People spend 25 per cent or more of their travel budget on food. We need to eat three meals a day and thanks to the influence of TV chefs like the late, great Anthony Bourdain, we want them to be authentically local. That means the food should be made with recipes that are historically relevant for the place we are travelling and that those recipes should be made from ingredients that originate there as well.
While Eric Wolfe, the head of the World Food Travel Association says that Spain, France, Italy and Thailand are still the top food travel destinations (and the top destinations period!) he also says that with some brand building Alberta could become an increasingly popular food travel destination. Listen to this CBC Alberta at Noon podcast to hear how my co-author Matilde Sanchez-Turri and I are working to help build that brand for our province as we talk about our new book, Food Artisans of Alberta.
I haven’t been posting here a lot lately because I’m posting twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, on a very special project of mine called Faces, Places and Plates – A South India Road Trip.
Me – photograph by Pauli-Ann Carriere
Pauli-Ann Carriere – photo by me
My collaborator is photographer Pauli-Ann Carriere. Together, we travelled the five most Southern states of India for about 4000 kilometres and 40 days in 2016 and 2017 to research, write and photograph South India’s cooks and their culture. Continue reading
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Gratitude going out to writer Elaine Glusac for her recent article – 36 hours in Calgary, Alberta – published by The New York Times on January 25.
It was quite a thrill when I read it and saw my name mentioned. I’ve socked that away under the category, “things you never imagined could happen.” But the main point of me sharing Glusac’s piece is I hope you’ll read it and either get out and explore your own city or if you live elsewhere, you’ll become inspired to travel and spend some time here.
Here’s a few of my favourite photos of this vibrant place to build the intrigue.
Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava – photo courtesy of Tourism Calgary
The Conversation by William McElcheran – photo courtesy of Tourism Calgary
Singer Paul Brandt calls Calgary home – photo by Karen Anderson
One of my favourite hangouts – Rouge Restaurant in Inglewood (where we keep our beehives)
Cardboard recycler – photo courtesy of Reality Tours and Travels
Christmas means different things to different people. For me, it’s a time to take stock on how I’m doing with sharing what I have with others. It’s easy to give to our own family and share the spirit of Christmas with our own community. They are part of our daily lives. I’m blessed that I also have the opportunity to think of and give to people half a world away.
Every year when I lead my cuisine and culture journey to India, I choose at least one empowerment project to visit and support. This year it was a group called Reality Gives operated by Reality Tours and Travel in Mumbai’s largest slum – Dharavi. Truth be told, I am absolutely sure that I get more out of this annual quest than I ever give.
My awareness and compassion expand. I am humbled and I am deeply happy to connect with human beings whom I believe live with more dignity and humour than some of us that are far more fortunate. Continue reading
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Rootstock Alberta organizer Kimberley Cornish says, “Proceeds from this fundraiser further the work of Food Water Wellness in advancing the practice of regenerative agriculture that nurtures a robust ecosystem and healthy soil.” Cornish who is the director of the Food Water Wellness Foundation is leading this third annual Rootstock to support work being done, “to create an artificial intelligence tool that helps both farmers and researchers understand how soil can potentially be used to reverse climate change, increase biodiversity, mitigate both drought and flood and, most importantly, produce healthy food.”
Watch the video above to learn more about the work this event supports and read on for a sneak peak at this year’s event at Flintrock Ranch in Cowley, Alberta. Continue reading
The Taj – photo – Karen Anderson
I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian cooking for a very long time. My mentor Noorbanu Nimji and I published A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen in December of 2015 but we’ve done tours and taught Indian cooking together in Calgary since about 2007. In 2011, because I am also founder and owner of Alberta Food Tours, Inc., I was asked to lead tours to India and have been happily doing so since 2012 thanks to my partnership with Indus Travels.
My 2017 trip has been sold out for some time so I’m happy to announce my plans for India 2018. Click on the link for the full itinerary. The synopsis follows along with some photos from past trips to whet your appetite. Continue reading