this place smells gorgeous!
Replies: 35 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 10:11 AM Last Post By: sashac001
Oct 28, 2012 2:20 AM
this place smells gorgeous!do you remember any on your travels?
i like how certain places have their own delicious smells. am post processing photos taken last week in Brussels and the smell of sugar waffles is still vivid in my mind. i have a polar bear's sense of smell :)
Brussels and Antwerpen: sugar waffles and frites! (already as soon as you get off the train)
Paris: fresh baguettes!
Chengdu, China: spicy Sichuan food everywhere you turn. simply amazing!
Lhasa, Tibet: yak. i had the smell of yak/butter on my jacket the entire 5 week trip (12 days spent in Tibet)!
Buenos Aires: relentless grilled beef smell! especially at meal times, and any time along the river where endless parilla trailers park.
Thailand: fried garlic. makes me hungry all the time!
Germany: baked goods and wurst. (beer if a brew pub is nearby)
Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong: all three smell delicious anywhere!
that's all i can remember for now... where did i smell cheese, coffee, seafood etc?
Oct 28, 2012 12:51 PM
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Oct 28, 2012 5:14 PM
Rome- early morning: coffee roasting; coffee brewing, warm pastries.
Evening: pizza baking in wood ovens, lasagna, pasta boiling
2:00 am-- the bakery in the basement, not far from Fontana di Trevi.
Jamaica Port Antonio:
Sunday: roasting bread fruit, the saltfish for ackees-and-saltfish
Weekday: porridge; rice and peas cooking for lunch.
Anytime: Scotch-bonnets cooking and jerk chicken/barrel chicken grilling
Corfu, Agagalini, 1971: lamb kebobs grilling.
Innsbruck 1968- the breakfast room of the pensione: brewed coffee, croissants, apricot jams
Barcelona '68: fried seafood,( small shops sold nothing but.) paella, (the scent of the rice, saffron and seafood, mainly); the fried, extruded pastries whose name ran from my brain.
Our small county fair in Mich.: Cotton candy, home-made pies, burgers frying, candy apples-- the hard red-candy kind, all mixed with the smell of dust and manure-- delicious!
Oct 29, 2012 5:38 AM
Oct 29, 2012 10:48 AM
5Germany - sausages grilling over pine cones, fresh baked bread, the wine shops the bakeries (pastries along with bread).
Morocco - Marrakesh - the grills brought out to the main square, especially the kabobs, and the street vendors in almost every other town.
Egypt - there was one shop in Aswan (I think) that made a beautiful lamb/pita sandwich. Otherwise the falafels smelled good everywhere you went although one did get a bit tired of them after awhile.
Oct 29, 2012 11:58 AM
6-the smell of garlic wafting from that posh little Italian restaurant in Beauchamp Place...San Lorenzo if I remember correctly...
-the smell of bread with carraway seeds, takes me back to my childhood and 'Polish' shops in London; funnily enough now I live in Poland it is very difficult to find such bread..
-the frites they served in that campsite we used to stay in near Gourdon in France, which my mother would never allow us to buy..
-chicken tandoori.. anywhere...
Oct 29, 2012 12:06 PM
7my mouth waters as i read what you've written! :)*****
Battybilly, believe it or not i have never eaten your favourite pie.
Scribblerkeith, i've had something similar here but simply in the shape of balls. some countries have their versions in ball shape. sure smells good in any case.
Weaver, as mentioned by BJD, was it churros? i've had it a few times but usually they somehow got the dough or the frying wrong. the inside was much too soft, like raw dough. however, the best churros was eaten in Buenos Aires of all places.
i notice the years you included in your reply... my god, i wasn't even born yet then :) have you been back since and have things changed in terms of food?
sashac001, the kebabs and lamb pita smell divine indeed. i am imagining the smell of Istanbul, which is on my travel 'list'. Germany is close to my heart, and geographically as well. :)
i remember the smell of grilled sardines in coastal towns in Portugal. don't know why but grilled sardines taste better in Portugal than elsewhere. (maybe i'm bias...)
which towns have the smell of chocolate or cheese? Switzerland?
:@)) :@)) (= oink oink)
Oct 29, 2012 12:20 PM
8piaczka, i experienced caraway seeds in Czech Rep.. maybe you could try baking your own bread with caraway seeds? is it savoury or plain sourdough rye? both sounds delicious in my mind!
the best frites i have eaten have been at little traditional family run 'fry shops' in small Belgian towns. i've always wanted to know what kind of fat they use and did finally ask recently. the place smells like an Argentinian steak house because they use beef fat. i asked the owner straight up if it was horse fat. (eating horse meat is quite normal in Belgium, also as a stew which is poured on top of the frites.)
Oct 29, 2012 3:52 PM
Oct 29, 2012 5:59 PM
10We used to have "Fish Central" where I lived in a port town in Poland. They were famous for their smell among us kids, in times when only fresh fish was on the market. Fish wasn't in great esteem then, a sort of poor man's food, and cost less than half of meat price. Today, when it comes to fresh fish, I think differently.
More pleasant memories - as a kid I was sent everyday by my mom to local bakery to buy bread. It was hot from the oven at 5 pm.
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14The Pepsi was cheaper, had caffine and the "fizz" added to the volume in the belly, Fieldgate. As I said, I was young....
But now that you mention it-- the smell of a small bar/restaurant high above Madrid, in Basque country. Tapas and my first experience of the thick, rich hot chocolate that was more like a thin pudding. I loved it!
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