Two of our favorite ways to get a feel for a culture are the markets and the food.
We even joke about how we ate and drank our way across Europe.
But the sights, the sounds, the smells and the feel of an Asian market – there really is nothing else like it in the world.
Not even the souks of the Middle East.
I prefer the simplicity of the presentation.
Once the food is bought, whether by individuals or restaurants, it is time to prepare the meal.
These meals are very social, especially at restaurants where everyone cooks the food and shares it from a common cook top. No one pours their own drink, as your companions pay attention, then pour for you when you’re ready.
But one of our favorite things to eat, no matter where we are in the world, is the homemade paella from the kitchen of a dear friend who happens to be a chef.
That perfect soccarat from the bottom of the pan is sublime and is the mark of a successful paella.
But the best part of the meal is the company.
Where in the world is your favorite meal? What is it?