Internet has been spotty at our last jaunt on the island of Milos. We've been driving through the construction zone that is burying the new high-speed line as we come and go to our villa in Pollonia. Food has been straightforward Greek here, nothing to write home about, yet consistently good. This is the first time we've really been able to indulge in fresh fish though, which is an interesting conundrum.
I've never been to an island culture before that made eating fish so prohibitive. The average fish is 40-100 euros per kilo, which quickly adds up. We've heard claims that the Mediterranean is over-fished. Some say that only the best line-caught fish are sold fresh in restaurants and the rest is frozen. Whatever the case, eating fish is more of a luxury than a staple to the Greek diet, which came as a surprise.
More importantly, for the first time in a number of years, I'm not looking forward to coming home right now. Since introducing a young child in the mix, traveling has presented new challenges. I've uniformly been ready to return to the comforts of home on our jaunts to Mexico, Spain and Ecuador. But now that Judah is four, he's starting to participate in the experience of the traveling more and it's a lot of fun. I can't wait to show him more of this wonderful world!
Lastly, I am excited and nervous about how I am going to maintain the reinforced, and new, principles I am taking from Michael Pollan. After finishing Omnivore's Dilemma I immediately devoured In Defense of Food (click to buy) and don't think I can look at the supermarket in the same way. I was a Whole Foods devotee and my eyes are now wide open to the fact that the industrial food complex is not limited to the traditional food system. I cannot stress how important it is to read these books. Do yourself the favor...
I am hopeful that I can keep up with my posts at home. Running a more-than-full-time career requires a lot of time. But I love the energy generated by my food posts. Help me spread the word and give me suggestions for posts and I'll be motivated to keep it up. I'll see you back in the states in a few days. And I'll be reviewing Flour & Water as soon I return.