Bringing it All Home

Last year we answered the question of why a local food magazine is producing a Travel Issue with the following: Travel allows us the time and space to feel more deeply, think more broadly and taste more fully. We find our common ground as we celebrate our differences and expand our horizons. What we learn from other cultures, global cuisines and new experiences enriches our lives and our community at home.

In this issue, we explore what we can take away from a trip to Bolivia to better understand the future of foodways. Amid all the turmoil in the Middle East, we take a moment to celebrate the riches of Syrian cuisine. A work trip to Hawaii might find us hunting ferns and other wild things. Did you know that you can find key ingredients to Thai street food growing right here in Central Texas on the Simmons Family Farm? And when planning your next family vacation, consider staying on a working farm—we’ll give you some tips on where to find them.

This issue also highlights some places closer to home that we might not fully appreciate in our quests to “get away.” Learn about Houston’s tempting and vibrant local food scene; the “agri-culture” emerging in Brenham and Washington County; the renewed focus on local food and businesses in Bastrop since the disastrous year of fires and a small-town renaissance blooming in San Saba and Brownwood. Visit Pontotoc, in the far reaches of Mason County—a town reimagining itself around a local vineyard and winery. These are all reasons why our annual Edible Escape event, on Sunday, September 29, will celebrate the tastes of Central Texas—most notably north and northwest of Austin. Come to Marble Falls for this event and explore the Hill Country with us and find reasons to return time and again (details at Consider spending the weekend!

Apparently, our magazine has been globe-trotting this year as well. Below (left to right) are photos of our issues visiting the BioMarché Rospail, the largest organic farmers market in Paris; Maybelle from Bluff, North Eleuthera, the Bahamas and Dona Mini, a restaurateur and produce shop owner in the Dominican Republic—and overseeing making butter on a farm in Switzerland.