Delicious Foods You need to Try When Traveling
I don’t know about everyone else, but I tend to travel on my stomach.
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I have gone completely out of my way just to go to a certain place to try something. I’m sure all the other foodies out there can understand. There is a whole world out there of culinary adventures to experience. Sometimes it's good to just have an in. What’s the new “hot” food or drink that everyone is lining out the door for. Below are some of the food crazes around Europe that you must try!
Foods you need to try when traveling to Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Poland and Norway.
For this, it’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as a ‘Belgian Waffle’ in Belgium since that is rather a type of waffle that’s coined in North America. So naturally, you won’t ever find a ‘Belgian Waffle’ type here in Belgium since they have a LOT of varieties, 3 of the most common ones are; Liège Waffles – richer, denser, sweeter, and chewier. It has pearl sugars and is the most prevalent type of waffle available; often prepared in plain, vanilla, and cinnamon varieties and can be topped with cream, chocolate, fruits, ice cream, etc. Brussels Waffles – bigger, lighter, crispier and have larger pockets. It’s easily identified given that it’s rectangular.Galettes campinoises – thinner but rigid and crunchy. It’s buttery, crumbly and soft in the mouth (not to be mistaken with the French galettes which are like pancakes).
Czech Republic: Trdelník
A traditional Slovak rolled pastry originating from the Hungarian-speaking region of Transylvania, the trdelník is usually served warm and topped with a dusting of sugar, nuts or cinnamon. This delectable treat is made by wrapping the pastry dough around a wooden or metal stick, roasting it over an open flame and coated with sugar or cinnamon.
Watching this pastry being prepared is a fascinating sight. A common Prague street food, you can easily find stalls selling this treat along streets and open squares everywhere. It is the perfect treat to savor during a cold winter day!
Most brasseries and cafés in Paris offer non-stop service, and a staple of their menu is the croque-monsieur, an oozy and crisp grilled ham and cheese sandwich usually moistened by a touch of Béchamel sauce. If you’re extra hungry, get the croque-madame, which adds a fried egg on top.
Poland: Pierogi (Polish dumplings)
Dumplings are made of thinly rolled-out dough filled with a variety of fillings. The most popular fillings are meat, sauerkraut and mushrooms, seasonal fruit (blueberries, strawberries and cherries), buckwheat, sweet cottage cheese or boiled potatoes with fried onions (called Russian dumplings). Pierogi is a Polish food that’s always served for Christmas.
In summer, Norway’s vast open spaces become a berry buffet. You can stock up on wild lingonberries, bilberries, and the most fetching of them all: the vaunted cloudberry. This orange-pink delicacy isn’t grown commercially, so it’s highly sought after when it’s in season briefly each summer. Cloudberries are most often served in desserts, like multekrem — cloudberries and whipped cream.
Where to find it: Notably, Engebret Café in Oslo has delicious cloudberry desserts. Most restaurants will have something on the menu featuring cloudberries when in season (July-August, depending on how far north you are).