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26 August, 2016
Europe has an abundance of incredible cuisine, with some of the local dishes being made world famous. From Michelin Star restaurants, to exceptional homely meals, if you’re travelling to Europe it is important to try a little bit of everything. If you are travelling to, or moving to, Europe, it is important to have your e111 card with you, so you can always take advantage of any free or reduced cost healthcare if you fall ill while away. We’ve put together a list of some of the best food to try in Europe.
Nothing is more homely than a pot of goulash in Hungary. No matter where else in the world you may have eaten it, no-one can seem to get it quite as right as the Hungarians. This beef or goat stew is packed full of vegetables and spices such as the national favourite, paprika. It can be enjoyed mainly by dipping bread in. No matter the weather, a pot of goulash in Hungary should never be missed.
Paella is one of the main dishes that you will find in Spain, and this rice dish is easily a tourist and expat favourite. With plenty of seafood and vegetables thrown in, this dish is both filling and exceptionally scrumptious. Paella is a fantastic Spanish dish, and if you’re visiting Spain, or one of the Canary Islands, it is important to try one of the many variations. Whether you want to try Squid Ink Paella, or a traditional seafood paella, there’s plenty to choose from to tantalise your taste-buds.
Pasta Dishes, Italy
Italy is the home of pasta, so if you’re venturing there, you should give at least one pasta dish a go. Whether your favourite at home is carbonara, Bolognese or linguini, you’ll find a huge number of variations that taste even better than mum’s.
Vine Leaves, Cyprus
Vine leaves are some of the most flavoursome foods in the whole of Europe, and they can be packed with more or less anything you like. Usually, vine leaves can be found stuffed with mince and spicy vegetables, but there’s always so much more to them. Vine leaves can be enjoyed as a starter, a side dish or even a main meal. There’s so much variation when it comes to vine leaves that you just have to try it.
The Greeks are known for their meze dishes, including feta, olives, baklava, moussaka, tzatziki, lemon potatoes and so much more. Greek food is full of snacks, which can be absolutely beautiful as it is rich in flavour. Most of your local supermarket at home is filled with Greek food and you might not even realise. Take a trip or move to Greece to make the most out of this beautiful country’s cuisine and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re a fan of cheese, then France should be where you should head. It is tough to break down all of the different incredible foods that France has to offer, but if they are known for anything, it has got to be their wine and cheese dominance. The beauty of French cuisine is variety, and aside from their huge selection of cheese, you can discover hors d’oeuvre, steak frites, onion soup, oysters, quiches and German influenced flammekueche. There’s plenty of incredible cuisine to try when it comes to France, and you can experience this more locally or in a 5* restaurant.
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