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European Foodie Destinations


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European Foodie Destinations

Lexma90 | | Dec 10, 2010 09:14 AM

Hubby and I have started throwing around ideas for a European trip next year; we have some ideas, but I'd like to consider all possibilities.

Food is an important part of our travels, along with great people-watching and cafe-sitting and lots of art and history. Our teen kids will be with us, and they enjoy the same thing; no hesitations about restaurants re the age or pickiness of the kids. So, from the food perspective, where might you suggest?

I'm thinking of regions, not necessarily just cities. We like good regional cuisine, mostly mid-priced places, some high-end, and some hole-in-the-wall places. I love trying the local specialties - like finding a great frite place in Brussels on a recent trip, or having hutspot and apfelgeback in Amsterdam. Our favorite restaurants in Venice are Alle Testiere and Anice Stellato. We don't really like the heavier, meat-based cuisines (mostly), though we enjoy Tuscan food. Thus our trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, while great for a lot of reasons, was very low on the food(ie) chain.

Here are some places we've liked a lot, food-wise (in no particular order): Paris, Provence, the Dordogne, Barcelona, Bologna, Piedmont, Rome, Tuscany, Umbria.

I've considered and looked into Dijon and that area, and the cuisine just doesn't appeal. Hubby said no to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. We'd like to not go anywhere too far south, to avoid hot weather (as in, not southern Italy). Brittany is high on our list, as is a return trip to Belgium/Netherlands/Northern Germany, though the food aspect doesn't appeal so much (except for Belgium; we had very good food experiences there).

Anywhere else?