One of my absolute favorite things about being abroad is, of course, the food! I love eating local food wherever I go, whether I am in Italy or another country.
First off, some of my favorite things to pick up at the grocery store here in Milan are patate gnocchi, Italian sausage, and ravioli. I have always loved pasta and the amount that is available to me here is almost dangerous. I had never tried gnocchi (small dumplings made with potatoes) before and now I am hooked. I also had to Google search how to prepare the Italian sausage because it comes wrapped and tied in floured-paper. All you have to do is boil it a little, especially if the sausage isn’t already easy to slice, and “voila!” Ravioli is another favorite, being that it is a type of pasta. I usually get ricotta and spinach or prosciutto stuffed ravioli and have it with a little bit of salt or pesto.
Recently, I was able to go to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany for a couple weekend trips. While there, I tried the most popular foods and loved every bit of it. In Belgium, I had Belgian fries with the most amazing spicy, honey mustard on top. I later went back for some more fries and got mayonnaise instead of mustard. I never knew mayonnaise would be such a delicious dipping sauce for fries. I also tried Belgian waffles from a street vendor with strawberries, whipped cream, and melted white chocolate drizzled on top. Just typing this blog post is making me hungry for more Belgian fries and waffles!
I did not have as much experience with German food until arriving to Munich. My travel buddies and I found a beirgarten on our first evening in town, called Augustiner Keller, and had our first full meal in Germany! I had Bavarian style beef loung with a dumpling, and giant pretzels with more mustard on the side! This mustard was also incredible. We also got to join in on a concert that was happening at Augustiner Keller after our meal! Some of our classmates at NABA in Milan are from Munich and recommended a restaurant called Hans Im Glück, which was a type of burger place. I had the “Klassik” burger and it was so good!
The last couple of things I tried in Germany were apple strudel with vanilla sauce and chicken schnitzel. I don’t know if I can even choose a favorite out of all of these foods because I have liked everything so far. I cannot wait to continue on my self-made food tours!
– Kolbyn is an SAI Milan student from Kansas State University