Subject: Re: Food glorious food!
Ziners. Frances is on to something...travelling for food. I take Patricia Wells' "Simply French" with me when I travel to the cottage and consult it before I visit France, to copy out recipes and recreate them when I stay in a house with a kitchen. There is nothing like a local market.

My most memorable (out of country) food experiences: Street food in Bangkok - two people can eat for less than $10 Pecorino cheese and smoked wild boar sandwiches in Umbria Spaghettini with truffles in Spoleto, Italy (incredible) Focaccia in Alghero, Sardinia or Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre (unlike any we have tasted since) Fresh sardines the size of small trout in Faro, Portugal A breakfast of cheese, meat, fruit and bread in Holland Moules and frites in Lille, France Burmese dumplings in Kathmandu Bagels and cream cheese in New York City

Sometimes the most pedestrian meals are memorable. A "good fry" of eggs, bacon, tomato and toast in an English or Irish B and B cannot be surpassed; a pain par beurre with a cafe au lait in any Paris bar/resto at 8:00 a.m.; tapas with a vino fino in a Spanish bar at 4:00 p.m.; fresh watermelon from a roadside vendor in Mexico City. We once had coffee and a port in a workmen's bar at 7:00 a.m. in the Algarve and watched all the men go off to work.

Best of all is that first coffee early in the morning after you've arrived in Europe; the final Guinness when you depart Ireland; or spending your last Swiss francs on a coffee before you return to Italy (all changed now with the introduction of the Euro), knowing that the experience won't be repeated for a while. Lucy, Toronto