Learning about food from around the world was my favorite class in college. Taking the class just whet my appetite to travel. After graduation and teaching home economics at Orem Jr. High, I decided to go to Europe . Back then we followed a book entitled Europe on Five Dollars a Da y, and if you watched it, you could make it on five a day. Now days you cannot have lunch on five dollars.
Even with prices up and the dollar down, Europe is still an incredible place to travel. Last month I was invited to be the escort on a Morris Murdock Cruise that went along the upper Mediterranean Sea . We started in Barcelona Spain and then went to the French Riviera, and then on the three cities in Italy , then over to Tunisia in North Africa . It has been over 10 years since I was in Europe . I must say I enjoyed this trip and learned just as much as I did on previous trips, and the food was still incredible.
The first time I went to Europe was in 1969. I was there for three months, and the thing I missed the most was a hamburger. What I noticed now is that you can get a hamburger, and, yes, McDonalds has arrived, but I did not see the number of fast food places that I have seen in other counties. Europeans have their own version of fast food which I called fast fresh.
The breads, cheese, and meat are such a treat. On almost every block in the commercial area you can find at least one and often many more little food shops. In each of them they had wonderful preparations of salad, pizza, and sub sandwiches. I even found a place with sandwiches made from miniature baguettes.