I receive many emails from people that telling me that they admire the traveling semi-nomadic, minimalist lifestyle that I have chosen for my retirement, but they also say they wouldn’t be able to handle the ‘sacrifices’ I make living on the road less traveled. Yes, sometimes I may try some crazy things, but this morning I sacrificed by enjoying Eggs Benedict at one of my favorite places to eat near the Mekong River in Vientiane, Laos.
When done right, Eggs Benedict is one of those dishes that transcends the simplicity of its ingredients. Savory poached eggs on an English muffin act as the perfect vector for tangy hollandaise sauce and thick crispy pepper bacon. I am not a purist and have no problem with a flakey baguette substituting for a muffin. Smoked salmon, capers and asparagus can work instead of bacon. What is essential is that the hollandaise be that perfect emulsion of creamy butter and tangy lemon.
One for the pleasures of living in places with different cuisines and cultures is finding anew the joys that you used to take for granted. Just finding things like Eggs Benedict or the perfect hamburger can be part of the adventure. Some expats become obsessed with transferring all of their traditional comforts to new places and are often disappointed. Others become obsessed with totally immersing themselves in the new experience and find themselves burning out too soon. For me it is a balancing act of comfortably blending familiar luxuries and living at the edge of my comfort zones. Today Eggs Benedict was perfect. Tomorrow who knows?