“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Hippocrates of Kos

Greek Physician

Feeding your body is as important as feeding your soul and there’s no better way to do it than with someone you love. Krista and I both love not only finding good food in a place with just the right atmosphere, but we love sharing the ritual of eating together.

Whether it’s a meal at a corner pizzeria or a cafe in Venice, a meal to remember is always a meal eaten in good company in a good setting.

Indulging in a meal that’s memorable is equally divided between the food and the experience of eating it. The best food in the world can easily leave a bad taste in your mouth if the experience is marred by bad serve or the ambience of a garbage can being hit with lead pipes.

Historian Cody C. Delistraty writes in The Importance of Eating Together, that “the dinner table can act as a unifier, a place of community. Sharing a meal is an excuse to catch up and talk, one of the few times where people are happy to put aside their work and take time out of their day.”

What are the best meals you’ve ever had, the ones you think of fondly?

Tacos in Cancun, Mexico

Good Mexican food is a gift to be treasured!

Krista was given a trip to Cancun for a week for her performance at the bank and this was our first trip together. We stayed at a resort along the beach but headed out one day to explore the local area and found the most amazing Mexican food stand. A few tacos and beers there had us sweating and longing for more. It was delicious and the memory of it stayed. I wish I could remember the name of the place. It was off the beaten path, friendly, and a meal we’ll always remember.

Indian Food in Cape Town, South Africa

Whenever we think of the best meals we’ve had, an Indian restaurant in Cape Town stands out as number one. I retired in 2009 from the Navy after 25 years and sank my severance pay into a single trip, a three week cross country safari in South Africa beginning in Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town.

We toured game preserves, mountains ranges, Zulu villages, wineries (the photo above was taken in a winery), as well as Swaziland and Lesotho. Along the way we made friends we have to this day. Once we arrived in Cape Town, Krista and I went out to eat one night with no plans on where and ended up in an Indian restaurant that provided us with the meal of a lifetime. Maybe we were tired after three weeks on the road or just finding some alone time from our group, but the meal seemed to go on forever. Two bottles of wine and numerous Indian dishes later we left more satisfied than any meal we’ll ever have.

Ireland Scones in the Morning

Our road trip in Ireland had us staying at some of the most romantic B&B’s and it wasn’t long before we fell in love with the Irish scone. It became a morning ritual for us to order a tea and coffee with a couple scones as we prepared for the day ahead. It was obvious a lot of care was put into baking them and it felt like there was a sense of pride in how well they tasted.

Whenever we think of Ireland we think of scones!

Las Vegas Old Fashioned

Although this isn’t a food thing it was a piece of Las Vegas we think of. When we lived in Halifax we used to go to a lounge downtown (I think it was called ENVY) and the bartender there mixed some incredible drinks but the Old Fashioned I had at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel was a work of art. The Old Fashioned became my favorite drink when I tried one after watching the TV series Mad Men. I get why it’s a popular drink but not an easy one to master.

Barcelona Bocadillo

We walked for miles everyday while in Barcelona and one of the things we learned early was to stop at a bakery and buy a sandwich, generally called a bocadillo in Spanish. They were made fresh daily and came in a variety of breads, cheeses, and meats. My favorite was ham with Swiss cheese and it was delicious and light, perfect for a lunch break. These shops were everywhere and it quickly became a delicacy we grew to love.

Nassau Señor Frog’s

We went to Nassau for a week the year Rehtaeh died. I’m not sure if it was the place or the food or the drinks but we really laughed here for the first time in a long time. Just laughed! A memory I cherish.

New York City Bleecker Street Pizza

Bleecker Street Pizza rocked! Everything you hear about New York City pizza is true if you eat here. Mouth watering delicious pizza!

Sangrías in Ecuador

Ecuador was an educational place for us in terms of travel. I’m surprised we weren’t mugged or robbed.

That aside, we did manage to find a place that served the best Sangria in the Americas. I say Americas because the Sangria in Barcelona has no fair match IMHO. We did a lot of walking around, looking like targets, so it was nice to just chill somewhere safe and have a good drink. We earned it! I didn’t remember the name of the place but it was where NOT near the city centre.

Icelandic Soup in a Bun

Following our camper van trip around Iceland we stayed near the capital of Reykjavík for a few days. The city itself is beautiful and there are some interesting choices for eating out. I didn’t know they had whale steaks.

We managed to find a perfect little spot called Svarta Kaffid. According to their Facebook page they are a “Family owned café in the heart of Reykjavík. We don´t take reservations, ever – so just swing by.

Look at that picture! OMG it was so good I can still taste it.

Toronto’s Ethiopian House

It would have been a mistake not to visit the Ethiopian House restaurant while in Toronto. The food and experience was first rate. No utensils, we used our fingers and tore off pieces of bread to scoop up the various beans and vegetables. When I think back to Toronto and think of food this is the place I think of.

Venice Pizza

When we went on a cruise around the Mediterranean in 2018 we arrived in the departing port of Venice a few days early just to explore the city. On one of our walks we found a small cafe away from the hustle of tourists and had a delicious pizza. I’d compare it to Bleecker Street Pizza in New York, perfecto!

The cafe was small and family run. We sat at a little table as a soccer game played on the TV behind the counter. It was just nice and felt like a small piece of authenticity. That’s hard to find when you travel to popular cities.

Broken Hill in Nelson, B.C.

I asked a barber in Nelson, British Columbia, if he had a recommendation for a place we could go for our anniversary and he suggested the Broken Hill restaurant. It’s always a good idea to ask a local where to eat as online reviews can be accurate but not when it comes to getting the right vibe. This time the local endorsement was bang on. We had a great supper and what stands out to us when we think back was the walk we took afterwards. We managed to get a table in the back of a bar called The Royal and they had live entertainment. We had a few good drinks while we set in each others arms. It was perfect!

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.”

Louise Fresco

Dutch Scientist and Writer