You can’t call somewhere home until you’ve had a pancake party there. It’s taken more than a month, but my apartment is officially home! (Taken with Instagram at The Seven Seas)

You can’t call somewhere home until you’ve had a pancake party there. It’s taken more than a month, but my apartment is officially home! (Taken with Instagram at The Seven Seas)

Mmmm, writing about Brussels today has made me crave some real Belgian sweets. #chocolate #Belgium (Taken with Instagram)

Mmmm, writing about Brussels today has made me crave some real Belgian sweets. #chocolate #Belgium (Taken with Instagram)

Food Fridays


I’m a big fan of street food, especially when the food happens to be pastries. A lot of Central and Eastern European countries favor sesame seeds in their desserts. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that fad, but after trying this chocolate-filled pastry ring sprinkled with sesame seeds in Athens, I had no problem going along with it!

Love, Elizabeth

I only came to Belgium for some waffles. But while I was here, I enjoyed some world famous fries and a little chocolate.

I only came to Belgium for some waffles. But while I was here, I enjoyed some world famous fries and a little chocolate.

More photos of Loch Ness

"Loch Ness is so deep that you could stand three Big Bens in it and they would still not reach the top.

The Statue of Liberty could dive in happily without any chance of her head hitting the bottom.

And five jumbo jets could be placed wingtip to wingtip and still have room to loop the loop…

…plenty of room for a monster!”

Nessie: The Most Famous Tale of Monster Mayhem Ever… by Richard Brassey

Love, Elizabeth

Ever since I came to England, everyone’s been telling me that I need to try a deep-fried Mars bar. They told me it was rumored that up North, if you brought a Mars bar into a chip shop, they might batter it for you and then fry it.
I had my chance to try one when I went to a chippy in Stonehaven where this delicacy originated. It was every bit as delicious as it sounds, and every bit as unhealthy. They batter the Mars bar and then fry just for a few seconds. When you bite into it, the candy part is all delicious and melted in contrast with the flaky battered shell. For obvious health reasons, it’s not something I would get again, but I’m very glad to have tried it.
Love, Elizabeth

Ever since I came to England, everyone’s been telling me that I need to try a deep-fried Mars bar. They told me it was rumored that up North, if you brought a Mars bar into a chip shop, they might batter it for you and then fry it.

I had my chance to try one when I went to a chippy in Stonehaven where this delicacy originated. It was every bit as delicious as it sounds, and every bit as unhealthy. They batter the Mars bar and then fry just for a few seconds. When you bite into it, the candy part is all delicious and melted in contrast with the flaky battered shell. For obvious health reasons, it’s not something I would get again, but I’m very glad to have tried it.

Love, Elizabeth

An Important Issue

There’s something that I should have addressed a long time ago, but I didn’t know how to write about it. I didn’t know how to tell all of my American readers that there’s more to life than a Hershey bar or a Reese’s cup. But here’s the thing: you haven’t lived until you’ve had some English chocolate. There’s a reason Europeans think American chocolate tastes like vomit, and that’s because, well, it does. I know the spotlight is usually on Swiss chocolate or German chocolate (when I go to these countries, I’ll let you know about their chocolate), but British chocolate deserves some credit.

They have Cadbury chocolate here. If you’ve ever had a chocolate caramel egg at Easter, then you know exactly what I mean. It’s just really, really delicious. A lot of the chocolate bars are Cadbury: Crunchie (a chocolate-coated sugar honeycombed bar—this doesn’t make sense until you’ve tried one), Picnic (one of the few chocolate bars in England with peanuts in it), Twirl (a bar of flaky chocolate), Wispa (chocolate with air bubbles in it), and Dairy Milk (this comes in milk chocolate, nut, fruit, orange, biscuit, caramel, bubbly, Turkish, mint, wafer, and many other varieties). The last time Molly and I went to the mall, there was a huge Cadbury display on—a musical purple chocolate fountain with tons of workers dressed up in crazy purple costumes. It felt like a scene out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Today, Molly and I had fun taking crazy photos with my giant Dairy Milk chocolate bar. And then we had fun eating it!

Of course, Cadbury isn’t the only chocolate in England. There’s the Mars Bar (like a Milky Way, but more delicious), Lion Bar (crunchy caramel and chocolate), and Galaxy Bar (the equivalent of Dove chocolate).

And then there’s some familiar names: Twix and Kit Kat (but they have more varieties of them here). And in some places, you can find things like Snickers, Hersheys, and Reese’s. Every once in a while, I have a chocolate craving that only a combination of chocolate and peanut butter can satisfy, so I’ll splurge on an occasional Reese’s cup (peanut butter is totally an American thing). For the most part, though, I’m enjoying all of the new kinds of chocolate here!

Love, Elizabeth

P.S. On a note completely unrelated to my chocolate binge earlier, I have a tummy ache. Wonder what caused that …