While I was in Paris, I was on one mission and one mission only: Find a McDonald’s and order a Royal with Cheese (sorry Parisians). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the opening monologue of Tarantino’s 1994 day-in-the-life style, L.A. underground film, a Royal with Cheese is the European name for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese due to the fact that they use the metric system (and ordering a 4oz with Cheese just isn’t quite as cool). This is just one example of how food is a product of culture and even the same thing can differ from country to country, or even city to city. One of our (peer advisors’) favorite ways to experience different cultures while abroad was to taste them, so this week we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite spots we discovered while abroad so you don’t have to go to McDonald’s (except in France at least once for a Royal with Cheese). Enjoy!
Madison’s spot: The Duchess – Hobart, Tasmania
Shirin’s spot: Azenhas Do Mar – Lisbon, Portugal
Oliver’s spot: Flea Market Food – Anywhere
Just in case you don’t make it to Hobart, Cape Town, or Lisbon – I want to challenge you to scope out the flea markets in the towns and cities you visit and try some of the food offered there. This was one of my favorite ways to discover some delicious, fresh, usually homemade (and VERY cheap) local food. One of my best memories was eating the second best pastrami sandwich I’ve ever tasted at an Amsterdam flea market. The best pastrami sandwich I’ve ever tasted was actually the same sandwich, just the second one I bought.
Fill us in on your local food-spot discoveries abroad by leaving your experiences in the comments below!