After decades of traveling abroad, my travels can be linked together. It’s hard to remember the exact year I was in Egypt or every city we saw in Vietnam or even names of ruins we visited. But there are ways to trigger those memories, and one of the best is food.
Ethnic food used to mean Italian, Mexican or even Chinese. But these categories have long since entered the mainstream and are part of most American cuisines. Today’s ethnic offerings in the United States span the globe. A country’s authentic restaurant abroad will find recent and not-so-recent immigrants longing for a taste of home—just as many Americans do when they seek out McDonald’s in France. What I have found in visiting ethnic restaurants is an opportunity to revisit my experiences in those countries, as well as reasonable prices.
Clark writes travel stories for The Paris News.