Just so you know, I paused for about a half second longer before starting this entry than I did between the first and second one and that was only because I felt guilty about mentioning some countries twice. I got over it quickly though and set right to work – if I can’t have any of these things for dinner tonight, I can at least fantasize about cooking them. Yes, I’m a sick puppy.
Guacamole – Mexico
My all time favourite dip and addition to everything from salads to sandwiches hails from the all mighty Aztecs and their wonderful avocado plant. I remember growing one in school under a heat lamp and then being upset when I got older and found out my climate isn’t suitable for growing them in mass quantities. Oh well. I would love to see what kind of ingredients the locals use to make their guacamole and whether they turn up their nose at the sludge many people try to pass off as the same thing. My tacos will never be the same!
Chocolate – Switzerland
Admittedly I’m not the biggest chocolate fan in the whole world but there really is something magical about the Swiss chocolatiers. Do they whisper sweet nothings to the cocoa beans in order to get it so velvety smooth? Is the process for being a chocolatier in Switzerland on par with being a sushi chef in Japan? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
Beer – Germany
Okay, this isn’t a food but who cares? Beer is awesome and I want to learn it from the people whose culture is synonymous with great brewing – they even have a purity law! This is one of the few things I would never try to make back home as I know the ingredients, equipment and know how is something I could never possess, so I’m better to just know how to make it than to actually do it for myself. I’m sorry, but the swill people make in their garages and then force down their friends throats is a travesty and must be stopped!
Pizza – Italy
Yes, Italy made it on here a second time but to be fair, I was originally intending on it being on here many more times but I had to limit myself. I will more than likely write an entire piece on why Italian food is so great, but I’ll save that for a later date. You can get pizza all over the world and while it was invented outside of Italy, it is Italy that gets the credit – and rightly so. After grabbing a pizza from a wood fire stove in Rome, I can’t go back to eating it from a restaurant like Pizza Hut again. Okay, that’s a lie… I still do that, but my mind is definitely on other things when I am;)