Sorrento – where the lemons grow

Sorrento – the city of azure sea and sky, golden sun and lemons, cradled by the gulf of Naples. Within sight of the Vesuv volcano, the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia, this small town is favoured by nature. Since centuries ago, it incorporates the romantic dream of Italy for painters and poets as well as for vacationers.
The name of Sorrent lies in mystical times – it is said that here the sirens waited for sailors to distract them, unless Odysseus and his crew managed to defeat them. Historically assured is the founding of Sorrent by the Phoenicians in the 7th century a.d.. After a greek period, it became a roman municipium, since then summer residence of the wealthy and porwerful.
Sorrent and the Amalfi coastline are famous for their romantic sunsets and their juicy lemons – the citrus fruits are everywhere in Sorrento: growing in gardens, piled up at market stalls, deliciously prepared in a variety of delicate sweet-sour treats like lemon cake, Limoncello, Granita…during our tour, we explore some of the best preparations.
The small cozy alleyways and coveted backyards of Sorrento are full of small shops, fruit vendors, old craftshops and surprising beautiful sights. It is a delight to explore, and the Food Hopping guide knows the best places and amusing anecdotes.
In the lush greens of the backcountry is the key to another local gem: abundant pasture for cows and buffalos. So be a referee at our little private taste competition: what tastes better, the cow’s milk mozzarella („Fior di Latte“) or the buffalo mozzarella („Mozzarella bufala“)? In small family dairy shops, those tasty milky white orbs are fresh made by hand every day.
For the hearty hunger, Sorrent has more to offer: the regions most famous food, the pizza, also rolls deep here. Made by the meter, with a thin crispy crust and best fresh toppings, it is a must-try at any time.
Of course, in Sorrento we are also in pasta heaven: every cook is proud of his or her handmade fresh pasta dough. The fresh pasta has a very short cooking time, and is mixed at the moment with chopped garden vegetables and a dash of native olive oil for conciously sinnful pleasures.
Any meal should end with a sweet delicacy – here, of course with the emblematic citrus fruits involved, as a half-frozen dessert or as the sun-coloured Limoncello liqueur.
So what are you waiting for? Come to Sorrento and explore its delights with a Food Hopping tour in Italy!

Germany’s culinary landscape

Germany is a parade example in terms of impressive cultural achievements, famous historical sights and beautiful landscapes, as well as one of the most advanced economies in Europe.  Great musicians like Beethoven, Bach or Wagner, famous poets and writers like Goethe, the Grimm brothers, Brecht, style-forming painters like Duerer, Rubens, Klee – all were Germans. And who does not know the emblematic Schloss Neuschwanstein, the Kölner Dom or the Berliner Brandenburger Tor? From the Baltic coastline in the north to the valleys of the alps in the south, you`ll pass rivers like the Rhine and the Donau, extended woods, rich agricultural lands as well as numerous city areas. Hosting all kinds of industry from production over high-tech to services and banking, with the European Central Bank located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany is a motor of the European progress.

When it comes to food, Germany has the fame to prefer rustic, filling meals with sausages, stews, sauerkraut and pretzel being the emblematic components. Sweet bakery goods like Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte, Obstkuchen or Windbeutel, the rich varieties of bread and cold cuts are admired worldwide. This is all traditionally true and still a good portion of the German diet in general. However, every region of Germany has its own specialities that they are proud of. Fresh vegetables, creative soups, colourful salads and a growing offer of vegetarian and healthy food styles add to the culinary landscape. Not to forget that Germany is an immigration country – even in the smallest town you find usually at least an Italian, Near Eastern and an Asian restaurant. Germans are curious and love to travel the world – on their vacation and on their plate at home.

The German “Reinheitsgebot“ limits the allowed ingredients of beer to hops, malt, yeast and water – in order to ensure a superior quality of product. There are more than 1400 breweries in Germany, and beer tasting is a serious social activity. The wines from the Rhine and the Mosel valleys are in millennial tradition from times of the Roman Empire, and young winemakers experiment with new grapes and maturation methods, to create a growing community of German wine fans. Remarkable is also the Apfelwein, a dry apple cider from the Hesse region.

With our Food Hopping tours in Germany, you will not only taste the regional traditional food and drinks as well as modern interpretations, but also discover the diverting tales around the food, the drinks and the region you are visiting. See you soon with Food Hopping in Germany!

Tasty New Year 2018

In everything that ends also lies a new beginning…
We are very happy for the new year 2018 to start with our shiny new Food Hopping tours in several european cities – like Barcelona, Madrid, Frankfurt, Berlin and many more!
We wish all of you a wonderful New Years Eve and a Happy New Year 2018. May all your wishes come true!

Merry Christmas!

An exciting year full of tasty experiences comes to an end…
The whole team of Foodhopping in Europe wants to thank you for your passion and trust in us – we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!
Frohe Weihnachten aus Deutschland!
Feliz Navidad a España!
Buon Natale a Italia!
Happy Holidays to the world!

 

10 good reasons for a Food Hopping tour

Who else likes to discover new taste sensations when travelling?
How about doing a Food Hopping Tour on your next vacation?
Every city and region has its own food specialities and traditions.
As a traveller, it isn’t always easy to find the best places in a new town to try and discover the best food like the locals do.
With Food Hopping, it is easy to jump into the local culinaric szene and to enjoy new experiences on your palate without worries.
If you ask yourself, what are the advantages of a guided walking Food Hopping tour during your vacation, here’s our top 10 of good reasons:

10 – Discover hidden places like cozy restaurants, rustic taverns , insider-tipps and family-run shops apart of the beaten tracks.
09 – Savour food like a multi-course meal, ranging from from appetizer to dessert.
08 – Taste authentic cuisine, famous dishes and surprising flavours the locals adore.
07 – Explore a new location with every tasting, discovering the regional culinaric landscape.
06 – Meet the locals, learn from food and drink specialists about their regional traditions and interact with the people of the neighbourhood.
05 – Get to know the city without getting lost, as every tour is designed as a convenient round-trip.
04 – Enjoy amusing anecdotes around the food you try, the city and their people.
03 – Let yourself be treated with surprising extras and local ‘secrets’.
02 – Follow the confident lead of your enthusiastic local Food Hopping guide, who knows the city inside out.
01 – Have a great time during an entertaining walk with pleasant memories and interesting stories to tell your friends at home!
See you soon with Food Hopping in Germany, Italy, Spain or selected european cities!

Celebrating Saint Nicholas

Just before christmas, we’re celebrating Saint Nicholas Day in many countries to honour the christian bishop from the 4th century, who used his inheritance to help the sick, the suffering and the needy. However, there are different customs to celebrate this day in various countries, like Germany, Italy or Spain.
In Germany, St. Nikolaus is an important part of the christmas season. The evening before the 6th of december, children put their boots in front of the door and hope that Saint Nicholas comes and fills it up with nuts, oranges and sweets. In many families, Saint Nicholas even appears in person to ask the children if they were nice or naughty during the year. There are traditional songs, that the children sing to Saint Nicholas in order to prove their goodness. It is also a widespread custom to gift Saint Nicholas figures, made of chocolate, to friends and family.
In Italy, Santa Nicholas is known as gift-giver and protector of the children – today, his tradition is also refered to the more secular Babbo Natale. Children leave a plate with a letter on the table, where they ask for gifts and promise to be good next year. The next day, they find sweets and fruits – a naughty child could also get a peace of coal, made of coloured sugar.
In Spain, december 6th is even a bank holiday – but not for Santa Nicholas, but to remember the day of the constitution in Spain! The main christmas period in Spain starts with the famous ‘Sorteo extraordinario de Navidad’, the christmas lottery, on december 22nd, and lasts till January 6th, Holy Three Kings.
Wherever you are, the team of Food Hopping Europe wishes you a happy Saint Nicholas day, and hope you all found some nice treats!

Christmas Markets – a delicious German tradition

As Christmas is coming close, Christmas Markets are bustling everywhere in Germany and beyond. Did you already taste those delicious treats like ‘Stollen’, ‘Lebkuchen’ or `gebrannte Mandeln’ that are so typical for those open-air-markets? Not to forget the mulled wine and grilled sausages to stay warm inside! With festive decorations and seasonal music, a Christmas Market is an ideal place to get into the holiday mode.
This tradition originates from mediaveal times, where trade fairs allowed the population to stockpile food and supplies before the hardest winter. Quickly the trade expanded to small artisanals, toys, sweets and nuts as christmas gifts for the children.
Today, almost every town and village in Germany has ists own Christmas Market. From small weekend gatherings, run by the local parish in smaller villages, up to world-famous markets like the “Christkindelmarkt” in Nurenberg or the “Striezelmarkt” in Dresden, that start End of November and end the day before Christmas.
Usualy a Christmas Market is an open air market, decorated with festive lights, where wooden stalls sell christmas tree adornments, small gifts for children and adults as well as spices and sweets. Famous is the Christstollen, a sweet and filling bread with fruit and nuts, gingerbread and an almost infinite variety of cookies and biscuits.
In our times, Christmas Markets are a very popular gathering place to meet friends, drink mulled wine and eat warm delicacies such as grilled sausages, potato pancakes, hot soup or roast chestnuts.
And the allurement of Christmas Markets has spread even to Canada, tthe United States of America and even to Japan. In England, Birmingham, as the Partner City of our Home Base town Frankfurt, hosts a “Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt”.
Some of the delicatessen at a Christmas Market are special to this ocasion, but many delicious nibbles are also availlable during the year. So come and try authentic local specialities in Germany wit our Food Hopping tours – our new tours in Frankfurt/Main and more! See you soon with Food Hopping in Germany!

Napoli, cradle of the authentic Pizza Neapolitana

Naples or Napoli in Italy – with its name coming from the ancient greek founding of Neapolis, the new town – sprawls pleasantly between the Gulf of Naples and one of the most famous volcanos of the earth, the Vesuv. The surrounding Campania region with its extended meadowlands is best known for ist excellent buffalo´s cheese, the Mozzarella di Buffalo o Burrata. It is an unique experience, opening for the first time the firm white cheese dough with a knife and letting the creamy milk float fro the center. With its very rich, buttery but fresh taste this cheese speciality excites gourmets everywhere.
Also, the volcanic earth at the slopes of the volcano are perfectly apt to grow flavour-rich tomatoes and hot-blooded wines.
In Napoli, those ingredients came together with grain flour, water, sea salt and some basil leaves to form its signature dish: the Pizza Neapolitana. A not-to-miss food for every visitor to naples, and coveted treasure of the locals. It is in Naples where the pizza has its roots – thin, crisp and with simple but perfect ingredients of the region. Paired with a glas of vesuvian wine, there is not much left to fulfill a foodies dream….
With Food Hopping in Naples, our passionate Food Hopping guide leads to the best spots to taste not only the authentic Pizza Neapolitana, but also fresh cheese Burrata, extraordinary wines and much more local food specialities, some well-known, some surprising. Together with amusing anecdotes and background storys about the food and the people of Napoli, it is a perfect way for any food lover to get to know the city by the means of a food tour. See you soon with Food Hopping in Napoli!

Andalusian food traditions in Malaga

Málaga – in culinary terms, this name is mostly connected to sweet wine and raisins. Located at the mediterrean coast in Andalucía, Spain, this beautiful city offers best weather conditions almost all year long. Long and soft sloping sandy beaches are at walking distance from the city center. Chiringuitos, popular beach bars, are an institution: during the day, they satisfy the need of the vacation beachgoers with cold drinks, sangria, snacks and paella, sweets and icecream. In the evening appear small flickering fires, a pleasant smell of burning wood and roasted fish: directly at the beach, the chiringuitos have open firepits where they offer daily-catched sardines sizzeling on a stick – delicious!
The old city center of Málaga with its narrow alleyways and pedestrian passages habours a vibrant gastronomic scene: from old neighbourhood grocery shops where slow-aged, cured whole porks legs dangle from the ceiling and tasty mountain cheeses can be tasted and bought, small hidden bars where the whole family is involved in preparing homecooked tapas and raciones like the famous spanisch potato omlette tortilla, savoury codfish croquetas, albondigas meatballs and much more, to high-class restaurants and glamourous nightlife locations. Not to forget the local food markets, where the freshest fruit and vegetables, meat and fish are offered.
With our new Food Hopping Tour, you may discover Málagas best-hidden secrets and most emblematic food traditions – all in a amusing and pleasable walking tour.
See you soon with Food Hopping in Malaga!

Food Tour and vacation in Spain

Which region of Spain is your favourite vacation spot? Spain is one of the most visited countries of Europe for leisure trips. And there is no wonder why: from the sunkissed beaches and impressive history of Andalucia, the beautiful Balearic islands, the cultural heritage and bustling city life of Madrid, to the rich traditions and colorful landscapes of Catalunya – these are only four of many spots in Spain that promise to bring awsome holiday memories.
We picked this regions also because of the diverse and rich culinaric traditions, which are easily to discover on a Food Tour: don’t miss the ultimate specialities like perfectly cooked andalusian ‘Albondigas’ meatballs in Malaga, soft and tasty mallorquin ‘sobrasada’ sausage in Palma de Mallorca, dry aged special ‘jamon’ ham, cut directly from the bone, in Madrid, or ‘horchata’, a tipical catalan refreshment, in Barcelona .
Our passionate local Food Hopping Guide knows the best spots to try those traditional and modern food specialities and entertain you with amusing stories about the food, the people and the regional pecularities of the Spanish cuisine today and in history. Join the Food Tour on a leisurly walk, eat and drink like the locals – so there are even more memories to bring from your perfect holiday in Spain. See you soon with Food Hopping in Spain!