Eating Europe: The best food we ate while traveling across the continent

Travel is great for so many reasons. New sites, sounds, places, and people. But it’s really the local cuisine that can change the complexion of a long afternoon, a day of walking around, or even bad weather. Food has that power, and while traveling across countries, for me it’s always a highlight — or maybe even the purpose.

During our trip across Europe, Joe and I had some incredible meals and snacks and drinks. Here’s an outline of the best things we ate in each country — some of them were so I good I didn’t even stop eating to take pictures! *GASP*

1Netherlands

Photo by Harry Ehlrich.
Photo by Harry Ehlrich.

2Belgium

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If you’ve been following along with my Europe series you already know the answer! The all-you-can-eat spare ribs from Little Amadeus in Ghent. Not even close. No competition.

Honorable mention: The Belgian Waffles w/ Nutella (duh) and also their french fries.

3Switzerland

Breakfast in Switzerland
Photo by Harry Ehlrich.

4Italy

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Pasta, pasta, pasta and more pasta. Choose the pesto and prepared to just have your hair blown back. There is nowhere in the world that does pasta better. It’s a stereotype of Italy and it’s beautiful and true and I loved every second of it.

Gnocchi w/ pesto was my go to. I also had an incredible steak while we attended a wedding in the Tuscany region.

Photo by Harry Ehrlich.

Honorable mention: Gelato of all flavors and types, the wine, and in any coastal town fresh fish and seafood.

5France

Oysters in France
Photo by Harry Ehrlich.

Our stay in France was brief and nice in Nice. Nice, France that is. There is a restaurant in Nice called Cafe Noir and there we had an entire meal, for three people, comprised completely of oysters.

I am a huge oyster fan and these were the best I’ve ever had. They were massive and meaty and flavorful. We even waited in line for 30 minutes just to get on the wait list to get a table.

If you’re a seafood fan it’s a must visit.

6Spain

Patella in Spain
Photo by Harry Ehlrich.