I’ve always loved the excitement of travel and the experiences of getting lost in a new culture. Over the years, my travels have taken me around the globe and I have so many great memories from each trip I’ve taken. Many of those memories are centered around special meals, shared with friends, in various places around the world. I love trying new foods and flavors and I especially love that those foods can come home with me and help me to relive those great memories in my own kitchen! When I’m feeling the wanderlust and I don’t have time to hit the road, I head to the grocery store and get cooking. This week’s Good Food Reads is inspired by some of my favorite foods from travel destinations I’ve loved in my life. I hope you love them as much as I do!
One of my favorite travel destinations is Mexico. I started going there with my family when I was a kid and continue to travel there most years, now with my own kiddos in tow. One of my favorite things to eat while there is chilaquiles. I’m typically partial to a variety with chicken and salsa verde, but this recipe Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs from Bon Appetit is on my list to try ASAP!
Years ago, I had the great fortune to spend a month in India. At the time of my travel, I was a long time vegetarian and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t in the culinary minority! India is a vegetarian food lovers dream. Recently, my brother has been traveling to India with some regularity for work. Last week, he posted a picture of one of my favorite dishes, Gobi Manchurian, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since! I’ve previously tackled lots of curries and butter chicken, but the Gobi Manchurian is definitely next on my list.
I can’t say that this recipe for Greek Salad is exotic, but anytime I want to momentarily transport myself back to Santorini (my favorite place in Greece), I make this salad. It’s so simple and so good. Try it. You will not regret it. If you’re looking for another greek inspired recipe, give our Greek Nachos with Tzatziki a go. They are so easy and full of mediterranean flavor!
The Winter Olympics have been so much fun to watch, in part because I was fortunate to spend a month in South Korea while in college. It is a beautiful country full of amazingly flavorful food traditions. While living in Boston years later, my husband and I lived down the street from an amazing Korean restaurant, and over the years I ate countless bowls of Bibimbap. It’s definitely a travel inspired favorite around here!
Jerusalem is another magical place with amazing food traditions. Ottolenghi’s Shakshuka has been on my to-make list forever and I think I’m going to make it happen soon. Are there any other Israeli foods I need to make?
A fun fact about me is that I started learning to speak Norwegian when I was 9 years old. My Norwegian heritage is a huge part of my life and I love to make Norwegian Vafler (Waffles) for a special treat. Typically served as more of an afternoon treat (with jelly and sour cream), they are completely addictive.
What are your favorite travel inspired recipes? Any destinations you just can’t wait to head to because of a food you love? Let us know! We love to hear from you.