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European gastronomic tour: comparing cuisines of different countries

Today we continue the theme of gastronomic tours and after Ukraine we propose to go to Europe and find out how guests are met and treated there. Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium and the UK are waiting for you.

Let's start with sunny Italy. Someone, but Italians know how to enjoy life and an integral part of this life, of course, is Italian cuisine and wine.

Florence Italian Cooking Lessons

Florence is a museum city located on the Arno River and the administrative center of Tuscany. Florence is also the culinary capital of Europe, so you are not mistaken when choosing this incredible city for your first culinary introduction to Italian cuisine.

Tour program:

  • A visit to a classic restaurant at the Enoteca Pinchiorri hotel costs about 170 euros. Oliviero restaurant for creative cuisine - about 52 euros. Traditional cuisine restaurant Pane e Vino - about 37 euros.
  • Walk around the city, visit the gardens of Florence and make homemade pasta lesson (tortellini, tagliatelle, ravioli). In addition to modeling pasta in various shapes and sizes, you will also learn about Italian sauces. The master class is held in Italian and English. After the end of the master class, you can have a delicious lunch, washed down with your own made pasta with Tuscan wine.
  • Free time that you have the right to spend as you wish.
  • Master class by Attilio Di Fabrizio, chef of Villa San Michele. Villa San Michele is a former monastery surrounded by lemon trees and gardens. The lesson includes the preparation of Tuscan cuisine, a recipe brochure, a special apron, and a tasting of local Tuscan wines.

Website: ptv. om. a Tour cost: from 598 euros

Ischia Thermal Spa & Mediterranean Cuisine

Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples. It is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea and contains three volcanoes and the famous Eden Gardens thermal springs.

Tour program:

  • Free walk around Naples.
  • Moving to Ischia and checking into a hotel.
  • Cooking class from the chef of the Parco Smeraldo Terme hotel. You will learn to cook pasta and wire smoked potatoes (cheese). The program also includes Ischitan-style rabbit cooking with potatoes and rosemary, and sfogliatelle puff pastries for dessert.
  • Continuation of the master class of traditional Ischian dishes - rice sarta, Neapolitan stew and again sfogliatelle!
  • On free days, you will also have the opportunity to simply wander around the island, visit the thermal springs, look into SPA-salons and see the famous botanical garden.

Website: ptv. om. a Tour cost: from 975 euros

In addition to getting acquainted with the culture, traditions and architecture of other countries or the usual holiday at sea, you have a unique opportunity to join the culinary traditions of different countries, learn the secrets of making real Italian pasta, French cheese or Belgian chocolate from connoisseurs and masters of their craft.

According to statistics, when choosing a country for recreation, about 5% of tourists are interested in local cuisine, and another 3% are ready to travel to the other end of the earth to try different delicacies.

Some of the best food tours in Europe

Gastronomic tours are of different types, it all depends on your preferences - if you want to know better the national characteristics of the country through its food or gain experience in cooking with the best restaurant chefs.

Gastronomic trips to the countryside

You are settled on a farm, where you study the preparation of a particular product, such as sausage, cheese, foie gras, olive oil. Get acquainted with local traditions, folklore, taste the final product.

Such gastronomic tours to Italy are especially popular, since a certain area here specializes in some kind of product. For example, to get acquainted with the preparation of delicious parmesan, you will have to live in Parma, here is the best cheese dairy, which has been operating for more than nine centuries.

And to see how olive oil is made, you will have to live in the famous Villa Monini, in the Umbria region. France does not lag behind Italy in this type of tourism - visit the province of Bordeaux, where the best wines in the region.

France cannot be imagined without cheeses., trips to the provinces of Provence, Champagne will introduce you to the famous Roquefort, Camembert.

The second type - restaurant tours

This type of gastronomic tourism is closest to us. In addition to going to restaurants, there is always time to see the sights of the city, museums and just take a walk.

In France, this is, of course, Paris with restaurants by Michel Trouagros, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Herme's bakery, and a series of Michelin-starred restaurants. If Paris is too expensive for you, as an option, you can go to Nice, Cognac or Rouen in Normandy.

Spain is in no way inferior to France in famous gastronomic tours, and in some cases even ahead of it. For tasting delicious Spanish dishes, you should go to Andalusia or San Sebastian.

Do you like “delicious” travel? So it's time to pack your suitcase and go on a gastronomic tour of Europe.

They say that the national cuisine is a reflection of the character of the people. We have compiled a selection of the most interesting national dishes of the three European nations. Now you will know what to try when you travel.

Germany: delicious and satisfying

In Germany, they like to eat tasty and hearty, the main emphasis here is on meat dishes and pastries.

Once in southern Germany, be sure to try white sausages, they are made here from a mixture of veal and ground beef, with spices and herbs. In the Swabian land, Maultaschen are especially honored - these are huge dumplings, the filling of which consists of meat, bacon, spinach and various aromatic herbs. It is believed that they were invented by local monks: on fasting days, they masked meat filling under a layer of dough so that the abbot would not catch them eating "fast food".

The Berliners' signature dish is baked pork knuckle, the name of which translates as “leg of ice”. Before cooking, the meat is soaked in beer, which makes it especially soft and tender. As a side dish, you will most likely be offered sauerkraut or mashed peas.

Labskaus is now on the menu of the most famous restaurants in Germany. This is either a very thick soup, or plowing, which is more often served with scrambled eggs. The dish is prepared according to the principle of hodgepodge, that is, everything that is at hand is put in it: potatoes, beets, herring, corned beef and so on. The set of ingredients, to be honest, is weird, but it turns out very tasty.

Alcohol. Of course, your choice is the famous German beer.

Desserts. Germany has very tasty and varied pastries: gingerbread, pies, cakes, pretzels.

Poland: Soup is indispensable

Soups are very respected in Poland, and, you see, in the cold season this is an excellent choice. Rich and nourishing, they will perfectly warm and satisfy. Traditionally, national cuisine restaurants serve chlodnik (soup with beets and eggs), krupnik (based on cereals, with smoked meat), cabbage soup (similar to cabbage soup). The most original, perhaps, can be called chernin - this soup is prepared on the basis of goose blood, with vegetables and dried fruits.

When you come to Poland, be sure to try local lard. There are many recipes for making lard: baked, fried, seasoned with herbs and even prunes.

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