Indulgences of Home

You know what I’m talking about.

You’re on the road for awhile, traveling in a foreign country where a lot of the food is unfamiliar. You try to dig into the local culture by testing new delicacies, and while some of it may be a fantastic discovery for your taste buds, others can be a bit of a miss.

And then it hits you. The intense cravings of your favorites from home.  Even if you love every morsel of what you try on the road, there are still times when you crave familiar food.  And if you’re like us, when you do finally get home, you gorge, and spend your first few days indulging in everything you missed.

Sharp cheddar cheese! This is something that we did have in Roatán, but it still wasn’t quite the same as the brands from home.  On my last visit home after a year in South America, I cried at my first bite.

 

I couldn’t call myself a proud Canadian if I didn’t include my indulgence of some Tim Horton’s. While I find their coffee kinda meh (string me up for treason!), their breakfast sandwiches are so delicious.

 

Movie theater popcorn, in all it’s high fat, buttery glory.  I even sat through Pirates of the Caribbean 4 to enjoy this.

Photo by: Flickr user norwichnuts

This one may seem silly, but being able to drink tap water is a true indulgence.  No expense of buying bottled water, no plastic to be tossed, and no worries about the effect on my body from an unfiltered source.  I sometimes have to resist the urge to just stick my head right under the tap and gulp.

Old Dutch potato chips are a Canadian brand that makes the best flavor in the world – creamy dill.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so, they won a best new product award in 2006.

Between this and the gorging at our ThanksChrEaster celebration, we’ve got some work to do to loosen our pants in Ireland!

 

24 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • Patricia
    June 22 2011

    baaaaaahahahahaha!! That’s great! I mentioned movie theater popcorn this morning. If I tell you, it may curb that craving for good. hee!

    Excellent pix, especially the tap water.

    xoxo

    • June 23 2011

      You know what I forgot though??? To mention VIETNAMESE food! How could I forget that? D’oh. 🙂

  • June 22 2011

    Hmmm….I have a feeling pants may not be loosen in Ireland on account of all the beer. 🙂

    • June 23 2011

      I’m hoping that if I walk to and from the pub, I’ll be okay…right?

  • June 22 2011

    You know, I had only heard of Tim Horton’s when I lived on the west coast, but now being up in NY, they have them up here. Think the closest one is a few hours away, but still on my to-do list for up in this area, as I heard their doughnuts are laced with crack they are so good.

    And I am kinda disappointed, no Lebatt’s Blue for you??!! 😉

    • June 23 2011

      Their donuts are pretty good – although I’m not much of a donut person – try the sour cream glazed, delicious! Their sandwiches are really good because they make them on tea biscuits – yum!

      Labatt’s Blue? Ick. That’s kinda like drinking piss. There are MUCH better beers in Canada!

  • Traveling through South America has never made us miss cheese more. How can a whole continent live on such unremarkable cheese? I don’t get it.

    • June 23 2011

      I don’t get it either. That spongey white cheese is so gross. Good thing we are off to Europe next, I doubt we will be disappointed there… 🙂

  • jill sare
    June 23 2011

    just wrapping up my two months visit to the US — I have gained a full clothing size (gulp!) I also have enjoyed sharp cheddar cheese & movie theatre popcorn as well as pastrami on rye, cool water frm the fridge door, CLEAN, well-stocked restrooms and COURTEOUS drivers!

    • June 23 2011

      Sounds like it was a good visit Jill! I totally know what you mean, this has not been good for me healthwise, obviously!

  • June 23 2011

    Ah man, this is so close to home right now! We’re going through that phase where we’re just a bit sick of the nightly choice between rice or noodles. I can’t wait to get home to indulge in all sorts of cheeses, pasta, wine(!), brown bread, Veggie sausages (and the like), real orange juice, chocolate,… I could go on and on. This is only serving to make me hungry!

    • Pete
      June 24 2011

      I hear ya, you’ve made me hungry just mentioning all these. We had our 2 weeks of home indulgences, now we’re back on the road. Although I’m sure in Europe we should have no trouble finding them all.

  • June 23 2011

    Glad to see a shout-out for good ol’ TAP water – dontgetmestarted on the buying (here at home!) of bottled water for everyday use. And even worse for traveling (gee, just where does all that plastic end up, I wonder???) Far better (what’s so hard about?) simply toting a Katadyn water filter bottle I wonder… 😉

    But as for “home” indulgences? For me, it was peanut butter (in France) on my first long-term experience of living away from home (I finally found some in the “pate” aisle and used to get up in the middle of the night and scoop up spoonfuls!)

    Now I’m wondering… uh, do they have POTATOES in Vietnam? Suffice I plan to bring a potato masher just in case. ‘Cuz for me, nothing says “home” like mashed potatoes (preferably with lumps and puddles of melted butter!)

    • Pete
      June 24 2011

      oh boy, i would think they have potatoes in Vietnam. And I must agree, mashed potatoes with puddles of butter and some garlic is heaven. Too funny about finding the PB in the pate(?) isle, but nice find nonetheless. Thanks Dyanne!

  • June 23 2011

    I’ve been at home so long I totally take forgranted food like this that I can get anytime. Right now I’m the opposite, trying to convince my friends to try new, and different food.

    And I’m not one for potato chips, but creamy dill sounds delicious.

    • Pete
      June 24 2011

      We generally are not crisp (practicing our UK talk) fans either, but when we want to indulge it is definitely a bag of these bad boys.

  • You know.. I never thought about it, but I do miss the movie theatre popcorn. Extra butter, and extra sprinkle those super-salty flavored powder (Garlic, Parmesan, etc) thingy? You know what I’m talking about?

    Btw, someone is donating a popcorn machine for The Bib – now we can make our own popcorn for movie nights. How awesome is that?

    • Pete
      June 24 2011

      SO AWESOME!! We weren’t there when the theatre went operational, we were still watching movies upstairs. I am pumped that it is doing so well, and now a popcorn machine. Again, so awesome…

  • June 24 2011

    As unexciting and conformist and…..American as this is, my go to food when I get home is the golden arches 😉 but hey, I´m American.

    • Pete
      June 24 2011

      i don’t it is just Americans that flock to the golden arches. In fact 5 months into our travels Dalene indulged on a McD’s craving in Uruguay, but said that it was a bad decision afterwards. Just wasn’t the same.

  • June 25 2011

    Oh no – now you’ve got me thinking about all the things I miss about Australia, haha. I’ve actually forgotten them because South America, especially Colombia, has quite a few North American things that I’ve been missing in Oz: buffalo wings, cereals, candy bars, television shows on the most recent season and other treats =)

    • Pete
      June 26 2011

      it seems like the more north you go, the more there is. We were quite spoiled in Roatan as it is quite a tourist place and curtails to them by importing basically everything. But the tap water was always a big one. We are loving it here in Ireland that we can drink the water, but the people we are staying with say it smells funny. We find it quite nice 😉

  • June 26 2011

    Tap water! Ain’t that the truth. I was almost hysterical with happiness when I found BBQ Shapes in Tahiti.

    • Pete
      June 26 2011

      I honestly had to Google what BBQ Shapes were, lol. But glad you found them 😉

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