Photo Friday: There's Always Bread

One of the things parents often tell me is that they are either a) worried that their kids won't find a single thing to eat in a new destination or b) they'll spend every single meal on their trip at Pizza Hut. E is an incredibly picky eater, and he gets pickier when he's away from home, so I empathize completely.

While we work hard to make sure that the kids eat well: introducing new foods at home, packing picnic lunches, serving a hearty breakfast in our vacation rental, and seeking out the local equivalent of pizza or chicken fingers in fine restaurants around the world, I have to admit that there are times when everything we try fails. And guess what? When that happens - there's always bread.

D enjoys fresh local bread at a restaurant in Istanbul
D enjoys fresh local bread at a restaurant in Istanbul

They ate better the next day, I'm sure.

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  1. Lora on June 18, 2010 at 12:16 a.m.

    Ah, you have hit on one of my secret fears of taking the kids to other cultures. I know how grumpy I get when I don't eat, and if I have to contend with grumpy kids because they are leary of new foods...I don't look forward to that. BUT, you are right, everyone has good bread. And it doesn't hurt to pack a little something familiar for those days when needed.

  2. Margo on June 18, 2010 at 4:35 a.m.

    This is exactly what we used to say when we were traveling with our children when they were younger... come to think of it, even most recently, for our picky, elder (17yo) carb addict. She even stopped liking peanut butter at some point!

  3. Kerry Dexter on June 18, 2010 at 4:44 a.m.

    bread is always worth a try, and is a connector, somehow. fun to see how people in other parts of the world make and enjoy it -- as E clealry is in these photos. thanks.

  4. anna on June 18, 2010 at 6:37 a.m.

    I would say rather that there is always something - & that it's generally bread - but not always! Bread can be scarce outside main cities in sub-Saharan Africa, & is not what you would call "good" bread when you can find it...

  5. Theodora on June 18, 2010 at 8:32 a.m.

    I read in a book by Penelope Leach, an author I adore, that a child who will only eat bread, milk and jam will require nothing but the odd Vitamin C supplement to get everything they need.

    Children are, effectively, self-regulating organisms.

    Where there isn't bread, however, there's generally rice. And bananas, too. Often cucumbers and tomatoes...

  6. Caitlin on June 18, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.

    I love Turkish bread - it's really common in Australia.

  7. Dominique on June 18, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.

    I guess it's another way to save on bills eating out on the road :D

  8. Debbie on June 19, 2010 at 10:33 p.m.

    @anna maybe i should say "there are always carbs" ;)
    @theodora Yep! They get a long way on carbs, fresh fruit and a good multivitamin ;)
    @dominique I wish that were true, we usually find out that it's a bread day only after we've ordered a selection of things that they might plausibly eat. and then I end up snacking on their rejected food long after i am full...

  9. sojournrentals on June 20, 2010 at 4:46 a.m.

    I guess I will agree the statement of Dominique it's a great way to save the budget or bills eating out on the road. LOL!

  10. 3onthego on March 5, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.

    This is funny. A friend had scared me before our trip to Japan with our toddler that all the fish is raw and everything has a raw egg on top of it! Of course that wasn't true and in our case, there was always white rice :)