5 Reasons Eating Will Always Be the Best Part Of Traveling
Most people love traveling. There’s sight-seeing, enjoying the great outdoors, history, meeting new people, the ability to take shameless “look where I am” pictures, and let’s not forget about the endless amounts of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts. But the best part of all IS THE FOOD!
So many new flavors and dishes that you would never even think of seem to come front and center when you visit new places – from Fromage a’ Trois and Tempeh Sandwiches to Oyster Po Boy’s, there is always something fun to try. The possibilities are endless. Here are more reasons why food trumps all aspects of traveling.
You Discover Foods You’ve Never Tried Before
There are so many dishes in the United States and around the world that you would never try if, well, if you never traveled there. Traveling somewhere new opens your eyes and your taste buds to a whole new range of authentic flavor profiles and foods that you would’ve otherwise been missing out on.
How about the “Devil Horse” burger with cole slaw at The Whip Waterfront Pub N Grub in Quincy, Florida, or the Piccadilly Circus sandwich and scones with clotted cream and jam at The English Rose Café in Havana, Florida. The list could go on and on at these magical little off-the-beaten path restaurants and cafes. So fun and exciting…always asking “where’s our next stop?”
You Experience Foods You Eat at Home in a New Way
While discovering completely new foods is amazing, so is trying a food you’ve eaten many times before and finding a completely new flavor in it. Foods in different regions of the country, and even the state you live in can have so much more flavor than perhaps anything you have cooked at home.
Take Rutabaga’s Café in Chattahoochee, Florida, just west of Tallahassee – a small, unpretentious, out of the way restaurant in a small out of the way historic town that will knock your socks off…and that’s the fun! I remember the first time I went – people were coming in and out but it was apparent this was a special occasion place for the locals.
I had filet mignon medium rare with lump crab cake drizzled with a béarnaise sauce, served with in season yellow squash and yummy mashed potatoes served to perfection. My wife had Shrimp and sausage tortellini in some sort of pesto sauce. Not necessarily “new” dishes to us, but whoa, amazing. No way could we have duplicated these dishes at home. When you drive up to the restaurant itself, most would probably say “oh no” not going there. It was spectacular. We stepped out on a limb, and it was an eating experience we’ll never forget. So, if you can make your way to this quaint little town surrounded by beauty and state forest preserves you won’t be sorry! Grand total for this feast for 2…$60 bucks. And I would put it up against any restaurant in Chicago or New York City!
A Towns Food Tells You A Lot About Their Culture
It’s so cool going to a different area of your state, country or even world and seeing how much you can tell about a culture and what they value purely based on their food. For example, homestyle restaurants throughout Gadsden County remind folks about tradition, family and friends; in other words, southern comfort. That’s what dining is like in our beautiful destination -second helpings. Whether you’re in Quincy, Havana, Chattahoochee or any of the other small eclectic towns throughout the county, you’ll stumble upon those amazing local hangouts…where people in the know go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit any number of restaurants in this unspoiled and unexpected region of the country and you’ll immediately know you’ve found home.
Food Brings People Together
There’s nothing better than experiencing new food with others who are just as ecstatic about it as you are. Find a family member or a friend that shares the same love of food that you may have. You’ll bond over the amazing new foods you try, what you should try next, and what cool restaurants you should go to while traveling.
Food also helps you meet new people. It is always cool to strike up a conversation with a stranger at the table over about their dessert that looks just as good as the picture on the menu. You may make a new friend and try something new that you may never have thought to try. What is it about humans that compel us to gather over a full plate and hearty beverage? In a world in which there are is over 7,000 estimated languages, there’s one that is in many ways universal – food! Mealtimes have evolved from being a simple sustenance exercise to a true bonding experience, one that holds a special place in cultures everywhere. From workplace lunches to intimate dinner parties, special event banquets or the weekly Sunday Roast, many memories are often made whilst sat around the dining table.
You Gain New Flavors and Dishes to try at Home
Traveling to new places and trying new dishes and experiencing new flavors means you get to come home with so many things to try in your own kitchen. Sure, it might not taste exactly like that dish you had on vacation that was out of this world, but hey in the real world you can tell yourself it’s just as good, right?
One of the best parts of traveling and trying new things is to bring home that knowledge you didn’t have before to use it, so take advantage of it. The kitchen is a place where you can travel to any region of the country or world without having to ever leave your house.
So get cooking, friends.
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