused to eat. Anything with blood, shellfish, or organ meats comes to mind. But travel makes me want to be braver. Because if I’m going to eat blood soup, it may as well be in Thailand.
This past year, from blood sausage in Argentina to goose liver in Czech Republic to frog in Siem Reap, I’ve definitely widened my culinary repertoire. I even tried rabbit in Montevideo, something I swore I would never do! (I still haven’t quite worked up the nerve to eat bugs, and I think that may be where I draw my line). We’ve run all around town to search for that tiny hole-in-wall eatery seen in blogs or to follow in Anthony Bourdain’s footsteps. We’ve splurged on fancy meals in trendy bistros and eaten on plastic stools at grimy roadside stalls, next to dead cockroaches.
It’s been one hell of a food adventure. :)
So here is a look at my first year of travel in food. As with the previous one, I selected (roughly) one picture from each week. Each picture was carefully chosen because it either represents the local cuisine, brings up a favorite food memory, or is just pretty! As before, hover (or click) for the location + description. And if there is a pink flower in the bottom right corner, then click through to the corresponding blog post!
Food has become such a large part of our travels, but I haven’t been doing it justice. I find that while I love taking pictures of food (which annoys D to no end), I don’t necessarily love writing about it. Mainly because I have a hard time describing food besides “it’s delicious!”. So I’ve let it fallen to the wayside in recent months. But in any case, I know some of you love my food posts, so let me know if you’d like to see more of them!
I still have a few more posts in mind before I can comfortably close the chapter on our first year of adventures in food, so keep an eye out on the following:
- Vietnam Eats, Part 2: what we ate in Saigon (see Part 1: Hanoi here)
- a tour of D’Talipapa, the seafood market in Boracay
- my favorite restaurants on Boracay and food rec’s (one of them is where I had that chocolate rice porridge above!)
- the best of Thailand in food (which dish will take my number one??)
- an introduction to Khmer cuisine with Siem Reap Food Tour. The reason I haven’t written about this is because this was before I knew how to work my camera correctly when it’s dark, so most of the pictures are blurry. :(
I’m also toying around with the idea of recipes (like the penang curry above, Week 36!). Would anyone be interested?
Happy eating everyone!
What’s your favorite cuisine? What’s the best thing you’ve had lately?