What kind of memories do you take away from an experience? Do you remember the sights, the sounds and the smells of the places you visit? I think I retain visual snapshots of certain scenes, probably reinforced by the real photographs I take with my camera. But none of this compares to my friend who has “food memories!”
Name any trip, and she can tell you her favorite restaurants and what she ordered. Name any gathering of friends, and she can remember what was served. We’ve been going on annual cross-country ski trips for the last 20 winters, and she can recall the specialty dish from each bed and breakfast where we have stayed!
I will admit to a certain degree of food-centricity in my life, so I rather enjoy these food memories of hers. We entertained ourselves for a good portion of the long drive home from the North Shore on one of our recent winter trips, recounting all those breakfasts together. In fact, on the strength of that exercise, we added a new category to our trip journal to go with our notes on kilometers skied, weather, equipment failures and B&B ratings – you guessed it, food memories!
What will you remember from your next adventure?