When I was in college, I spent three months studying in Buenos Aires. The food was amazing — the fruits bursting with flavor, the freshly made pastas, the endless variety of alfajores.. I was in heaven. A classmate of mine, an adult student who had brought her husband and kids down with her (lucky them!), pointed something out that her kids were really, really missing from back home — peanut butter. All of a sudden, though peanut butter has never really been a big part of my diet, that was all I wanted. I was dreaming of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich, anything with the sweet, sweet flavor of peanuts. When I arrived back in the states, a PB & J was the first thing I ate.
And that’s what comfort food is all about — a sensory overload of nostalgia, something to remind you of where you’ve been in your life. But obviously, comfort foods are different for different people. What may be exotic to you is a reminder of mom’s cooking to someone else. So let’s take a journey through some of the favored comfort foods across the globe.
Tell us about your favorite comfort food in the comments!
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