It has French food. And German fare. And whatever they call it in
England. Which, by the way, is one reason England has produced
through the ages such fine wordsmiths: They've had to figure out a
way to get people to eat their food. Yorkshire pudding, for
example, isn't pudding at all. It is, rather, a sort of beef
dripping popover. Now, the amount of beef drippings, aka fat, that
a person uses in his or her
pudding is a matter of dispute.
Some use a lot, some a little. But the fat is the essence of the
thing. Americans call a loaf of meat a meatloaf, but the nation of
Shakespeare and Donne astutely realized that it probably wasn't a
good idea to call something a fat popover, or even a low-fat,
really(!), popover. So they came up with Yorkshire pudding. Which,
incidentally, they regard as a delicacy. So, be forewarned.
The point is, there is a lot of variation in the food of Europe,
so, as odd as it may seem, the only continental cuisine you're
likely to get is back in the States.
As I say, Europe is full of surprises like that.
For another example, you might think that Europe is not a funny
continent. And, for the most part, you'd be right. Australia?
That's a funny continent. Say the word Australia and people think
of kangaroos. Kangaroos are funny. Say Europe and people think of
museums and cathedrals. Museums and cathedrals are not funny.
Unless, of course, you delight in the look on the faces of your
kids when you tell them, "Hey, we thought we might go to the
seashore and ride some roller coasters, go swimming, and eat funnel
cakes. But we decided instead to go to Europe and tour museums and
Other than that, though, Europe just doesn't seem all that
But then you consider Monty Python and Italian governance and you
remember that humor and Europe are not incompatible after all.