49 responses

  1. theprocessofhealing
    April 12, 2010

    I completely agree 100%. You can’t get the full experience of another country unless you eat their food. I enjoy myself and don’t stress about it, it all balances out in the end!

  2. britchickruns
    April 12, 2010

    That’s a really good attitude – there should be nothing wrong with a bit of indulgence sometimes, it’s all about balance! And what’s the point of visiting somewhere and not experiencing its’ culture, including food? It’s pointless!

  3. Evan Thomas
    April 12, 2010

    I definitely like to “taste” wherever I go by their dishes, too. I’m also a sucka for cheap knickknacks and t-shirts 😉

  4. dori
    April 12, 2010

    All I ate was at chains during this west palm beach trip – haha. 🙂 glad you had such a great time!

  5. Hangry Pants
    April 12, 2010

    I totally agree! It would be a shame to go somewhere like New Orleans and not experience the culture through its food. It’s why I love No Reservations (even though he hates vegetarians).

  6. Nicci@NiftyEats
    April 12, 2010

    Yes, it’s a must to experience the good food, when traveling. It can still be healthy too.

  7. Emily
    April 12, 2010

    Love that attitude about eating out! I need to have that kind of outlook more often!

    And no bread pudding? You’re missing out!!

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    April 12, 2010

    Definitely the sights and the history. I love to learn on vacation.

  9. Jessica @ Domesticated-Bliss
    April 12, 2010

    Aw man, sorry you missed out on the bread pudding, it is the best!

    My takeaway from vacation is the carefree attitude I have when I’m away from my day-to-day responsibilities at home. Sometimes I tend to get bogged down in the details and forget that every day should be even a little fun and it’s not just for vacations 🙂

  10. Diana
    April 12, 2010

    Definitely the food! I always try to eat local so when I’m on a trip it just makes sense to eat the local foods. Plus, a true foodie doesn’t do that! I love experimenting new foods and if I’m on vacation it doesn’t make sense not trying the local flavors. 🙂

  11. Emily
    April 12, 2010

    Great post – I really enjoyed reading your posts from NOLA, especially the pictures.

    My takeaway from vacation is a real feel for what it’s like to live in a place – when I’m in a new city I like to do what I would do in my city – walk around a lot, check out the parks, go to coffee shops, and eat at little cafes.

  12. Melissa
    April 12, 2010

    lunch looks yummy!

  13. Britt @ Runnerbelle
    April 12, 2010

    Agreed! I’m all about the local food when on vacation!! The indulgence is worth it to me, plus I try to keep my workouts up as best I can. I also tend to walk A LOT on vacation so that helps balance things out a bit…. if I was home I’d be sitting at stupid desk all day. 😉

  14. Lacey @ Lake Life
    April 12, 2010

    Oddly enough, I take music as memories from vacations. Specifically, when I went to Nawlins we drove there from NY. 3 long days in the car and I listened to Fiona Apple’s “Tidal” CD on repeat. Now whenever I hear any of those songs, and jazz of course, I always think of my week in New Orleans.

  15. Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 12, 2010

    I always want to experience the place I am fully, so I try to eat the local food and immerse myself in the culture. For me that is the fun of traveling!

  16. Danielle
    April 12, 2010

    I think it’s great that you are at a place where you can indulge a little bit while on vacation and really ENJOY being somewhere and truly experiencing all the location has to offer. I also agree that food is a HUGE part of the culture of different places and should be enjoyed and that it’s okay to indulge a little bit.

    I think I’m still in a place that I still need to work on getting back to healthy habits when I return home, but I know that it will come with time. I hope you’re having a great day 🙂

  17. Johanna B
    April 12, 2010

    I grew up in New Orleans. They are known for their rich foods. You really have to look for the healthy. There used to be (I’ve been gone for 15 years) a little vegetarian restaurant right off Canal St called Old Dog, New Trick. I loved their lentil loaf. Glad you had a good time and ate plenty of beignets.

  18. allie
    April 12, 2010

    one of my favorite things about travelling is sampling the local cuisine. i would also never ever set foot in a chain restaurant while away (actually, i rarely do that at home!). i love your no guilt attitude- life’s too short and precious.

    i love that you threw cherries in the lunch mix. yum!

  19. thedailyoatmeal
    April 12, 2010

    Some of my greatest travel takeaways are also food– I will never turn down trying a local specialty if possible. Travel might be the one downside to being a vegetarian! Still, my favorite takeaways are the locals themselves. I find that if you are open and friendly, people will welcome you into their community and often their homes– sharing stories and pointing you to the really can’t miss spots!

  20. Matt
    April 12, 2010

    To me, traveling is all about the experiences with the people I am with. Who likes to travel alone?

  21. Paige
    April 12, 2010

    I just got back from New Orleans as well…and I know exactly what you mean! When we got home Thursday night, I sat down to my Greek yogurt, granola, and pineapple…and the yogurt did not taste good to me at all. Normally, I love it!!! I knew it was because it was so much different than the other foods that I had eaten (in New Orleans) the few days previously. Like you, I know that the food of the city is the heart of it all; so I indulged a little as well. Check out my trip here:

    http://tworunnersandabrowndog.blogspot.com/2010/04/nola.html

    I loved reading your NOLA account–makes me miss it even more!

  22. Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    April 12, 2010

    I agree with you about avoiding chains while travelling, Ryan and I make sure to never stop anywhere we could stop at while at home – unless a Starbucks (or Tim Hortons) really is the only option for a coffee in the area!

    My biggest ‘takeaway’ though is grocery shopping in new places. Who knows what new products I can pick up and take home to savour! Edible souvenirs!!!

  23. foodlovingpolarbear
    April 12, 2010

    I totally agree. Travel = culture = food 🙂

  24. Sarah Jane
    April 12, 2010

    The BEST part of living in Louisiana is the food! I would have the hardest time living out of state. I am working in north Louisiana, and being from SOUTH Louisiana, let me tell you, I may as well be living out of state. NOTHING compares to south Louisiana! I’m glad you got the experience it to the fullest!

  25. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    April 12, 2010

    I don’t even enjoy chains that much when I eat out where I live! I’m ALL about the local spots/dives… so much more fun! And usually with better food!

  26. Sarah for Real
    April 12, 2010

    I LOVE eating (and drinking!) my way through different cities.

    I also always try to find some (inexpensive) artwork to use for decorating my home. It’s a slow process, filling up my wall space, but I love looking at each piece and remembering where I bought it.

  27. Rachel
    April 12, 2010

    I LOVE this post. Thank you for your healthy outlook and perspective. I hope to develop such a healthy and positive attitude towards food and eating one day. I think you are 100% right in that food is a major part of experiencing a culture. I refuse to travel to Europe until I have developed a healthy relationship with eating and can enjoy the local food without guilt. Thank you again for such a great example of health. You are an inspiration to me!

  28. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self
    April 12, 2010

    Great post, Meghann! Have you ever watched the television show “No Reservations” with chef Anthony Bourdain? It’s on the Travel Channel. He basically travels to different countries/areas of the world and learns about the culture by sampling their traditional food. It’s a great show!

  29. runningwithsass
    April 12, 2010

    A LITTLE on the heavy side, lol! Way to put it nicely hehe! it’s not the 2nd fattest state for nothing! I moved form the 2nd fattest state to the fattest!

  30. Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    April 12, 2010

    Definitely agree about experiencing new places through the food!! I still dream of Japan.

  31. Jacquie
    April 12, 2010

    I completely agree with your travel style! Especially after getting better, I have enjoyed food so much more (and like I used to) that I love to see other places prepare it. I also love to go to the local spots and really mingle with the people because you can learn so much. I’m going to Italy and Switzerland in about a month and I can’t wait to eat and walk my way through 🙂

  32. Lindsay
    April 12, 2010

    Food is definitely a big thing to me when I travel, too. I live in a slightly remote city in the Midwest, and there’s not much in the way of ethnic food here. So, I make sure to get my fill whenever I go to a big city. So, when a place I’m visiting has great local cuisine, I’m especially happy!

  33. Jenny
    April 12, 2010

    Food & conversations with people are really great… i love immersing myself in another city or country!

  34. Jo
    April 12, 2010

    I love seeing the history of a place- be it their monuments, or art and especially archeological museums (if you ever go to Greece, you must go to places like Delphi and Knossos!), also their scenery/landscapes (Switzerland!)- much walking/hiking done. I also like to time it during a local festival time… Such a shame you didn’t get to try a bread pudding- it means you’ll simply have to come to the U.K. to try the original version 😉

  35. Carly @ carlysharec.com
    April 12, 2010

    The local tastes and flavors are vital to a true travel experience. I also enjoy going through the local art scenes – museums, eccentric galleries, interesting architecture, etc.

  36. missyrayn
    April 12, 2010

    I hate eating at chains on vacation. There is so much better food out there.

  37. Fancy
    April 12, 2010

    Hey Meghann! That pumpkin nut bread looks amazing, did you make it? If so…did you post the recipe? If not…where is it from? I’ve tried to search the blog for the answer, but I can’t find it! Help! Thanks 🙂

    • Meghann
      April 12, 2010

      I got the Pumpkin Nut Bread in my Easter basket. It’s from a place called Sunrise bakery in my parent’s hometown.

      • Fancy
        April 13, 2010

        Thanks, Meghann! It looks delicious 🙂

  38. sarah (the SHU box)
    April 12, 2010

    LOVE your philosophy 🙂

    also: after you feel like you’re ready for it, bread pudding sounds like it would make a fun cooking project! bringing a li’l piece of nawlins back to FL . . .

  39. Erin
    April 12, 2010

    I travel a LOT and loving coming home with amazing pictures. My dream apartment will be covered with my own photos, which is so much better than generic posters.

  40. Emily
    April 13, 2010

    I felt the exact same way when I was in NOLA for a conference right around this time last year. I tried all of the local (and cultural) specialties that weekend without ever feeling guilty. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and I think it wouldn’t have been the same without allowing myself to try the unique dishes of NOLA!

  41. Donna Brown
    April 13, 2010

    I am agree with you, When you are on traveling you miss your country food but when you enjoy the travel country local food it gives a real taste of your journey. http://www.travelaustralia360.com

  42. Emily
    April 13, 2010

    I felt the exact same way when I was in NOLA for a conference right around this time last year. I tried all of the local (and cultural) specialties that weekend without ever feeling guilty. Food is meant to be enjoyed, and I think it wouldn’t have been the same without allowing myself to try the unique dishes of NOLA!
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

  43. Janelle
    April 13, 2010

    What a great “vacation attitude!” It would have been a bummer to see a “foodie” eating salads and yogurt while in a city known for its signature dishes.

  44. Courtney @ Pancakes & Postcards
    April 13, 2010

    food is the best thing about traveling! going to an amazing new place just to “feel guilty” about an elevated caloric intake is one of the most depressing things ever. Where I live in Africa the food sucks most of the time, meaning pretty much everytime I leave my village I am indulging in something! Preferably something that I can’t get anything resembling it at home… those are the most worthwhile 🙂

  45. hungryforbalance
    April 13, 2010

    Food is SUCH an important part of travel- that’s so great you got to sample some tasty bites! It’s also good to hear the part about “no guilt”! Life is too short to worry about silly stuff and too wonderful to deprive yourself of the goodies!

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