I Want to Eat the World!
As some of you may know, the both of us have been fortunate enough to do some pretty extensive travelling to other parts of the world this year. Apart from enjoying the many sights of this beautiful world, we were both pretty excited about eating a lot of food. A LOT. Not only did we eat some amazing food, but we were both pretty inspired by what the rest of the world does with their food. Every place we went to had some amazing things to offer, some places a bit harder to find than others but they were still there. Everywhere was different. Places like Spain, Portugal, France, Germany that are so steeped in culture and tradition churning out dishes that go back generations and are not to be messed with. This is compared to somewhere like the United States where their inventiveness has no bounds. They are continuously coming up with new and awesome ways of eating (Whole Foods being our personal favourite!).
For us, the meals that we loved the most were the ones that had simple ingredients but loads of flavour. Yum Cha in Hong Kong, Portuguese Tarts in Lisbon, Seafood Cataplanya on the Beach in Portugal, French Onion Soup in Paris, fresh strawberries in Croatia, Pork Knuckle in Berlin,Chicken Tagine in Morocco, Pulled Pork Sliders in Baltimore, Margarita pizza in New York, Clam Chowder and Fresh Crab in San Francisco and washed down with copious amounts of local wine. We were continuously looking for authentic recipes but at the same time, pleasantly surprised when something new and different came along.
This made us think about the way in which we think about food and our shift in attitude towards eating. For a while it seemed like the whole of the western world was in an eating rut. We are throwing the words “convenience” and “cheap” in the air. Whilst those words are still around, there seems to be an increasing need for simplistic and whole eating. Something that we don’t mind paying a little bit extra for. This, to us is sooo refreshing and about bloody time. Although the demand for deep-fried anything (did someone say Mars Bar?) will still be around, the demand for something as simple as a salad is growing. And by salad we don’t just mean lettuce and tomato, but salad that’s way more inventive and had real substance without making you feel like an oil slick. It seems like the craving of basic ingredients has always been there, but now its voice is becoming even louder and dare we say popular.
Lets just hope this isn’t a fad.
So now we ask you guys. What was your best eating experience overseas??
Portuguese Tarts in Lisbon
Clam Chowder in San Francisco
Margarita Pizza at Lombardis in NYC
Hope you are feeling inspired,
T & J x