|Me hitting every street food vendor at a fair on 7th ave in NYC|
Then, with the same friends, we heard there was a Taco Bell opening in Brockville Ontario. That's 2 hours away. We didn't care. My friend borrowed his mother's truck and off we went in search of bad (bad bad bad) mexican food with Nirvana tapes blasting on the radio. We must've done this at least half a dozen times actually. It truly was a sad day for us when we got there and noticed that the TB had been replaced with a Tim Horton's. We drove around the town looking for it, in case it moved. It looked like two guys searching the streets for a lost dog.
Now, i'll drive back to the east end on some weekends to shop at the Jean-Talon Market. I don't like the Atwater market, there's no deals, and very few things that are worth going there even though it's much closer to me. We lunch at El Rey Del taco which is my new favourite mexican joint in the city, probably doesn't say much since I just admitted to road tripping for Taco Bell but I swear I know good mexican food! At the end of summer I go buy a bushel of tomatoes to make some sauce, huge bunches of basil for $2, fresh corn on the cob that was picked the day before and whatever else I can find that's local. It's heaven!
Last year my girlfriend and I were in Paris for a week and had a craving for a specific crepe that we had a couple of days earlier, so we took the metro and went all the way back there because I really wanted a buckwheat crepe with ham, cheese and egg. Sounds dumb right now but it made SO much sense then.
Food has definetely become a destination these days, we follow celebrity chefs, blogger reviews, and any other reason to go to one specific spot. Obviously it's not always worth spending time & effort for a specific dish but sometimes the voyage is part of the actual experience.The anticipation and excitement can make a simple dish feel like the most special thing in the world.