Published: November 2nd 2011November 2nd 2011
Carol Foster, humanitarian, once said "food is such a gift". The more I travel, the more I am starting to see other people realizing this too, advocating for good local grub. While traveling, this is not only a fun, subtle way to support the community, but also the best way to get to know the local life.As farm-to-table trends grow there are more opportunities to experience culture through food.
Here are a list of my favorites:
1. Wood's Hole, MA
Visit Jessie. She'll treat you right. Go see John and Nat, see what they've got for you. Woodshole is a community that is almost self-sustainable. Home to the Oceanographic Institute and many fishermen, this town revolves around the ocean and has that community feel that just takes you in its arms and makes you feel right at home. The fish in the restaurants are most likely caught an hour or two before they hit your plate, pastries are made that morning. Its fresh, its good, and the person sitting next to you probably had something to do with it.
2. Founding Farmers, Washington D.C.
With city polish, Founding Farmers serves up rustic flavors with the polish and modern palate of a Washingtonian. I first visited Founding Farmers for a meeting with a friend and her colleague, surprised to hear the name in regard to its location (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20006, also second location is in Potomac Maryland). The skillet cornbread with honey and sea salt, and few cucumber coolers set me straight. I've been had! DC does home town comfort better than small town does home town! As a result, I am a shameless promoter of this restaurant that is focusing the Districts aim on local, organic, pure food.
3. Revival Market, Houston, TX
Admittedly I have never been here. I tend to love Texas from afar because I have met some amazing people from that state that shine a good light! In checking out Revival, it looks like it will satisfy the blood-thirty Argentinian in me with some good country barbecue. This coffee house, market, restaurant is part knick knack, part cowboy; Revival Market welcomes guests with the comfort of home and the grit of a Texan.
4. Farmer's Diner, Quechee, Vermont
"Vermonts don't try to keep it real, they ARE real." (New York Times)
Growing up there, I was unaware of how spoiled I was when it came to all natural, organic, local food sources available. Now I forage the farmers markets and local butchers looking for the same quality. (Thank God good food and nutrition is an emerging trend!) While my list of favorite eateries in Vermont is extensive, we will skip all that nostalgia and point you in the direction of the best burgers and a pretty incredible view; The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont where you can sample dishes that use local Cabot cheese, barbecue sauce made with Vermont maple syrup, juicy burgers made from grass-fed beef served on home made buns. After check out the view over the Quechee Gorge, it is a mile deep and makes for a pretty good hike ending with a swim in the summer.