Welcome to my 3rd post in my Taking Questions series! Question #3 comes from Lauren of Oh Lordy!. I met Lauren for the first time this past April in New Orleans, and she is just as sweet as can be – definitely check out her blog! She asks:
“What has been your favorite meal when traveling?“
Wow, this is a tough one! As you know, I LOVE food, and I LOVE traveling – so there have been so many memorable meals. I’d say my absolute favorite meal was in a small village in the Lazio region of Italy:
Yes, this place really exists! (Image Source)
Situated atop a plateau, Civita di Bagnoregio boasted a hearty population of 14 when I visited in 2006. As I was with 2 other friends, we increased the population by more than 20%! To get there…
one must take a local train to Bagnoregio, before traversing the footbridge that connects the two towns. Trust me, in 85+ degree weather, this is no simple stroll. I was humbled as a little old lady passed by me as I huffed and puffed, surely chuckling at this young weakling tourist, ha!
The grandma of the village (possibly the woman who passed me earlier) walked me through her luscious garden, abundant with tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. A nephew showed us the 1,500 year old olive press used to make olive oil, and served us warm bruschetta (with tomatoes from grandma’s garden). My friends and I explored the gorgeous buildings (2 storeys tall, tops!) and soon enough it was time for dinner – my favorite meal I’ve experienced while traveling.
Franco, the owner of the one B&B in Civita, was also the owner of the one restaurant in Civita (located in the B&B of course). We were the only guests that night, and he cooked up a storm – with ingredients from the garden we toured earlier that day! We feasted on more bruschetta, 3 different types of pasta, salad, cheeses, and cured meats of various kinds (mmmm…). The parade of food kept on coming, until we were stuffed beyond belief. Franco would chat with us between courses, telling us of his history in the town and the changes he’s seen. We really felt welcomed as close friends, rather than just passers by. Beyond the scrumptious food that he prepared for us, it was the warmth and atmosphere that truly made the meal memorable.
I will undoubtedly be doing a whole lot of eating and traveling in my life, and my “favorites” may rotate, and fade. However, my dinner in Civita di Bagnoregio will always hold a special place in my stomach!
What is the best meal you’ve ever had when traveling?