A few more delicious food items that you can’t find in the US:
- marrons chauds: literally, hot chestnuts. Roasted chestnuts are sold from stands in the streets all over Europe in the fall and winter, usually given to you in cone-shaped bags. A nice way to warm your hands and a delicious snack on a cold day!
- vermicelles: literally, worms. Yes, I said worms. Actually this is a yummy dessert made from a chestnut cream that is squeezed from a tube in long strings that look like worms.
- verveina tea: a soothing and refreshing herbal tea that is sort of like mint, but not quite.
Yes, there is a chestnut theme here. Perhaps you can get chestnuts on the east coast of the United States, but they are definitely a rarity on the west coast and thus I am enjoying them greatly!
And by the way, my husband, A, looked up nutella and discovered that in the US it is made with peanut oil! The oil they use in the European version is definitely not peanut oil (peanuts are not native to Europe, for one thing). I knew it really did taste better here! And that also means that I should probably break the nutella habit when we return to the US, since peanuts don’t sit so well with me and peanut oil is most likely much higher in saturated fat than the oil they use here.