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When in Rome…eat pizza and gelato. In Rome, we were, once again, on our own for meals. For dinner the first night, as Shan mentioned, we got roped into a touristy restaurant. The Italian marketing strategy for food is, apparently, stand in the street with a menu in your hand and forcibly hand it to […]

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A night in Florence; or, all roads lead to Rome. After a gigantic seafood lunch on the island of Burano, we departed for Florence, our shortest stop of the tour. We arrived at dinnertime, and ate another big meal at our hotel. After that lunch, I didn’t think I was in the mood for a […]

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Venice, as you’ve seen, was amazing. And oh the food! I’ve been excited about eating in Italy since I started learning about food. Italians love food, and eating is an event. This was evident shortly after we arrived in Venice. After our gondola ride and water taxi ride, we checked into our hotel and headed […]

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Lucerne (I prefer the American spelling, because I feel like it might annoy Shan), Switzerland was our first 1-night stay featuring an included dinner. I must confess, I don’t know much about Swiss cuisine beyond chocolate and cheese. After consulting some culinary resources (not Wikipedia…I swear) I’m actually a little disappointed in our Swiss dinner. […]

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From merry old England we moved on to the country that gave the world a food service industry…France! First of all, if you don’t know, France is the country that developed what we know of as a restaurant today. Before the French started eating out in the 1700’s, the only way you ever ate without […]

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Merry old England. I’ve heard people say that English food is pretty terrible. Weird meats, flavorless meals, lots of potatoes, etc. Allow me to defend the Mother Country. EnglandĀ  is, quite honestly, where the Midwestern US has to thank for our family favorites. The British Isles gave us some of our staples, including beer battered […]

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Before we prattle on any more about our European tour (I finished the recaps and Mike finished his European Culinary Delights series, but I plan to do one or two general posts about the overall experience), I thought I’d catch you up on our meal planning. For the most part, the themed days idea is […]

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