We arrived home in San Diego after 6 months on the road, just in time to see the sunset over San Diego Bay out our back window. After 10,000 miles, over 100 winery visits, several regional cuisines explored, a few extraordinary fine dining experiences, two wine-related conferences, and lots of poking about in unfamiliar places, I’m craving some home cooking.
Of course, I carry my kitchen with me when I travel along with a deeply appreciative food and wine companion (my wife Lynn). I’m never far from my pots and pans. But when traveling, cooking takes a back seat to exploration and managing the logistics of mobility. Only when stationary does the time for preparation, planning, and availability of ingredients conspire with the presence of a wider network of friends and family to make cooking the most important activity of the week. Home cooking is not about where your kitchen is; it’s about whom you share your food with. I’m really looking forward to a few months of stasis.
The paradox is that while I long for home when we’re traveling, when at home I can’t wait to hit the road again.
Dissatisfaction is the spice of life, which is at its best when bittersweet.
Cross posted on Edible Arts on 12/13/2017.