Culinary Travel: Food Souvenirs

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by Rich Rubin

love food. This is a well-known fact. So it will come as no great surprise to hear that when I travel, the majority of the souvenirs I buy are of the culinary variety. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of going into the kitchen to prepare a meal and finding my shelves jam-packed with spices, condiments, and other goodies I’ve bought while traveling. Nothing brings back the feeling of the trip quite like the taste of the place.

What I look for are the little things, the things that will fit easily in a suitcase (or better yet, a carry-on bag) and will immediately make me think of the place where I bought them. In fact, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to stop in the local grocery store (this is more exotic when overseas), where I’ll often find the exact same products that are being sold in the souvenir shops at half the price. Besides, it’s a great way to discover all kinds of things about the local culture. I also love outdoor and covered markets, where I’ll often find an interesting spice or tea among the produce, meats, and cheeses. Sometimes, though, I’ll find my favorite culinary souvenir when I least expect it, or when I’m not even looking for it.

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