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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I???ll be doing some traveling which I???m excited for, places like Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey???eat that Carmen Sandiego!

In my excitement though it dawned on me??? I???ll need to eat??? and I will be wading deep into the den of the Mediterranean Diet which seems quite bread heavy to say the least???but it sparked a curious question???What culture/ country on earth is Paleo or pretty much Paleo almost by design? It seems to me that German cuisine would be pretty close?

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on July 22, 2012
at 10:20 PM

My alter ego is jealous ;)

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Spain use a LOT of bread and not as a side but as an ingrediant, still might be the best food in europe.

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on May 24, 2012
at 09:27 PM

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I have a similar experience with german breakfasts. I was served bread, cheese, jam, slices of tomato, and plain yogurt as well.

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:33 PM

+1 for the Carmen Sandiego reference. I loved that game as a kid!

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on May 24, 2012
at 07:55 PM

+1 for the tags. Best song ever. Fact.

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Contemporary German food as I know it is pretty reliant on bread (breakfast and dinner), dairy (breakfast and dinner) and potatoes (lunch) with vegetables being more of an accoutrement. When I was there in the early 90s, breakfast was bread/cheese/cold cuts/jam, lunch was meat/potatoes/red cabbage, and dinner was bread/cheese/cold cuts. There was also a lot of delicious yogurt and coffee. I think potatoes are a big staple in most of northern Europe. Also, the produce seemed sad - I don't know how accurate this is, but someone told me that raw vegetables fail to thrive in Europe due to Chernobyl...?

That said, I have no doubt that eating Paleo in Germany would be feasible and enjoyable - but you might want to go "Primal" to partake of the very high quality cheeses.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I have a similar experience with german breakfasts. I was served bread, cheese, jam, slices of tomato, and plain yogurt as well.

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on July 22, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I don't know if it's "Paleo," but I'm really excited to someday travel to Southern Italy, Greece, Croatia, etc. FRESH seafood and veggies, amazing cheese & yogurt, YUM.

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on July 22, 2012
at 09:56 PM

French cuisine is very primal friendly, just drop the baguette/croissants

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:51 PM

They all are, enjoy the food, apply simple rules like avoding grains, old world food is not a crime. Turkish cusine will suprise you, drink raki and smile.

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on May 24, 2012
at 09:58 PM

German? Maybe. They bread a lot of stuff too. But also meatloaf with an egg on top and sausages and pot roasts, yummmmmm.

When I traveled through Slovenia and Croatia, there was a lot of trout, cheese, sausages, prosciutto, ham, hard-boiled eggs, sardines, and arugula. Yes, the vegetables I had were mostly boiled to death, but their salads were quite good. Seems it would be easy to navigate around.

Bread is a staple, yes. But many European countries have traditionally had good whole foods with plenty of animal sources. I think you'll find that what we know of European cuisine over here has been modified for American tastes. One example: Italy doesn't serve anywhere near the amount of pasta we see here. Anywhere you go near the coast will be focused on fresh seafood. I'm guessing you'll see plenty of things like olives, cheeses, various charcuterie cuts, olive oil, and nuts. Maybe some paté.

Enjoy!

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:35 PM

It's my understanding that Spain, Italy, and Greece are very fish heavy. While I've never been to any of those countries, some of the best sardine dishes I've had are Spanish in origin. Spain also has some delicious cured pork sausages - I love lomo and chorizo.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Spain use a LOT of bread and not as a side but as an ingrediant, still might be the best food in europe.

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on May 24, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I don't consider the Mediterranean diet to be bread heavy at all. There is bread, of course, but it's not like you'll be at The Olive Garden.

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