When I was eight years old, my mom took me on my first major travel experience: a month-long trip to Finland to meet my Finnish relatives followed by a few weeks on the Greek half of Cyprus visiting with my aunt and uncle. It was a trip I still remember vividly to this day and it was also the trip that taught me how a country’s food enhances the experience of visiting that country. The traditional Finnish breakfast of bread, fruit and fresh cheese and the Greek-inspired dinners of Cyprus are food experiences that have stayed in my memory ever since.
Twenty-five years later, I’ve had the chance to experience the culture and the food of many other cities and countries around the globe. From a five-course seafood meal in Cuba to wood-fired meat and vegetables in South Africa to cowboy-style steak cooked on a pitchfork in North Dakota, no vacation is complete for my boys and me until we’ve tried the food of the region. In fact, my next trip is likely going to be to New Orleans and it’s definitely the food that has me the most excited about the trip! [Read more…]