This is a sponsored post brought to you by Foster Farms, with a delicious recipe brought to you by Alyssa & Carla!
Comfort food is such a deeply personal thing. It’s food that brings back happy memories, touches your soul, and cheers you up when you’ve had a bad day. For many of us, it’s food from our childhood and it has historically been heavy, rich dishes.
This is changing, however, as we care more about the quality of food we consume, live healthier lifestyles, and expand our culinary horizons. Foster Farms hosted a luncheon a couple weeks ago with the concept of new comfort food as the main talking point. Carla and I went to the gorgeous Feastly event loft in the Mission for a delicious meal of reimagined, healthier comfort food.
One topic that struck a chord with me was the idea that comfort food is expanding beyond traditional cultural borders. We talked about how a bowl of Vietnamese pho, or an Indian curry can be just as comforting to someone who doesn’t necessarily have these dishes in their ethnic background.
It made me realize that there are certain foods that I learned to love as comfort food while living in Japan. When we were there, our comfort food was pasta, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, and barbecue. But now that we’re back in the US, I increasingly turn to Japanese flavors to bring back the memories of our time in Tokyo. It makes me happy to think about the people we met, our travels, and just how lucky we were to be able to experience daily life in another country.