Grandma Olive and Ruby always used to say that I have a “hot foot”. It doesn't literally mean that my feet are hot, but it’s a Trini term for people who love to be on the move, who love to travel. My hot footedness was firmly cultivated by my mother, who worked for an international airline, and also had a “hot foot”. Every couple of months we would take off and do long weekend trips to shop or explore new places.
Frequent travel allowed me to experience foods from other cultures, some of which weren’t available in the Caribbean. Bagels and lox, smoked salmon, pickled herring, Dutch stroopwafles, frites sauce, a wide assortment of Belgian chocolates are some of things that readily come to mind. There was also a large assortment of Pillsbury frozen products, pop tarts, frozen waffles and a whole host of other items which could be easily made after my mom came home from after a busy day at work.
Once I took over doing all of the cooking at home, we switched from buying prepared foods to buying ingredients I needed for recipes I wanted to try.
That love for travelling is still with me, and a couple times a year I indulge and take myself off to parts unknown. Think of a luxury-loving version of Anthony Bourdain. I am living proof that you can go off the grid in style and still see how other cultures live.
Later this week, I’m off on another adventure and this time I’m heading to Ghana. I’m going to visit my cousin who’s been transferred there to work for 2 years, and this will be my first time in Africa. To say I’m excited is a gross understatement. I know very little about Ghana other than, it’s in West Africa and it’s one of the more stable African nations. My cousin has an action packed 2 weeks waiting for me so I can hardly wait.
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