I spent four months in Europe, most of that time spent either on trains or somewhere on campus buckling down on schoolwork. One thing I wish I’d done more: photographed more of my meals & snacks.
Train life: One of my European staples, very early one, was the nutty, seeded, grainy bread found in bakeries and grocery stores.
Italian food in Budapest: cheese & herb-stuffed chicken topped with tomatoes.
Tiramisu in Roma on Mardi Gras.
Cold “pasta fresca” from a cafeteria on a Roman side street.
More pasta in Roma – the best I had abroad!
Une crepe au jambon et fromage in Lisieux, France.
Pain au chocolat in transit from Lyon to Barcelona.
A very unfortunate sandwich (brie and cranberry – delicious in theory, not so much in practice) but wonderful bravas in the background (small potatoes).
The best way to finish off a not-so-good lunch: deep, dark, and dare I say deadly, chocolate cake from a professional pastry chef.
Maria’s fancy chocolates; the flavors included olive oil, rosemary, and lemon.
Churros con chocolata in Barcelona – or, in Catalan, xurros con xocolata. This might have been my favorite dessert in all of Europe. The churros were freshly fried then promptly sugar-coated at a small place down the road; we carried them in white paper cones to a cafe where we ordered our hot chocolate, a drink so thick you can’t sip it – it MUST be eaten with a spoon, or consumed on a churro!