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Jun 10th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Must-Eats!

Thanks to all of you Fodorites! Today we picked up some savory and sweet goodies from Fortnum & Mason. 15 year old daughter chose macaroons. As we were walking east on Piccadilly, I saw Laduree and told her that these were highly regarded on the Fodors forum. We bought a selection from there and once home on Eel Pie Island, she agreed that the ones from Laduree were better (and wants to go back to get more.)

Any other yummy tidbits to find? We're going to London, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Munich, and Salzburg.

Thanks in advance!
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Jun 10th, 2013, 11:53 PM
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Munich: for breakfast one morning go out for Weißwurstfrühstück. It's a socially and culturally acceptable way to be drinking before noon. God Bless Bayern.

Bruges: french fries and waffles. Not at the same time though.

London: Benny's fish & chips in Clapham. Friendliest restauranteur in London and his fish and chips are stellar.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 12:13 AM
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Follow-up:

Munich: Augustiner beer. Augustiner's Biergarten near the Hbf is large and very nice. It will be chock-full of tourists but that's to be expected of any Munich Biergarten this time of the year. Also, try the pork specialties like Schweinshaxe, roasted pork knuckle, and Schäufele. Do not miss the Schäufele.

Bruges: Beer. Try as many Belgians as you can and marvel at how inexpensive they are.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 12:37 AM
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paris-- well-- as a new laduree fan, do not miss the laduree on champs elysees. it's a classic. that said, people rave about the hot chocolate at the paris Cafe Angelina at 226 Rue de Rivoli. most people love the ice cream at berthillon... but i don't get it( except for the fruit flavors, which I love) .

amsterdam-- i remember very fondly the pannenkoeken at the "pancake bakery" at Prinsengracht 191 which is just a block or two from the anne frank house. yes, it's mostly tourists, but we had a great couple of pancakes there-- and it's so convenient.i wouldn't order anything other than their savory pancakes! They are so good.

oh.. so much travel, so much food to enjoy!
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:11 AM
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Amy, if you are still in London, Ottolenghi's lemon tarts are fantastic - and anything else from there. They have a few locations in London.

In Brugge, while spoiled for choice, look for 'The Chocolate Line'. They have some unusual flavours too.
For a classic Belgian treat, order prawn croquettes (garnaalkroketten) - as a starter or main course (with frites, of course).

Have some 'poffertjes' while in Amsterdam - tiny pancakes with powdered sugar.
The Pancake Bakery in Amsterdam is popular with locals too.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:49 AM
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In London Dover sole!Andstopin Partridges on king'd rd for goodie shopping

Paris lemon tarts from just about any patisserie I dislike macarons but there is also a Lauderee on Rue Jacob. I prefer it to the Champs Elysee and I think Amorino 's ice cream beats Berthillion"s.FOIE GRAS sauteed not Pate
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Jun 11th, 2013, 02:21 AM
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Harrod's Food Halls are fun, go early, they get so packed by mid-day. Very pricey but amazing variety and displays. No more expensive than F and M!
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Jun 11th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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agree with tulips... anything at ottolenghi's is delicious-- either sweet or savory! i am a big fan of their lemon cornbread loaves.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Thinking some of the best "foods" you can get in Amsterdam and Bruges are still inaccessible to the girl. Heineken is the third-string rot that the Dutch export for mass consumption in the US because it sucks less than Busch or Miller (thank G-d for the microbrew revolution in this country).

Belgian chocolates tend to be high in the gustatory hierarchy.

The various flavored shortbreads @ Harrod's are very good (strawberry, macadamia nut, etc.) and the clotted cream biscuits (cookies in American) are off the charts.

Some fun with the mundane: (1) Do you like KitKats? In the US, they're made by Hershey with a license from Nestle (the actual owner of the brand). In the rest of the world, they're made by Nestle and Nestle chocolate > Hershey. The hazelnut variety is especially good. When and if you go to Japan, you can make a daily detour for a new variety (the Japanese have about 200+ flavors of KitKats); (2) Pringles - the wife likes these execrable masses of potato dust but the Europeans at least have some interesting twists (Curry in UK, Paprika in Greece).
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Bruges: Waterzooi- it's a Flemish stew served that's either fish or chicken based. the soup base is made of egg, cream, and vegetable broth. might not sound fantastic but it was!

also definitely try a gaufre which is a waffle loaded up the way you like it

Paris: Escargot of course.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 01:52 PM
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In Belgium:
Frites (fries) (preferably from a fritecot (sp?) (chip/fries wagon) covered in something you would not normally put on them - like a flavoured mayonnaise
Belgian chocolate
Waffles - so many toppings, so little time
Mussels and Frites
Carbonnades Flamandes (sp?) - Beef stew made with beer

Not all at the same time or your arteries will die.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 04:24 PM
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Amsterdam..Stroopwaffles, waffle cookies filled with caramel between two of the waffles. All sizes. Sometimes sold at street stands or in tins. Yummy. I brought several tins of them home.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 01:29 AM
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What sparkchaser said for Munich/Belgium.

In France/Belgium get a cheese board after dinner, you will not be disappointed.

Salzburg: pastries, pastries, pastries at any of the bakeries. Good beer and chocolate. When you are in Germany/Austria, try schnitzel. And of course the bread is fantastic. Plan on gaining a few kilos there.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 01:56 AM
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What a disgusting thread. It looks like you all should just buy a sack of sugar and put your face in it. I know what's coming for Paris, crepes, which are just about what they are, using the proper Parisian pronunciation.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 02:06 AM
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Spaarne, you incorrectly used the word "all". It's a common mistake as people these days seem to be prone in the overuse of hyperbole.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 02:07 AM
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Although a lot of the suggestions here make my teeth hurt just reading about them.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 02:08 AM
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Hahaha - hilarious comment sparkchaser.
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Jun 12th, 2013, 03:44 AM
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spaarne,

Lighten up for God's sake. You never induge on holiday?
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Jun 12th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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I'll be spaarne is a great travel companion. (sarcasm fully intended)
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Jun 12th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Cathinjoetown on Jun 12, 13 at 6:44am
spaarne,
Lighten up for God's sake. You never induge on holiday?


I knew I was going over board but I couldn't help myself this morning.
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