Dortmund has become not only a German cuisine experience, but also an awesome hub for other ethnic foods that I've had the pleasure of sampling. The city center contains restaurants from all around the world, with great meals from India, the Middle East, China and various other cuisines. I was a bit hesitant to go to a place labeled 'The Best Burgers in Town,' but I was highly recommended to try it, so I took the chance. I was pleasantly surprised, with a felafel burger of all things! Something I've noticed in my burger consumption adventures here - the bread is often crispy and crumbly, instead of the soft loaf I'm used to in the States. It certainly makes the burger a messier ordeal, and it's (almost) understandable why I often see locals eating their burgers with a fork and knife (something you'll never catch me doing!). Overall, Food Brothers is a wonderful example of cultural variety; regardless of where you travel, you are bound to find restaurants that speak to the breadth and acceptance of diversity.
Yep, it happened. We went to Amsterdam, and it was beyond beautiful. This city was truly unique, and was one of the most amazing cities to simply walk around in. Being (slightly) obsessed with good food, I did quite an extensive search of restaurants that I wanted to explore while I was in Amsterdam for an extended weekend. Unfortunately, one place I picked out, a cute little breakfast place called The Pancake Bakery, was closed. Being a hungry mass of college students on a Saturday morning, we stopped at the next place we ran into and were kindly rewarded. This small, street restaurant served some special pancakes (below, left) - they were slightly crispy, something I didn't even know I wanted in a pancake until now. Topped with fresh fruit, something I've been severely deprived of in the last few weeks, made this dish a perfect morning start. And of course, we had to check out one of the many cheese shops in the heart of Amsterdam (bottom, right). Samples were passed all around as we were awed at the sheer variety of cheeses available.
You know, there are some cities that can be explained with a good story and a good cook, but I think Amsterdam is one that needs to be experienced. I can talk at you all day, but this city deserves to be explored by you. Go have your own Amsterdam adventure (and try the Pancake Bakery while you're there!).
Falafels? In Paris?? I know, I know. Not the most traditional. But when you're on a cobble stone back road with a plethora of Middle Eastern restaurants with lines out the door, you get curious. The curiosity paid off. These falafels, wrapped in fresh pita bread, were moist, flavorful, filling and just overall YUM. The sides included carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, lettuce, hummus and delicious house Tahini sauce. Perfection. It wrapped up another great day of exploring Paris, with a stop at the Eiffel Tower (when in Paris...) and then we began our transit to Dortmund, a.k.a home base for the summer!