Food is part of the fabric of any place you visit and for me is a defining aspect of every trip.  Click here for a look inside some of my travels from a culinary point of view.

For instance, here’s a picture of us in 2014 in Monterosso al Mare, one of the villages comprising the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.

Me and Joe on the shores of Monterosso al Mare, Italy

After a long hike up miles of stairs and a walk past scores of lemon trees and grapevines, we had the best anchovies we have ever tasted in the next village over, Vernazza. The Cinque Terre is famous for its anchovies and we enjoyed a plate of the butterflied delicacy cooked in lemon sauce.

The best anchovies I’ll probably ever eat

Traveling is so important. You learn more by traveling to a new place, being part of a new culture and sampling a new type of cuisine than you can from reading books or perusing the Internet for the same information.  Being there in person allows you to really feel the vibe of a place; to see, hear and smell the place; to absorb it all for yourself.

So my advice: go! Whether you travel to the next town over or to another continent, get out there and experience the world.  It’s a big, beautiful place.

In the meantime, here is my own humble perspective on some of my favorite dishes from the places I have visited recently.  It’s not all encompassing, it doesn’t cover every food or every custom that are so important to the local culture.  This is just my own slanted viewpoint on a few good meals in a place that I visited for a brief time.  It’s a flavor, a sampling. My food experiences in another part of the world. I hope it inspires you!

Delicate, succulent lobster I enjoyed  in landlocked St. Louis, MO.  Sometimes great food can pop up in the most unexpected places!

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