It has been a year of modest adventures, but one type of trip has stood out. These journeys — kayak paddles, pasta factory visits, seaweed harvests and good old-fashioned road trip pit stops — are about more than a meal, but they’re rewarded with one. They’re not just about the food, but the food certainly doesn’t hurt. A “meal worth the trip” is more than the sum of its parts. It’s a date, maybe. Or a mission. Or a project. Or an education. It’s a complete package. It’s an outing with a goal. It satisfies and satiates. This year, when we all needed more than a little comfort, these trips fed our longing for the larger world. And, in California, what a world it is.