Write Anywhere 084: Montana Food Hop


by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

Are you a food adventurer? Do you like to travel through food?

I’ve always been an adventurous eater. I think I owe that to three things: my always hearty appetite,  my curiosity, and my mother. She didn’t have a lot of rules, but you ate at least half of any foods you were served at someone else’s home, without complaint. Another rule: at home you had to try at least one bite of any food that went on your plate. If after one bite, you didn’t like it, you didn’t have to eat it. More often than not, my sister and I ended up liking it. Green peas and lima beans being notable exceptions.

You can learn a lot about an area, a culture, and yourself by expanding your palate. Food can be an adventure, expand your ideas, spark your inspiration. And it’s always more fun if you can take a couple of friends with you.

Write Anywhere #84: Montana Food Hop

 

Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crab and Balsamic Reduction Drizzle from Montana Rib and Chop House, Livingston, Montana 2015 photo by kristin nador

fried green tomatoes with lump crab and balsamic reduction drizzle, Montana Rib and Chop House, Livingston, Montana

That’s exactly what I did with Artist Daughter, Poet Son, and daughter’s hubby St. Nick when I visited them for ten days in Montana. Between the peaceful respites in the mountains we zipped through the mountain passes and around the world with some great restaurants throughout Bozeman and Livingston.

Bozeman is an unexpected treasure in the Treasure State. Home to Montana State University, Gibson Guitar, many tech companies, and gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the city beats with a youthful heart supported by the bones of pioneer history. A wonderful melange of old west, high tech sensibility, bohemian creativity, and easygoing neighborliness, I fell in love immediately.

Bozeman, Montana 2015 photo by kristin nador

 

I tried to pass on my mother’s ideas about food, and my children’s open-mindedness when it comes to food reflects that. I recall that spinach and liver were our few battles. (Everyone hates liver but me, right?) Poet Son is now a serious foodie, and he mapped his top restaurant picks for my visit, and added a few he hadn’t explored yet. St. Nick is a sushi connoisseur, so he had that covered, and Artist Daughter made sure we started the days off full of energy for strolling through shops, museums, and gravel roads. That left me to record it all with the yummiest of photographic essays.

eggs, bacon, and kiwi photo by kristin nador

Daughter’s secret bacon recipe: sprinkled with brown sugar and fresh ground black pepper and baked in the oven. Spectacular!

I loved catching up with the kids at The Nova Cafe. A hip breakfast and lunch spot buzzing with color, activity, and great food.

Lox Bagel Sammy, The Nova Cafe, Bozeman, Montana 2015 photo by kristin nador

Lox Bagel Sammy at The Nova Cafe – So fresh!

Downtown Bozeman has plenty of shops, old mainstays, and new quirky sites to see.

The Crystal Bar, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

bikes, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nadorThe Ellen, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cactus Records, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

tea wall, Townshend's Tea House, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

Townshend’s Tea House

The Chocolate Moose, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

The Chocolate Moose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My beautiful artist

My beautiful artist

Dinners never failed to please.

Thai summer rolls, Rice Fine Thai Restaurant, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

summer rolls from Rice Fine Thai Restaurant

Jambalaya, Zydeco Restaurant, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

jambalaya from Cafe Zydeco Bozeman – it will take your mouth directly to NOLA!

Shrimp and Grits, Cafe Zydeco, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

shrimp and grits in Montana – you better believe it!

sushi work of art at Wasabi Japanese steakhouse

corn soup, Blacksmith Italian Restaurant, Bozeman, Montana photo by kristin nador

the fanciest and best corn soup (with mushrooms and truffle oil) i’ve ever had at Blacksmith Italian restaurant

bone marrow and roasted garlic, Blacksmith Italian, Bozeman, Montana, photo by kristin nador

bone marrow, rustic italian bread, and roasted garlic, Blacksmith Italian restaurant

Mark's In and Out Burger Stand, Livingston, Montana 2015 photo by kristin nador

iconic Mark’s In and Out Burger stand, fulfilling burger lovers cravings since 1954. As good as they are timeless!

burger counter, Livingston, Montana, photo by kristin nador

diners sit on this counter enjoying burgers and shakes

I wish I could say I travel the globe sampling the best local eateries all the time, but this is more of a once in a blue moon type of adventure. I love the excitement of biting into a new and different food for the first time, finding out if it’s a new love, or one you will never visit again. I’ll file these sights and smells away for future writing ideas as well. It was so much fun testing out the flavors, critiquing the venues, but mostly reveling in the company of my children, who have grown into very interesting adults, and friends.

More food adventures:

Do you consider yourself a ‘foodie’? Do you like to cook or have someone else cook it for you? What food did you used to think strange but now consider a favorite? What’s the best food ‘journey’ you’ve ever had?

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