Header photo – Bergen harbor fish market/ Border photo – inside a Kelpie, Falkirk, Scotland
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Tag Archives: food & wine in Europe
Last year was my third visit to Brussels and my fourth trip to Belgium. FINALLY, I found time for a bucket of moules (mussels) for dinner. Sadly, I didn’t think to snap a picture. I did get a foto of … Continue reading
Like many people, I’ve wanted to visit Oktoberfest for a long time. This year I got my chance. After arriving in Salzburg, Austria at 5am on the night train from Slovenia, I shoved my luggage into a locker, bought a … Continue reading
From France 24. Burger King, gone from France for 15 years, has decided to open two locations, one in Marseille and one at a highway rest stop in Reims. I wonder if the first location will have bouillabaisse on the … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Two pubs that have been closed for a while are finally open for business again under new owners. One is near Woodstock, the other near Chipping Norton. Cheers! There’s also a restau in Abingdon who has opened … Continue reading
From France 24. A proposed tax on one of Nutella’s main ingredients could cause a price increase. Quel horreur! This is the French equivalent to a price increase on Oreos or Coca Cola here, I think.
From the London Independent. Britain is not the first or second place on most lists of European destinations with great cooking classes. These classes sound interesting enough, though, that I’d seriously consider building a future trip to include at least … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Oxford Blue, a gastro-pub in East Oxford that’s getting a whole lotta buzz.
I spent all of last week in London. There were a few things planned – meeting friends for drinks, perhaps seeing a show or two, visiting my favorite outdoor spaces, like Trafalgar Square (always need to see what’s sitting on … Continue reading
From the London Independent. I must confess that a deep-fried Mars bar is still on my list of European goodies to sample and review. The Mars company apparently thinks their “good name” is being trashed because of this particular Scottish … Continue reading
From Prague Post. OK. I could see a lime wedge on your summer beer (did you know this was not for flavor but to keep the flippin’ flies away?) And I sampled some kriek (cherry flavored beer) last time I … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. A small local producer of fruit jams has finally accepted Fortnum & Mason’s invitation. Everything sounds yummy, so I’ll be looking to get some in London, even if the only flavor at F&M is the plum conserve.
From London Independent. A Chines casino zillionaire has bought a very prestigious Burgundy chateau. According to Wikipedia, Gevrey-Chambertin produces 8 of 33 grand cru wines in the region. My first thought upon reading the headline was whether we would have … Continue reading
From DutchNews. A heads-up for beer lovers looking for more in Holland than Heineken and Grolsch (Grolsch now owned by SAB Miller). Pooey. Beer prices are rising and affecting many landlords because their pubs and cafes are essentially properties renting … Continue reading
Pasted from Deutsche Welle Culture page… I had a plateful of these yummy little pancakes sitting at an open-air cafe on the main square in Haarlem, Netherlands almost 15 years ago. I still remember that snack and the late evening … Continue reading
Uh-oh! While researching trains between Croatia and Germany, I came across the Munich Oktoberfest website. The dates overlap the days when I hope to be in Germany. This could turn out to be a dangerous trip for some unexpected reasons! Time … Continue reading
From France 24. It’s a long way off, but if you’re in France in April, keep an eye out for Le McBaguette. It looks and sounds pretty good. I might be tempted to try it, except for a recently developed … Continue reading
I found this calendar of beer events in Britain. I’m especially curious about the Bricklayers Arms in Putney. They describe themselves on their website as a year-round beer festival. That could be very dangerous! They are also a good ten minute … Continue reading
Coffee is not the first food group that springs to mind when I visit the UK, but I usually manage to slurp down an espresso at either Costa Coffee or some other chain during my stays. From the London Independent … Continue reading
From London Independent. An English distillery’s product has just beaten out a bunch of its Scottish competitors in the International Wine and Spirits competition. Cooked up in Norfolk, but the article didn’t name the distillery. Hmmm.
From the London Independent. After a recent post about Sri Lanka’s problems with keeping control of their teas, this is an interesting twist – Cornwall, in SW England, has a climate that seems ideal for growing tea. Look for Tregothnan … Continue reading
From France 24. It may soon be more necessary to research where your tea is actually coming from, especially if Ceylon tea is your favorite. Who knew the Arab states were getting into the tea blending business?
From France 24. Two entrepreneurs have opened an ice cream shop in Turin. Check it out next time you’re there.
Next time you’re in Leiden, stop into Atlantic Fish shop for some herring. Lekker (yummm).
From Prague Post – Molson-Coors has plans for Staropramen. such as adding snacks to the end-of-tour beers. Pickled cheese. OK. And that yummy, super-fatty Prague ham! Here’s the link to the new Visitor Center. Take a virtual tour after you … Continue reading
OK, so I probably will never make use of this piece of info. Still… an interesting look at how wedding traditions, even food, are changing in the Czech Republic. From Prague Post. Helpful note… svíčková, is roast beef with creamy vegetable … Continue reading
This guy made a pile of money from stocks and is opening a pub in Banbury. A beer festival will be held at the pub on Monday, May 7, including Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Best Bitter. I wish I could be … Continue reading
From London Independent. A small town in England where booze seems to hold the secret to long life, at least for the men. And make sure to read the last bit – sounds like a little known ‘festival’ to put … Continue reading
A new, occasional blog post. Stuff to do this weekend, this month or this summer. From London Time Out.
I get quite a bit of traffic on blog posts about food and alcohol. Especially alcohol. Must say something about my audience. I’ve been a red wine drinker for quite a long time now. Years ago, I tried to learn … Continue reading
From Prague Post. Just when I thought that StarBev was safe. The last statement in the article is particularly scary.