Good Food Knows No Boundaries – Tidbits from the Summer

Summer is a time to explore new experiences. This summer, while staying and traveling in the Midwest and the Northeast, I got to find and enjoy a variety of amazingly authentic foods in places I never would have expected. Good food knows no boundaries—nor do our appetites. 

One of my favorite memories is a popular Korean eatery in Iowa City called Seoul Grill. Named by UNESCO as a City of Literature, Iowa City is a beautiful, serene town. While doing summer research at the University of Iowa, I enjoyed exploring the city’s wonderful cultural and literary history, just as I had planned.

What came as a surprise, though, was that I experienced something totally unexpected here—authentic Korean food. The small eatery on campus offers convenient, hearty, and authentic Korean dishes to a bustling crowd—not in Korea, not in Korean plazas in California, but in Iowa.

In a city that is rich in its own cultural heritage, food from a country half a world away thrived with its original flare and flavor. Suddenly, it dawned on me that perhaps good food crosses borders for a reason larger than food itself. It is people’s appreciation of food and their willingness to accept the best from other cultures that allow food to transcend boundaries, creating endless enrichment opportunities for the human experience.

Good food knows no boundaries; our appetites know no boundaries—nor do our attitudes.

Seoul Grill, Old Capitol Mall, Iowa City

Seoul Grill, Old Capitol Mall, Iowa City

Not in Korea, not in Korean plazas in California, but in Iowa

Not in Korea, not in Korean plazas in California, but in Iowa.

Food from a country half a world away thrived, with its original flare and flavor.

Food from a country half a world away thrived with its original flare and flavor.

Flashes of my other wonderful food memories during the summer:

Too pretty and delicate to eat. Chicago, Illinois.

                 Too pretty and delicate to eat.                      Chicago, Illinois

Chicago-style deep dish pizza Chicago, Illinois

Chicago-style deep dish pizza – shot from above to shy away from the high crust.                         Chicago, Illinois

What a hearty and full breakfast! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

               What a hearty and full meal!                  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yes, it is a seaport. Boston, Massachusetts.

             Yes, it is beautiful day at the seaport.                Boston, Massachusetts.

Japanese fusion garden salad - when East meets West. Somewhere in America.

Japanese fusion garden salad – when East meets West. Somewhere in America.

Summer is almost over, but my quest for new, exciting experiences continues. As another school year starts, we are bound to come across many new things and ideas. So I am sharing this reflection: good food knows no boundaries—nor do our attitudes and experiences.

I wish everyone a fulfilling and enriching new school year!  

13 thoughts on “Good Food Knows No Boundaries – Tidbits from the Summer

    • Good point! Food connects the world in boundless ways. We can also make unlimited, creative connections with food so that our lives can be enriched in endless ways. It’s a bless.

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