From appeltaart in Amsterdam to craft beer in Colorado, Eat Your World is an online guide to food and drinks around the globe created by Scott Rosen (B.A.’98, Communication Arts) and his wife, Laura.
Operating under the principle that what you eat should strictly depend on your geographical location, EYW highlights food and drinks native to particular regions. And, yes, cheese curds and brats are featured.
We recently caught up with Scott to ask him about the site’s origin, his favorite foods and his Madison memories.
Q: Where did the idea behind EYW come from?
A: My wife and I had the idea while traveling around Colombia in late 2009. We were both feeling a bit burned out from what we were doing, me with photography, Laura with freelance travel writing. We realized how obsessively we were already tracking down and photographing the local dishes of whatever city we were in, so we ran with that idea, and bought the domain name on the spot!
Q: What is the weirdest food you've ever tried?
A: Escamoles (ant larvae) — an Aztec delicacy from Mexico City — were pretty strange. Kind of like corn kernels or pine nuts, with a poppy texture and a nutty taste. The restaurant was high end, which is not always typical for us, and the preparation was exceptional. Once you get past what you are eating, they taste pretty delicious.
Q: What’s the best food you've had?
A: We need to go back to San Sebastian, Spain, to cover that city for the website. We went there on our honeymoon (pre-website) and the food was as good as it gets. But I tend to enjoy everywhere we go, and always find a few dishes or drinks that just blow me away. BBQ shrimp in New Orleans, sticky toffee pudding in London, and chole bhature in Delhi are a few of my recent favorites.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
A: About five years ago I took Laura to Madison (also pre-EYW). First stop was State Street Brats. What is more delicious and traditional to Madison than a brat, beer, and darts? We were actually there to do a story about local brews for a beer magazine. That was a fun trip.
Q: What is the most memorable class you took at UW–Madison?
A: I always remember my Intro to Primates course and never hesitate to tell someone that a monkey is not an ape and a gorilla is not a monkey. Seriously, though, I enjoyed all my film classes and loved my major in radio, TV, and film. It let me take so many types of fascinating courses. I was one of those people who went to every class all four years.