Travel Food

Friends! In a couple of days, I’ll be leaving the snowy city of Edmonton behind for a few-months’ stay in Durham, North Carolina. And as usual, I’m nowhere near ready to go. 

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I’d like to be able to say that I’m one of those balanced people who makes time to eat well even when things get crazy. But after downing a breakfast of dry pita, a handful of almonds and an orange (on a plate, at least), followed by a lunch of assorted steamed vegetables, I can make no such claims. Or share recipes with you. I’m sorry!

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That being said, I have managed to dedicate a sliver of time to thinking about the food I’ll miss when I’m outside of Canada. So on Saturday morning, I ducked over to the Strathcona farmers’ market to grab a few of my favourites that’ll be out of reach once I’m in the States: Gully Valley lettuce and tomatoes, fluffy Happy Camel pitas, and a gooey cinnamon bun from the cafe (that last one didn’t stick around long enough to make the photos).

I’ve also given a few moments of thought to the treats I want to bring with me. 

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Dig through my barely-packed suitcase and you’ll find, rolled up in socks, an array of condiments and teas: A little can of harissa from Italy that I’ve been saving for a special occasion, a tin of my favourite milk oolong tea leaves – a birthday gift from lovely friends, maple-apple syrup procured by my sister on a recent trip to BC, a box of much-loved seasonal candy cane-flavoured tea, a jar of the world’s tastiest mustard from Edmonton’s Italian Centre, and a jar of Vegemite. I’ve also thrown in a bag of Canadian sea salt, though I’m thinking that taking a baggie full of white crystals through American customs may be more trouble than it’s worth.  

In a week’s time, when I’ve settled into Durham, I’ll get back to sharing recipes. In the mean time, let me know what you’d be taking if you were leaving your hometown for a few months and whether you think silly bag of salt is worth risking. 

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