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I take a lot of photos when I travel, but I’ve read that the sense of smell is possibly the most powerful sense when it comes to triggering memory and personally I find taste to be right up there too. I know I said this was a travel blog and keep writing posts about food, but for me the kinds of food you find can tell a lot of information about where you are – and I’m always up for good food.

Also, sometimes it’s not possible to take a full blown trip but you can get a taste of the experience by finding the right restaurant – then, grabbing lunch or dinner can be an excellent mini-break, especially if your table is close enough to the kitchen to catch all the sounds and scents of cooking. I wish I’d snapped a photo of the gorgeous vegetarian appetizer plate, too – but the fact that it was empty before I thought to should give you an idea of how good it was.

When it comes to the Phoenicia, located just next to ASU’s Tempe campus, there’s an extra bonus to stopping by and eating delicious Mediterranean food. The Phoenicia isn’t just a restaurant, it’s also a grocery store where you can buy the ingredients and try to creating an experience in your own kitchen – or at least get an idea of the spices, rices, and other ingredients that you can find in other places.

I don’t think I’ve managed to go there yet without buying something for the road…

…whether it’s short trip or a long trip back to home.

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