Eating Like a European
We recently returned from a 3-week trip around Europe! It was seriously the most amazing experience we’ve ever had. I thought it would be fun to post a collection of photos of all the food we ate in each country here on Healthy For Two. You know me, I can’t go anywhere without taking pictures of my food! I also wrote about it on my travel blog; Travel is Always a Good Idea where I posted some pretty amazing pictures from the places we visited in Germany, Italy, Paris and Amsterdam.
I also have BIG news… We’re engaged! Yup, he popped the question right in front of the Eiffel Tower!!! I am a lucky girl. :)
Alright, on with the food!
My favorite meals, hands down, were in Italy and Paris. In Italy we were lucky enough to stay with my loving family in Trieste where they showed us real Italian home cooking and the best pizza and desserts around.
This is my family:
When the pizza came out and was placed in front of us at this pizzeria, we waited to see what everyone else did before we dug in! The pizza doesn’t come sliced and everyone ate it with a knife and fork. Felt like more work to us but man, the pizza was delicious.
Lunch in Slovenia:
Trieste, Italy is right next to Slovenia. We took a very scenic drive over to a restaurant famous for it’s meat. They served every type of meat there, including horse! We skipped the horse but I did have a gnocchi with deer meat. Delicious!
Dessert time in Slovenia:
My family took us to a place in Slovenia that is supposed to have the best desserts around! We all got slices of different cakes along with espresso (to keep us going after all the food!). The chocolate orange cake is a traditional Trieste dessert.
We ate gelato almost everyday in Italy. It was soooo good. I read that the way you can tell if the gelato shop is good is by the color of the pistachio gelato. If it is bright green, that means it’s packed full of imitation color. The pistachio gelato we had was just right!
Check out the spread we had for brunch! My wonderful cousins set this up on our last day in Italy. This was the best combination of meats, cheese and bread I ever had. Have you ever eaten Mortadella meat? If you ever see it in a deli, BUY IT! You won’t regret it.
The food is THE best in Paris. Every street seemed to have a bunch of different unique cafes. It seems you could live a lifetime in Paris and try a new place every day. We took a private scooter tour on our first day in Paris (BEST thing ever). The tour guide ended our tour at an Italian restaurant. Just LOOK at what we ate!
The next day we went to a restaurant that a coworker recommended to me called L’Avant-Comptoir. There was a line at this place so we knew it had to be good. We patiently waited and listed to the accordion-playing street performers (magical). Once we got a seat we immediately started to Google Translate the menu. We deciphered that “boeuf” was “beef” and “agneau” was “lamb” and went for it. We agreed on the special of the day for an appetizer, not knowing what it was… and this came out:
I cannot tell you what this was… I wish I wrote it down but it was THE MOST AMAZING tasting thing that ever touched my tongue. It had oyster mushrooms, egg, pancetta and some kind of oil or seasoning that made it so good. We had a great time at this place.
We of course had to finish the meal with creme brulee:
Cooking in our Paris apartment:
Literally right outside of our apartment building was a market filled with fruit shops, meat shops, bakeries, cafes, wine shops and cheese shops! One of my favorite things in Paris was going out to choose what we were going to make for dinner. I had a really tiny kitchen to work with but it was fun!
I made fresh tortellini, green beans and chicken one night. With only two small burners, I had to cook only two things at a time and reuse pots. It took some pre-planning, but in the end there were less dishes to clean!
I felt that the food in Paris was so cheap compared to what I can get in California. All of this cost me a little over 20 euros! The cheese alone would cost at least $8 here. Things like fresh pasta, meats and cheeses are the norm here so I’m sure that’s why the cost it’s so reasonable.
In Germany we sure ate a lot of pork. This was our first meal in Dusseldorf: Pork sampler, pork shoulder and a pork schnitzel (and yes, those french fries are served with mayonnaise).
We had a HUGE kitchen at our apartment in Munich. I didn’t attempt to cook out of the cook book, but it still looked cool.
Spice rack in Germany. Things like this excite me.
Our last stop was Amsterdam. We ate at a restaurant with a view of Dam Square. Matt had a pita thing with calamari, lamb and veggies. I had to try the traditional Dutch split pea soup. It was really delicious! I tried to imitate it at home the other day… almost as good, but not the same.
Well I hope you enjoyed this European food tour! Stay tuned for recipes where I try to imitate the delicious meals here!