Thursday, August 11, 2005

Europe 2005 - Foods

In each of the countries there were foods we tried to try. There is nothing we have not liked and is defiantly better then what we had at home for those dishes. Like my friend at work commented though sometimes other countries do food better then where it originated (the best French fries I ever had were in China) but you gotta start somewhere...
If anyone reads this shaking their head that I've reduced the gourmet of their country down to one food then just remember that the foods the USA would most likely be famous for is a hamburger (Germany) or apple pie (France).
International-cheese, yogurt, bakery goodies.
Britain-fish and chips, Indian food
France- escargot, quiche, crepes
Spain- paella
Italy-Pizza, Gelato, cannollis
Switzerland- fondue, chocolate
Greece- Baklava
Turkey- Turkish delight
Hungry- Goulash
Germany- Strudel, sausage
Belgium-waffles, chocolate
Netherlands-marijuana (just kidding)

Breakfast-I know that the USA eats a bigger breakfast then anywhere in Europe and I usually eat a bigger breakfast then others I know, usually it is my main meal of the day. When we were in Florence we were promised a "big American breakfast" to entice us to book the hotel. The basic breakfast starts here with the bread (usually what we would call a French roll in the USA.) with tea or coffee. Mainland Europe had boiled eggs added to that. In Italy and Greece olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, lunch meat was added. In Austria and Germany there was plain yogurt with fruit mixed in and the lunch meat and cheese.

Preconceived notions- I guess I am used to the USA way of everything being in individual wrappings all under a nice layer of plastic. In Europe I am surprised by how much food is uncovered, and unrefrigerated at the grocery stores. The bread (long "French bread" all over Europe) is just sold without a bag and it is to long to fit in shopping bags so they carry it however. My brain screams “ahh that’s unsanitary” but I guess that many people can’t be having problems since that is how it is done everywhere.

Bread- The Atkins diet would never work in Europe. People eat to much bread. It was the normal thing that people would go for a walk in the morning just to buy a fresh loaf of bread. Many grocery stores had the bakery attached but with a separate door so that it was the only thing open ion the morning. It was not unusual when we started our touristing in the morning to pass people with a couple of long skinny loaves tucked under their arm. When we were camping the grocery stores would take peoples orders for their bread the next morning. I was lucky to wake up early and buy the pastries that they had over-ordered before I learned that it was any bread was supposed to be pre-ordered.

Grocery shopping- I am glad we ate so much by buying groceries. We did it to keep our budget down but I really think we ate much more healthy because of it. We would buy 6-packs of water (1 and a half liter) and just keep them in the car using 1 a day. They cost around 1.50 for 6 instead of for 1, and I still don’t think we got enough water. I also think we had many more deserts since there always seemed to be attached bakeries. Its a good thing we were walking so much or we would have ballooned out with weight.

Foods I’m tired of- I don’t know if it was just because it was easier since we didn’t speak the local language or if everyone eats that many fries but almost all the time that is what we got with our food without the waiter asking if we wanted a different side.
We did not see a single pig farm but it seems like there is ham in everything.
After sampling so many pastries and having them as the only thing for breakfast we will not be eating them for a while.
Bread is good. Lots and lots of bread gets a little old after a while. Bread being the only thing for breakfast gets old fast.

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