04.05.2014 - 12.05.2014
Food, glorious food.
Unlike previous blogs this European blog has been a bit challenging to write. When travelling in a totally different country, such as Egypt, Turkey or Peru there is so much to write about the culture. Europe is so familiar to so many people so I thought I would like to write a bit about the food and drink, the differences and similarities between the countries and some of our favorite things.
Great Britain - is known for its excellent pub food, Cadbury chocolate, and fish and chips. I think the trip to the Food Hall at Harrods Department Store was one of the highlights. Of course, no trip to the U.K. Would be complete without trying one of the excellent ales and porters in the pub.
The Netherlands - there were many memorable types of food. First, the variety of cheeses are most unlimited. Holland is home to the world famous Edam cheese. In addition, pomme frittes are served throughout the country and are often served with mayonnaise. Pannenkoken is a popular dish available throughput the day. This thin pancake is served plain with icing sugar and fresh lemon, with apples and cinnamon or a variety of other ways. When served it looks enormous however we seems quite able to clean our plates.
Amsterdam is also home to the Heineken brewery. Unfortunately our time was limited so a visit was not possible this time. For those wanting to try some different drink we can recommend Pisang Ambon (banana liqueur), Bolshevik liqueurs and gene over, a Dutch style dry gin.
Germany - Let's first say that the Germans love their carbs. Dumpling, spatzle and potatoes are a staple on any dinner plate. Pretzels, fresh out of the oven are soft, warm and salty. And the Germans like their meat dishes which can include pork knuckle, Wiener schnitzels and all types of wurst (sausages). And a stop in Germany would not be complete without a tast of the local beers, especially at the Hofbrahaus. This is also home to many fine wines, especially the Rieslings of the Rhine Valley. And for desert, Ritter sport chocolate bars are available everywhere.
Austria - the cuisine in Austria features schnitzel and beef goulash (taken from the bordering Hungary). The baking students that are on this trip may have sampled some of the local deserts including sachre torte - chiocolate cake with an apricot filling) and again, Apple Strudel. Austria is also known for schnapps, with over a hundred different flavours ranging from absinthe to hazelnut.
Italy - What's not to love about the food and drink of Italy. From the moment we crossed the border we have seen the vineyards of the country. Venice is well known for the introduction of the Bellini. The version served here is from premade bottle and has a lovely refreshing peach flavour. For those needing a refreshing change try Aperzol Spritz, a Campari like soda. Pizza and pasta are the local favs for food. Check out the Venice day of our blog for more on a typical Italian dinner. And for desert, no trip to Italy would be complete without a stop for gelato. It is always hard to choose which one to try. For those who can't make a decision try two. My favorite so far is the lemon and cassis (black current). Yummy!
And how the Europeans love there coffee. No offence Tim Hortons but European coffee is the best!