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    Paris - crepes on every corner. Try the sugar and Grand Marnier. Mmmm.
    And pastries. Oh Lord, the pastries. Ditto for Vienna. If you've got a sweet tooth, no better places on earth than France and Austria.

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    When at the Eiffel Tower try to get there early in the morning. There are some awesome braissieres (spelling??) - French street cafes. When I went it was like 10 francs for coffee, juice and a basket of wonderful french pastry. I was on quickie business trips when there so that is all I have to really add.

    I can totally second going to Berlin. I know some great places there and the white asparagus should be close to in right now. It is awesome. I also know a great place about 10 kilometers from the Polish border that used to be a barn on a baron's lands. It is a bit mind numbing to sit in front of an open hearth fireplace, roughly 20 feet wide, that was built before our country was established ... great roasted pork leg there - a true German delicacy.

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    I married a Slovak so I have some knowledge of Central European food or at least Slovak style food.

    In general, Hungarian influenced food is the best IMO. Much more flavor than German/Austrian food with the big exceptions being Schnitzel and pastries.

    I like and have had Goulash, Goulash soup, Rezen (Schnitzel), Potato pancakes (I forgot what these are called in Slovak) Palacinky I think, Hungarian sausage (better than the German and Polish counterparts), cucumber salad (very simple but goes great with Schnitzel),

    One of my favorites is a street/party food. It is called Chlebicky (which means little bread). It basically an open face sandwich. It is a piece of French bread spread with.... nevermind here is a link.

    chlebicky | Czechmatediary

    We top it off with a sliced spicy pepper.

    Halusky is the national Slovak dish, while very good it is also very heavy.

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    Don't ask me how, but I found the website for that place I mentioned earlier.

    Restaurace U Pravdu, Zitna 15, Praha

    The site's in Czech, but their menu is posted (Jídelní Lístek) and there are English translations of the dishes. The dish I mentioned earlier is prsa paní tchyne or "chicken breasts according to mother-in-law" (sorry, I don't know how to get all the little marks over the vowels). It's a cute little place and the service is really friendly.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    In Paris - L-'As du Falafel on Rue des Rosiers. In the middle of the Jewish Quarter. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! There will be a long line and once you get your falafel, you'll understand why. Make sure you get the hot sauce.

    Also on Paris, crepes with Nutella and bananas. Great walking snack. Found just about anywhere.

    Czech Rep - drink all the fresh Pilsner you can get.

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    ^^^bleeding purple, the jewish quarter is le marais that i mentioned in my post.

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    I just remembered...

    Nuremberg is like the world epicenter of gingerbread. It was amazing there. Not just cookies, but actual cakes and things made out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shab View Post
    However, that being said, I'd recommend going to Munich and Berlin, which are much better street food places and not very far from where you already plan to go anyway.
    Can't, but I wish we could. We are going on a cruise up the Danube river so we're pretty much locked into our destination cities.

    Quote Originally Posted by shab View Post
    If you still have time, it wouldn't hurt to go to chowhound.com, go to the international and/or France board, and ask what you're looking for. That's what I did before I left.

    Good luck and good trip.
    Thanks, and I definitely will.

    Quote Originally Posted by \_==o IxxI View Post
    Nuremberg = Bratwurst = Klingle burger!
    Mmmmm, Brats! Can't wait.

    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    Paris - crepes on every corner. Try the sugar and Grand Marnier. Mmmm.
    And pastries. Oh Lord, the pastries. Ditto for Vienna. If you've got a sweet tooth, no better places on earth than France and Austria.
    Sugar and Grand Marnier sounds awesome. I'm sure I'll have a few but my must-haves are that one and Nutella with Banana. I love Nutella! I started a thread about it a couple of years ago. I'm sure it's gone by now.

    Quote Originally Posted by roenick View Post
    When at the Eiffel Tower try to get there early in the morning. There are some awesome braissieres (spelling??) - French street cafes. When I went it was like 10 francs for coffee, juice and a basket of wonderful french pastry. I was on quickie business trips when there so that is all I have to really add.
    Can't wait to just chill at a cafe and enjoy some pastries and coffee. I have a huge sweet tooth.


    Quote Originally Posted by roenick View Post
    I can totally second going to Berlin. I know some great places there and the white asparagus should be close to in right now. It is awesome. I also know a great place about 10 kilometers from the Polish border that used to be a barn on a baron's lands. It is a bit mind numbing to sit in front of an open hearth fireplace, roughly 20 feet wide, that was built before our country was established ... great roasted pork leg there - a true German delicacy.
    Again, wish I could. Will definitely be back to Europe again. The Euro's really know how to eat.

    Quote Originally Posted by go View Post
    One of my favorites is a street/party food. It is called Chlebicky (which means little bread). It basically an open face sandwich. It is a piece of French bread spread with.... nevermind here is a link.

    chlebicky | Czechmatediary

    We top it off with a sliced spicy pepper.

    Halusky is the national Slovak dish, while very good it is also very heavy.
    I'm in. Can't wait.

    Quote Originally Posted by ketel&tonic View Post
    Don't ask me how, but I found the website for that place I mentioned earlier.

    Restaurace U Pravdu, Zitna 15, Praha

    The site's in Czech, but their menu is posted (Jídelní Lístek) and there are English translations of the dishes. The dish I mentioned earlier is prsa paní tchyne or "chicken breasts according to mother-in-law" (sorry, I don't know how to get all the little marks over the vowels). It's a cute little place and the service is really friendly.

    Enjoy your trip!
    Honestly, how the heck did you find it? Talk about a needle in an Internet Hay-Stack. The food sounds great and I love that they have English translations below. Plus, it's a pub which is our type of place. I'm definitely adding this to my map.

    Thanks, Ketel!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy2213 View Post

    Czech Rep - drink all the fresh Pilsner you can get.
    You can count on that!



    Quote Originally Posted by shab View Post
    I just remembered...

    Nuremberg is like the world epicenter of gingerbread. It was amazing there. Not just cookies, but actual cakes and things made out of it.
    Learn something new every day. Will definitely hunt down some Gingerbread.

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    Damn, wish I saw this earlier. I was just in that neck of the woods in September/October, and in Prague, you definitely have to try some goulash (the potato dumplings are insanely good) as well as some roasted pig's knee/knuckle. It's like carnitas times a million. And in Paris, the only way to get a crepe is banana and nutella.

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