How technology has influenced knowledge of Mauritian dishes
Our world has become such a small place. Incredible advances in technology have bridged oceans and borders providing almost everyone with the prospect of travelling to a destination in hours where decades before it would have taken days, and communicating in seconds when not so long ago it may have taken hours.
Today, a flight to Mauritius from, say, London will take around 11 hours, compared to 150 years ago when a sea journey would have lasted more than three months! Imagine arriving on this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean during the 19th Century and coming in contact with the population and food types found then. Writing a description and possibly including a black and white drawing to help illustrate these unique finds to the intended recipient would take a few days — at least — followed by another 100-day sea journey to return the correspondence back to Europe.
Altogether, it would take well over six months of travel to receive information about the destination! Of course, now we can journey to Mauritius, go for an incredible meal, meet a few native Mauritians, take 50 beautiful colour photographs with descriptions of it all and have this information appreciated by people half way across the world — all within just 24 hours!
While our world has seemingly decreased in dimension, our minds — in most cases — have expanded with regard to ideas, information and cultures thanks in some part to social media. Facebook, Google + and Twitter, to name but a few, provide us with hourly opportunities to correspond with friends and family or present a montage of photographs depicting our activities.
A visit to Mauritius is one where all of this wonderful technology can be exploited to its fullest in order to capture and communicate the assortment of cultures that have remained true to their heritage, but over time have also come together in creating a diverse cuisine unique to the Island.
Indian, Chinese, French, Dutch, Portuguese and African peoples have made Mauritius their home over several centuries, while their diets have absorbed ideas from one another resulting in dishes that salute fusion cuisine with the highest regard to all the senses. A short trip back in time of about 20 years and, in general, knowledge of Mauritian food was limited to those who could afford to travel there and bring back a few Kodak moments to impress friends or the odd newspaper or magazine article to tempt the latent foodie in us all.
Now, the information super-highway is flooded with images and descriptions of gastronomic delights from across the globe including, and increasingly so, those from Mauritius. International media outlets and bloggers regularly feature Mauritius in its capacity as an extremely popular tourist destination, but now are frequently highlighting the Island as a destination specifically for a varied culinary experience.
Thanks to technology and our own inherent desire to feed our senses with anything exotic and new, the excitement and satisfaction of what Mauritius can offer should be high on the list of any foodie adventurer!