Roadside Food Builds Memories

Roadside Food Builds Memories

During our recent trip to Pakistan, we often stopped for roadside food. Roadside food builds memories. I enjoy stopping for roadside food. However, as an American with a digestive system unaccustomed to unfamiliar bacteria, food safety is key. So, before I go on, safety tip – we only purchase whole items or thoroughly cooked items. And, for fruit, we wash it with bottled water. Now, for the fun stuff.

Roadside Food Builds Memories Through Meeting People

My favorite part of roadside food is meeting people. We meet the food vendors. Moreover, we almost always meet other people that happen to be nearby. Often, children gather to greet us.

Roadside Food Builds Memories
Checking out bananas near Haripur, Pakistan
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Bananas come from farther south in Pakistan
Roadside Food Builds Memories
We stopped for roasted corn near Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
He was roasting corn in hot sand
Roadside Food Builds Memories
You can see the fire underneath the sand
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Moments before I started eating!
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Pakistan’s northern areas have countless orchards. We stopped for apples on the way from Hunza Valley to Khunjerab Pass.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
We met these children when we stopped for apples.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Walnuts everywhere near Hunza Valley.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Boys selling walnuts near Kaghan Valley.

Roadside Food Builds Memories by Forcing Us to Stop Driving and Look Around

Temptation compels us to keep driving to meet deadlines. But, stopping for roadside food forces us to slow down and look around. Moreover, we take time to interact with our surroundings. Look at the scenery. Take some photos. And, talk to someone.

Roadside Food Builds Memories
Freshwater springs can found in most of the mountainous areas. Here, Amir collects cold mountain water for our trip.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Seemingly every food stand had Lay’s Potato Chip display racks. This is at Babusar Pass.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Snacks and soft drinks at Babusar Pass – 13,691 feet in elevation.

Roadside Food Builds Memories Through Fellowship

We often travel with companions. So, stopping for food let’s us get to know each other. Breaking bread is a great way to create fellowship.

Roadside Food Builds Memories
Relaxing at the Moon Restaurant near Baser
Roadside Food Builds Memories
I saw many mountain stream cafes. You can stop for a tea and a bite to eat while cooling your feet in mountain stream water.

Roadside Food Connects Us to the Land

Roadside food invariably reflects the local land. So, look beyond just the fruit or the nuts. You can often see the orchards that produced the food.

Roadside Food Builds Memories
Beautiful orchards. We stopped here on the way from Hunza Valley to Gilgit.
Roadside Food Builds Memories
Moments before a chomp!

For more on our Northern Areas adventure, see my Northern Areas Adventure Highlights post.

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