Will Travel for Food

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I recently blogged about culinary tours (from wine-tasting to beer-tasting to gelato tours in Italy and other culinary delights). And after a recent two-week boat trip where one of the biggest daily agenda items was, "What shall we eat next?" it got me thinking. How many people travel for food?

Culinary tours and cooking classes seem to be sprouting up everywhere. When I travel, food is one of the first things that comes to mind. While boating recently, my skipper and chef caught nine Dungeness crabs for us to feast on. We got creative with fresh crab dipped in butter, crab cakes, melts, salads. You name the recipe, that crustacean was on the menu.

When traveling to a new place, I always ask friends who have been there: "Where's the good food?" Since we all need food for sustenance, mealtimes seem to bind us together when traveling. It becomes an activity all its own. One of the great pleasures of the trip.

One of my favorite meals of all time was an insalata caprese in Piazza Navona in Rome. I was with my dad. At the time, I'd never had more flavorful tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. The food simply tasted better in Italy. The sweet memory of the meal probably had more to do with the company, the intoxicating energy in the piazza, and its historical buildings surrounding us than the ingredients. But who can tell? No matter. The memory is still etched in my brain.

Do you travel for food?

Jocelyn blogs about group travel on TripHub's Group Trip Advisor.