What Are Your Most Vivid Food & Travel Memories?

We are nearing the end of Escapes Month, and we are curious what your food escapes have looked like over the years. When you travel, or look to faraway places for inspiration, what do you find? Do you have recipes, favorite foods, or techniques that you have learned while traveling? What are your favorite memories from cooking and eating while traveling?

Some of mine are the cooking class I took with Rosa Jackson in Nice; from it I took away some helpful tips on casseroles (parboiled rice is the answer to watery gratins!) and a newfound love for chickpea fritters and crispy pancake. I also remember buying and tasting amazing olive oil on that trip.

Other travel and food memories include the unlikely familiarity of this Kenyan snack (fried dough is one of the great food universals), and visits to the markets in San Francisco, Vancouver, and Seattle.

What about you? What have you learned on your travels? Have you had memorable experiences with food that have inspired and informed your cooking?

Related: 5 Souvenir Ideas for Food-Lovers and their Kitchens

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.