Foods of Europe: Mind Blown
Written by Melissa November 4, 2014
In 2014, I experienced a gastronomical explosion!
I know in just about every post I’ve written I’ve described some kind of cultural food or drink I’ve discovered in my travels. I wanted to compile all the pictures of awesome food in this one post for all the food lovers like me who want to appreciate the culinary smorgasbord I experienced. And this will benefit the others of the food-appreciation spectrum who can’t stand to see another picture of someone else’s meal. If that’s you then you can skip right over this post!
In Italy, I had a wonderful time exploring all the different pastas and pizzas and gelatos and other desserts. From my very first krapfen and cannoli to my first Neapolitan pizza (from Naples) to my first taste of wild boar in Tuscany, Italy’s food was full of great surprises.
In Spain, though I was only there for a little over a day, I loved everything I tasted. There, they used only the most fresh ingredients! I also had my first kabob in Barcelona, which is random, but shows the influence of outside cultures in every country.
In Austria, I tasted the food I grew up with my dad making for my family. All the traditional german foods were so great and made me feel like a kid again (which helped me to enjoy the Christmas markets even more, if that’s possible).
In France, I had a great time eating. There were macarons and baguettes and crepes and other fantastic things I enjoyed. I wish I had taken more pictures!
In Belgium, we had waffles and beer and chocolate. What more could you ask for?
Before I studied abroad with CIMBA, my first trip out of the U.S. was just a few months earlier when I went to Israel with a group of students from Virginia Tech. There, I experienced my first shawarma and falafel and fell in love with hummus!
My year of travel was the most exciting of my life so far. I’m turning 21 next week and I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been in my life, but I know that the adventures have only just begun.