The Best Way to Travel …

20 Jul

… is through your stomach!

No, that’s nowhere near as violent and strange as it may have come across.

What I mean is this: when you’re heading somewhere new, do as the locals do. Or, rather, eat as the locals eat! One of the best ways to get to know a new place or unknown culture is to explore its favorite dishes, the point-of-pride classics or down-home favorites that satisfy local hunger pangs. When I studied abroad in London, you can bet I did my best to try bangers & mash, mushy peas, and even a classic newspaper bundle of fish and chips. My spring break trip to Paris? Une crepe au fromage et jambon, merci beaucoup. My middle school trips from New Hampshire to Quebec City? Artery-clogging but oh-so-decadently-good poutine, please!

Mmm. So so delicious.

You get the idea.

Why this little meditation on gastronomic traveling? The History Teacher and I are going on a road trip! (Insert your favorite road trip playlist here. Mine includes U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and anything that inspires a sing-along. “I Would Walk 500 Miles,” I’m looking at you.) Where are we going?

The lovely city of Charleston, SC! Two Yankees in the deep South? Should be quite the adventure. I couldn’t be more excited — rich history, beautiful architecture, and, from everything I hear, absolutely fabulous food. Items (hopefully!) to-be-tasted:

Low Country Boil

Sourced from myrecipes.com. Shrimp, potatoes, sausage, corn and goodness.

Shrimp & Grits from Shem Creek

Sourced from myrecipes.com. Nom nom nom.

Sweet tea and Firefly vodka (locally distilled here — cool, huh?)

Sourced from examiner.com. This + Lemonade = best Arnold Palmer ever?

Fried Green Tomatoes, or something else just as deliciously Southern and good.

Sourced from myrecipes.com. No movie magic, just plain tasty.

I’ll keep all y’all posted on our culinary adventures. Here’s to open roads and full bellies!

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