The Travel Issue
"One’s destination is never a place,
it is a new way of seeing things."
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!