The Central European Diet—Photo Gallery

Warsaw Dish - Old Town Square

Warsaw Dish - Old Town Square

I put together a photo gallery of the meals I ordered in Central Europe (specifically the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland). Overall, the food was delicious but seemed fattening, which often consisted of starchy potatoes and some greasy piece of meat.

This begs the question: Why are so many Central Europeans slim?

I seldomly saw someone over-weight and only once saw an obese person. I also actually lost weight while there, too. Granted, I was carrying a backpack and I usually had only one good meal during the day. However, I did eat breakfast, which was usually included in my accommodations. These European breakfasts always contained slices of meat and cheese. I usually would eat this with eggs. Similarly, Central Europeans do not eat as many courses as Americans do. I came to this conclusion from the people I talked to in my unscientific study. Like me, they eat snacks in between their main meals.

Also, walking is a way of life there. When they need to pick something up from the store, they have the infrastructure built into their countries that makes walking convenient. In America, I need to drive to a store because there are no sidewalks in my condominium complex, and few outside of it.

I think another reason for this slimness is due to the portions served in restaurants. While looking at the pictures in my gallery, pay attention to the quantity of food served. You will notice that they are not the MAMMOTH portions that are often served in the U.S. I can’t remember the last time I actually ate all the food served to me in an American restaurant. Yet, in Europe, I do not remember one time I left any food on my plate.

Contrary, the beer is about 1/3 larger than the 12-ounce beer served in America, bottle or draft. At first, you’d think this would make people gain more weight, but it was a rarity that I ever bought more than one beer with my meal. That size was perfect.

Speaking of beer, it usually only cost about $1.50, and it was always very fresh, served right out of the tap. Wine was also cheaper than in America, usually costing about $1.30 for a glass of red and about $1.10 for a glass of white. The wine was usually from the Czech Republic and very good. The beer was good, too. American Budweiser is treated as a joke in Europe. The Europeans who do come to America, steer away from the typical venues and go straight to the microbreweries. Unfortunately, dark beer is not as common in any of the three Western Slavic countries.

Central European Dishes Photo Gallery

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