One of the joys of summer vacations is experiencing great food in so many different locations around the world. They can be found in city and town, the countryside or beach and seaside locations. It is difficult, if not impossible, to provide a comprehensive selection. However, the following eight are designed to take a look at great foods around the world, which has variety in terms of location and content.
There is a little French restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. In this restaurant, you can have your own private little room, with a special friend, where a table is set amidst a surround of bookshelves. You will be treated by waiters who appear, as if by magic, at the right moment. Piped music will softly play in the background. The onion soup starter, followed by Chateaubriand and trimmings will be cooked to your perfect choice. All washed down with a bottle of house red and followed by a melt in your mouth mousse and coffee. The dazzling smile of thanks makes it a perfect evening.
Edinburgh, Scotland. Set in the basement of an old building in Charles Street, is one of the best place in Europe to get Italian cuisine. Here, you will find a compact cellar restaurant, run by an Italian family, which offers a vast array of pasta dishes. Classic Italian red wine accompanies the salad starter and then there is a choice of meat or fish pasta dishes followed by Italian water ice cream or other equally mouth-watering deserts, and coffee made in a way that only the Italians can provide.
Edam, Netherlands. A quaint little town of traditional Netherland architecture, from whence the cheese of the same name originates, offers fare that, as one would expect, is based around this product. On a summer’s day, there is nothing more relaxing than indulging in a ploughman’s lunch, served on the decking of a windmill, watching the canal barges chugging their way through the locks and losing yourself in the wonder of their history as you wash the meal down with a cool clear lager.
Paris, France. The capital of France is a thriving cosmopolitan tourist attraction. However, if one really wishes to partake of traditional French cuisine, it is in the streets away from the main tourist centres that this is to be found. It is here that there is to be found numerous French cafes serving food such as frog’s legs, snails and French onion soup, which are experiences not to be missed.
Mount Snowdon, Wales, United Kingdom – Atop this mountain on a warm summer’s day, there is only one building in sight, a magnificent restaurant and cafe. After a testing climb up the side of the most famous mountain in Wales, the welcoming sight of this restaurant beckons. Inside, it is traditionally decorated and serves equally traditional and wholesome Welsh fare, which is designed to replenish the energy of those who have exerted themselves physically to reach this destination.
The Rhine, Germany. There are a number of hotels and restaurants situated along the banks of the Rhine, with views of the natural countryside and the river activities, including the famous Rhine in Flames Festival. At most of these establishments, you can find great food. A classic example is a meal of melon to start, cooked in pepper, which is followed by venison in a white wine and cream sauce and ended with the sweetest Black Forest gateau and coffee, all cooked in German style and accompanied by a magnificent hock. The more traditional German foods are also available.
Beach and seaside
Benitachell, Spain. Join the Russian party at a fully laid twenty-seat dining table on the beach, tucked away in a small cove on a balmy summer night with the sea lapping gently on the shore a few feet away. In evening dress without the jacket, you drink a Russian toast, before dining on caviar, all the freshly cooked meat you could possible eat, accompanied by salad, rounded off with a fresh fruit salad and black Russian coffee. Naturally, the refreshment that accompanies the meal consists of the favoured Russian drink, vodka. However, as this vodka is highly proofed it should be enjoyed in moderation, especially if you wish to treasure the memory of this exquisite experience.
Mevagissey, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Set around the harbour of this quaint Cornish fishing village are a number of delightful cafes and restaurants, where you can relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and aroma as the local seafarers bring in their catch. In addition to the traditional Cornish fare of pasties and fudge, it is in these food establishments that you will know that the fish dishes being served are truly fresh and cooked to perfection.
The selection of locations discussed above is simply a taster for the diverse types of great foods that can be found in a small number of summer destinations.