And enjoying the regional and traditional cuisine wherever I go is, for me, one of the greatest pleasures of traveling and truly living la dolce vita!
Now, I’m no where near as adventurous as Anthony Bourdain and some others who are willing (and even dedicated) to trying dishes with ingredients I simply cannot imagine eating…but I do love learning about and sampling (most) local specialties.
For me, you can’t separate cuisine from the history and culture of a place and of its people.
Food is culture. Food is history. Recipes and techniques are often lovingly passed down and taught from generation to generation. A thread and bond with the past is strengthened, perpetuated and proudly shared with you.
When we dine together, food is the common language that everyone speaks and understands.
When we share a meal, we share a tradition and an experience. We come together, we connect, we make memories together.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m no gourmet cook or foodie– I just love to eat! And I am a very grateful guest with a healthy appetite and an enthusiastic appreciation for anything someone prepares for me!
And, really, nothing brings us together like food, does it?
Food is inextricably woven into our memories--the memory of sitting together and sharing the day at the kitchen table; the anticipation and memories of holidays and special occasions; the aroma of our favorite cookies baking in the oven…or sitting in a sidewalk caffè enjoying that perfect cappuccino…♥ In the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of taking food/market walking tours and, may I say, I LOVE them! ♥
Yes, because I love to eat and I love meeting the local artisans and shopkeepers but also because I love knowing the delicious details –the stories, the traditions, the history–that add a special flavor to every morsel…
♥ I would love to share those special times with you. ♥
Won’t you join me? Let’s savor, sample and enjoy together…
In the Eternal City, Rome:
In Magical Venice:
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