Phatt Holiday Treats From Europe ~

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For all good little adults, (Wurzburg, Germany)
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like you, and me! Kids of course get all that they can eat. (Budapest, Hungary)

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Oh heck, even if you’ve been bad, (Bamburg, Germany)

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you can have some too. (Nurenburg, Germany

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We will all behave better next year! (Vienna, Austria)

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And if we don’t, (Vienna, Austria)

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there are always holiday treats, (Brussels, Belgium)
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for the good in all of us! (Budapest, Hungary)
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And be happy because these phatt photos,
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cannot make you fat! (Passau, Germany)

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Cheers & Happy Holidays to you (Budapest, Hungary)~

283 thoughts on “Phatt Holiday Treats From Europe ~

  1. Okay Cindy, when your post came up in my Reader, I was munching on an apple! Now I have put the apple down, and am dreaming of every single treat in your photos!! *LOL* Wonderful photos (but I’m not kidding about the apple)! πŸ˜‰ Cher xo

    • Laughing, trust me I know. I look at them and think, why didn’t I try that one? Or how could I missed that one??? I remember walking down the street in Passau eating this chocolate that I am now dreaming about! πŸ˜‰

  2. If you keep showing me crawfish on signs and now chocolate — I’m going to need to take a trip to New Orleans for to get some crawfish bisque. πŸ˜€ Super yummy looking treats.

    • My husband who is fairly dessert resistant, keeps talkiing about the chocolate in Passau and wondering if we can order some online for New Years. I’m going to look into it. It was the best chocolate I can remember!

  3. And, in recent reports: There is a food shortage in Europe. Police are looking for an American women with her face covered in a suspicious layer of cream. The public are advised she is armed with two chocolate eclairs and considered dangerous. πŸ˜€

  4. I make my own pralines and truffles, because I missed them so much here. Oh the picture of the bakery brought back memories. I love the European fruitcakes. Thanks you for making me hungry πŸ™‚

    • Oh my, I am drooling about the thought of your homemade pralines and truffles. Seriously, you make them? Where do you live? Just kidding, sort of! I came back from this trip ruined for chocolate in the states. I am lookiing into ordering online for New Years from Passau! I thought Belgian and Swiss chocolate were incredible, the chocolate we had in Passau was the best I have ever had~

  5. Hey, Cindy! Are you kidding me? My eyes are crying when I see so many sweets. Oh, so many… There are so many sweets in this world πŸ™‚ You are sweet, too

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  7. At least just looking at the pictures won’t make me fat. πŸ™‚ But, who would even think to just walk away from all those delectable morsels without sampling them, or trying one or two. Oink, oink.

    • Extraordinary desserts looks fabulous but I tried it a couple of times and it was good, but I wasn’t super impressed. Did you like it? Coulon’s Dessertier in La Jolla is the bees knees though. Michele Coulon’s father ran a restaurant called The Belgian Lion. They are from Belgium and they can cook!

      • E. D. is a feast for the eyes but too rich for my system. As your photos attest I think Europe takes top honors. I’ll ask my RSF friend if he has been to Coulon’s. I’m guessing yes.

  8. You can’t get away from him, can you? The lobster got free from the pharmacy sit in in Slovakia and swam to a beautiful candy shop in Germany to pose for picture 7. If you want to eat that one, don’t cook it, steaming or microwaving is not recommended. To order for a meal in Germany, ask for Maine Hummer, and accept no other. In France, homard America in. The alias taken by the bug in your photograph, Praline Croquant, does not fool me!

    • Hehehe! I am being pursued by lobsters. Did you know a huge lobster swam up to me once where I live. I plucked him out of the ocean and everyone was massively jealous. I let it go. When I was a kid in La Jolla we could pick lobsters out of tide pools, but no more. I do think a chocolate, praline lobster from Belgium would surely taste very sweet, but it was really too pretty to eat!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ <3

      • Don’t pick up Maine lobsters carelessly unless their claws are pegged! For dining, lobsters from eastern Canada and New England are excellent! Another recommendation, freshly cooked lobster meat, chilled a bit, and placed in a buttered toasted hot dog role. Don’t go Buffalo, Chicago, New York, or anyway like that by adding sauerkraut, chile, or anything else. Okay, maybe a very little mayonnaise.

  9. Hahaha, Cindy, I just ate dinner but seeing these images made my mouth water! Before I moved to a different part of California, I used to live in a town that had an authentic European bakery called Konditerei where all the goodies are a work of art! Now I totally miss those goodies. I wish I could just reach through the screen and take that chocolate lobster!

    You’re so blessed to have been to so many places and seen so many wonderful things Cindy! Thanks for sharing the world’s goodies with all of us! Happy Holidays! <3 ~Lynn

    • Happy Holidays Lynn and you know I am blessed to know people like you. Wishing you all the best and a Healthy and Happy New Year. Look foward to a virtual 2016 with you my friend!

    • It kinda makes it hard to pick doesn’t it! That’s what happens with me, I freeze with all the choices which is a good thing, because if I didn’t, I can’t even imagine the calories I would consume! Happy Holidays!

  10. This is a joy to the eye, firstly… secondly, a feast to the mouth… excellent photographs, dear Cindy. Merry Christmas and all my best wishes to you. Aquileana πŸŽ„

    • The Merriest Chirstmas to you my friend. I have so enjoyed reading and learning from your posts this past year and look forward to more of the same in the New Year!

    • I am positive, but, (no pun intended) with the current fashion in butts, I suggest you eat as much as you would like! But then honestly, who in their right mind wants to keep up with the Kardashians? Not you. Not me.
      Merry Christmas my friend and I look forward to 2016 with you! <3

    • Oh MY GOD!! This is the BEST video I have EVER seen!! I watched it like three times. These are MY PEOPLE! This is hilarious. It is now going in the inbox of everyone I know. I swear if I see another gluten free cake I will SNAP!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending this best of bestest holiday video and Merry Christmas to you! <3 πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ (αƒ¦Λ˜βŒ£Λ˜αƒ¦)

  11. Cindy – Your photos convinced me I should be able to reach into my screen and select any number of goodies. One of my favorite things I loved about living in European countries, Christmas markets or not, was being able to stop at the bakery each and every day for fresh brochen and whatever else I thought I couldn’t live without. Needless to say, it’s a place where one must practice every ounce of courage they have.
    It’s a good thing I had to do a serious amount of walking and such on my job or I would have come each time as ‘baggage’ and not as a passanger.

    • Exactly! The problem is one wants to try EVERYthing, which of course you can’t do. You have to settle for some incredibly delicious tastes which then remain in your mind like mantras, oooooooh that was so delicious!! Merry Christmas to you and Tom! <3

      • And the same to you and yours. The best I learned from the many bakeries I visited was that having a cup of coffee was an event and not a mad dash wherein you make a mad dash of in and out.
        I finally learned, when the locals asked you to join them at (their table) you had finally arrived! It also offered up an opportunity to taste most everything offered in a particular bakery if you desired.
        Friendships formed during those 3 to 4 hour cup(s) of coffee are some of the best that remain today. Here’s to friendships forged what seems a lifetime ago that remain strong today.

      • Yes, I know exactly what you mean, there is no rushing at the table expecially in France and Italy. People savor, food, drink and friends. It is a nice way to live. Be well dear Sheri.

  12. The first picture makes me feel like taking a dive into it!… Your photo’s seem to have a strange effect on me… πŸ˜€

    Merry Christmas!

      • I lived in Germany for some time in my childhood and the highlight of a weekend after long walks in the woods with my mother was one of our favourite ‘Konditorei’, a coffee or tea and a lovely piece of cake. I can still taste them when I look at the picture πŸ˜‰
        So, just beam me up! (…or is it down?…) πŸ˜€

  13. Liebe Cindy da hast du aber wunderschΓΆne KΓΆstlichkeiten fotografiert da lΓ€uft einem ja das Wasser im Mund zusammen so viele schΓΆne Leckereien hab einen schΓΆnen Start in die Weihnachtswoche Klaus in Freundschaft

  14. Looks delicious! If you visit Bamberg, it’s worth sampling the Rauchbier (smoked beer) at the Schlenkerla brewery. Rachbier has an unusual taste; a little reminiscent of smoked bacon, and Bamberg is the best known place in the world it is brewed. http://www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html
    There used to be a US Army base in Bamberg, Warner Barracks, but it closed in 2014.

    • Yes, we were in Bamberg! Beautiful town. My husband tried the beer. I’m not a big beer drinker. The half timbered, ancient buildings were so impressive! Happy Holidays to you and your family John!

  15. I should call you “temptress” for showing us all these treats. πŸ™‚
    I’ll take the chocolate tort from the bakery case in the top photo, please. The whole thing. My order is to go.

  16. Oh my, please excuse the heavy drooling! Gained a few pounds staring at your decadent treats, but it’s worth it for a lovely glimpse of Christmas-time Europe. The merriest wishes of the season to you!

  17. Oh Cindy what a temptress you are… I’m just going over to check the fridge… Damn nothing but veggies in there, I’ll just have to drool over your photos…

  18. Looking this Post I am already feeling the festival.
    How much they have tried to put them on the counters.
    How much you have tried to put them on this Post
    Happy Merry Christmas to YOU and ALL at Home.
    Shiva

  19. Oh! Yes to helping support Budapest economy and having scrumptious treats. I love whipped cream in layers of cake or torte or butter cream icing. You are a sweet temptress, Cindy! Now, I will rummage for a Christmas cookie! πŸ˜€

    • It is not good for me to look at this Christmas post I posted. It does bad things to the signals from my brain to my belly and I still have 2 Christmas pounds to lose! πŸ˜‰

    • It is definitely good I do not live in Europe because I would not be able to resist the chocolate. It is sooooo much better then what I can get in the states……

  20. On the photographs I noticed too many milk and not strong dark chocolates. Hopefully in Belgium and some other European places you came to eat the real chocolate of 72-86% cacao. (for me good chocolate pralines and chocolate bars, have to have at least 54% cacao and I prefer chocolate from 72% onwards with as ideal 82%.

    • You are like my husband! My photos are biased you are correct, in that I photograph what I like. I am milk chocolate all the way. Of course in Europe, it is divine cream. My husband loves the intense dark too. Next time I am in Europe, which will be soon, I will photograph some delicious looking dark for you!

  21. All excellent, only one possible improvement. Replace the chocolate lobster with a real live one, cook with steam, serve with melted butter and lemon juice. An expert on the subject recommended a better method, I am not going to do it, but carefully remove the rubber band from the claws so that you are not put through great pain, wrap in Saran, cook in microwave oven. He also contrives a bed of wet seaweed in the wrap. Now you know why the lobster would want to claw you and why you would deserve to be clawed.

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