In Europe, food and beverage connoisseurs travel to see sights and delight their palates with gourmet menus.
Every country, and every region offers local specialties that are flavourful and memorable.
Here are some you may want to try out next time you are on an extended trip on
the continent .
When in Copenhagen try Noma, a restaurant that has become world famous for tits innovative dishes and unsurpassed service. Getting a reservation takes a long time. Call at least six months in advance. The restaurant has only 40 seats.
A 20 – course meal with matching wines, costs (as of 2012) approximately
$ 500.00, but you can order a la carte for much less.
In the Netherlands, try a rijstafel (rice table), the ultimate Indonesian meal, with
as many as 36 delightfully exotic courses. (Available in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and in every major city).
In season, enjoy raw herring from street vendors.
Belgians do chocolate best. There are several fine artisanal producers in Brussels, Gent, and Bruges, and in every major city.
German butchers have elevated sausage making to an art. You can enjoy fine sausages with sauerkraut in Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Bremen. In Germany sauerkraut is “juicy” and sweet, unlike those in other countries, except in France’s Alsace region.
When in Spain, try Mugaritz Restaurant or Arzak; both are in San Sebastian in Basque country. Both sue innovative recipes and the freshest Atlantic seafood and local ingredients.
Next door in Rioja vine wood roasted leg of lamb and asparagus in season are worth a detour.
In France, a gastronomic paradise, you can taste goose liver or goose liver pate in Sarlat, at its best, and from farmers close by.
Paris offers many opportunities to experience extremely fine food at L’Ateleir St. Germain de Joel Robuchon, or Pierre Gagnaire, or La Tour D’Argent.
There are many too numerous to list.
Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, excels in bistro or haute cuisine establishments.
When in Marseille, try a bouillabaisse in a good restaurant. This specialty is never inexpensive. If it is advertised as such you should know it to be untrue.
La Guiol, famous for its knives and corkscrews, is also a good town to visit for a gourmet experience.
In Italy you can sip fine wines in Tuscany or Piedmont. Some of the wineries also offer accommodation and cooking classes, especially in Tuscany.
Greek food is simple and simply delicious because they eat seasonal foods at their peak and use “honest” olive oil, herbs and touch of spices.