National Dishes From My Travels: Thoughts, Feelings and Reactions

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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”

Petite Adventures Month in Review: June 2016

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Well Happy Canada Day and happy Friday, reader-friends! Can you believe it’s time for another Month in Review post?

I can’t.

It seems like just yesterday I was welcoming the beginning of June. But, here we are. Let’s take a look back at the month that was June. Continue reading “Petite Adventures Month in Review: June 2016”

#Take12Trips Challenge Update

Petite Adventures' #Take 12 Trips Update

Earlier this year, I shared with you my intentions to take part in the #Take12Trip challenge and given that we’ve pretty much hit the half-way point in 2016 (sidebar: how are we already half-way through the year?!) I figure this was as good a time as any to check in and see where I’m at.

Before we get started, as a reminder, the #Take12Triips Challenge is designed to inspire travellers to make a commitment to getting out once and month and exploring – whether that’s day-trips, month-long adventures, or anything in between.

In my post, I described some of my dream trips for the months ahead. And, as with all the best-laid plans of mice and men, most of the months did not go as expected.

So, let’s take a look… Continue reading “#Take12Trips Challenge Update”

Review: Queen Anne Hotel

Photo courtesy of http://www.queen-anne.be/
Photo courtesy of http://www.queen-anne.be/

For my stay in Brussels, I wasn’t looking for anything fancy. I needed accommodations for just one night, and given that I was on a whirlwind trip I didn’t plan on using the hotel room for anything other than getting a good nights sleep. Basically, all I was looking for was a good location, and a clean and quiet room, and the Queen Anne Hotel checked all those boxes. Continue reading “Review: Queen Anne Hotel”

What to do in Brussels When it Rains

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (if you missed it, you can find it here: Petite Adventures’ Guide to 36 Hours in Brussels), my recent trip to Brussels had a somewhat uninvited guest: rain.

All but a few hours of my trip were filled with rain, clouds and wind. It wasn’t the most pleasant and certainly wasn’t what I had planned for. But, it got me thinking: What do you do when your holiday is literally clouded over? Adapt, that’s what.

Instead of wallowing and letting the rain get to me, I found other ways to enjoy and experience the city, and it gave me the opportunity to visit places I would have never considered otherwise. Continue reading “What to do in Brussels When it Rains”