I don’t know if my food obsession came across enough in my previous blog post, but I thought that it deserved a post of its own. One thing that I am passionate about besides travelling and exploring is food. It has been my mission to ensure that I had a taste of the local foods at every city and country I visited. I truly believe in the importance of food tourism. It’s another way to learn and experience the culture and habits of the people (while also filling your belly).
It has been two months into my exchange experience and things keep getting exciting. I have been able to visit Liege, Antwerp, Bruges and Gent in Belgium, Cologne and Munich in Germany, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I ensured to make a list of tourist spots and food locations to check out at every location. This post is going to have a lot of drool-worthy pictures depicting my journey to possibly expanding my waistline (fingers crossed), so be prepared.
I was under the impression that Belgian Waffles were just the ordinary waffles you would get at a diner, but I was wrong. So the first kind of waffle is called the “Liege Waffle” and it has a thick and fudgy texture. Its usually served with cinnamon and sugar and it is very filling. The other kind is called the “Brussels Waffle” that I ate in Antwerp (Brussels is yet to be visited). It was lighter and fluffier than the Liege Waffle and not at all filling. My friend and I had decided to eat that for dinner but we ended up going to McDonald’s (the obvious cheap option) right after since we were still hungry.
The fairytale city of Bruges was filled with multiple Belgian Chocolate stores, and entering a store and not buying something seemed rude to do. So obviously, I got myself a good bag of Belgian Chocolates and Truffles to please the Chocolate Lords.
Germany is known for their style of cooking sausages. Bratwurst is a type of German sausage made from veal, beef, pork or chicken. They usually serve it as a hotdog in bread with a sauce of your choice (as in the first picture) or chopped up in a dish called Currywurst with fries and curry sauce. During my travels, I have come to learn that the Belgians, Germans and Dutch really like their fries and they usually sell them with a variety of sauces.
The warm day in Cologne called for ice cream so we made a stop for gelato at one of the most popular spots in the city. Dulce Ice cream had a wide variety of flavours to pick from but I decided on getting a scoop of raspberry and hazelnut because two scoops are better than one.
I couldn’t have gone to Oktoberfest and not got myself the typical German beer snack. The Brezel or Pretzel was the perfect match to the ginormous jugs of beer we were all consuming. It was soft, fresh and delicious, although the pretzel was way too big and my friend and I could barely finish it up.
The Dutch Fries were highly recommended to me by the people at my hostel and they did not fail to live up to their expectations. The line for the place was huge, and even though I spent about 30 minutes waiting for the fries, they were worth it. They were warm, crunchy and comforting and put the McDonald’s fries to shame.
The Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch batter treat. They resembled small, fluffy pancakes, but they had a light and spongy texture. I went for the classic version of these with butter and icing sugar and they were heavenly. My plate came with almost 20 of the mini pancakes and I was close to exploding after my 12th piece, but I somehow managed to finish it all up (yes, I’m a bit of a beast when it comes to food).
I could not have left Amsterdam without trying out the best fresh stroopwafels of the city. The stall was in the Albert Cuyp market and they have been listed in multiple food blogs and magazines for their ever famous stroopwafels. I got mine with chocolate and it was warm and not excessively sweet. I absolutely loved it and I almost bought a second one, but I held back on my gluttonous impulses.
My food obsession has most probably come across as very gluttonous and insane but I enjoy experiencing new places through their food too. My upcoming travels have more promising local treats and I cannot wait to talk about them in my next post.