The (Wild.. Wild?) West
The food is usually very lean (except for the pastries and cakes), and the portions are “just what you need” if I were to define it.
Things have changed a little bit in the last couple of years, but compared to the abundance of rich cakes, pastries and other rich foods, Europeans are rather lean. One may wonder why?
Well for one being slim is usually perceived as a standard of beauty and good health. So in order to do that, they will exercise to be in shape, or they simply do not overdo it, when it comes to eating.
Taking the time to enjoy your food
I noticed that Western Europeans also take the time to enjoy food. I believe the concept of gastronomic restaurants emerged from France (as far as my research goes), to cater to the need to mix flavors and create Art out of food and food making – the Austrians and their pastries, the Spanish and their diverse small tapas, the French and their millions of cheeses, the Germans with their very diverse selection of breads; and that’s just to name a few! From charcuterie platters, cheese platters, foie gras, macarons, tarts, cakes and other specialties, the aim here is to have a small portion of delectable food, as opposed to a large portion to fill the belly.
East or West?
I’m not sure if this was due to the old Communist regimes, the fact that it is cold or the fact that food was rationed back in the days. What I’ve come to discover however is a huge difference in food habits between the East and the West.
While in the West meals are usually light and more on the healthier side, food in the East is very heavy – similarly to African food. A lot of the traditional meals are made with meat and potatoes, and you find a lot more fried foods. In Poland for instance, fried cheese is a common snack in the markets.
Let’s spice things a little and head East, to explore what was once “The New World” – click here to read!
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