Over the Christmas holiday, I took a trip to Europe with my mom to explore the European Christmas markets in the medieval cities along the River Rhine. Not only did we hike to the top of cathedrals, explore castle ruins and learn just enough native words to get by, we also ate our way through five European cities. We began our trip in London where we got to indulge in high tea accompanied by homemade scones, clotted cream, and fresh strawberry and raspberry preserves.
In Switzerland, we tasted the different pretzels covered in melted cheese.
No trip to France would feel right without a croque monsieur. We also sampled French macarons, tarte flambée and flammachs.
In Germany, not only did we have the greatest sauerkraut mixed with potatos and spec, German sausages and Stollen, we even learned how to make Rudesheimer Coffee and Black Forest Cake.
In The Neatherlands, we went all out for the full Dutch meal experience: Stamppotten which was served with mashed potatoes, a meatball and sauerkraut.
Not only did we sample everything, we were forced to buy another suitcase to take home all of the food we purchased for the rest of our family to sample! Needless to say, our Italian Christmas dinner had a flare of German, French, Dutch, British and Swiss cuisine! It was quite the assortment.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, but new year, new resolutions. Time to put away the shortbread cookies, chocolate-covered orange peels and macarons!