The Travel Issue

By Lauren Titus / Photography By Lauren Weisenthal | Last Updated October 19, 2016
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sailboat in the bahamas
The Travel Issue features stories that inspire wanderlust.

"One’s destination is never a place,
it is a new way of seeing things."
–Henry Miller

When I was a college student, I had the opportunity to study in France. I bought a train pass that allowed me unlimited travel during spring break. First stop was Amboise, a town on the banks of the Loire. My traveling companion and I spent the day wandering the streets, exploring the 15th century chateau and visiting the last home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Along the way we bought some food for a picnic at the youth hostel where we would spend the night. A baguette, of course, made it into our shopping bag, along with some cheese, little quiches, chocolate croissants, Granny Smith apples and a bottle of wine. Our room had a spectacular view overlooking the river, and the setting sun created a display worthy of the Impressionists. Although the food was considered every day fare in France, that meal became a memorable experience. Shopping for the different items, scouting a location, the taste of fresh baked pastry, all created a sense of place. A glimpse into life in that small village.

Travel and the food we eat while on the go provide perspective on the essence of a place, and a taste of a community’s identity. The stories in this issue talk about discoveries, both edible and cultural, that can happen on a trip far from home or even when visiting a new area in your own neighborhood. Whether you consider yourself a traveler or a tourist, read how conversations with locals can lead to unexpected culinary treasures. Learn about the challenges and pleasures of provisioning while cruising the high seas. (Spoiler alert, it’s not always smooth sailing.) Want a change of scenery but can’t leave town? You’ll find tips and suggestions for al fresco dining, exotic local libations and campfires to remember - just the antidote you need for that travel bug.

As always, I hope you enjoy the issue. Follow us on social media @edibleneflorida, or if you are out and about, tag us (#edibleneflorida) to share your latest finds. We would love to hear about your travels and culinary adventures. In the meantime, bon voyage and bon appétit!

Lauren TitusEditor

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STORIES & RECIPES FROM THE TRAVEL ISSUE

Travel in Style: Yield Design

Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant of Yield Design
Design is not a job, it's a perspective.

Word of Mouth

Whether you're a tourist or a traveler, meeting locals can lead to unexpected and authentic food discoveries.

What's in Season

Beets with greens on gray background
Here's a list of local food you'll find in season throughout the year in Northeast Florida.

Picnic Like a Pro: A Guide to Outdoor Dining

Dining outdoors can be just as easy as eating at home, if you plan ahead.

Green Beans and Salsa Verde

green beans and salsa verde
The salsa, with its fresh herb flavor, is delicious on everything! It will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Picnic Potato Salad

potato salad
Have a bounty of basil from the garden? Add some to this salad for a new taste in an old favorite at summertime picnics.

Red Wheat Berry Salad

This salad features wheat berries, a nutty whole grain that has a chewy texture.

Feasting at Sea

boat at sea
Provisioning at sea offers tips and tricks that all land-lubbing home cooks could use.

Sweet Potato Hash

sweet potato hash
This hash utilizes sweet potatoes, which have a long shelf life, and sautéed peppers and onions, which can be kept pre-cooked and frozen, ready to add to recipes. Enjoy this dish as a side for...

Boat-Style Saag Paneer

Boat-Style Saag Paneer
Indian-style vegetarian curries are easy to make in large batches and they freeze well. Traditional saag is often made with an Indian cheese called paneer, but soft Mexican frying queso or even chunks...

Roadside Attractions: Iconic Florida Eateries

Eating fried food at the Yearling Restaurant
Take a day trip along the backroads of Florida to find these three iconic roadside eateries.

Fly Fishing & Scratch Kitchens

table with food from blackfly restaurant
Local restauranteur brings together a love of fresh cooking and fly fishing.

For The Love of Goats

Conner Ann Waterman & Victoria Monronta holding goats
Spend a day at Long Hammock Organics farm with Ashley Leibe and her kids.

The Art of Campfire Cooking

There is nothing like campfire cooking to evoke the primal spirit. It is a reminder of our simplest needs of warmth, light and a means of cooking food to nourish our bodies.

Yakitori no Tare (Yakitori with Sauce)

yakitori no tare
These grilled chicken skewers are a popular street food in Japan, and make for an easy meal when cooking over a campfire. The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in a squeeze bottle for...

The New Tiki

Tiki Bar Cocktails at the Flask and Cannon
Inspired by travel, today's tiki bars are keeping the "island" tradition alive.

The Zombie

Be prepared for the uprising of the walking dead with this fruity beverage. With or without an uprising, you can find this craft cocktail at Flask & Cannon in Jacksonville Beach.

Off The Eaten Path: Cumberland Island

bee hives at greyfield inn
One doesn't have to go far from home for an epicurean adventure.

Blueberry-Lavender Pop Tarts

Lavendar Blueberry Pop Tart
Always be prepared to head out on your next excursion by having some grab-and-go goodies on your checklist. These hand pies are perfect travel companions, as a fruit-filled breakfast on the go or a...

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