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A Gourmande’s Traveling Bucket List


By Jessica Albert

Let’s face it. We all love food.

I love food so much that I have made my father drive me from my home in Northern Virginia into Washington, DC (about 30 minutes away) in Route 66 bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic. All just so I can get my favorite bowl of soup from my favorite Chinese restaurant… even I will admit, this is a bit insane. But, there is a reason behind my madness. All people who like international food can agree that it’s best when it is as authentic as it can be.
There are people out there that would travel the globe for their favorite snacks, entrees and other dishes. So, this post is a compilation of the top international “must-eats” when traveling.–A gourmande’s traveling bucket list, if you will.

France: Croque-Monseuir
Bread is a staple in the French culture. Citizens purchase baguettes everyday and eat them with majority of their meals. Cheese or “formage” is another widely eaten French staple. There are also several types of French cheese that people eat. Brie and Camembert are two popular ones.Now, combine these two elements together and add in some ham, and we have our first food pit stop.
A croque-monsieur is a french sandwich resembling an American breakfast sandwich. Ham and cheese are melted in between two grilled slices of bread to make a very tasty treat.
Originally, the sandwich started off as an item served in bars and cafes. Now, croque-monseuirs are served widely and with other various ingredients. There is also a feminine version of the sandwich called a croque-madame. The croque-madame includes the same components as a croque-monsieur but with a poached egg on top of of it. Below is a video of how to make you’re own croque-madame. See if you can make it as authentic as possible.


Italy-any type of pasta
Most of us are used to our mom’s homemade spaghetti. Mmmm, I can taste my mom’s signature spaghetti recipe now. However, what comes from Prego and Ragu is certainly not the best out there. To really do spaghetti right you have to go to Italy, our second pit stop, where they cook many different types of pasta.
From ravioli to penne to ziti, there are several different types of pasta to gorge on. Spaghetti is just one type of pasta… some people forget there is a whole pasta world out there to explore.
Authentic pasta sauce recipes include real, non canned ingredients because most of them are made from scratch. That means, real garlic, onion and tomatoes are used in the production of these tasty sauces. Many of the products you can buy off the shelves today are loaded with preservatives and aren’t the best choice for our bodies.

United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada- Fish and Chips
We all have heard of fish and chips. However, I am not so sure anyone knows what the chips are in fish and chips. The chips aren’t like the UTZ we buy in a bag at the grocery store, they are actually what Americans call french fries. The “chips” play as a sidekick to the battered and deep-fried fish filets in the dish.
Fish and chips originated in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom. Now it is a carry-out item at many restaurants in several countries. However, fish and chips is mostly associated with the United Kingdom.

Japan-Sushi
Sushi is a Japanese food that usually includes raw seafood and rice. There seems to be a clear line between sushi opinions. People usually either hate or love sushi. For those of you who love it. You definitely want to eat the best of the best from its originating country, Japan. Those of you who hate sushi probably have issues with the fact that it is typically viewed as “sketchy” raw fish. This is a misconception. Think of it this way: If all of the sushi lovers in the world have sampled sushi from venues such as local restaurants, grocery stores and–EEEK–even campus dining halls, then there is nothing to worry about. They’ve all eaten a vast multitude of sushi and still live to tell about it. Sushi masters in Japan know what to serve and what not to serve. So there is virtually no reason to worry about eating it.
If you’re still not convinced, there are ways to ease yourself into the sushi world. There are types of sushi that only include vegetables or have cooked seafood instead of raw seafood in them.
If you were wondering how to make sushi from scratch in your own kitchen, take a look at this video below.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I know I enjoyed writing it. Remember to pick up these foods when you’re abroad. You won’t regret it.

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One thought on “A Gourmande’s Traveling Bucket List

  1. I’m sad to be posting this. I really have enjoyed keeping this blog for the past five weeks. It has taught me a lot about blog writing. It has also taught me a little bit about embedding and coding.
    I wanted to do a traveling bucket list of the world, but I changed it up and decided to do an international foods bucket list. Who doesn’t love food? I tried my hardest to keep “I” and any happy talk out of my post.
    I did enjoy writing this post, but it was the most stressful post that I have written in the duration of this project. I really just tried to filter myself without coming off too boring. I think that I am the only person in the class that is posting on their blog this week. So, if this is going to be the only blog post you read, I wanted to make it a good one. There was a lot of pressure to do well.

    I decided to post on the health blog this week. I love their blog’s layout. I also really enjoy reading some of their posts. We always read them in class but I never posted on one of them. So here’s my link:

    http://jmu-health.tumblr.com/post/13706121632/bring-that-headache-to-a-head

    Have a good winter break, Nan!

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