Ella's Blog 12

 

After finishing my A levels this summer I spent a few weeks travelling around Europe visiting countries I had never been to before.  Living on an island, I think it’s easy to forget how a few hours on a train is all it takes to immerse yourself in a completely different culture with its own language, architecture and food traditions, and I was curious to find out how attitudes towards food and eating varied in each place I arrived in.  In order to discover as much as possible during the little time I had in each place, I also spoke to a local family about their own habits and routines, I guess to look for an equivalent to the British ‘weekly food shop’, or whether they even had one at all.  I would say that it’s quite common in England to view the food shopping as a weekly household task aimed to fill the cupboards for a few days with staple foods – practical for meals – and then of course the occasional things which accidently fall into the trolley… sound familiar?! And although this perhaps ‘works’ well for us, I found it was dissimilar to popular trends abroad…

While I understand that these attitudes towards food are not representative of each country as a whole, the local insight really excited me and therefore, over the next few blog posts I will be sharing with you the food trends and ambiance I experienced in Berlin (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Split (Croatia), Milan (Italy) and Paris (France).

 

Ella, 28th November 2018


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