Food

I would like to try some genuine local food in each place that I visit. Here is what my hosts have provided so far

Vegas … go ritzy, or go cheap.  I’m a penny slot man.

Peter and Tracy hosted some excellent California fare!

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A layover at Heathrowe … looks like a job for Strongbow (in a Bulmer’s glass!)

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Welcome home to America … a full on greasy burger in Houston!

Graz does the classics perfectly!  Nice closing chapter on Europe.

Ljubljana – world’s most beautiful city – fantastic food – regional, rustic, and refined.

In the end, no one beats Italian food for me.  Simple, rich, glorious food.

I lucked into a very local, yearly special meal in Hinterzarten

Fantastic food – very local – Karslruhe.

Under-representation of food in Stuttgart!

Tubingen eats

Food in Zurich just speaks to me.  Thanks Mario and Christine!

Welcome to Lausanne … French flavored Switzerland!

Final food in Japan!

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Why no milk & sugar?  Oh, it’s soup!

Final lunch in Saga … meant to challenge my sashimi stomach.  Did.

Shabu Shabu with Hideki (named onomatopoeiacally) – massively stuffed

Restaurant chosen based on length of line waiting to get in!  Good metric!!

Japanese Soil Science Society meeting shindig.  Wow!

Kyoto dinner

On Masaki’s recommendation … the Ramen is amazing!

Mie dinner

Lunches

Snacks

Dinner after Tokyo University talk

On Masaki’s recommendation – Tsukiji Market

Breakfast at my hotel in Tokyo

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Mild, not too sweet.  Great!
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OMG – Japanese curry (chicken and spinach) is AMAZING!

Looks can decieve!

Order by vending machine!!

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Chocolate milk?  Still not sure.

7-11 cuisine

An absolutely amazing dinner at the Unzen Hot Springs

A roadside treat

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A bento box.  Wow … Japan to go!
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Beef Bowl … so, this is what Panda Express is aiming for!!
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Lesson learned … even in Japan, don’t hesitate to go to the buffet in a hydrogeological meeting.  This is what was left.  Fortunately … awesome.  Cream with sugar replicas of roe.

The fanciest of Japanese cakes – Nagasaki.

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Watery rice that tastes like egg drop soup … fried chicken and pickles on the side.  Fantastic!

Vending machine coffee bliss

Fantastic cook-at-the-table dinner with Hideki in Nagasaki

Hideki took me out for pancakes ..!. Japanese style

7-11 donut … a little slice of home!

Crazy, crazy Okinawan meal in Saga

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Udon and Tempura in Saga with Hideki
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Japanese style seating.  Hard on my knees!
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Pork Rice Bowl at Tokyo Airport
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The Swiss know what they do best
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Good schnitzel in Munich airport
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Ooh Mommy, snack on ANA
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Getting ready for Japan!
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Shawarma Zurich style!
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Cuban food at Mike Sukop’s.  (Below was a fantastic Spanish meal near their house.)

Great meal with Mike Sukop and Alicia Lanier in Miami

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Miccosukee Indian Fry Bread Taco Salad – Everglades
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I hate to admit it, but their latte wasn’t terrible!
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Yummy Gator Bites at Big Nick’s in Valdosta, GA
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Big Nick’s pulled pork was 2-3 meals
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Pasta Puttanesca and scallops in Gainesville.  Excellent x2.
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Conch soup in Tampa – some of the best soup I’ve ever had.
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Also excellent scallops.  I’d go back to the Rusty Pelican in Tampa!
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Flank steak burritos at Dad’s and Cindy’s
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Homemade key lime pie w/ extra juice.  Thanks Cindy!
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Special poutine in Quebec … modeled after a burger with two patties, cheese, and onion rings filled with poutine.
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Early Canadian Thanksgiving with the Topps!
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OK, I have a problem with Tim’s … can’t pass one by.  This is one of their addictive biscuits (Ottawa).
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Tim Bits and a coffee regular … Ottawa.
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As above (Waterloo).
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Classic poutine, Ottawa.
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Fancy grilled cheese (with bacon) in Kingston.
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Frontenac club breakfast … course 1 … Kingson.
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Course 3 … had to skip 2: oatmeal.  Delicious.
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Course 3, day 2.
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Canadians do chips well … unabashedly salty!
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Angies – the same crappy breakfast and I wouldn’t have missed it … Waterloo.
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What is this stuff that they put on my plate at the Faculty Club in Waterloo?!?
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Boneless chicken roti … this would be my request for a last meal.  At the Roti Palace in Toronto.
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Good brisket and hush puppies in Denver, too!
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Danish Shawarma … what IS the drug in these?
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Danish Fransk hotdog with ristede log!
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Dessert with Martin and Dana in Aarhus
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Close-up on Dana’s dessert … using apples from their yard!
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This is as rich as it looks.  Lagkagehuset in Foulum.  Wow.
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There really is nothing like fresh bread and jam.  Ah DK.
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Fancy Danish breakfast in Aarhus
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Breakfast with the Auken clan!
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OK, this IS the best coffee ever … thanks Troels!  (Aarhus)
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The perfect name for a restaurant at Exxon, Houston?  Yep.
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No one does brisket like the US.  AND creamed corn!  (Houston)
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Excellent BBQ in College Station, TX … dry and wet brisket!
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Sweet potato tots.  Austin.  Nice!
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Mexican lamb in Austin, TX.  Pretty fantastic!
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The down side of a B&B … I didn’t risk it.  (Austin)
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The up side of a B&B … maple nut sausage.  OMG.  Amazing.
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One of the best for last … lamb and rosemary in Perth.
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Australian for chocolate milk. Tastes similar … and has caffeine! Darwin, NT.
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Crocodile – tastes like chicken – just tougher.  Darwin
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Green ant in Darwin. Citrusy. But, you need to eat them before they bite you.
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Barramundi in Townsville. Delicious.
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Barramundi, before.
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Brisbane – calamari, prawns, and bugs.
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Moreton Bay bugs. Like headless lobsters. Ugly, but delicious.
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Adelaide likes its schnitzel big!
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Much less terrible than I expected!
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You call that a breakfast?
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That’s an Aussie big breakfast! Hobart, Tasmania.
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What makes it an “Aussie”? Fried egg and beats. Better than it sounds. Low bar.
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To make jaffles on the fire!
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The pies are approaching countless numbers. This one, chunky beef, was the best. Although lamb and rosemary ….
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What makes this pizza in Sydney Australian? Egg as a topping!  This on on the UNSW campus in Syndey
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I might be willing to move to Australia just for these cookies. Outstanding.
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Malaysian version of roti. The Trinidadian version is still best. But, this was fantastic.  (Sydney)
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Malaysian version of satay in Sydney.
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I’m very glad meat pies are not as available in AZ. This one was the best so far – chunky beef.
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A Yabbie Jaffle. (Gotta love Australia) Yabbie is a crawfish. Jaffle is a sandwich cooked and sealed in an iron over a fire.  (Canberra)
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The story is that the ‘flat white’ came from NZ and that the design is the NZ silver fern. Not sure if it’s true, but it’s a great story!
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I ate a lot of lamb in NZ. This was a lamb pie.
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A ‘little something’ that Penny Clothier whipped up. Maybe the best lamb I’ve ever had.
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Fish, scallops, and chips from Mr. Grumpy’s.
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Brent Clothier mans his pizza oven. Absolutely incredible pizza!
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Fried eel (amazing) with fries, grilled onion, and a fried egg. (a lo pobre style in Concepcion)
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Bean soup (great) and, what’s that? Salad?  Concepcion
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Mashed potatoes and carrots combined. Fantastic idea!  Concepcion
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Empanada de pino … still don’t know what’s in them, and they vary by city … great.  Concepcion
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This is a strange ‘drink’ … but, much better than hard fruit and grain in syrup should be!
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Rice pudding, by any other name, still sweet!
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Major Japanese influence in Lima. Fantastic Maki.
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Ceviche – foreground. Octopus al forno – background. I now get why sharks are always smiling.  (Lima)
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Sweet potato donuts. What a great concept!  (Lima)
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Left – guinea pig. Center – llama. Right – beef heart. Llama, llum, others, not bad. No new favorites.  (Lima)
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Peru = ceviche. Man, this stuff is amazing.
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Lomo Saltado – a Peruvian classic
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Pisco Sour – the egg whites make the difference! Oh, and those are giant snails in the background.  (Lima)
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Alex Furman hosted the first Israeli Darcy BBQ. A great evening of food, conversation, kids and dogs!
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How do you improve Shawarma? Add Amba!
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Pomegranate JUICE. What a concept. No seed picking!!  Israel
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Arab dessert in Haifa – sweet. Both meanings.  Israel.
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Jaco is a Braai GENIUS. Kudu, kudu sausage, lamb, steak, chicken, break, veggies all MASTERED. Amazing. (South Africa)
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Jaco cooking one of the best breakfasts ever at a rest stop in Kruger … lion attaching Kudu, stage right.
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Look, Mom … a man from the 70’s drinking a Tab in Cape Town!
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Look, Mom – a giant man drinking milk in Johannesburg!
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Impala Carpaccio … funny name, great taste.  (Bloemfontein)
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Karoo lamb in Bloemfontein … how is it possible that they have improved on lamb?!
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Curried Kudu in Bloemfontein
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Moules marinieres, Orleans style. Excellent, but didn’t displace Valencia as the best.
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Paris – yes, it’s Burger King, yes it’s coffee … but, it’s so wee!
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Paris … the desserts are as beautiful as they are delicious!
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Official Dinner in Paris – strawberries complimented the white wine nicely.
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Official Dinner in Paris. Duck (but, of course) – delicious!
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First night in Paris – Beef Bourguignon.
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First night in Paris – egg casserole … as rich as it sounds!
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THE BEST MUSSELS EVER (Valencia). No metallic taste, tender as butter. Crazy, crazy good.
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Paella, as served.
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Paella Valenciana with Jaime – incredible. Chicken, rabbit, snails, lima beans, green beans. Stunning.
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Black Rice (squid inked) with Jesus in Barcelona.
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Jesus’ wife made this version of a Barcelona staple … tomato rubbed on bread with garlic and oil. Wow. A keeper!
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A Catalan ham at Jesus’ house … great stuff. At a deli you see it shaved off of the leg!
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Luke and I loved the fried whole fish in Barcelona.
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A delicious meal of prawns with Jean-Christophe in Montpellier. I also tried duck heart … not bad.
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Leslie made a fantastic home cooked meal from the market in Bordeaux.
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Now THAT is how you have fruit. Leave it to the folks from Bordeaux!
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Duck breast – not cruelty free, but delicious. I couldn’t manage the steak tartar.
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The crepes tasted like another. These with just butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
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Olivier introduced us to the typical food of Brittany … amazing whole wheat crepes and cider. I’m in love.
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Plat du’jour in Montpellier – duck, of course. Fantastic, again. Fries are perfect and ‘open wine’ was delicious.
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Luke with a coffee as big as his head waiting for the ferry to France.
Luke, showing a proper appreciation for English tea in Bristol.
At Don and Amy Roos’s place in Grangebellew, Ireland … I actually CHERISHED cooking breakfast!
Yeah … the shortbread in Scotland is that good.
Hello little fluffy white baby sheep. You are so cute. Adorable. Come closer. Let me EAT YOU!
OK, I am a cider guy. It has been a lonely existence. But, Scotland, Ireland, and England … I am among my people.
Once you’ve had a savory pie, you may never need a sweet one again.
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There is some different, magic, ingredient in Danish shawarma. Simply better.
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Kanelsnegl – cinnamon snail – may be the world’s best pastry. Lagkaghuset has become the Danish Starbuck’s!
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OK, I’m a bit obsessed with Swedish food. This is lunch … pea soup, a hamburger, and a pancake. My people!!
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Uppsala – BEST PANCAKE EVER – and for BREAKFAST!
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I am a big fan of the European breakfast.
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Copenhagen – fantastic berry pie. The Swedes do berries very well!
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I love the Dutch. But, breaded potatoes with bread?
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On the other hand … it is hard to beat Dutch cheese!!
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Nothing beats a family barbeque! Here in Buir with Sander and family.
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German breakfast – Leslie’s favorite, black bread!
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Schnitzel and white asparagus, very German!
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Cafe Liegeois – may be better than an affogato!
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Appetizer – small bird topped with its own egg. Might be a bit cruel, but so delicious I can overlook it!
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Not a major fan of the mayo – but, some of the best fries I’ve ever had!
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Meatballs typical of Liege. The sauce was so good I had to stop myself from drinking it.
Love Skyre … couldn’t pass it up in Reykjavic!
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There are meat pies, then there are fabulous British meat pies!
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PSU has an on-campus brew pub, with its own cider!
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From Bart – showing excellent Dutch cheese sense – a 1000+ day matured Gouda – Weydeland VSOC http://weydelandcheese.com/assortment/#cheese6
Not all great food is good food! A Seattle tradition!
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Tibetan food … in Golden … times have changed! Delicious!
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One of the best things about traveling back East!
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Not sure if a Cuban sandwich is native to Athens, GA … but it was delicious!
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Very good donut. The fried lemon pie was better in theory than practice. Carrollton, GA
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Nothing good about a photo of half-eaten GA BBQ – but, too good to wait to eat!
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OK … I was wrong … Wisconsin? Winter? Fried Cheese Curds!!

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Wisconsin? Winter? Ice Cream!

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Caroline Blasch made fantastic Mexican food – casserole and tres leches cake. Local? Yes! Made with Montana (close to ID) moose. (Moose watched – right panel.) Feb 2, Boise
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Traditional Basque sandwich, Feb 1, Boise
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Idaho Potato and Bacon Pizza, Feb 1 Boise
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Idaho Potatoes and eggs from the Benners’ chickens! Jan 31, Boise
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Best Coffee Ever – Jan 30, Caffe Vita, Seattle
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Cold Japanese Soba Noodle Soup with Masaki – fantastic! Jan 30, Calgary
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Raclette … not Calgary local, but completely Swiss delicious! Jan 29
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Tim Bits Jan 29, Tim Horton’s, Calgary
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Cinnamon Bun French Toast Jan 22, Bellavai, Flagstaff, AZ
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Stuffed Sopapillas Jan 20, El Patio, Albuquerque
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Elk at Zinc, Albuquerque
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