As you may or may not have sussed, Gentle Reader, I travel a lot. I travel to conventions and signings, to festivals and book fairs, to lands far away and right next door. I have blogged about packing and surviving constant travel, and I have utilized skills learned as an itinerant archaeologist far more than I thought I might when I gave it up for authordom.
Why do I do it? Mostly because I want to meet you, Gentle Reader. Sometimes to see my author friends and meet with my agent and editors. Sometimes because I’ve never been to that part of the world before. But I can’t deny the fact that what temps me more than anything else, is food.
I like to eat strange foods. I will pick up a menu and focus in on the thing I have never tasted before. Although, I’m not one of those adventurous eaters who will pop a bug in her mouth just because. Instead, I would say that I am an adventurous gourmand. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to be prepared in the best way possible. I want that bug exquisitely cooked, fresh, and served in its native country. I guess what I really want is to find the next tasty thing. Can I tell you about alpaca? Oh my goodness is it delicious. Like the Kobe beef of the pork world. Tender, flavorful, amazing. Or cuy roasted and crispy with potatoes stuffed with ground beef chilli and raisins on the side? Next time you are in the Peruvian highlands…
So, without further ado:
Right now, these are the 10 meals I remember most.
- Fresh grilled prawns on a bed of arugula with papaya, avocado, coconut, and macadamia nuts with a lemon and sour cream dressing followed by a small cinnamon roll and flat white in Canes, Australia
- Seared duck with sides of squash mash, light chutney compote, and micro-greens accompanied by copious wine and finished with floating islands in Paris, France
- Prosciutto and cantaloupe followed by pesto lasagne with fried squash flowers and white bean side in Vicchio, Italy
- Marinated alligator followed by morton bay bug and then chocolate cake in Sydney, Australia
- Carpaccio followed by fruite de mar pizza and then summer berry tiramisu in Florence, Italy
- Latte followed by poached eggs in stewed tomatoes with toast tips in Denver, Colorado
- Alpaca steak wrapped in bacon smothered in creamy pepper sauce with baked potato side and a pint of passion fruit juice in Cuzco, Peru
- Light salad, followed by homemade carbonara pasta finished with fresh peaches marinated in white wine with vanilla gelato in the hills above Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy
- Celeriac soup with pear compote and Stilton crunchy toast wedge at the Tate Modern Cafe shortly after it opened, London, England
- Endless tapas of all kinds in that one magic moment in Barcelona, Spain
- That amazing risotto that looked like they scrapped all the fish off the sea floor in Moterosso, Italy
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|Parasol tea party Colmal Museum painting|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Quirky Victorian Term explained
Pounce “Gum Sandaric reduced to a fine powder, and used to prevent the stinking of paper after the erasure of writing. It is procured, likewise, from pulverised bone of the cuttle-fish.”
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Author Visits that Impress and Inspire
PROJECT ROUND UP
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now!
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. I honestly do not yet know the exact release date. Probably early November 2014.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft, going over, sigh.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon.
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