Do you know how to properly pronounce the word “gyro”?
Prior to arriving in Greece, I thought it was “juh-I-row”, however the first time I tried to say that in a restaurant in Mykonos, I was quickly corrected (to my embarrassment). The g is actually silent in the word, so it’s really “YEER-oh”.
I’ve learned a lot about international dining the past month, but the most important lesson I’ve learned so far is: Europeans eat extravagantly. I’ve had the best pastas, meats, vegetable dishes and desserts of my life! A few paragraphs about food can’t do my dining experience justice, so I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to food. Let’s start with gyros.
Food: Pork Gyro
Location: Mykonos Town, Greece
My friends and I decided to visit the islands of Mykonos and Santorini during our stay in Greece. After a 5.5hr ferry, we were exhausted and famished, so we sat down for lunch at the closest restaurant to our airbnb. I had never tried a gyro before, but they were less than 3 euros so I couldn’t resist. I’m sorry I ever doubted you gyros, you were my favorite food in Greece hands down.
Food: Seafood Pasta
Location: Perissa, Santorini, Greece
In Santorini, our airbnb was located in the town of Perissa, famous for it’s black sand beaches. We had lunch at a local restaurant recommended by our airbnb host, and the waiter suggested I try their house speciality, the ‘Pasta di Mare’. The squid was the best part, flavorful and tender in every bite.
Location: Rome, Italy
I don’t like coffee, but I knew I couldn’t go to Italy and not try authentic Tiramisu. After visiting Vatican City to see The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, I was ready for pasta and dessert. The tiramisu was so fluffy and sweet that I didn’t even mind the coffee.
Food: Ferrero Rocher Gelato
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona was a little chilly, but as an ice cream fanatic, I’m determined to try ice cream/gelato in every country we stop in. Strolling Las Ramblas with this cone in my hand was one of the highlights of my day, (tied with attending an FC Barcelona game that night!)
Food: Fish and chips
Location: London, U.K.
No English holiday is complete without having fish and chips at least once. I’m not big on fried foods but I love fish, so my last dinner in London was one of the most fun meals I had during my three-day stay.
Food: Black ravioli with white fish filing in lobster bisque
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
By far my favorite meal of the voyage thus far. My friends and I stumbled upon this place while trying to find an entrance to the beach, and thought it would be time efficient to have lunch before we got comfortable. We were a little nervous because the restaurant was completely empty but it was the only one nearby, so we stayed. The dish only came with three pieces of ravioli, but it was the most delicious pasta I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure if African food or South American food will be able to top my European dining experience, but I’m more than excited to find out!
Check out some non-food related photos from my travels below!