Plate of Food Travel Museum

IMG_4813Welcome to the Plate of Food Travel Museum, a delicious blend of everyday snacks on plates and relics of past travels. This followed my long-standing lack of ease with food in general. Now you can follow its progress on my Instagram account.

Admission is free, but shared-dreams appreciated.

Note: PoFTM is already winning praise. Flip-offing Andrew Zimmern (see link above for proof) tweeted this:

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In 1998, I decided to go to every state capitol and ask employees to sketch the building. Then I’d probably sell the 50 sketches — for dozens! At Carson City, the capital of Nevada, an elder capitol “police” officer snubbed my request. “We’re too busy around here.” So I asked his cohort next to him, a guy in his upper 20s, who said “sure, I’ll try.” He spent 25 minutes coming up with this, using a ruler for precision and adding the Nevada motto in Latin. Sometimes travel wins. Capitol travel, I mean. (I only collected one other capitol sketch: in Sacramento, California.)IMG_4799
Animal figurines, picked up from a variety of destinations (Oman, Mexico, Burma, London) meet an H-shaped sandwich.


Iowa farms — actually the Living History Farms in the Des Moines outskirts — meets an almond-butter and jelly sandwich. Photos taken in summer 2001.


Budludzha is an abandoned communist relic atop Shipka Pass in central Bulgaria. It’s called the “UFO building” by many who see it. Visitors go through a broken doorway and can see chips of shattered mosaics and sofa-stuffing where battling comrades once puffed on Soviet cigarettes. Budludzha now meets a pickleface sandwich smeared in mustard. Photos from 2009.


Three souvenir emblems of different locales. The peg-legged jaguar was whittled by a Mayan in Chiapas, Mexico. The bust of Yuri Gagarin — the cosmonaut the Soviets adored until they blew him up in a rocket — came from Moscow’s Izmailovsky Park. The headbust shows my favorite of the 30-some traditional royal hairdress styles of Mrauk U, the ancient Rakhine kingdom in Burma.

Copenhagen looks best B/W, as these 2009 photos show, and when paired with a plate of afternoon fig bars.

IMG_4759The Nebraska Panhandle, with Oregon Trail landmarks like Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock (not to overlook a “Stonehenge” made of cars), is an overlooked natural wonder. Shown with a plate of grapes, carrot sticks and a smear of hummus.

Gift shop (under construction):

The PoFTM is working with new merch concepts that should be launched by the end of the year. T-shirts may or may not include the following:

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