A food vendor in the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok, Thailand
With summer fast approaching, I’ve got the travel bug. I can’t help dreaming about the distant lands I’d like to visit, the restaurants I yearn to dine in, the colorful outdoor markets I’d like to browse, the exotic spices I could be tasting. Last week I was thumbing through the most recent issue of Bon Appetit – their “Travel Issue,” which features pictures and restaurant reviews from some of the most interesting culinary regions in the world. Trying new foods is my favorite part of traveling. I drooled over pictures of juicy ripe nectarines from Slovenia, freshly baked baguettes from Paris, and spicy Jerk Chicken from Jamaica. If only we all had unlimited budgets, so we could spend our lives traipsing the globe in search of the perfect meal. But times are tough, and most of us don’t have the budget for these types of extravagant culinary vacations.
The good news is, we can travel the world without leaving our kitchen. Food has the power to transport us. New flavors can tantalize our senses and ignite our imaginations. This summer, I’ll be celebrating the Culinary Staycation– traveling the globe and trying new flavors, all from my home kitchen. I’ll be sharing a few recipes each month from different countries… new ingredients, exotic flavors, exciting and mouthwatering foreign dishes. From Spain to China to India to Africa to Brazil… the culinary world is ours to be explored. All we need is a few pots and pans, some new ingredients, and an adventurous spirit!
If you were planning a Culinary Staycation, which countries would you most want to “visit” in your kitchen?