Posts in category "Food and Restaurants"

5 reasons why a hotel breakfast buffet is always a good idea

Whenever my family stays at a hotel, we always select the room option that includes breakfast – if that means we get to indulge in a breakfast buffet. No matter if we’re in Athens, Greece or Sofia, Bulgaria, we’re always ready to select and enjoy the breakfast buffet. And, we’ve never been disappointed to start... Read more »

Family travel: Coming to terms with choosing to eat at chain restaurants

At home in Chicago, my husband and I are always on the search for new, local restaurants to eat at with our family. We seek out ones offering new ethnic cuisines. We seek out ones in new neighborhoods. We seek out ones with healthy, local fare on their menus. So, when we travel, we often... Read more »

Are fresh Greek yogurt shops ready to spread across the U.S.?

I’m forever thankful to the writer of the Lonely Planet Athens guide for introducing us to Fresko, a fresh Greek yogurt shop located on Dionysiou Areopagitou between the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate, during our trip to Athens this winter. We had just left the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and, after being mesmerized by the history... Read more »
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The popularity of licorice in Europe - Or, why I always stock up on it when I travel abroad

If I had to choose one European city to visit just to eat its local treats, it would have to be Amsterdam. Not for Dutch pancakes or even stroopwafel. No, it would be just for the licorice (or drop). For me, even a Dutch supermarket is a gourmet delight. All I need to do is... Read more »

Afternoon snack times around the world - fika, goûter, merenda, la merienda and more

On a recent trip to New York City, I stopped dead in my tracks as I made my way past shop after shop and café after café on the Upper West Side. What caught my attention? One bold word hung at the top of the doorway of a café: FIKA. That’s all it took. One word... Read more »

Reunited with halvah - in Amsterdam

Whenever I used to think of halvah, I envisioned blocks of vanilla, chocolate or marble sesame paste-laden desserts sold by the pound in the deli cases of the Jewish grocery stores in Chicago’s Roger Park neighborhood. Whenever we went to one, my mom would ask for a slice of the dense, chalky treat, which we’d... Read more »
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Pizza with French fries in Venice

Have you ever had a pizza with French fries on it? My family hadn’t until my husband accidently ordered it in Venice – and probably became the oldest person there to ever do so! While in Rome over the winter holiday last year, my family ate a lot of pizza. When I say a lot,... Read more »

Can you name the foods in a full English breakfast?

During the winter, my family loves to spend our weekend mornings at an English pub – in Chicago. Yes, with the cold weather upon us and English Premier League soccer well under way, an English pub is a fantastic place to spend a morning fueling up and cheering on our favorite teams – even with our young sons. For us, there’s nothing like... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »
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Eating sufganiyot during Hanukkah in Israel - and now Chicago

As a child living in the US, I always associated Hanukkah with one main food – potato latkes. Yes, whenever it as Hanukkah, I always awaited the smell of hot oil frying in a pan, knowing that soon potato latkes would be fried up for all of our friends and family to enjoy. Starting at... Read more »