During the summer months, many of us road-trip to see family and new sights around where we live or hop on a plane to visit somewhere far. I'm not traveling much this summer — I'll live vicariously though everyone else — but that doesn't mean I can't eat like I'm traveling abroad!
When your schedule doesn't allow you to take time off, that doesn't mean you have to be bored with the same old routine. Instead, try planning themed weeks or nights to inspire your cooking and give you a taste of something new. Plus if you plan for the same style food for an entire week, it can be a little more budget-friendly than buying a lot of new ingredients that you only use once.
Use Google to your advantage (and take a break from cats riding roombas), and search out new dishes that look appealing. It doesn't have to be food from far away like Indian food or Thai food — it could just be lobster rolls like you'd find on the East Coast or authentic burritos like you'd find in a little hut on the West Coast.
Now is also a great time to bust out the things you might not always have in the house, like snooty (see: expensive) meats or cheeses, artisnal products that you might splurge on while traveling, or memory lane favorites like s'mores.
Try finding a moment of peace in which to enjoy such things. Pull away from the TV, enjoy a sunset, go for a walk in the park, or sit down at your own kitchen table — without your phone. It'll help set the mood and make things a little more special.
It's as simple as a little planning and then you can carry on with your busy bee day to day life and have a little fun at the same time!
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)