Piedmont Food – Why Food In The Piedmont Region Is So Good

Piedmont Food – Why Food In The Piedmont Region Is So Good

Italian food is one of my comfort foods. But, I grew up surrounded by Italian-Americans who cooked southern Italian cuisine. Northern Italian food, though, is so different than what I grew up with. And, some of the best northern Italian cuisine can be found in the Piedmont region. We are going to share what makes Piedmont food so good, and so different from other Italian cuisine. Understanding Italian food by region is important. There are so many different types of cuisine depending on where in the country you travel to. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a food capital of Italy. Piedmont recipes are going to be entirely different than recipes from Rome, or Florence, or Sicily. And, a big part of this is because of the key ingredients that the Piedmont region is known for. What is the Piedmont Region – Piemonte Versus Piedmont The first thing to understand when learning about the food and wine of the area is to define Piedmont. It’s not an Italian region that is as well known as other areas of Italy, like Tuscany or Umbria. First off, what is the difference between the Piemonte region and the Piedmont region? That’s a simple one. Piemonte is the Italian spelling and Piedmont is the English spelling. In this post, I might use both versions interchangeably. The Piedmont area is located in the northwest corner of Italy. The capital of Piemonte is the city of Turin, which is known as Torino in Italian. Some of the other major cities in Piedmont include Alba and Asti, as well as the tiny village...
48 Hours in Dusseldorf? Top Things to Do in Dusseldorf

48 Hours in Dusseldorf? Top Things to Do in Dusseldorf

Now that we are living in Europe, we are enjoying our exploration of some of Europe’s great, but smaller, cities. It’s something we can now do in a weekend trip. We actually had slightly more than 48 hours in Dusseldorf, but in that time we experienced some of the top things to do in Dusseldorf, particularly for food travelers. We packed a lot into a short amount of time, and we wanted to share our Dusseldorf trip tips with you. In this Dusseldorf travel guide, we are not only going to offer recommendations on the top things to do in Dusseldorf Germany, but we are also going to offer advice to make the most of your time in Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf Travel Guide Top Things To Do In Dusseldorf – Day 1 When people visit Dusseldorf, they probably think about beer and sausages, but many people don’t know that Dusseldorf has the third largest Japanese population in Europe, after London and Paris? There will be plenty of time for typical German fare on Day 2, but our advice includes tips on how to explore Dusseldorf in Germany from a different angle – enjoying the Asian influence. First Stop – Japanese Lunch Assuming an early morning arrival in Dusseldorf, or a late arrival the night before, we start with a classic Asian lunch, slightly off of the typical Dusseldorf tourist map. Just east of the main sights of old city Dusseldorf is the Japanese Quarter. For anyone who has ever eaten in Japan, it’s amazing at how many of the restaurants in this neighborhood look just like they do in cities...
How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

How to Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux – Bordeaux Wine Tours

Our experience traveling to Bordeaux was far from planned ahead of time. Instead, we made our way to this world-renowned French wine region to house sit, or more accurately, dog sit, for a friend. We had no idea how to visit Bordeaux, how to go wine tasting in Bordeaux, or whether Bordeaux wine was even too expensive for our bank account. We were surprised on what we found about wine tourism in Bordeaux. Here, we share our tips for a great Bordeaux wine trip, including some of the best Bordeaux wine tours.    Book the most popular Bordeaux Wine Tour on Viator – from €115 per person *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. Vin de Bordeaux – What’s it All Mean? The wines of Bordeaux could perhaps be some of the most intimidating wines. It’s why I was so interested in figuring out how to book Bordeaux wine tasting tours, to learn about some of the best wineries in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is on the west coast of France, and has one of the longest, and most prestigious of wine histories. The region surrounds the city of Bordeaux, and includes over 50 wine appellations, or wine regions, around the city. It’s the largest wine producing area of France. And, other than Champagne, Bordeaux probably gives off an impression of wealth, of luxury, and perhaps in pretentiousness more than any other wine. That also means it can be intimidating to wine travelers. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about wines, particular Spanish wines, Italian wines, and even Portuguese wines. But, I am a mere novice when it comes to any French...
10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – Barcelona Tapas Guide

When we first traveled to Barcelona, in 2006, I felt entirely intimidated just entering into a tapas bar. I knew some of the basics about what to order at a tapas restaurant in the US. But a tapas restaurant in Barcelona – well, I didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t know the types of tapas in Barcelona, or how to order tapas in Barcelona. Since that time, we’ve traveled to Barcelona a ton of times. And, we live just up the road in Girona. Now, I feel pretty confident that we can tell any new traveler, or even experienced traveler, to Barcelona, what are the best tapas in Barcelona in our Barcelona Spain tapas guide. Barcelona Tapas Guide Spain, and in particular Barcelona (which is actually in Catalonia, a region of Spain), is one of my favorite places to eat. This is due in large part to the availability of Spanish tapas. I just love the concept of these small plates of Spanish food, which allow me not only to snack throughout the day, but also to try many different dishes in one sitting. We ate a lot to come up with our list of the top 10 tapas in Barcelona. But what are tapas in Barcelona? Learn more about Spanish tapas: 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You’ll Ever Need 500 Tapas: The Only Tapas Compendium You'll Ever Need (500 Series Cookbooks) (500 Cooking (Sellers)) List Price: $17.95 Price: $13.54 You Save: $4.41 Price Disclaimer So, what are tapas? The concept of tapas has evolved over the years. It once was the case that a tapa came...
A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

A Barcelona Food Tour With the Food Lovers Company

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Sure, we don’t technically live in Barcelona, but I feel like we are there all the time. I don’t know the city like the back of my hand, but I feel like I know it well enough. After all, we only live 38 minutes north by train. So when the Food Lovers Company invited us to test out their Barcelona Food Tour, I was a little hesitant. Being almost a local, I wondered if it would be worth while to take a food tour about Spanish food, practically in our own back yard. But, in the end, I’m convinced it was one of the best Barcelona tours that focuses on food. Learn what are the 10 best tapas to eat in Barcelona Why Take a Barcelona City Tour? Barcelona is a big and bustling city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It’s so popular that there is almost too much Barcelona tourist information out there. It can kind of be overwhelming, particularly for first time travelers to Barcelona. To make the most of a visit to Barcelona, taking a city tour can help. Sure, it’s possible to take a free walking tour of Barcelona. And sometimes a free walking tour of a city is a great way to get an overview of the city. But, it doesn’t help you learn about the food, which is at the heart of a city like Barcelona. Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Why Book...
Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

Where to Eat in Porto – Porto Food Guide

We loved Porto Portugal. Having traveled to Lisbon many times, and ventured to Alentejo, Minho, and the Douro Valley, we realized how much we love Portuguese food. But, we had limited time in Porto. In our list of foods to eat in Porto, and our recommendations for the best restaurants in Porto, we sought some help. Included in our ultimate Porto food guide are recommendations from top travel bloggers on where to eat in Porto. Some of whom are very adamant when it comes to their views on Portuguese food!  Book a Portugal Food Tour With Viator Or Check out one of the top rated Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tours from Porto In this Porto guide, we run down the top Porto foods you must eat when visiting Porto. And one of these includes the most famous Portuguese food to track down in Porto! Then, in our Porto Portugal restaurant guide, we include a few different Porto restaurant recommendations. First, we include some of our personal recommendations for some of the top restaurants in Porto. Yes, these include some of the fancier Porto restaurants. Then, we include some recommendations for where to find some more traditional Portuguese food.  Looking to take great food photos when traveling? Check out our guide on How to Take Food Travel Photos! Top Porto Foods to Eat Regardless of which Porto restaurants you choose, keep an eye open for these Porto dishes. Some of these are Porto-specific. Others are typical Portuguese foods. And, each of these dishes can be found in some of the best restaurants in Portugal. That includes contemporary versions of traditional...