One of the great things about travelling is discovering new foods. Of course some of these foods you may never see again once you leave that particular country, region, city or village; which is one of the reasons we long for them after we get back home. Our friends from A Cook Not Mad share five foods worth trying when visiting Europe, (which will have you craving them again in no time).
If you visit Antwerp, soon after arriving you will surely ask yourself, “what’s with the hands?”. There’s a hand on the flag as well as chocolate hands in most sweet shop displays. We decided to find out their meaning. It turns out that over two centuries ago a Russian giant named Antigoon built a castle by the river. He implemented a toll to cross the river; the toll was half of the ship’s cargo. The sailors that refused had their hands cut off and thrown in the river. In comes Brabo; a Roman soldier, who refused to pay the toll and challenged Antigoon to a duel. He cut off the giant’s head and hand and threw them in the river forever setting free the waterway. You can see the fountain commemorating Brabo’s victory in front of city hall.
Where to find them: Confiserie Burie– Korte Gasthuisstraat, 3 Antwerpen
A visit to a Bavarian beer garden wouldn’t be complete without a portion of obatzda. First prepared in the 1920’s by an innkeeper, this cheesy delicacy has since become a beer garden staple. A simple preparation of soft cheese (camembert-like), butter, paprika, beer, salt and pepper, it is perfect spread over a soft, warm pretzel.
Where to find them:
Hirschgarten– Hirschgarten 1 80639 Munich (Neuhausen)
Coarsely grated potato shaped into patties and fried in butter or oil. Many Swiss consider the rösti their national dish. Starting off as a breakfast food for farmers in the canton of Bern, it soon became a favourite all over Switzerland. These days it is more of a side dish than a main meal and can be seen with the addition of ingredients such as onion, bacon, cheese, apple or egg depending on the region. According to Wikipedia, “in Swiss consciousness, rösti is eaten only in the German speaking part of the country. It is portrayed as a stereotypical identifier of Germanic culture. The line separating the French and German speaking sides is jokingly called the Röstigraben, literally the “rösti ditch”.
Where to find them: Altes Tram Depot– Grosser Muristalden 6 CH-3006 Bern
Some say the piadina as is old as man. Like many foods, in its early days it was considered a peasant food before it made its way to the fashionable food list. Today, this simple, flat unleavened bread made of flour, water and salt is stuffed with everything from cheeses, meats and vegetables to make it a main dish for lunch or dinner. You can also enjoy it stuffed with nutella or other sweet things turning it into a delightful dessert.
Where to find them: La Casina del Bosco– Viale Antonio Beccadelli, 15 – 47921 Rimini
As far as we know a Galette Ch’tifette, named after a Ch’ti (name given to inhabitants of Nord-Pas-de-Calais) can only be found in this Northern region of France. A galette looks a lot like a crepe but unlike the latter it is made of buckwheat flour. Filled with lardons, onion, potato, crème fraiche and Maroilles, a cow’s milk cheese, it becomes a Galette Ch’tifette, a tasty, decadent treat that is both filling and satisfying.
Where to find them: Le Repaire du Lion– 6, Place du Lion d’Or – 59000 Lille
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