Ohm Nohm Nom! I find myself saying this a lot lately as I eat my way through the “Foods I Miss” list created while living overseas. It’s not even a very extensive or creative list but for some reason putting all the things I miss on a list helps with the homesickness while away and gives me something to do for the first few weeks as I adjust back into life when home.
This list got me thinking about all the weird and wonderful foods I have eaten while traveling. Trying different cuisines is part of the fun when visiting a new country as you get introduced to amazing new foods and I’ve found just like being interested in how people live, being interested in what they eat can tell you just as much about a culture.
This would be a rather long and comprehensive post if I included everything I’ve eaten but here are some of my more memorable food experiences –
Eating Guinea Pig in Peru
As you can see from this guest post for The Atlas Heart I was pretty excited about eating Guinea Pig and remains in my top 3 food experiences ever! Check out the link to learn more.
Black eggs in China
I think the expression on my face says it all.
Scorpion fish in China
Now this was cool and I loved this meal more for it’s presentation than it’s taste (though it was tasty as well). They cut the fish in such a way that it essentially turns inside out when fried and gives you the amazing (and freaky) look.
Tongue Soup in Colombia
Gross! I mean dry heaving gross is all I can say about this dish. It smelled and tasted like old man breathe and has scarred me for life.
Worms in South Africa
Mmmm, crunchy….. Ok, maybe not delicious but they were pretty good and I could eat a lettuce leaf full if there was enough beer to wash it down. Made a change from eating all that jerky anyway.
Ice in Iceland
Ice is a food right? Well it was pretty cool sucking on an ice cube cut straight from a glacier regardless.
Ice-cream in Antarctica
It was below zero and I was wearing 7 layers of clothing to stay warm but when they put the announcement out there was ice-cream on the back deck during this cruise I was pushing people out of the way to get there.
Burgers in America
Cliche I know but it was my first time trying In N Out Burgers and now I am in love. I’ve only had it the once but I am already salivating at the thought of eating it again.
Poutine in Canada
Another cliche country dish but so so good when it’s cold. I didn’t know such a thing existed before arriving in Canada but quickly became a fan.
Viagra in Turkey
Turns out Viagra was just squished up dried apricots covered in Pistachio nuts but I wasn’t to know before biting into it. Very tasty but I can’t say it had any “Viagra” affects on me.
Pierogies in Poland
Like eating Guinea Pig in Peru the Pierogies in Poland was one of my main reasons for going. I had discovered Pierogies in Canada a few years before but was determined to eat them in their mother land and was not disappointed. I would return to Poland just to eat more.
As I said this list is far from complete but should give you an idea on why I enjoy traveling and eating so much. What’s your best/worst/most memorable food experience?
For those that are interested, here is my “Foods I Miss” list (in no particular order and some foods will only make sense to Australians) –
Real Milo (not Kenyan or Swiss imitations)
Roasts and BBQ anything especially steaks and sausages
Real Chocolate bars
Pho or any soupy noodle dishes
Real Greek Yogurt
I could go on but I will spare you. What would be on your list of foods you miss when traveling?