Israeli food ignites all of your senses. It is sumptuous, intimate, lively, vibrant, fresh, and comforting all at once. Israel is the true melting pot, since Jews and citizens of the world have made this small sliver of land their home for years. You’ll find influences from a number of cultures, from Lebanese to North African, Eastern European and beyond. This melting pot brings both a truly unique culture as well as recipes that have spanned the globe and evolved over the years to create what we now know as modern Israeli cuisine.
Spanish cuisine is often considered among the best in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. A culturally diverse population, a long culinary history, and easy access to a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood are all factors that contribute to Spain’s delectable Mediterranean gastronomy. Fortunately, Spain is still a relatively cheap country to visit, so you can leave with a happy stomach and a happy wallet!
A little over a year and a half ago, I made the big move to Italy and officially became an expat. I had this image in my head of what it would be like; pasta every day (which is actually quite accurate), sweet Sunday afternoon walks with gelato in hand, and a slowness that could calm my inner, always hyped-up core. I had this idea that life would suddenly change, that I would find an inner peace that had been absent for as long as I can remember. It turns out that moving abroad can’t actually fix a lack of inner peace (crazy, right?!)
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. It can be found in Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. Although similar, each country has their own specialties. The diet is based on olive oil, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Fish, cheese, yogurt, and wine are consumed in moderate quantities, while non-fish meat products are consumed only occasionally.
World traveler is not my title…yet. My husband and I began our international journey last August, but we hope to earn that title in the next few years. My husband’s career took us on this journey, and as a result I gave up my five-year sales career. I tend to be a bit of a romantic and see this as an opportunity to create my “dream job.”
From kindergarten until 6th grade, I went to a Waldorf school (a way of teaching that originated in Germany). This meant that German and foreign language acquisition was an important part of our lessons and most students became more or less fluent in a short period of time. I was one of those students.
The ground beneath my boots shook from the force of my imprint, welcoming my timid heart into the beauty of its being. Foreign lands filled with stories of artists who shaped the definition, architecture that withstood times of war and peace, and cuisine created for your taste buds to fall in love with.
This week we are very fortunate to have Christina from Littles, Life, & Laughter guest post for us. She is a military wife currently stationed in Alaska. She spent a year in South Korea and fell in love; with the people, the food, and the culture as whole. Below is her story of how she adjusted and what it took to learn to love a culture that wasn’t her’s.
1. The people are nicer and more welcoming.
Cities like Paris, Rome, and New York City have their charms, don’t get me wrong. But have you ever noticed how the locals generally aren’t the friendliest to tourists unless there’s money at stake?
1. Chili Cheese Dog
Chili cheese dogs are like an upgraded version of a hot dog. You get a normal hot dog AND chili AND melted cheese on top all wrapped in a nice bun! What more could you want?
When you move to a new place, it’s all about discovering your new home.
Whether it be the best dishes, the cutest little coffee shop, or finding out where all the locals hang; finding your place in your new home is essential. But what if what you’re used to is completely different? Do you try to blend in or do you stick to what you’re used to and stick out? Everything from your clothes to your body language can easily differentiate you from the rest as an expat. But is this a bad thing? Or does it prioritize as a portion of your self-identity?
Hands down, my favorite part of traveling is eating! You can get such a good vibe for a culture based on there food.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the best meals at the best prices while traveling. To get the best culinary experience in a new place, there are a few things you have to do: