As I’ve built this blog and business over the past few years, I am also finding ways to enjoy this entire process, especially the perks of all these food travel adventures. I was introduced to Jodi Ettenberg, author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook: How to Find Cheap, Safe and Delicious Food Anywhere in the World, via Leo Babauta’s site Zen Habits. She wrote, “…I wanted to address food as a tool to connect to a place and its people, grounding us all in the process.” That resonated with me, so I’m sharing her amazing bits of advice below… -Maggie
“… When not at home, how do we remain mindful and carve out a quiet space even as noise and newness whir around us? For me, the answer is through food. In a guest post in 2010, Jules Clancy discussed mindfulness while eating, talking about routines and awareness during mealtimes. From a different angle, I wanted to address food as a tool to connect to a place and its people, grounding us all in the process.
1. During pre-trip research, learn not just about the history of a place but also about the stories behind the foods you will eat. I often use the example of ketchup, formerly a Fujianese fermented fish sauce that has morphed into the sweet condiment we know (and some of us love) today. Each of the table condiments, spices and dishes has taken form over the years. What better way to learn and be present in what is “now” than by examining how we got here? It is also a really effective way to get kids interested in food. Other examples include how tomatoes came to Italy and how the chili came to India. In each of these cases, we can all deepen appreciation of a place, its customs and its foods in tracing the roots of one specific food. “
Read five amazingly helpful bits of advice in the rest of the post as it appeared on Zen Habits.
Find more from Jodi Ettenberg at her blog, Legal Nomads, and in her book, The Food Traveler’s Handbook: How to Find Cheap, Safe and Delicious Food Anywhere in the World.
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