Photo essay of food culture on study abroad.
By Alice Kim, Syracuse University.
While studying abroad in Madrid, I was able to explore several countries across Europe and Africa. With each city I visited came new people, culture, and food that I’ve never seen and experienced before. One of the best parts while visiting each country had to be the food. Although I am a vegetarian, pescetarian to be more specific, I was still able to enjoy meatless yet delicious foods during my travels. Here is a food diary of some of the local eats I wish I packed with me back to the States.
These are apple cinnamon crepes served with chocolate and caramel dips and dollops of whipped cream!
Cheesecakes, tarts, meringues, croissants, you name it, the local bakeries in Amsterdam will bake it fresh.
Cheese lovers, unite! Every store offers samples where you can taste unique kinds of cheese like a pesto infused one!
I tried Amsterdam’s famous raw herring at Frens Haringhandel, a packed, small outdoor booth. It may not be everyone’s liking but raw herring is an Amsterdam delicacy!
If you order curry at The Lahore Kebab House, a biriyani rice dish accompanies your meal. Order the nan bread, it’s delicious and so cheap!
High tea at Kensington Gardens was quaint, posh, and of course, delicious.
The lamb and beef kefta kebabs are spiced with cumin, paprika, and fresh mint!
Here’s the vegetable couscous and a Moroccan dipping sauce known as taktouka made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and Moroccan spices. The local restaurants are the best because they serve you endless stacks of khobz, thin Moroccan bread.
Morocco’s premium Casablanca was light and sweet. I was able to try the classic beer in Tangier, a city in northern Morocco.
Fresh salmon and a glass of sangria in Barcelona, can’t get any better than that!
Paella can be made with beef,chicken, pork, vegetables, and seafood. This one here is the seafood paella from Barcelona!
The vegetable paella from Granada, Spain!
Kebab houses are quite popular in Madrid. This falafel kebab from a local restaurant was only 4.50 euros and you can choose a side of rice or salad!
The catch of the day topped with a spanish tomato sauce served with a side of patatas!
Sangria at Spanish restaurants use all sorts of fresh fruit but they usually use oranges, lemons, and apples. The stable drink can be served by the glass or in a pitcher that you can share with around 3-4 people. It can come in red or white and if you find a pitcher for under 10 euros, you got yourself a bargain!
Portugal is a big fishing industry so traditional dishes include a lot of fish and seafood. This dish is from Lisbon and it’s known as arroz de marisco. Rice is mixed with cod and mussels similar to the Spanish seafood paella but it’s a bit more soupier.
The fish in the fish n chips from Cascais, Portugal was the local codfish!