Trying a new dish in another country is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in its culture, and conveniently, I tend to eat my way through my adventures. Here are my favorite meals from my extra excursions – many of which were recommended by locals.
On our first day in Paris, we wandered around the streets of Bastille, a neighborhood in the north west part of the city. The first foods that come to mind when thinking of Paris are crêpes and macaroons, and we found local specialties in both. I enjoyed a savory dish at the Crêperie, and found that fresh Parisian macaroons far surpass any replica.
We decided to follow a guide in a book a was given for Christmas that specialized in weekend trips around Europe and were more than pleasantly surprised. Restaurant recommendations here include: Hula Juice (known for its breakfast, juices, and smoothies) where I got a chicken pesto mozzarella panini; The Outsiders, an affordable elevated comfort food restaurant with unique dishes and a changing menu depending on fresh, seasonal produce.
At this point, brunch had become a habit and I was on the hunt for a good one. On the one gorgeous day we were given, we spent the mid morning eating at the Praça do Comércio or Commerce Square, located in the heart of Lisbon. Another brunch location we visited was Fabrica Lisboa, cute rustic cafe with lots of breakfast and avocado dishes. Local dishes include many fish entrées as well as the unexpected fried egg on steak.
As noted before, brunch was a main event of every day; however, on one of our days in Barcelona, dinner was pushed to the forefront. About a 10 minute walk from our hostel was a hole in the wall known for its homemade pasta and wine. You chose from a list of ingredients to add to the pasta and they would cook for you. Empanadas were also included in the meal, a pastry native to Spain.
Yes, I ate my way through Europe, and I don’t regret a single bite.