What’s the Wurst that could happen?

I went on a boys’ holiday recently, and I can guarantee that the culinary experiences didn’t suffer!

Most of what we ate and drank is hardly fit for a Paleo recipe website, so I will narrow it down to one culinary experience in each city – each of which was Paleo-ish.

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The suspects:

Louis:

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Steph:

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And me:

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Amsterdam:
Jamón ibérico:
Other than their cheese, the Dutch are hardly known for their food! What you do find in Amsterdam, though, is a selection of cuisines from all over the world!

Next to our apartment was a cured meat haven named Ibericus. You can learn more about how Jamón ibérico is prepared, here.

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The gentleman behind the counter was patient enough to explain the curing process and the difference in texture depending on region, curing, and the breed from which the meat was made.

I tried a few types of jamón, then settled on a cut from each region.

Looking forward to the first Paleo meal in 48 hours, I went home and made the following meal for the boys.

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Veal burgers, stuffed with a hunk of blue cheese, and topped with blue cheese and Jamon. ‘Paleo-ish’ at a stretch, but soul food nonetheless!
Berlin:

The Cheese! My oh my, the cheese was fantastic! So many varieties, textures, herb mixes – and such little time to try each and every one!

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Honestly, I got a little carried away. Being a Paleo eater 50 weeks of the year, having 2 weeks of no-holds-barred eating-whatever-I-want got a little out of hand. And it was glorious.

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Onto Munchen!

Munich:

The pork knuckle – Schwein Haxen.

We were walking through the streets of Schwabing looking for a restaurant and came across this sight.

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These pork knuckles were roasting beautifully by a wall of coals, in the window.

Needless to say, it was about a whole 30 seconds before we were seated in the restaurant eagerly awaiting our next meal.

Although not the most photogenic meal I had on holiday, this was fantastic! It was so good, that we broke our own rule of trying something new every day and went back to this restaurant on our last day to seek out another artery-clogging meal before parting ways and going home.

Day 1:

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Coming back for more!

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All in all, this trip was a nice balance of catching up with old friends, sightseeing, and feasting. Although I’m back home and at work, the strict eating and exercising regime I’ve had to adhere to has acted as a reminder of the good times 🙂

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Here’s to the next adventure!

– Khalid

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