One the greatest aspects of traveling to another country is indulging in the local cuisine.
Of the other European places I have been, here are a few favorites:
- Italy: Margherita Pizza. You will get it and think you can’t possibly consume the entire pie but before you know it, you can taste the divine Tuscan hills and you will begin to think about ordering a second.
- Bali: Watermelon with mint. It is refreshing, minty, and sweet.
- England: The tea and cookie thing. The tea alone will make you feel so cozy and happy and content, all your problems dissolve in the first sip.
- Italy (again): GELATO. No, this is not ice-cream and does not taste remotely like any frozen pre-packaged gelato you can find in your frozen department. It is smooth, rich, and kind of makes you feel like a supermodel. You deserve the best, so get two scoops.
- Germany: Schnitzel. Or Brezel. Who doesn’t like a fresh pretzel or a thin-slice of breaded meat with a slice of lemon? Mhmmm.
- Switzerland: The fondue. The cheese. The chocolate. It taste like nothing you have had before and after that, you will judge those little Kraft cheese slices forever.
And now France–
Mr. Speedy and I tried to order new things (he was more adventurous than I) and allowed ourselves to indulge in wine, sweets, fish, croissants, you name it. If you are going to travel (and really enjoy yourself), budget for food. Especially in France, where it is rather expensive. He was really good at reminding me that we were on our honeymoon and enjoying every moment.
“What do you think you’ll order?” he would ask.
“Oh well, I was thinking the filet… but you know, it is like expensive…”
“Lily,” he smiled, putting down his menu. “Order whatever you want, this is our honeymoon. I didn’t plan this trip for you to be worried or budgeting. Order whatever.”
So, I ordered what my tummy desired-
I have no idea what they did to the cherry tomatoes but I LOATHE tomatoes and tried one of these and holy swoon. They were completely sweet and lacked the seed-spraying texture that I usually gag at.
Another favorite thing about France is that on every single corner there is a pastry shop. Full of fresh macaroons, croissants, sweet rolls. You will peer in the window and want what you see- go ahead and enjoy it, because whatever you eat will forever make any other pastry seem lacking.
This little guys are probably the reason that I gained 3 lbs on this trip.
WORTH EVERY POUND.
We found the most darling little cafe along the Seine, just before we visited the Notre Dame cathedral. Mr. Speedy claimed this was the best burger he had ever consumed and I had a fantstic chicken cabbage salad that the waiter shook and created right in front of me.
We discovered that the Leffe beer was a drink we both enjoyed (a rare thing because I generally do not like beer):
Speaking of beer, one night in Paris we had the best party. It was just the two of us, a bag of chips, champagne, and beer. I highly recommend doing this. Even if you are at home. Throw on some robes and have a party-
Coffee and gelato breaks happened often. Especially when we were touring and Mr. Speedy saw a sign like this:
How can I refuse this face?
Naturally, little breaks were crucial to his sanity and my determination to get through each museum.
The best breakfast we have was at Hotel la Perouse in Nice.
We ordered it in bed because well, isn’t that what honeymooners do? It literally ended up in our bed… so we moved to the balcony.
We really loved this balcony. The night before we had champagne and strawberries, compliments of the hotel.
It was picture perfect-
I LOVED Nice because it is oh-so-close to Italy which means they had my favorite kind of pizza…. it was better than ever.
And now for a little recipe -
We ordered this appetizer in Paris and it was healthy, light, and delicious.
I have already made two versions of this since being back and love it. All you need-
- Romaine hearts
- Sliced beets (or tomatoes if you prefer)
- Freshly sliced Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil, balsamic vinegar
Lay out the romaine hearts on a plate. Placed sliced beets around. Place cheese on top, drizzle lightly with oil and vinegar. Chill and serve cold.