In fact, whiffing through the natural and man-made flavors, witnessing the outburst of colors that beautifully contrast each other, making mental markers for what seems like a snack joint worth trying, and rechecking the list in your mind about the household fruit situation…all of these make-up for an interesting and very productive shopping journey.
More Humane Window Shopping
Unlike branded retail outlets that often have that cold vibe of you not being worthy enough to buy a certain type of merchandise, window shopping farm supplies and local produce that eventually make it to our kitchens or commercial establishments is less biased, more liberating and has greater chances of stimulating your thinking glands [yes, I believe there is a gland that induces ideas in people]. People say that being surrounded by too much food can be a cause for apprehensions and sadness as you really cannot eat it all. However, I believe that this is a great environment where you get to see cooking rituals, regional gastronomic practices and recipes that seem magical. This is like absorbing the culture of a new city with the only difference being that vibes from people gives way to how different preparations engage your mind and landscapes give way to food stalls, flea market shops, weekend food festivals, farm produce daytime carts, fast food vans and restaurants with kitchens that seem like suave assembly-line systems.
Introspection for Your Food Choices
I have realized that taking a short trip to a nearby market that is thick with footfalls of people buying every type of snack, meal and packaged food type can catalyze thoughts about how to try new permutations and combinations in the kitchen. Calling such food-sightseeing trips an exploration is a bit of stretch but often it helps you reconnect with foods that you might have let go off unconsciously!
Updated on January 29, 2018