What Do You Eat When You Come Back from Vacation?

This month is all about Escapes — bringing vacation inspiration back to the kitchen, and also discovering new kinds of food and cooking from around the world. But we actually have the end of vacation on our minds right now. Vacation is often a time of indulgence, especially in food (at least for us!) and when we come back we need a couple days of more austere eating to feel resettled. What about you?

Planes, red-eye flights, travel between time zones, jostling airports — they all make us want some simple, uncomplicated nourishment when we arrive home. That's in addition, of course, to the restaurant meals, market visits, and endless nibbles of a food-focused vacation.

The last time we came back from vacation, my husband and I snacked off a tray of simple, light foods for our first dinner back at home. It included the remnants of some olive bread we had bought while away, plus gooseberries, blueberries, some small bites of cheese with olives, apple slices, and cucumbers with radishes from the garden. Simple, light, and almost entirely unprocessed foods. Add some hot herbal tea and we had ourselves a very restorative meal.

What about you? How do you nourish yourself after a long trip or a vacation away from home?

Related: Survey: Do You Cook While On Vacation?

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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.

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