by Lillian Csernica on April 22, 2016
When you’re traveling, especially long distances, you want to keep a munchie stash with you because odds are good you will get stuck somewhere waiting for longer than you expect. Low blood sugar makes the trials of traveling even more irritating. These are my favorite snacks from all the places I’ve visited:
Pain au chocolat (Chocolate croissant)
Daifuku mochi — Depending on the characters used, this treat is called either “big belly rice cake” or “great luck rice cake.” The traditional filling is anko, or red bean paste. Crushed melon is also used, and in the springtime strawberries are popular.
Anmitsu: It’s a traditional Japanese dessert that has cubes of agar agar jelly, fresh fruit slices, red bean paste, and a dollop of ice cream. In this case, green tea ice cream. Looks really weird, doesn’t it? Pat and I had this at the Haneda Airport during our twelve hour layover. Not nearly as sweet as an American ice cream sundae, anmitsu combines flavors and textures into a unique and tasty dish.
Stroopwafels are two large, thin cookies with syrup in the middle. The size of stroopwafels vary, and you can get them dipped in chocolate, topped with whipped cream, etc. A small package of these is just right for a snack.
Northern — Potatoes. Baked, fried, or scalloped, I do love the starchy little devils.
Southern — Hush puppies and corn bread. I love hushpuppies. I would live on them if it weren’t for the fact that by the end of the first week I’d be able to actually hear my arteries hardening!
Eastern — New England clam chowder. With lots of black pepper. I do not eat the red stuff.
Western — San Francisco sourdough bread. Whenever I order breakfast in a restaurant, I get sourdough toast. No matter where in the U.S. I might be, the yeast starter probably came from San Francisco.
Central — Cheese. I love cheese, really I do. String cheese, cheddar on my burger, grilled cheese sandwiches, alfredo sauce, you name it. Can’t have bleu cheese because I’m allergic to mold.