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When traveling through foreign lands we often have to remind ourselves, I will not walk this way again.  I need to be present and aware and absorb it all.  This, my friends, includes food!  With the plans and schedules that some travelers make, they forget to look around for that unplanned surprise.  A bakery.  If it looks good and is calling your name, go in!  Walk through the door and look around.  Sounds completely simple, but if you do not travel often and your in a land that does not speak your same language, it can be intimidating.  But I strongly encourage you to go for it.

Once when traveling through Lucerne, Switzerland, my older brother and I were hiking through the town toward the boat that was to sail us across the ͞smoke covered water͟.Mountains surrounded with snow caps and the water was warm enough to create a mystical steam cloud above the surface.  Mesmerized by our destination we forgot to look around, until one of us noticed  an incredible looking rhubarb tart in the window of the bakery we were passing.  ͞Stop!͟We have to go in.  ͞Look at that.͟Without much convincing we entered and bought ourselves a slice to go, wrapped to be enjoyed on our boat ride.

Once we boarded our boat and began our breathtaking voyage, we broke out the goods.  One bite and we wanted to turn that boat around for more. The most incredible rhubarb tart I’ve ever experienced to date (and that’s saying a lot.) I still hold that memory in my archive of fabulous days and it was so enhanced by the food.  Share with me your yummie travel food favorite!

Katie O'Reilly
Katie O'Reilly
Truly a trendsetter, Culinary Artist Katie O’Reilly is a wholly unique talent in the overcrowded food industry. Her all-encompassing knowledge of all things food, combined with her artistic passion and educated and extensive palette, and added to the fact that she feeds over 40,000 guests each year, has elevated Katie’s culinary designs to the rarefied air of creativity and flavor profiles that only the top chefs enjoy.


  1. Dorothy says:

    I love rhubarb tarts. I was in Paris with my late husband and we had the most incredible lemon tart. We spent the rest of our stay trying to find a comparable tart at every bakery in Paris. I am still looking a lot of calories later. I have come very close but in your memory nothing quite compares.

  2. M says:

    Visiting a new neighborhood in the city is how I found all my “diamond in the rough bakeries.”

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I love rhubarb, But have not tried it as a pastry!
    Me and my husband tasted these amazing raspberry cheesecake dream bars while on wine tour of Napa!
    I fell in love with the flavors in my first bite!!!
    The lady who made them, which was our tour guide made us a pan as an anniversary present.
    I still remember that nice afternoon sitting outside the hotel room, in front of a fountain with a glass of Riesling & this amazing desert!
    My most fondest memory of my trip to Napa!!

  4. Shan says:

    I lover rhubarb pies, they always remind me of my Great Grandma who would pick the rhubarb fresh from her back yard to make it from scratch.

  5. vieve says:

    I love checking out new places you never know if you will find the next best thing that is your most favorite in life. yum Rhubarb!!!!

  6. Todd says:

    I have not traveled all that much, but when on my honeymoon in Paris, we rented a flat for a week and became Parisians! Each day, we set off to a different arrondissement to explore the city. When thirsty we stopped at a sidewalk Brasserie for a glass of wine or a beer pression, and when dinner beckoned, we would pop into a bistro. On Sunday, when most Bistros were closed, we happened to be in Le Marais, which is the Jewish district, and stumbled upon Le Dome Marais. It turned out to be our most exquisite meal in Paris, with each course topping the last, until a trio of chocolate desserts arrived that actually made us giggle with enjoyment – it was that incredible!!

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