One of my favourite things about travelling is food. I know I’m not alone in this specific type of wander-food-lust. I could easily spend hours of my life in foreign-to-me grocery stores (ask the poor, patient souls who have travelled with me). I once almost slept on the streets of Poland when my thrilling rampage at the local supermarket had me and my sister missing the last train out of the country for the day. But the vodka and buttermilk drink alone was worth it!
The intrigue does not end at supermarkets. Inevitably, driven instinctively like some sort of hound or truffle pig (?), I find myself perusing local larders, farmers’ markets, and fairs in tiny community halls. I become totally engrossed, completely oblivious to any attention this may draw; from security guards alerted to a loitering chick in the gin and cheese aisles to wary octogenarian stares at a local church fair as foreign stranger appears out of nowhere, purchases a bottle of preserves and vanishes.
In all seriousness, there is a practicality to my frivolous foraging. I prefer self-catering accommodations when travelling because it is more comfortable and budget-friendly. At the end of a long day of sightseeing I love the convenience of having my own kitchen. I can take home all the different delicacies I can afford and whip them into easy meals.
I love seeking out local food when I travel…. Hebridean crab while in the Hebrides? Yeah, nothing could taste better. German Rye toast with slices of cucumber and tomato seasoned with salt while in Berlin? Perfect! Shrimp tacos and key lime pie in Florida? Duh, that tropical pool life makes me crave it! A bap filled with black pudding while in Scotland? Erm,well if ever there was a time to eat a blood-soaked organ-y thing it would be then and there (and never anywhere ever again).
Here’s a pic of one of many fun food finds – one of the best preserves I’ve ever had – Chilli and Lime Jam purchased at The Top Shop a local grocery store in Broadford, Isle of Skye. It paired perfectly with Scottish oatcakes and smoked mackerel.