Everyone loves good food and wine. However not everyone agrees on what constitutes good food and wine.
I love white wine. My husband prefers red.
I prefer to eat Vegan or Vegetarian when I have too, and my husband eats everything including meat dishes.
Some people think that food smothered in sauces, be them cream or red are the way to go. I say yuck. I want plain and simple food. I want to be the one to add salt, pepper, or other alternative spices to my food. I don’t for heavens sake want my dish smothered in mayonnaise which is very common for some reason in a lot of the Latin American countries. We are still trying to wrap our heads around that one.
The best overall wine I have tasted in all my years of travel came from Uruguay. The best white wine I’ve tasted came from a little family owned winery in Croatia.
Because we want to live like the locals it has been easier for us to simply shop where they shop and to buy local fruits and vegetables to cook our own meals. Eating out is incredibly expensive depending on where one goes and since costs are a factor in how we live we tend not to want to spend a lot of money on food. We recently asked a group of brothers who were visiting Rome where they were eating during the day since the food was so expensive everywhere and they told us McDonalds! Can’t do it; we won’t patronize junk fast food places. We’d rather use our funds to travel some place new and meet new people.
Now, we aren’t starving, far from it. We’ve tasted and sampled some of the best foods in every country we have gone too. We have shared meals with locals and asked them what their favorite restaurants are and what their favorite dishes are. Everyone loves to share their thoughts and recommendations on good food. They want you to experience and appreciate the quality and the expertise of the foods in their culture. We haven’t been to a country thus far where someone we asked about their favorite food in their country and they tell us to eat at the local foreign restaurant. Like no one in Rome said to eat at the Chinese buffet. No one in Mexico said to eat at McDonalds! No one in England told us to eat Thai food but we found an awesome place anyway.
Food is the reason we have the energy to keep traveling and to keep wandering the streets. Food is also common ground for the start of great conversations and it can also be the basis for making new friends. So here’s my salute to good food, good wine and the beginning of a beautiful friendship.