Everything You Need to Know About Eating Herring in Europe

Everything you need to know about eating herring in Europe: An Interview with our resident herring expert [PetiteAdventures.org]

When you think of a European fish delicacy, I can pretty much guarantee the last fish that you’ll think of is herring. Despite being an awesome source of vitamins and minerals, this small, oily fish is often overlooked in favour of its more famous, sexier fish cousins, like tuna or salmon. But, that hadn’t always been the case. For centuries, herring was one of the most important fish foods and even played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe. Since at least 3000 B.C. herring was a staple food source for many European cultures.

Who knew, right?!

Even today, herring plays an important, but understated role in many European cuisines. Whether eaten raw in the Netherlands, fermented or fried in Sweden or pickled throughout much of Scandinavia, Germany, and Central and Eastern Europe, herring is still enjoyed all across Europe.

Somewhere throughout our travels, my travel partner and boyfriend Dave developed a taste for herring. It started as a curiosity which only grew with each city we visited. Very quickly it became a tradition for us to seek out the best herring stand in each city so Dave could sample the local fares and provide me with his review. After having eaten the fish in its various forms in six cities across five countries, I’ve decided that Dave is pretty much an expert in herring. That’s a thing, right?

While we were on holidays in Canada, and his workload was minimal, I politely requested (aka begged, pleaded and hounded him) that he share his experiences of eating herring throughout Europe with the world. Thankfully my charms (and unrelenting nagging) won him over.

So here you have it: Petite Adventures’ resident herring expert, Dave, tells you everything you need to know about eating herring in Europe. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Eating Herring in Europe”

Six Month Retrospective: Best in Food

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.

For me, travelling is as much about eating new and exotic foods as it is exploring and seeing amazing things. The last piece of advice my mom gave to be before leaving was: “Eat and try all the weird new foods!” It was advice that I’ve taken to heart since we arrived in Europe – and thankfully, only once has it not gone my way (it didn’t go my way for 10 days, but that’s a story for another day…)

Here’s a sample of the most amazing, weirdest and most surprising foods I’ve tried:

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Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond

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This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. In some ways, it feels like we’ve only just arrived, and in others it’s like we’ve been here forever.

This week, I’m taking a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer. Continue reading “Six Month Retrospective: Adventures in Europe and Beyond”

My Favourite Foods from the German Christmas Market

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As I mentioned in my Hamburg Travel Diary, my attraction to German Christmas Markets is the food, the drinks and the lights. And while in Hamburg, we ate some truly amazing food, and sipped some mind-blowingly good bevvys.

Even though it’s crazy hot here in Madrid (at least crazy hot by this Canadian’s December standards), I’ve still been keen to make a few of these typical Christmastime meals. So, here are a few of the foods we tried, and a few of the recipes I’ll be trying out in the next couple of weeks (p.s., sorry for the iPhotography — we were too mesmerized by the food and forgot to capture shots with the good camera!) Continue reading “My Favourite Foods from the German Christmas Market”