It all started with a dream, a little courage, and a hefty dose of adventure….
My name is Diana Moore. As a girl from Louisiana, I have always had a bit of an adventuresome spirit. And Louisiana has always provided me with countless opportunities to experience its rich cultural heritage. From the plantations along the Mississippi River to the bayous and marshes in the south to the wrought-iron balconies of the French Quarter, my home state is filled with beautiful places, interesting people, and decadent food.
As wonderful as Louisiana is, I still have this overwhelming need to experience the world beyond my state boundaries. This wanderlust has taken me from the marshes of Louisiana to the temples in Kyoto, Japan to the magnificent cathedrals in Spain to a dinner party at the home of a merchant marine in Venice. In each of these places, I have been fortunate enough to meet new friends who have shared their culture with me. In my opinion, one of the best ways to experience another culture is through its cuisine. Through a simple meal, we are rewarded with a better understanding and appreciation of a destination’s history and culture. And, here we come full circle back to my roots as a girl from Louisiana where every gathering involves sharing food.
What began for me as the exploration of places nearby, has evolved into an adventure to places far away. It has been my lifelong dream to share my passion for authentic travel experiences with others. In fact, talking about travel is one of my absolute favorite subjects. I began a second career in 2014 as a travel advisor -my “real job” is an Elder Law Attorney. Working in the travel industry has enabled me to do more than simply talk about all of the wonderful travel experiences waiting to be had. I now can help others to collect meaningful memories of their authentic travel experiences throughout the world.
Earlier this year, my mother passed away after a brief illness. Needless to say, losing one’s mother is a difficult experience. In my efforts to remember my mother before she became ill, I continually found myself focused on her vast collection of cookbooks. The funny thing is that as much as she loved those cookbooks, she hated to cook! I realized, during my grieving process, that those cookbooks were to my mother what a great novel can be for a literature buff – an escape from our daily lives. In a sense, that is also what travel can be – an escape to another culture, often through its cuisine.
Armed with this new perspective, I realized that there could be no better tribute to my mother than to share my culinary travel escapes. I am dedicating eat.drink.geaux to the memory of my mother who yearned to experience the world through a shared meal with new friends in a remote locale. During my travels (both near and far), I have collected many wonderful memories that I will be sharing here. I also have a long list of places that I have yet to visit.
My Favorite Places:
In 2012, I took a bold leap by immersing myself in the food and culture of Andalusia, Spain when I moved to Granada to study Spanish. During that year, not only did I learn a little Spanish (still working on fluency), but also I grew friendships, learned to prepare local dishes, explored the local vineyards and farms, and developed a love of Spanish culture. In addition to Spain, a few of my favorite destinations have been Kyoto, Japan; San Miguel de Allende and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.
Where I’m Headed Next:
I recently returned from leading a culinary-themed group trip to Piedmont, Italy, where we went truffle hunting, tasted lots of wine, and visited a cheesemaker, among other tasty activities. In 2017, I am planning trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and to the Texas Hill Country. In 2018, we are off to Mexico – Isla Mujeres, Tulum and Playa del Carmen.