Whether you're on the airplane examining the silverware after the odd meal or you're in the streets of Sicily discussing politics with a solemn-looking man palming his cleaver while half a swordfish waits patiently nearby, sometimes being in Europe can seem like a strange dream.
Weird, isn't it? Well, so are these sites.
Once, returning from Italy in the cramped confines of a 747, I overheard the people in the seats across the aisle exclaim joyfully over their little plastic trays of lumpy lasagna, "mmm, this is the best meal we've had since we left for Italy."
Could these people have been transported by aliens from Italy to a place that looked like it was Italy but wasn't--all a hoax put on by the weird aliens without taste buds who live on the planet Disneipolipland? It's the best I can come up with I'm afraid.
I'll show you mine if you show me yours: Airplane Food
Ok, airplane food is a joke enjoyed worldwide, even though some of it turns out to be actually edible. In any case, there's a web site devoted to pictures of it, including a nice little excursion into the enormous kitchens that sling that airplane hash into those tiny plastic trays. It's called Airlinemeals.net. Imagine, through the magic of the Internet, you can chose your destination by first looking at the food they serve on that country's Airline!
And just in case that information isn't "granular" enough for you, how 'bout taking a gander at a site completely given over to airline spoons ? Yup, it's a darn good thing that they didn't pick airplane knives for their focus on account of the lack of metal knives on airplanes since 911. Although a single page with a picture of one of those crappy plastic knives they let you maul your rubber chicken with would certainly save server cost compared with the plethora of spoon pages they currently feature.
And just in case you decide not to eat on the plane, here is the Budget Traveler's Guide to Sleeping in Airports. Just click your destination and sweet dreams.
Some like it hot!
Some European countries just aren't known for spicy food. You might be surprised at what kinda spicy treats you might find in, say the Netherlands. Fiery-foods.com might set you straight; they've documented experiences with peppery foods for most countries, even those with the blandest of cuisines. See the following pages for more:
And there's even a place for you hotties to visit--Hamburg's Gewürzmuseum: A Unique Spice Museum