5 Best Things I Ate in Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Ferragosto is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15th. The holiday dates back to 18 BC. It was started by emperor Augustus to celebrate the harvest and the end of the growing season. It kicks off a rest period for the remainder of August.

In present day Italy, you will find many shops closed and many people will spend several weeks in August on vacation.

This year, I celebrated Ferragosto on the coast of Belgium.

I spent a month along the Belgian coast in Nieuwpoort. It was very relaxing! Although the weather was a little too cool to go swimming, I took walks along the beach almost every day.

I also got to spend a lot of time doing one of my favorite things … trying new foods.

Here are the 5 best things I ate along the coast in Nieuwpoort, Belgium:

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Where to Go for the Best Pizza in Vicenza

When most people think about food in Italy they think about pizza and pasta.  Even though pizza originated in Italy, not all pizza is created equal.  Take my word for it, I’ve had more than a few bad pizza experiences in Italy.

I recently spent  some time in Vicenza, a lovely city in the Veneto region that is famous for the many works of Andrea Palladio.  Pizza in Naples is known for having thicker, chewier crust, while pizza in Rome typically has a thin, almost cracker-like crust.  I was curious how pizza is done in the north, so I set out on a taste test to find the best pizza in Vicenza.

Here are my top 3 picks for the best pizza in Vicenza:

Pizzeria da Vittorio in Vicenza

Pizza from Pizzeria da Vittorio in Vicenza

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Haus Garten – A Bagel Bar in Rome

If you’ve been in Italy for awhile, chances are your taste buds are craving a little something more than pizza and pasta.   Being an expat, I’m always on the lookout for American-style food.  Haus Garten hit the spot and provided a tasty change.

Located in the Prati district, Haus Garten is Rome’s first bagel bar.  It opened just over a year ago, and you can find a variety of bagel sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, eggs, brownies, cheesecakes, smoothies and American-style coffees, along with other delicious options on their menu.

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It’s a charming place, not typical of traditional Roman eateries.  It has a quirky vibe with a treehouse-like setting.  It’s open and airy, with lots of greenery surrounding the building.  There is even a life-size bird cage hanging from the ceiling that you can sit and swing in.

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The 5 Best Things I Ate in Paris {Part 2}

5 Best Things I Ate in Paris | WhyRoamTravel.com

Paris is a culinary delight with so many different types of cuisine available to choose from. While I spent my first month sampling more ethnic dishes available like fallafel and custard tartlets from Portugal,  I spent my second month sampling Parisian specialties like crepes and eclairs.  And again, my taste buds were not disappointed!

Although I had a difficult time narrowing it down, these are the 5 best things I ate in Paris during the month of July.

P.S. – If you missed my first round of best eats in Paris, you can find it here.

1. Crepes and cider ~ Breizh Café

Breizh

There are hardly words to describe how good this dessert crepe is.  A fresh cooked crepe with caramelized bananas, drizzled with warm caramel sauce and topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  Have mercy!  It was a little slice of heaven on a plate, and I devoured it immediately.  I also discovered a new favorite thing while in Paris … cider from Normandy (cidre di Normandie).  It’s a light, crisp and refreshing apple cider from France’s Normandy region.  It’s served chilled, and is a perfect accompaniment to crepes and galettes (savory crepes).  Most places serve cider in a wine glass, but Breizh serves it in a bowl.

Tip: Breizh is quite popular, so be sure to make reservations before you go. It took me 3 attempts to get in, but it was worth the wait.

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Cat Cafe in Paris

PURRfect afternoon at the cat cafe in Paris | www.whyroamtravel.com

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you know I’m a cat Mom. My little guy is a huge part of my life. I have a weakness for animals … I just love them! When I heard Paris had a cat cafe, it immediately made my list of top things to do.

The cafe is home to 12 cats. All of them were rescue adoptions. The cafe and the staff provide a safe environment for the furry felines, along with fresh food and water and lots of attention.

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