Culinary Travel from the sofa

I’ll be honest with you, there’s not much I’ve missed over the past months and now life actually feels normal, ish. I can pop to the fabric store whenever a new idea enters my head, I can meet the team for socially distanced coffee to get away from my kitchen table desk, we have enjoyed the few arts events that have been staged and we’re eating out again, but very, very occasionally.

What I do miss though is travel. With family overseas, work and Rotary commitments, as well as the occasional leisure trip, we are usually off the rock at least once a month. At least, once a month.

I don’t want to depress myself by thinking of all that I’ve missed out on this year (Hawaii for a convention, Japan for my 5Oth and a month in Vancouver because I love it) are but a few of the places where I was so looking forward to exploring, learning, shopping and eating.

Food and travel are the biggest influences on me and the main stays of itself. Being an armchair traveller now, I have to content myself by watching TV food programmes like Netflix Restaurants on The Edge and the international series’ of Masterchef. And I will confess, cooking has become a lot less fun when you have to do it twice a day most days because we are both working from home and hardly invited out.

Our days seem to revolve around meals and it’s exhausting. I used to love cooking but that was when it was a couple of times a week for us and whenever we entertain and I could pull out all the stops.

But we’ve finally sussed it. It took a few months to work it out but now we rely on WOLT for two or three of our meal deliveries a week and we do an online cooking class every couple of weeks too, share the load, learn a new dish…. These not only gives me a break from having to plan, shop, create and cook …. but also takes some of the decision making away!

I can be running errands or on a ‘zoom’ call and order lunch from the app so we can eat together between meetings without recreating an episode of Chopped. We have favourites and can re-order those easily, and also try out new places, take a chance on the app’s recommendations and eat from a different corner of the globe while being able to choose our own different meals and not have to compromise on spice level or desires! So now we can imagine we are about to party in Greece and get a delivery of Greek food from Mykonos, visit Japan in a culinary sense with a platter from Zen Sushi and have a Far Eastern treat from Xiao Xiano and try different Asian dishes and reminisce about our missed conference with Hawaiian food from Po-K , all from the comfort of our couch!

AND one more thing (which I’ve just discovered) they have breakfast places listed too so it’s not just useful on workdays, here’s to lazy weekend mornings! And WOLT also delivers from Greens and Arkadia supermarkets if you do actually want to cook. Genius.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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