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  • Gnocchi with Grape Tomatoes: Trier, Germany

    Gnocchi with Grape Tomatoes: Trier, Germany

    Potatoes are a huge part of the German diet, especially when they are packed in little pasta dumplings with cheese and served with grape tomatoes and fresh herbs. The portion is smaller, but the dumplings fill you up quick!

  • Wiener Schnitzel with Pomme Frites: Trier, Germany

    Wiener Schnitzel with Pomme Frites: Trier, Germany

    This meal is more than a typical chicken tenders and fries combination. This is a favorable dinner in many restaurants all around Germany, Switzerland, and especially Austria. Wiener Schnitzel is breaded veal served with fries. But these fries are made with yellow potato rather than white potato, giving them more of a flavor. That means less salt on the fries, score!

  • Eis Cafe (Iced Coffee): Vienna, Austria

    Eis Cafe (Iced Coffee): Vienna, Austria

    Warning: Iced Coffee in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland are not your typical cold brew. It's packed with ice cream (vanilla or coffee), espresso, chocolate syrups, and topped with homemade whipped cream and a vanilla wafer. Splitting this drink is always smart, unless you enjoy having a sugar over load.

  • Cheese Fondue: Swiss Alps, Switzerland

    Cheese Fondue: Swiss Alps, Switzerland

    After a long, chilly hike on the Swiss Alps, what better way to end the day with a hot pot of cheese fondue with freshly baked bread? Not much else compares, and the Swiss are known for their fondue pots! Can you guess what kind of cheese they use?

  • Beer Gardens: Baden Baden, Germany

    Beer Gardens: Baden Baden, Germany

    Beer gardens, or known as "bier gartens," are a huge part of German culture, especially in the state of Bavaria. Did you know that some Germans even count beer as a third of their daily calories? These beer gardens are great for hanging out and celebration, and even a popular place for families to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a liter (yes, a liter) of beer with dinner.

  • Chocolate Mousse Cake: Salzburg, Austria

    Chocolate Mousse Cake: Salzburg, Austria

    This dessert may look small, but it's loaded with so much sweet chocolate it would take four forks to finish this bad boy. The small slices of strawberry and homemade whipped cream definitely help with the sweet taste, as well as the small bit of raspberry jam.

  • Mixed Lunch Salad: Trier, Germany

    Mixed Lunch Salad: Trier, Germany

    Some cultures value breakfast, others dinner, but Germany is all about their lunches. Since breakfast is usually light with soft boiled eggs, cold cuts and pastries, lunch is meant for the stomach to finally fill up on the nutrients for the day. This salad is a typical for lunch. Bits of shrimp, yellow onions, fresh tuna, red peppers, black olives, feta cheese, red tomatoes and cucumbers are placed on a bed of greens and topped with a light cream sauce. Served with fresh bread on the side, of course!

  • Pretzel with Sweet Mustard: Munich, Germany

    Pretzel with Sweet Mustard: Munich, Germany

    Other places in Germany do lunch a bit differently, especially in Munich. Lunch in Munich consists of a liter of beer and a large pretzel with sweet mustard for dipping. Beer, carbs, sweet mustard, what else could you ask for on a hot day in a beer garden with a bunch of your closest family and friends?

  • Fresh Fruit: Trier, Germany

    Fresh Fruit: Trier, Germany

    Numerous cities in Europe have market squares and downtown areas that are filled with fresh fruit and vegetable stands. Why grab a snack at the store when you can get something fresh at the market? These fruits are a typical snack food for those in the afternoon, and I have to admit, I got quite used to that type of healthy lifestyle!

  • Cafe Breakfast: Vienna, Austria

    Cafe Breakfast: Vienna, Austria

    Since breakfasts are typically light, going to a cafe in the morning was always a treat. Cafes are always selling freshly baked breads and pastries, along with sandwiches and cappuccinos. Careful though, breakfast sandwiches could consist of salami and greens rather than eggs in Germany! 

  • Smoked Salmon with Yellow Potatoes: Trier, Germany

    Smoked Salmon with Yellow Potatoes: Trier, Germany

    Seems a bit odd to have smoked salmon and potatoes for dinner alone, but it's actually quite delicious and filling!

  • Black Forest Cake: Black Forest, Germany

    Black Forest Cake: Black Forest, Germany

    Surprise, surprise, but Black Forest cake isn't covered in dark chocolate like we may typically be used to! Instead, cake from the actual black forest, also known as "torte," is made with a homemade chocolate cake base, a light whipped frosting, with chocolate shavings and cherries. The bottom layer, however, has cherries mixed in with the cake!

  • Salami & Brie Sandwiches: Swiss Alps, Switerzland

    Salami & Brie Sandwiches: Swiss Alps, Switerzland

    A day hiking the Swiss Alps is pure bliss, and gets even better when lunch is packed and ready to enjoy on the trails! The meats, cheese and breads are all fresh in the Alps since they are all made in that area, and make for the perfect lunch to fuel you up for round two of hiking. 

  • Perogis with sour cream: Vienna, Austria

    Perogis with sour cream: Vienna, Austria

    Perogis are larger potato dumplings, much larger than gnocchi. Since dinners are lighter, having a few perogis and a salad is a perfect meal before calling it a night. Serve with caramelized onions and sour cream to enrich the flavors of the perogis. Add a good glass of red wine, and you have the perfect European meal for dinner!

  • Bacon & Onion Quiche with Vegetable Assortment: Beilstein, Germany

    Bacon & Onion Quiche with Vegetable Assortment: Beilstein, Germany

    Having assorted vegetables and other sources of protein in salad is typical for lunch, but why not add a delicious slice of Bacon & Onion Quiche to balance out the meal?

  • Pomegranate Prosecco: Vienna, Austria

    Pomegranate Prosecco: Vienna, Austria

    I always knew strawberries and sparkling wine were delicious, but how about pomegranate seeds? This sweet concoction was the perfect last drink to enjoy in Europe, and was sweet enough to compensate for a dessert that evening!

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Pastry: Laterbrunnen, Switzerland

    Chocolate Hazelnut Pastry: Laterbrunnen, Switzerland

    Chocolate hazelnut candies and spreads were a huge hit for pastries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and typically served in little treats such as these. Wrapped in a crust (almost like a mini pie crust) and topped with powdered sugar makes the perfect sweet treat!

  • Cheese Sandwich with Fruit: Bavaria, Germany

    Cheese Sandwich with Fruit: Bavaria, Germany

    Since fruits and vegetables are popular in southern Germany, having two different fruits with lunch is typical. This lunch consisted of two pieces of fruit, along with a cheese sandwich. The sandwich was on a multi-grain type bun with lettuce. And of course, German candy for dessert!

  • Coffee Gelato: Beilstein, Germany

    Coffee Gelato: Beilstein, Germany

    Last, but not least, gelato is always a must in Europe!

plates-of-europe copyGet authentic in the kitchen this season with fun food ideas from plates served in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! Ever wanted an opportunity to travel and try authentic food, but never had the chance quite yet? Well here's your chance to get creative in your own kitchen! After my most recent trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, I gathered pictures of food plates I was lucky to try. 

Get the in on these famous plates and what it takes to try a more European style of living!

Photo Credits: Kiersten Sinko (Little Hobbit)

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