So, I've been travelling a lot this week. This will probably be the most jet-setty 8-10 days of my life, which really isn't all that special since ya know, I AM NOT ACTUALLY A JET SETTER. But, anyway, since last Thursday I've travelled to both Paris and St. Thomas. So I've got travel thoughts on the brain!
Here are a few food-related travel tidbits about me:
- There are several things I always bring with me on trips: Think Thin bars for breakfast, Twizzlers, Haribo Gummi Bears (THEY MUST BE HARIBO. All others are weak!), Crystal Light To Go, Goldfish (or now that I'm gluten free, Annie's Bunnies). ALWAYS, or I think the plane will crash!
- I used to always bring old school Brach's Pick a Mix (yes, THAT Brach's mix), but you cannot find that stuff anywhere any more, at least not in the form I prefer, which is the fun little bins that you can use to fill up your little white paper bag. What's that you say? I could just order a bag of Royals and Milk Maid caramels? BLASPHEMY. My first born to someone who can send me some (I prefer Royals, Caramels, Butterscotch, and Abra Ca Bubble Gum!) Please note, I am not planning on having children, so, really, I won't send you anything but a nice hand-written thank you card. But, it has to be in the white bag to claim your prize.
- Five years ago I was chillin' at the Four Seasons in Maui on my honeymoon, and while we dined at Spago, I can easily say that the best food we had the whole time we were there was the chicken dinner served on our snorkeling excursion from Trilogy. Every time I ride a catamaran, as I did yesterday in St. Thomas, I think longingly about this chicken. And whaddayaknow, the recipe is online. Go make this now. Trust me. As soon as I get home, the five years I spent dreaming about this chicken will end and Trilogy Chicken will become a reality.
My travels have also lead me to a somewhat disappointing, even if not shocking, conclusion. I like what food I like, and I am NOT an adventurous travel eater. I mean, this isn't to say I'm going to eat at the Olive Garden in Manhattan, but, honestly, I ate at a place called Breakfast in America in Paris (yes, we also ate at some other good Parisian places, but the point is, we were fine with some diner food too).
I am a simple woman, of simple tastes (ok, not really), and honestly, I like chips and salsa at the beginning of meal, I've been known to order calamari at a fine dining restaurant, and I happen to think Ceasar salad is a good choice.
What about you? Are you comfortable having semi-pedestrian food experiences while you travel, or are you dining on fried goat or some such?