A Trip of the Taste
by Magdalena Łukaszek
Every time I have an opportunity to
travel, I bring back home a bunch of memories, lots of photos, some souvenirs and something else – a fresh flavor of the cuisine of the country I visited, and even more, actually, the particular taste of the place I have visited.
Food is an everyday part of our lives and sometimes becomes so prosaic that we do not attach much importance to it. However, a journey to foreign places makes us aware of not only how other countries differ from ours in terms of sights, culture or history, but also in terms of local cuisine.
The photograph above was taken in Spain, when I was exploring the city of Granada with my friends. Looking at this picture reminds me of the taste of these mules garnished with some fresh vegetables. But then a whole cascade of memories connected with the small market square where these tapas were served come to mind: the small cobblestones under my feet, a gust of the wind on my face, the white walls of the buildings, the stramineous color of the wine and the friendly smile of the wrinkly owner of that tapas bar.
What is more, I have learned that eating or preparing food with locals can bring one more interesting information about the country than a guided tour!
Besides, eating cuisine specialties fulfills the whole journey!
How else can you tell if you have really visited Italy without having tried some pasta, Spain without having tasted paella, or Japan without having tasted sushi?
 Tapas – is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine