It’s as Simple as…

Upon my return from Puerto Rico last week, a friend asked me if I took home any new food ideas. Sure! There is always something to learn from a different culture than our own. The simplest was discovered in a cafe in Old San Juan. While I ate my toasted Mallorca- a sweet bun toasted with butter, I spied an elderly couple eating a papaya, one half each with a wedge of lime, that was it. For one thing I have never tackled half of a papaya by myself nor with a squirt of fresh lime, I had only eaten papaya cubed up in fruit salads. But it was too late, the waiter had plunked down my Tortilla Espanola and I dove in with reckless abandon, although the thought of that papaya did not leave me. I decided that as soon as I got home and found a nice papaya in my grocery store, I would serve it as I had seen it that day in the cafe. Yesterday my papaya was the perfect green to yellow color, with a bit of give when I pressed it with my thumb, so I cut it in half length-wise, spooned out the seeds, and placed half on my plate with a squirt of fresh lime juice. Fantastic. I could not eat an entire half myself but I did manage a quarter. That’s what I enjoy about getting away- taking home even the simplest of ideas.

What food treasure ideas have you taken home from a vacation?

5 Comments

  1. highplainsdrifters
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    i took a three year vacation in hawaii a few years back, and had that exact same b-fast of papaya and lime just about every morning.

    from new zealand, toast with sliced tomato for b-fast with the slightest bit of butter.

    and good german brown bread is hard to find around here, but it always hits the spot.

    i seem to be breakfast-oriented, eh?

  2. Keeping up with the Freitas'
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    I also discovered the papaya and lime deliciousness : ) during a trip to Hawaii. What a great combination!

  3. SammaMichelle
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    Our entire family is completely obsessed with fresh corn on our pizza from a wonderful vacation in the Dominican Republic. If it's not fresh corn…frozen works but man is it good!

  4. Biz
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    What an interesting idea to squeeze lime over a papaya! Love it! And I don't think I could eat a half of one by myself either.

    We don't travel much, but when we went to Gaitlinburg on our last vacation I tried fried okra – yum!

  5. FOODalogue
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    I, too, had papaya with lime juice this week in PR but must say that I always accompany any melon with lemon or lime because someone told me long ago that it brings out the sweetness.

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