What Kind of Food Do You Look for While On Vacation?

We've asked you if you cook while on vacation, and what you eat after coming home, but now we're curious about your hunting and gathering habits when in a new city. Do you go looking for new markets, secret jam purveyors, ultra-geeky coffee roasters? What sorts of food do you hope to find while on vacation, or when visiting somewhere new? Not restaurants, mind you; we're interested just in what kinds of food and new inspiration you look for when you're away. And, on a related note, what's been the most rewarding town, in terms of food, that you've ever visited?

I have two loves while traveling. The first one is coffee. When my husband and I travel to a new city, we make a point to visit a small coffee roaster and bring home a fresh-roasted batch. While in Seattle last week we picked up a great pound of Ethiopian coffee beans from Stumptown, and then in Vancouver we bought a bag from 49th Parallel. We can hardly wait to open the latter, but we're drinking the Stumptown first.

The second love is cheese. I enjoy finding new sorts of cheese that I may not have access to in my town. This is especially interesting in Europe (and Canada), where you can get raw and fresher cheeses.

What about you?

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