A journey to every place in the world isn’t a complete immersion into the place of destination if you don’t experience and don’t explore the local cuisine.
What’s better than a sensation of smell storming in or a flavour that some years after catapults us exactly just in that moment, in that place we thought we have forgotten and makes us experience again those emotions felt many years ago?
Travelling allows you to explore food by a new way, tasting new dishes, meeting culture and traditions. A tour at Expo Milan 2015, too, can be perfect to explore tastes, flavours and smells in the pavilions of the countries housed. Follow us in this virtual journey!
In France we go to Cancalle for the cheapest and savoury oyster
France Pavilion fills us of baguettes and brioches’s smells just took out of the oven: it’s impossible to resist. If I think about French food, my mind goes back to Cancalle, first stage before Mont S. Michel in our on the road, and to oysters.
Oysters everywhere, all sorts of shape, quality and size. You have to stuff yourselves with oysters because – trust me – you will never find so many oysters so good and so cheap in any other place in the world!
People sell them even in these isolated and full of ice boxes, so you can carry them and taste them everywhere.
In Morocco for the best tajine. But remember: couscous only on Friday!
It’s impossible to forget the tea tasted in the desert with that long ritual by which it is served, in the camp among dunes which turned red at sunset.
But my mind flies to tajine and its thousands versions of preparation, one more tasty than the other.
In Germany for the apple strudel with vanilla ice-cream
Germany Pavilion crosses among avant-garde architecture and bees’ flight. As regards food in Germany, I think about Gasthaus (the typical German trattoria) where having dinner, those ones of the most remote little villages. You meet the local people and chat with them in front of very good unique dishes.
Then at the end of the meal, the great piece of warm strudel, just took out of the oven, served with the little ball of vanilla ice-cram and the cinnamon that takes me back to the Christmas Little Markets in every little villages in Germany, each time I become aware of the smell.
In Sri Lanka the strongest memory is the cumin, spread everywhere in each dish
One of the most beautiful journeys, to a country which astonished us for its welcome, for the uncontaminated nature and for the emotions to be really little metres far from the blue whale, the enormous whale: with its so elegant tail it plunges in the deepest abyss.
Ireland and its tasty meats
The on the road journey to Ireland is an endless and daily mix among a variegate multitude of different food: fish along the coast and meat in the inland. The Irish beef, served in any version, alternates with the very good lamb chop.
Ireland Pavilion is not able to recall the memories of the journey, but Ireland is so beautiful that you will never forget any journeys, whether it is short or long.
Not to miss the North and the Aran Islands!
At the Maldives you can buy the lobsters directly from the fishermen’s boats
What’s better than enjoying a dinner on the beach, in the deserted island at the Maldives, after have sailed and did snorkelling all over the day?
Of course, tasting the very good and enormous lobsters, perfectly cooked, that just few hours before we chose directly inside the fishermen’s boat, just caught from the sea.
In Austria to the elegant pastry shops to taste the Sacher Torte
At Expo you walk inside the Pavilion where a forest has been reconstructed, a wood, the green lung that gives us oxygen.
Instead my memory is at a wellness hotel between spas and relax, or walking through Wien, during the cold winter days. You go into a pastry shop to get warm, the atmosphere is elegant, refined and to taste, before by eyes. The endless window of all sorts of sweets is there in front of us.
We observe everything and at the end we choose always it, the chocolate cake par excellence: the Sacher Torte.
In Oman the fresh fish just caught alternates with the very good lamb meat
The Arabian cuisine in Oman mixes up with the very fresh fish caught every day while the Oman Pavilion catapults us directly to Muscat: the sight, the smell of chlorine of the fountains outside. The idea of water everywhere symbol of richness, the pillions and the perfumed incense inside.
The Pavilion only lacks of that marbles’ brightness: it is so exaggerated that they appear wet!
At Expo, too, Hungary welcomes us with its kurtoskalacs, the street sweet
Stage at Budapest during our river cruise. It’s de rigueur admiring from the Danube the wonderful parliament which gives us the best of itself with its night lights.
The day slips by slowly between the huge and interesting market with its so particular products and the wonderful little markets to admire both at Christmas and Easter.
Walking, every market stall sells kurtoskalacsmade at the moment, sweet-smelling and very hot. At Expo Pavilion these sweets, the kurtoskalacs, cost about the triple and they are really more little (and less homemade) than those ones there, but a taste won’t do any harm!
In the USA the pancake plays the lord and the master at each breakfast
Florida’s cuisine is sundry, from the famous “all you can eat” and the quick fast foods to the most refined dishes.
It’s impossible not to find what answers our purpose, maybe to enjoy calm in some place like these ones, directly on the sea.
The maple juice accompany it inevitable and coming home…you miss a bit what is a constant a bit of any journey to USA, whether it is long or short.
Slovakia makes us taste very good soups served inside a loaf of bread
Bratislava is a town which can be explored in a hurry. Walking among its street which becomes crowded little by little, on Sunday afternoon, is nice as well as discovering the thousands of little shops in the old town centre. On the contrary, at Expo Pavilion you can relax in the sack armchair near the tech re-charge station.
The “green face” recalls our tour at the Swarovski Museum, even if it has nothing to do with them.
The cuisine cannot avoid tasting the soups cooked in the emptied bread loaf to taste, soften by now, at the end of the meal.
In Nepal every day very fresh momos made at the moment
The Nepal Pavilion with its pagoda and its Namaste, takes us again to those mountains on the Himalaya among the yak. We visited them before the recent terrible earthquake which has devastated the country.
The cuisine has simple ingredients from the agriculture, made at the moment, because the concepts like preservation and cold chain don’t practically exist.
Momos are steamed dumplings, filled with meat and spices. Every cuisine prepares them with its own versions, someone even with the vegetables. A simple dish: the palate miss it.
Food and tricks required travelling
You never have to forget that travelling just a simple ice cream or a fresh juice can be dear. All the tricks to preserve our health are always essential, both not to ruin the journey, for a banal stomach-ache and not to get in bigger trouble which you never have to underestimate when you come back.
We often take possession of the restaurants’ kitchens, as in this case, to be able to eat something more usual for our palates.
When the street food cannot be the perfect choice, maybe because dishes are washed like in the photo below, why to risk our health? The choice, as I show in the dedicated chapter of the Low Cost Travel Guide – “Fried and boiled always save the situation” – has to be only about these two solutions of cooking which preserve from everything…or almost everything.
Expo 2015: Switzerland is one of the countries which hits the mark
I finish this quick tour around the world in great leaps with the Switzerland Pavilion which Marco Augustoni shows very well in his post: the pavilion hits the mark of the limited resources of the planet focusing on the message and the necessity to take conscience of the scarcity of food. A thing that the Westerners don’t realize since we are used to a direct and endless access.
Then Switzerland…to us is just around the corner and maybe due to this I didn’t write much about it. How many Sundays and how many weekends spent skiing in Winter or along the lakes in Summer breathing the fresh of the mountains!
Did you follow me as far as here reading the post by the tale of food through the different countries of the world? How turning the virtual journey among the several pavilions of the countries at Expo into real journeys within everyone’s reach?
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