My family and I went on a three week trip to Europe. It was my first time going to Europe. We started off in Italy, first Rome, then Sant’Antonio Abate (a town outside of Naples), and Parghelia (a town outside of Tropea) . Rome has beautiful architecture, but this is a food blog so I will talk mostly about the food.
If you go to a restaurant in Italy you can stay there until you ask for the check. In the U.S. they give you the check without you asking. Some restaurants have different prices depending if you eat inside or outside. When you pay the check, the tip is often included. You can leave some extra change on the table when you leave.
Of course we have to talk about the pizza. The pizza in Italy is not like pizza in the U.S. In Italy you get a whole pizza instead of a slice. But the whole pizzas aren’t huge, they can be eaten in one sitting and you wouldn’t feel too full. Also, if you ask for peperoni on your pizza, you will get peppers (They do not have the meat pepperoni. In Italian, pepperoni means peppers). Pizza was invented in Naples so you can get some of the greatest pizzas around there. Some restaurants have mozzarella de buffalo (which is mozzarella made from Italian buffalo milk) on their pizza. In my opinion it makes a pizza taste better.
Although, Italy is known for their pasta and pizza, but they have a lot of other great food, too. I really liked capicola (an Italian cold-cut that is like salami). I don’t think I’ll ever forget the gelato, the prune (pronounced pru-neh, are little plums), the bread, and the arancini (fried rice balls). The food was almost always very fresh.
After Italy we traveled to Brussels, Belgium and stayed with my cousin, aunt, and uncle in a place called Dilbeek, which is outside of Brussels. Again, really good food!
French fries were invented in Belgium. And they are called frites. You can find really good frites at places called fritures. At a friture, they give you fries with a lot of salt and mayonnaise. I usually don’t eat mayo, but I love it in Belgium. The frites make you feel like your in heaven.
Another Belgian food is vol-au-vent. Vol-au-vent is a flaky pastry with a delicious creamy sauce with brown mushrooms and tender chicken, kind of like a really good chicken pot pie. They serve it with frites, so what more can you ask for?
We took an overnight trip to Paris, France. Besides seeing the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), we had croissants, pan chocolat (a rectangle croissant with chocolate in it), and other delicious pastries. For dinner I had beef bourguignon which is a wine based stew with vegetables (of course the alcohol was cooked out so I could eat it). And you can’t go to France and leave with out having a crepe. I had one with chocolate. It was so good.
I loved the trip, and the food that came with it.