Food the First Frontier

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Food is one of the most important components of our travel experience. We are interested in discovering what is available on Canadian and American roadways and highways; where to stock up on good, healthy, local food. If you are following us and have tips we’d love to hear from you.

Our expectations are based on our experiences on highways in Italy with stops at Autogrill and on the island of Okinawa in Japan. At Autogrill you can expect the best cup of cappuccino in a ceramic cup for a euro, a selection of hot meals such as roasted chicken and potatoes, salad, pasta, pork chop and of course, a glass of wine, oil and vinegar on every table. Alternatively you can buy wedges of pecorino, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, dried pastas to picnic on or cook at home. In Okinawa every roadside stop includes a full market with fresh produce, fish, prepared foods all of the highest quality. They even have pull-offs on the highway to purchase homemade ice cream (kind of like an emergency stop). Our friend Nobuyo grew up in this environment, so accustomed to good, healthy, quality food everywhere. She has lived for a long time in Ontario and to this day never leaves home without rice balls and snacks for the two hour drive between her home and Toronto as she knows the likelihood of going hungry is high.