Exploring European Food
European food is such a broad category that it is hard to know just where to begin. Not only are there differences by country, there are regional differences within countries. As an example: France alone makes over 300 varieties of cheese. Reading books, magazines, and websites is one way to learn all about the latest food trends and most authentic dishes of this region. Another - and a much more enjoyable way to experience the diversity of food, culture, and people - is to travel there and experience it for yourself.
Does that sound a bit intimidating? After all, although Europe is a small continent, it is rich in history, culture, and diversity. Where should you start? Perhaps Paris has to be the place for all food lovers to start a gourmet vacation, steeped in a great love of food the Parisians are at the top of their game, with so many Michelin stared restaurants to choose from one is spoiled for choice.
Not many people think of England as a place of gourmet food however in recent times the British have begun to excel at the food game with famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey the British are now shedding off their image of fish and chips and have now begun to join the ranks of the French. We recommend visiting London's Borough market where you will find beautiful fresh and gourmet produce that will make the mouth water. An institution in London has to be The Ivy in Covent Garden, here you will find food lovers, theatre goers and celebrities all enjoying the best Britain has to offer from simple dishes such as sausage and mash to international cuisine such as Thai baked seabass. Moving on on your Gourmet travels Northern European has a wealth of succulent traditional dishes to temp one to travel there, from Pickled Herring to Slow roast Pork this Northern Hemisphere delicacies should surely tempt you.
If participating in a festival of European food in all its glory seems a little too ambitious for you right now, you can also use our site as a touchstone for other ideas. We've included travel information like budget and traditional airlines, hotels, airports, and restaurants. Stopping by a local food market can also be a visceral and vibrant way to connect with a new cuisine and culture. We've included several markets, from Venice's historical Rialto Market to Paris's intimate Saxe-Breteuil Market, that exemplify the variety that Europe can offer. So feel free to click over to Good Food Europe and start planning a gourmet vacation!