My favorite meal from our recent, long-overdue vacation last month was so intensely local in its ingredients, it could only be described as...hyperlocal.
Heather picked tomatoes, figs and lemons from the garden at our B&B in Lucca Italy, with the blessing of our hostess, Lucia. The northern Tuscan town is famous for its meats, so we picked up a nice mixture of ground pork, veal and beef from a butcher shop inside the old city's walls ten minutes away. Both the olive oil and wine (less than $10 each) were Luccan as well. The only thing we couldn't truly account for was the pasta, but we're pretty sure it was Italian...as was our small car, an Alfa Romeo.
So these little moments of local delight help confirm our change in lifestyle since we set out on our expedition two and a half years ago. It has all culminated in a move to Seattle, to live in a corner of the city where we've quickly befriended our neighbors, where I bike to our co-op for groceries, and where I get to explore the use of digital technologies in community building (great local examples: West Seattle Blog, Citizen Rain and Seattle Chic) in my new position at the nearby University of Washington.