Food Pics (Europe Edition)

Regular visitors know that I irregularly post photos and thoughts about my travels on this blog. I can go long stretches without sharing new content. As a professor, the fall academic calendar keeps me pretty close to home, but my travel itinerary usually starts to fill up after the spring semester break and stretches into the summer.

Confession: this blog post came about after I was searching for new Facebook and Twitter cover photos. Here they are, respectively:

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I kept running across photos of some of the food I’ve eaten during my travels. I started snapping those pics years ago when a relative wanted to see some of the grub I was eating while I was away. I don’t normally share that kind of thing publicly because, really, who cares to see amateurish snapshots of whatever I’m eating?

Clearly, I have decided to amuse myself and, maybe, one or two readers. I don’t even remember what all of these dishes are, and I’ve also decided to throw in some random grocery store or market photos from the “I’m in a foreign place that sells food!” category. I promise that I’ve included only “interesting” ones.

Switzerland (2007)

I was apparently fascinated by cheese and chocolates in a Zurich supermarket.

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Germany (2007)

I ate my first authentic schnitzel on this trip.

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Czech Republic (2008)

I ordered pork neck and kangaroo dishes (because nobody else would). It also marked my introduction to goulash.

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Slovakia (2008)

The food here was similar to what I had been eating in the Czech Republic and was just as tasty.

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Belgium (2013)

I guess I should include some liquid refreshment, as well. I finally got a “real” Belgian waffle, too.

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The Netherlands (2013)

Apparently my interest in taking food photos took a nosedive between my 2008 and 2013 trips to Europe. Here’s all I’ve got for Amsterdam. I don’t even know to whom I sent that Starbucks photo, or why. The other photo is inside Pancakes! Amsterdam, where I had a fine meal.

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Luxembourg (2013)

“Screw it,” I thought. “I’m trying that.” And I did.

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Spain (2013)

I needed to have sangria before I left Barcelona.

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Russia (2014)

I mostly snacked during this part of my journey from Europe to Asia on the Trans Siberian Railroad. The second photo is of the samovar, which boiled water for my tea and coffee.

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England (2015)

It’s difficult to turn down fish and chips with mushy peas and a Bass while you’re traveling through England. I also snagged some discounted pastry items at the end of my day in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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France (2015)

Having a crepe in Paris is almost obligatory, I suppose.

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Ireland (2015)

I poured (and drank) my own Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and I had a terrific meal at The Norseman, which has been serving people since 1696.

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Scotland (2015)

There were two reasons why I ate at The City Cafe in Edinburgh: I was hungry, and it carries the same name as one of my favorite Northport/Tuscaloosa, Alabama, eateries. I paid a quick visit to MacKenzie’s while making a road stop after a day trip to Loch Ness.

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