Many seasoned travellers will recognize the skyline of Florence, Italy in this photo. As a photographer, I love the way travelling can open your eyes to new perspectives on the world. I try to capture creative images of these experiences and show the subtle and sometimes dramatic differences that are seen from region to region, culture to culture.
Playing a big part of the tapestry of world cultures is food and the ritual surrounding it. My goal here is to introduce you to some of my favourite regional dishes, whose pursuit I always make part of any travel itinerary. Eating at a “mom and pop” restaurant when visiting a new city or sharing a traditional home-cooked meal with someone from a different culture, play an important role in understanding those who are “different” than we are. Diversity is important and one of the best ways to celebrate it is with food.
Another concern I have is that we all need to do our bit to pass along the traditions of making wholesome home-cooked meals from scratch using natural and fresh ingredients. I have a friend whose mother was famous for her raisin pie. I have to say, I’ve never had one that good. She learned to make the pie from her mother and nothing was ever written down. Sadly, after she died, no one had the recipe and that famous pie is only a memory. Now with food blogging, there is no excuse. So when I come across something that needs to be passed on, I’ll be sure to share it here.