Andi Fisher is a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. She’s a marketing gal who gave up her job to travel around in an RV with her hubby and her cat. We caught up with Andi to ask her about being a foodie on the road and hear about some of her favorite global foodie spots.
Tell us a little about your background. Why did you decide to start a blog?
I grew up traveling. My father was in the Army, and from the moment I was born, I traveled. We lived all over the U.S., South America, and Europe; and wherever we lived, my family explored the region. When I left home, it was only natural that I found jobs in global organizations where I could travel for business, and all my free time was devoted to travel as well. I’ve got gypsy blood!
In 2008, I took a creative writing course in San Francisco and realized immediately that writing was a passion of mine. During the semester, I began writing my blog Misadventures with Andi.
In 2003, I moved to Switzerland to work. That was the first time I lived in a foreign country without my parents. So of course, there were mishaps, or misadventures, which I reported to all my friends and family in a weekly email called Misadventures with Andi. When I decided to start a blog, the name stuck.
Let’s talk about your lifestyle of traveling the country in your recreational vehicle. How many months of the year do you spend in an RV? How do you decide where to go and for how long?
In October of 2015, my husband and I quit our corporate jobs, sold our home in the San Francisco Bay area, and bought an RV. We have been on the road full-time since November and will be putting down roots in February 2017, most likely in the Pacific Northwest.
During the first six months, our locations were largely driven by my husband’s photography wishlist. Another factor was the weather; RVs are not fun to drive around in inclement weather. We spent about six months in the Southwest visiting tons of state and national parks. Then we drove to Grand Teton and Yellowstone before heading to Oregon.
It had always been a road trip wishlist of mine to drive the Oregon coast, so we spent five weeks doing that, which was a blast! We are heading to Montana for a month (my hubby can’t wait) and then traveling to the Southeast where I have a long list of spots I want to visit.
Finish this sentence: “The most surprising thing I’ve discovered about RV living and travel is…”
How little material possessions you actually need. We downsized a lot and continue to do so. Life is simple when you only have four shirts!
Have there been any roadside cafes, diners, or eateries where you’ve stopped during your RV trips and you were unexpectedly impressed by the “foodyness” of the fare?
My husband and I were blown away by the bison burger at MacPhail’s Burger in Jackson, Wyoming. Everything about the experience from the curated local ingredients to the caring nature of the owners to the friendly atmosphere still has me thinking about that burger months later!
You refer to yourself on your blog as a “feisty foodie slash globetrotting wannabe.” What are some of your favorite overseas trips that you’ve taken – and your most memorable “foodie” moments during these travels?
In my book, a trip is not successful unless there is a foodie moment! Some of the most memorable is a simple ahi tuna sandwich with mango chutney (and a panache – a French beer with lemon soda) at the hotel where we stayed on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. Or the pile of fresh maguro at Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market – it cost $2, which is unheard of in San Franciso! And always Paris. There is a little bistro that used to be the ex-Citroën cantine that serves that best boeuf bourguignon I’ve ever had.
Since you’re married to a Frenchman and call yourself a Francophile, tell us what you love the most about French cuisine.
Tradition. They aren’t afraid to embrace it. And their food culture is deep. Even when you have new trends like “le fooding,” the chefs are still using their grandmothers’ recipes as a base! The French also know how to use local ingredients to transform simple ingredients into magic.
Do you have a favorite foodie entree, side dish, or snack that you enjoy so much that you hesitate to share?
Probably sushi. If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Japanese. Particularly sushi. My husband and I rarely share!
Finally, is it possible to satisfy your foodie desires while cooking in an RV?
Finding decent food on the road has been harder than I thought. And we actually cook more than we eat out, so we try to source local ingredients and cook on our own. A large portion of the cargo we carry in the RV is food-related!
Examples include: canned sardines, terrines, and rillettes from France (and Portugal); buckwheat soba noodles from our favorite Japanese market in Berkeley; and Japanese seasonings like sesame oils, soba sauce, and furikake. When it comes to rice, we prefer sushi, risotto, paella, and with Israeli couscous. We buy local proteins (or freeze fresh seafood as we find it) and vegetables and make meals from that.
Food is such an essential part of our happiness; we make sure we are well fed!
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