Why it’s not a va­ca­tion with­out cook­ing in some­one else’s kitchen

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 FOOD - Ad­die Broyles

I can go two weeks with­out sleep­ing in my own bed, but I can’t go two weeks with­out cook­ing.

I’m a bud­get trav­eler, so I pre­fer stay­ing with friends or, at the very least, an Airbnb with ac­cess to a kitchen. I feel pam­pered in a ho­tel, but after a few days with­out the abil­ity to pre­pare food for my­self, I start to get a lit­tle blue.

Hav­ing a stove and a fridge when you’re trav­el­ing is con­ve­nient and saves money, and cook­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar kitchen is a chal­lenge I’ve come to en­joy when I’m on the road — not un­like that scary-ex­cited feel­ing when I get turned around in a train sta­tion and must ask some­one for di­rec­tions.

In that light fog of un­cer­tainty and new­ness, you have to dig into your men­tal tool­box to solve the fa­mil­iar problem of feed­ing your­self in a new way.

After you fig­ure out where the kitchen’s pri­mary math­e­ma­ti­cian stores his or her uten­sils, pots, pans and the like, not to men­tion which ap­pli­ances are hid­den un­der the counter and how much shelf space is avail­able in the

AD­DIE BROYLES / AMERICANSTATESMAN

Cook­ing in other peo­ple’s kitchens means get­ting to drink out of their coffee mugs, too. This one says “Di­nosaurs Eat Man, Woman In­her­its the Earth,” a riff on a “Juras­sic Park” quote.

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