Then when you add travel to the equation, I love foods that I never loved before.
When I moved to Albania for the first time in 2000 I spent the first month at a little beach town called Golem. The kids were out of school and so the director at the orphanage made plans for them to go to the beach. I was learning how to count in Albanian and how to have just a piece of bread for breakfast.
One day a man selling various snacks walked by me at the beach, it was love at first sight!
I had never eaten Lay’s potato chips but I bought all three of the bags he had for sale. They were the best thing I’d ever tasted because they tasted like home.
Today Danny and I went grocer shopping and we spent half an hour going through the fanciest grocery store in Durres. We each had a cart and scanned every item on every shelf very carefully.
We were looking for something familiar.
You can’t imagine how excited we got when we found pita bread, tomato paste, parmesan cheese and pepperoni. We could make our own pizzas! In the U.S. I could give a rip about pizza and I wouldn’t touch pepperoni but now it’s all different. We later found a frozen section that had a big pizza for $1.20. We were like kids in a candy store!
On the way home I was thinking about all the things I could make for dinner.
Food is important.
It’s really important in our house.
I love that we all eat every meal together.
It’s what brings us together and what helps define “home”.
The next time you go shopping skip the microwave meals, boxes and cans and find ingredients that will give you the opportunity to enjoy the experience of cooking, eating and spending quality time with those you love.
Speaking of dinner, it’s time for me to head to the kitchen!
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!
Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.