We’re about halfway through our study abroad semester, and while we’ve tried our best to adapt to the European way of doing things (two packets of sugar in our espresso still counts, right?), we’re really starting to miss some good ole’ American products. Nothing will ever be able to compare to the sour-then-sweet goodness of Sour Patch Kids or the heaven that is Chipotle BUT here are some close runner ups.
All you Nature Valley lovers never fear, Corny is here! These German made granola bars come in eleven flavors and variations, such as sugar-free or with added dietary fibers. Corny bars contain a mixture of Muesli ingredients (cereals, nuts, fruit) as well as honey. Keep a look out for Corny, Corny Big, Corny Free and Corny Milch at your local grocery store. They’re available all over Europe!
If you’re living in Italy, you’ve probably come across a product called Panna. If you haven’t figured out what it is yet, look no further. Panna is the Italian version of cream. Use it in your pasta sauces to create the creamiest, most delicious sauce ever.
Coming from Southern California where avocados grow in abundance, I definitely miss those little suckers. However, I’ve been able to track them down at open air markets! They’re hard to miss because they are about twice the size as the ones in the states but just as delicious. Here are some open air markets where I’ve found avocados:
Florence: Mercato Centrale located in the San Lorenzo quarter in Florence, which is just a five minutes walk from the S. Maria Novella train station, the Cathedral, piazza San Marco, and Fortezza da Basso.
Rome: Il Trattore on Via del Casaletto 400. Open Monday-Friday, 8:00-17:30, Saturday 8-12 and San Teodoro-Circo Massimo on Via San Teodoro 74. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00-18:00.
Prague: Prazska trznice on Bubenské nábřeží, Holešovice, Prague 7. Open Monday-Saturday 7:00-18:00.
There will never be a replacement for sriracha or anything that will come close. Luckily, you can track it down. Korean markets are around and waiting for you.
Florence: Sapori di Korea, Via dei Magazzini 27/R
Rome: Korean Market Srl, Via Cavour 84
Prague: Korejské a japonské potraviny, Korunní 47/1186, Praha 2 – Vinohrady
While Hersey’s and Dove chocolate might be few and far between, we do have Kinder. Not only is Kinder Chocolate delicious and available in a variety of flavors but it’s also comes with a promise. Kinder stands for Joy, Goodness, and Trust. Their mission is, “contributing to the growth of happy children and teenagers, offering small kindness meant to their needs and build a trusting relationship with parents”. Who knew? We might not be teenagers anymore but I am definitely participating in their kindness. You can find Kinder products in almost every grocery store or convenience store. Oh! And Kinder is owned by Ferrero which is also responsible for Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, and Tic Tac. You’re welcome.
Haribo Ciucciotti Frizzanti
Nothing can ever replace Sour Patch Kids but luckily Haribo has several different sour candies. I’ve tried almost all of them but my favorite is the Ciucciotti Frizzanti, sour pacifiers! Yum! They are my go-to for any bus trip or even if I walk by a Tutto 99 and just happen to drop in.
Gluten Free Products
Living in Italy and maintaining my Gluten Free lifestyle is no joke. I’ve seen some restaurants pop up around Florence advertising “Gluten Free pizza and pasta” but I have yet to try them. I spend hours in the grocery store scanning ingredients and jump for joy when I see “Senza Glutine” printed on a package. If you’re studying abroad in London, you can just head down to Whole Foods where they have GF products galore. Split, Croatia? Bio and Bio (Robna kuća Prima 3 (Ruđera BoÂškovića) ) has what you need. Conad in Italy carries GF crackers called Zero Graino and have brand new GF section. I’ve tried the bread and it wasn’t too shabby. Where else can you find GF products in Italy? You’re closest pharmacy. I stumbled into one randomly the other week and found a supply of Gluten Free bread, crackers, bars, and more. Oh, and Tampax pearls.
Iced Coffee- Where to go when there isn’t a Starbucks nearby.
Astor-Florence: Iced coffee to-go and other specialty coffee. Need I say more? Piazza del Duomo, 20R
Mug Cafe-Florence: Mug is, “A place to go when you need to feel at home when you have family far away or when you simply want to just stand between friends”. Sip on iced coffee among their showcase of various artists. Via Borgo Santa Croce, 21
Arnold Cafe-Florence: The specialist in American coffee. Via Avelli, 8, Florence, Italy
Cafe Friends-Rome: Everyday, at any time, Friends is ready to offer all the hospitality and all the friendliness required to accompany your iced coffee. Piazza Trilussa, 34
Barnum Cafe-Rome: An evolving project where something is always happening. A perfect place to enjoy some iced coffee. Via del Pellegrino, 87
Starbucks: If you’re not in Italy, you’ll be able to find a Starbucks, you lucky dogs, you.
Mexican- Missing Taco Tuesday? You are not alone.
Tijuana-Florence: The first Mexican restaurant in Florence dedicated to traditional Mexican cuisine. Via Ghibellina, 156/R
L’Margaritaio-Florence: 4€ Margaritas during happy hour. Need I say more? Via Dell’Anguillara 70r
Eby’s-Florence: Eby might just be my best friend in Florence. South American cuisine and the closest thing in Florence to a burrito during the day and specialty shots at night. Sign me up. Via dell’Oriuolo, 5
Cantina-Prague: The first Mexican restaurant in Prague with excellent food and a cozy atmosphere. Újezd 38
Las Adelitas-Prague: Managed and owned by Mexicans, devoted to serve some of the most emblematic dishes of traditional Mexican cuisine. Stop by for an authentic Mexican gastro-cultural experience. Americká 684/8
La Casa Blu-Prague: A small oasis where you can encounter different cultures, languages and ideas, accompanied by warm, caring service and the special charm of Latin America. Kozí 857/15
Chipotle-London: Do I even need to explain? 101-103 Baker St, 114-16 Charing Cross Road, or Wardour St (Jealous)
Tortilla-London: I actually like Tortilla better than UK Chipotle *GASP* It’s also a little bit cheaper. 13 Islington High St, Unit 11A, 106 Southwark St or 28 Leadenhall Market
Chinese/Wok/Pho- Is this even trustworthy in Europe? You bet it is!
Wok to Walk-Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, UK: You are the chef at Wok to Walk and it is as easy as 1-2-3. Pick your base, favorite ingredients, and sauce, and it will be wok-ed up right before your eyes. I could eat here everyday and did the last time I was in London. No regrets. Check for your nearest location here: https://www.woktowalk.com/find
Dim Sum-Florence: A small variety of amazing dishes and an excellent value for the money. Which we all love to hear on our student budgets. Via dei Neri 37/r
Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan- Prague: They brought Pho to Prague and now they’re huge! $5 for some of the best Pho you’ll ever have and it is generous portions. Anglická 529/15 and Slavíkova 1657/1
Sushi- Considering that I eat sushi at home at least twice a week, I am definitely deprived. Here are some places to help quench the sushi-thirst.
Sushinami-Florence: 10€ all you can eat sushi for lunch, 12:00-15:00. What are you waiting for? Via Matteo Palmieri, 9
Hamasei-Roma: A restaurant with the traditional Japanese feel and quick service. Via della Mercede, 35 / 36
Planet Sushi-France, Ibiza, Monaco: I don’t even want to disclose how many times I ate here while living in Cannes, France. But just trust me when I say it’s pretty darn good (and cheap!). Find your location here: http://www.planetsushi.fr/nos-restaurants/
Burgers- I can’t drive to the nearest In-N-Out so these will just have to do.
Il Principe delle Delizie Srl-Florence: Translated as The Prince of Delight, this place has become the reference point for a burger in Florence. You won’t be disappointed. Via dell’Agnolo, 93
Open Baladin Roma Srl-Rome: Not only will you find a delicious burger but also a wall of craft beers and ciders to pair it with. Via degli Specchi, 6
The Tavern-Prague: Big, fat, juicy burgers with fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong. Chopinova 1521/26
Dish-Prague: For Prague’s gourmet burger! Římská 1196/29
Patty & Bun-London: They are passionate about burgers and aim to deliver a unique and truly memorable experience. And boy, do they deliver! 54 James Street
American Breakfast- Tired of the Italian’s idea of breakfast being a croissant and shot of espresso? These places are for you.
The Diner-Florence: Eggs, bacon, pancakes, hashbrowns…my mouth is watering already. Via dell’Acqua, 2
Le Vespe-Florence: Expatriate’s coffee shop with breakfast burritos, fruit smoothies, and the best bacon, egg and cheese combo you can find in Florence. Oh and they have gluten free wraps, cookies, and more. You know where you can find me at least once a week.
Snack Bar Anna-Florence: For all you East Coasters missing your bagels. Anna’s is for you. Via de’ Ginori, 26
Astor-Florence: Not only do they have delicious iced coffee but American breakfast too. Kill two cravings with one stop. Piazza del Duomo, 20R
Mama’s-Florence: A relaxed and friendly environment where you can enjoy the products of American tradition. Via della Chiesa, 34/R
Homebaked-Rome: A warm tiny place, that feels just like Grandma’s kitchen. Not only will you find American breakfast but an array of baked goods from pies to pastries. Via Fratelli Bonnet, 21
Bohemia Bagels-Prague: A quaint, little American bagel spot right next to the Charles Bridge. Bagels and a view, done deal. Dukelských Hrdinů 906/48
The Globe Bookstore and Cafe-Prague: An incredible place with brunch. It is also the first English bookstore in Prague so you can get your read and eat on. Pštrossova 6
Pret A Manger-London: A London chain of breakfast items and sandwiches without obscure chemicals, additives, and preservatives. Found all throughout London.
Salads-Get your greens in
Love Life-Florence: Fruit smoothies, yogurt bowls, salads, and more. Perfect for the health nut, like me. Via dell’Oriuolo 26/r
L’insalata Ricca-Rome: Twelve restaurants in all parts of the city, which are a must for those who enjoy a salads with healthy and fresh ingredients. Find your closest location: http://insalataricca.it/restaurants?locale=itBufala
Bakeshop-Prague: Don’t let the name fool you. On top of the array of baked goods and sandwiches, you can also find some incredible salads. Kozí 918/1
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