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?
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.
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.
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.