August 21, 2013
So Lisa is in Spain. With me having a one track mind to food, that just leads me to thoughts of paella under the summer setting sun. I admit. I eat my way through countries. I do plenty of research before I go to find out what the local specialties are and then I chomp my way through the list, well, the best I can given all the foods I have to stay away from. It’s a miracle if I've booked a hotel at my destination before arrival, but one thing I will have always have sorted is my menu. I have always loved going to the supermarkets, fresh food markets and delis at my holiday destination, especially in the ‘suburbs’ or in off-the-beaten-track locations away from most tourists, just so I can get a true appreciation for the culture. I find that spending time in the food hubs of cultures makes me feel connected. Immersed. To me culture obviously revolves around food. The other reason to head to the supermarket is the point of Lisa’s video, food shopping for a bikini body whilst on vacation. I also do this. That way the only thing returning heavier is my luggage and making my own food means I know what I am eating. There is no risk my poor attempt at Italian will get me “gluten! please lots of it!” instead of “gluten free” (oh yeah, I’d be a nightmare to travel with right?). Preparing some of your own food also saves you money so you can spend it on other things...clothes, souvenirs, massages, hand-gliding adventures, Jeep hire (...Lisa??). But the problem with preparing your own food is that you don’t get to experience the cultural delights, the locally made classics. The way I get around this, along with researching good places to eat so I can indulge in the culture a few times, is find out what foods feature on their menus. Then I start thinking of how I could make those dishes whilst away or what flavours to incorporate. So this is my tribute to Spain.