It’s hard to say what small things will leave an impression and inspire you for years to come.
In 2009, I lived out of a backpack, spent many months bumming around S. America and then biking with a boy in Italy (before going back to live and work in Tokyo for another round).
And while the cute old Italian people in old crumbling little towns, the incredible food and wine, the sweeping landscapes, and the architecture certainly were memorable (and certainly better memories than potentially having to be quarantined because I caught the Swine Flu) — one of the lasting impressions was of how Italians dried dishes.
Some of the Italian kitchens had this super clever easy feature of a cupboard or shelf directly over the sink that allowed the wet dishes to drip into the sink below them.
Of all the things to be memorable, right? But as someone who likes processes like doing dishes and storing things to be as easy, simple, and as elegant as possible, of course it was memorable. The wet plate gets put away in it’s home in one simple step! Brilliant. Nothing I felt like taking a picture of at the time, it seems, but memorable nonetheless.
Here are three ways that other people do it and certainly inspiration for our future lovenest kitchen.