As with every year before it and, most likely, every year to come, 2017 was a year of ups and downs. Continue reading “Petite Adventures YEAR in Review: 2017”
And, once again, I’ve gone an entire month without really posting anything.
Let’s all say it together: Worst. Blogger. Ever. Again.
Oh well. C’est la vie. Moving on.
Overall, August was a pretty good month and saw us taking a delightful city break to the south of the Netherlands to visit friends. We spent three glorious days riding bikes along the canals, exploring smaller cities like Nijmegen and Molenhoek, eating Bitteballen, and drinking beer.
It was fantastic! The air was so clean and clear, and it was such a treat to be out in nature, riding bikes alongside fields of sheep and cows. Honestly, it was just the break that we both needed after a hectic July. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: August 2017”
This weekend, I’m off to Eindhoven, Netherlands for what is most likely the last city break of the summer. I can’t really believe that this is our last planned holiday for the season, but so is the life of two adults with jobs and deadlines, and without trust funds. Sigh.
But, let’s be honest, a little travel is better than no travel, and I must admit, I am very excited for this upcoming mini-break!
Eindhoven is a city in the province of North Brabant, located in the south of the Netherlands. While it is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, it is best known as a high-tech and cutting-edge design industry hub.
Now, it probably isn’t the first destination you’d think of visiting in the Netherlands, and to be honest, it wasn’t mine either, but it is home to friends of ours and when we were invited to come and visit, we jumped at the chance. I mean, who doesn’t love visiting and exploring another part of a beautiful and beloved country!
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”
As they do with birds, animals and flowers, most countries have a national dish, which in most cases, is a food that’s been prepared for generations; it’s a food that shares history, legends and traditions with each and every forkful. Experiencing a country through food is one of my favourite ways to get to know a new place; it’s really quite astonishing how much you can learn simply by sitting down, digging in and sampling its national fares.
Throughout our travels, I was lucky enough to try the national dish in nine of the 15 countries we’ve visited. As with anything, there were hits and misses. Most of the time my curiosity was rewarded with amazing and surprising flavours, but there were a few odd times where my curiosity got the better of me and I was left with a meal I probably wouldn’t order again.
For the purpose of this post, I’ve only decided to feature national dishes that I ate in that country, for example, I enjoyed a ham hock in Vienna, and although it was delicious and it’s a food the city is famous for, it’s not a national dish. It is, however, a national dish of Germany, but I was too focused on Christmas market beverages to get into the ham hock during our visit to Hamburg, so unfortunately, ham hocks just don’t make the list. I also omitted a couple of foods like Bratwurst (Germany) and Pasta (Italy) because really, what can I say about those delicious meals that hasn’t already been said. And, chances are you’ve probably sampled them somewhere along the way yourself!
So, let’s take a look at my thoughts, feelings and impressions of the national dishes I sampled in 2016: Continue reading “National Dishes From My Travels: Thoughts, Feelings and Reactions”