My favorite vacations are those when I get out of my routines and see even the most mundane parts of my life in a new light. Perhaps I shouldn’t use the term “mundane” to describe eating and food, but I do find that creating daily meals sometimes pushes me into “food ruts.”
A recent trip to Dublin, London, and Paris gave me a whole new perspective on meals and ingredients. We picnicked, ate in restaurants, had meals with friends and relatives in their homes, and prepared our own breakfasts for part of the time in a rented apartment. Whether it was a simple sandwich, a cup of tea or coffee, or an elaborate dinner, I found myself thinking about my food much more than I normally do. When you think about food as much as I normally do, that’s saying a lot!
As I looked at our photos, sorted through receipts, and browsed my daily vacation journal, a number of food themes jumped out at me. Here are several of them from the Dublin and London parts of the trip: