Some ideas to ignite your imagination......
THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
Bratwurst in Germany, wine in California, beignets in New Orleans, ouzo in Greece. All around the world, destinations are famous for their culinary offerings. When I travel I don’t want to just see all of the famous sights, I want to taste the famous food.
A celebratory and efficient way of discovering your destination's delicacies is to attend an event. Festivals celebrate regional specialties and are a great way to discover the culinary history and local purveyors of these iconic treats. After the event, dive in deeper. Take the info of your favorite vendors and go visit their farm, factory or distillery. Now you are exploring the heart and soul of your destination.
No festival while you're there? Go on an iconic food crawl through the city or sip through a wine appellation to discover a new varietal. Ever heard of Genever? There is a fascinating museum in the Netherlands that will teach you all about it. Ever dream of hunting truffles? Wrangle up a hound at Truffle Dog Co. in Oregon and set out to find the elusive fungus. Or maybe you have a quest for the perfect pint at the iconic Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Point is, food is memorable. And memories are the best travel souvenirs you can bring home. So make sure when you travel, go eat, drink and gather those memories
“Food is everything we are. It's an extension of national identity, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from who you are."
— Anthony Bourdain
“We are delightfully trapped by our memories. I can't drink a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape without revisiting a hotel bistro in Luzerne where I ate a large bowl of Alpine stew. A sip and a bite. Memories are conjured with the divine conjunction of food and wine."
— Jim Harrison