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A Taste of Something New

July 24, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian

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I’ll often forget the names of places I visit, but food experiences, especially new ones, tend to stick in my mind. Maybe it’s because these experiences tend to recruit all of my senses. All five of my senses are poised for more stimulation as I’ll soon be taking a break from contributing to this blog and moving to Austria for a spell.

I’m quite interested in seeing how Austrian food culture differs from ours in Canada. Food cultures influence what, how, when and where people eat. It’s a difference that makes travelling exciting, interesting and even a bit stressful at times.

Like any country, there will be regional variation in cuisine and customs. I’m looking forward to exploring these regional differences, from the famous coffee houses in Vienna, to regional specialties like the dark green Styrian pumpkin seed oil that is used to dress salads.

One of the great things about travelling is that it can help us to see our homeland from a new perspective. I love that Vancouver’s food culture was built upon a mosaic of immigrant food cultures, how there are so many great independent restaurants and how, as a cosmopolitan city, we feel the effect of major food trends rippling through our food scene. I wonder what I’ll notice about Vancouver’s food culture when I return?

For our readers, I’m wondering how travel has influenced your perceptions of the food culture in your home region of B.C.? Have you changed the way you eat after travelling to another culture? Or, did you simply have a greater appreciation for aspects of your homeland’s food culture that you previously took for granted?

Auf Wiedersehen!

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