Chad and I spent the past three weeks traveling in Europe – some for vacation and some for work.  We visited Ireland and Scotland and then went on to England and the Netherlands for some work projects.  I lived in Europe for a year and a half in my mid-20s, but hadn’t spent any time in the countries we visited this time around.  It’s always interesting to learn things about other cultures and countries, and see the differences and similarities in life.

As a food lover, I’m especially interested in how other countries approach mealtimes and menus and food.  It was obvious to us that Ireland, the UK and Holland all love their pork, especially for breakfast.

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Sausage and bacon were a staple at each breakfast we had.  In Ireland & the UK, they serve back bacon instead of belly bacon, like we’re used to in the US.  Back bacon is more like the flavor and consistency of what we’d call Canadian bacon, while what we’d consider “traditional” bacon is labeled as Streaky Bacon in grocery stores.

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Baked beans and mushrooms were also common accompaniments.  And the half circles at the bottom of the plate are black pudding, which is made with blood.  Don’t knock it until you try it, my friends.

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A variety of cured meats and sausages were also available on hotel breakfast buffets.  So good.  So, so good.