Eating is one of the best things in life, and trying typical dishes from others countries is an amazing way to discover more about its culture and flavors. I love to try something typical when I’m visiting another country (or city), or even visit new sites in the place I live.
When I was checking the pictures of what I ate in 2017, I realized I selected a lot of small bites and desserts as well, so I divided the list into three categories: Dishes (that includes real dishes, breakfast, sandwiches/burgers), Small Bites and Sweet Treats. But they all have something in common; I’d eat them again right now!
Here are the best gastronomic experiences I had in 2017
Magrinho de Pato (duck breast magret with wine sauce and sauttéed gnocchi and zucchini with herbs) from The Decadente in Lisbon, Portugal
Brunch Red from Heim Café in Lisbon, Portugal
Porco na Lata com Purê de Batata e Pequi (pork with mashed potato and pequi, a Brazilian ingredient) from Dalva e Dito in São Paulo, Brazil
Stoofvlees (Flemish stew served with fries and mayonnaise) from De Arme Duivel in Antwerp, Belgium
Bacalhau com Natas from O Minhoto in Lisbon, Portugal (this was the first time I ate codfish)
Carbonara from Le Striatelle di Nonna Mafalda in Milan, Italy
Salmon from La Mer du Nord in Brussels, Belgium
Malaysian Yellow Curry from Boa Bao in Lisbon, Portugal
ShackBurger from Shake Shack in New York City, USA
Bifana from As Bifanas do Afonso in Lisbon, Portugal
Bún chả giò thịt heo from BÚN in Antwerp, Belgium
Pad Thai from Thai Villa in New York City, USA
Chicken Ramen from Nood in Lisbon, Portugal
Steamed Buns from Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City, USA
Stroopwafel filled with Gouda cheese from a street tent in Gouda, Netherlands
Cheese and Pesto Sauce Cicchetto from Cantine Del Vino già Schiavi in Venice, Italy
Cheese Esfiha from Rotisseria Sírio Libanesa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Croissant with Azores’ butter from Fábrica Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal
Kaaskroket (cheese croquette) from The Lighthouse in Antwerp, Belgium
Chocolate Cake from Landeau in Lisbon, Portugal
Pudim de Leite (milk pudding) from Dalva e Dito in São Paulo, Brazil
Brownie Supreme (brownie with a small cup of melted chocolate, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and strawberries) from Quetzal in Antwerp, Belgium
Churros with Chocolate from Chocolateria San Ginés in Madrid, Spain
Brownie de Chocolate e Matcha (brownie, dried fruit crumble, matcha cream and pineapple ice cream with mint and cashew) from SOI in Lisbon, Portugal
Waffle from Désiré de Lille in Antwerp, Belgium
Torta Decadente de Chocolate com Helado de Dulce de Leche (chocolate pie with dulce de leche ice cream) from Lamucca de Prado in Madrid, Spain
French Toast with Berries from Heim Café in Lisbon, Portugal
Those were the things that I ate and enjoyed the most in 2017. This list is purely based on my opinion, of course. You can eat the same dishes at the same places and not feel the same way about them since each person has a different taste.
What did you eat this year that makes your mouth water when you think about it? Let me know about the gastronomic experiences you had in 2017!