Traveling for food is such an important aspect for learning about a culture. Not only do we try to find the best local food to try, we look into the history, and we bring home a recipe or two.

Before we go, our research includes a list of not-to-miss foods.  Most websites and guide books will have information on a country’s national dishes.

If you look up Germany, you are going to find a nice list of sausages and maybe some sauerkraut to go along with them.  I am here to tell you there is so much more to German cuisine than sausages.  So much more!

Luckily, most places you go nowadays you can sign up for market and cooking tours.  This always is a great insight to that culture and the way the look at and prepare food. We love to go to the market, both the outdoor type and a supermarket.

It’s amazing what you can learn there, and even if you only buy a packet of cookies, you are trying something new. Looking for restaurants, Jim and I try to avoid the ones that market to tourists. Yes, they might have clean, crisp white linens on the table, but their food may or may not be a good example of what is the tastiest option.

We try to collect some key recipes of foods we’ve tried and loved.  I’m not that ambitious of a cook, and since I’m often traveling with limited kitchen facilities, I try to keep the recipes as simple as possible.

Of course, what really makes their food delicious is the local ingredients, and there are some things you just can’t buy, even in our global economy.

I always try to tweak a recipe to use items that are readily available to me in the U.S. or if possible anywhere in the world.

Mont Blanc Top 5 Things to Do if You are Not Skiing

View from the top of the ski run on Mont Blanc.

So yeah, we’re living in Germany, and it is a Christmasy kind of place.  For over a month, we’ve been inundated with Christmas markets, mulled wine, gorgeous wooden ornaments, and the like.  Now all we needed was some snow.  It has been raining off and on for two weeks here, so we decided to drive south to Mont Blanc in France.  As I’ve said before, with the kids all grown up, we have new traditions to keep alive.  One of them is to do something really fun on Christmas day, and who won’t agree that skiing Mont Blanc is totally fun?!! We actually skiied Les Houches since we are a bit rusty, and the slopes of Chamonix looked frightening!  We …

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Santiago de Compostela and its Tetilla Cheese (and a recipe!)

Santiago Compostela Cheese

  Santiago de Compostela is the number one Christian city in all of Spain, and a beautiful city at that. The city is the capital of Galicia and, because of its religious importance, hosts a huge, beautiful cathedral in the Old Town. UNESCO inscribed the Old Town as a world heritage site in 1985. Along with its religious importance, it was destroyed by the Moors in the 10th century. When it was rebuilt, the buildings were completed in the Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque styles.  Why is Santiago de Compostela so important? It is widely believed that the remains of St. James, after his beheading in Jerusalem, were brought back to Spain where he had previously preached. Every year, thousands of people walk the St. James’ …

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Khinkali Recipe – The Dumpling from Georgia

Khinkali Recipe - Georgian Dumplings

On my way to Georgia, I was on a mission. I had researched the local dumpling, khinkali, and was fascinated by it. I love the way it looks, the way people eat it. I definitely wanted to learn how to make it, but could not find a cooking lesson advertised anywhere. Jump to Recipes Simple DoughMeat FillingPotato FillingCheese Filling Upon our arrival, the first thing we did was pick up our rental car. Jim always makes those reservations, and I didn’t realize that it wasn’t just a rental place, it was a full on tourist agency. While we sat and did all the paperwork, which was more time consuming than usual since we were taking the car to Armenia as well, I …

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Our World Food Guides – The Food is the Destination

As we travel, we try to eat well. We collect as much food and restaurant knowledge as . We want to experience the freshest and best local and traditional foods, and we want to do it in great restaurants. Then we come back and share this newly gained knowledge with you. Some of the questions we like to answer are: What is the most typical meal or dish in a country?What are the local products and how are they incorporated in the regional cuisine? For this, we usually visit a few markets and grocery stores. It’s for research. Really, it is!What do the locals eat? Even though we love pizza and burgers, we’re looking for the food that’s always been …

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My First Love – Traditional German Schnitzel Recipe!

Traditional German Schnitzel Recipe.

If you’ve never been to Germany or Austria you may not be familiar with this meat dish. While it’s true schnitzel probably originated in Austria, we’ve come to look at some schnitzel as being a traditional German dish. German schnitzel is usually made with pork as opposed to the veal typically used in Austria. Also, schnitzel in Germany is much more likely to be served with some topping or sauce. Regardless, traditional German schnitzel is definitely on our must try foods list for Germany. It is a flat, breaded and fried slice of pure goodness, one of my favorite foods in the entire world. When I’m tired, worn out, sick of the usual work grind and I want a home-cooked, …

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What’s for Norwegian Breakfast?

norway breakfast

When I’m at home, I normally sit down to the same breakfast every day, but in Norway, there is variety built right in! Staying with friends, we experienced a Norwegian morning, from taking our fish oil to eating all kinds of tinned foods on the hearty dark bread. When I was a kid, I always heard on the radio or TV how in the “olden” days kids had to take Castor Oil every day to keep them healthy. Well, in Norway, it is fish oil or Tran. The tran I tried was lemon-flavored and didn’t taste all that bad. We didn’t have any pancakes or waffles for breakfast. Waffles are more of a tea-time snack, but we did have many …

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What to Eat in Japan Food Guide

All The Incredible Food We Ate in Japan

Tantalize your tastebuds with this incredibly delicious Japan food guide! It will show you exactly what to eat in Japan, will introduce you to Japan’s most popular food, and will give you fantastic insights into must eat food in Japan.

12 Variations of Schnitzel or Mmmm… Pork for Every Month Recipes

12 Variations of Schnitzel or Mmmm... Pork for Every Month Recipes.

Since living in Germany, I have discovered that my Mom’s version of Wiener Schnitzel just doesn’t exist in the real world. Seriously, I have no idea where she learned or made up that recipe, but there are so many variations on this delicious dish and yet hers is not one of them. Naturally, schnitzel is on our list of foods you must eat when visiting Germany. It’s All About the Pork Schnitzel Sauce! You see, making the schnitzel is one thing; it’s pretty straight forward. Measure, cut, pound, fry, and serve, but the magic happens when you start developing the schnitzel toppings or better yet, fillings, for these amazing pork dishes. We’ve come up with 12 ways to serve schnitzel …

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Harvest Mushroom Soup Recipe

Mushroom Soup Recipe

When the wind starts blowing, and the leaves start falling, there is just nothing that warms you up better than this. I like to highlight foods I’ve found while traveling. Usually, it is something that is not very well-known in the States, but many people eat mushroom soup in the U.S.A. Hopefully this is a new twist on an old recipe. We first had this soup in one of our favorite restaurants in Misawa, Japan. Northern Japan can be very cold and snowy, so every now and then during those long winters we would head down to the Russian restaurant for this delicious warm up. The chef and owner of the restaurant had lived in Moscow for a few years to …

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