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What’s Been On My Plate? Too much delicious food!

December 6, 2023
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We have just returned home from a 3-week travel experience to Europe. We flew to Amsterdam for 5 days, took a Rhine River Getaway Cruise and then stayed in an apartment in Milan for 6 nights.

What an amazing adventure we had although it is always good to come home especially as the Festive Season is just around the corner. We did cook for ourselves in Milan but it will also be good to have some ‘normal’ food for a time before the festivities begin again.

What’s Been On My Plate? – Too much delicious food!

The food during our travels was amazing so I’m just doing to tempt your taste buds with a selection of photos of the delicious food we ate. I did find after about day 2 on the River Cruise, I was declining dessert and the cooked breakfasts and replacing with fruit and my normal oats with yogurt. Boring I know, but you can only have so much rich, tasty food before your body starts crying out for plain food.

Everything was delicious though and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Life is for living, enjoying the moment, enjoying the food, enjoying the experience and we certainly both did that. I did manage some photos but sometimes the food was so delicious and I was living (or eating in the moment) that I completely forgot the photo.

In Amsterdam

Each morning we enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast to fuel us up for a day of exploring.

In Bruges

Bruges was such a delightful and charming place. We enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant. I opted for Rabbit with Potato croquettes and Mike had the Beef stew.

Food enjoyed during the Cruise

Most evenings, the menu included local fare which was a great way to enjoy local produce and recipes.

In Milan

I mentioned we cooked during our stay in Milan. It was a joy having my Italian husband cooking for me in Italy as well as enjoying some Pizza and easy lunches. A fresh salad also was tasty and my contribution. We enjoyed walking through the Mercato Centrale Milan on our way home each day. It was so tempting walking by all the food stalls – the sights and sounds of Italian food & Markets. On our last night we stayed at an airport hotel and walked to a nearby restaurant where I enjoyed a delicious Risotto. The perfect ending to our Italian sojourn.

That was some of the food we enjoyed during November and now I’m in full planning for the Festive Season and our combined family get-together on the 17th. We’ve not had all of our family together for a couple of years so I’ll be catering for 17 people on the 17th! Should I try for 17 different dishes to keep with the number theme???

What’s On Your Plate in November 2023? I’d love you to share with me.

I’m linking up to the What’s On Your Plate? blog challenge. A monthly link up hosted by Donna at Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass Be sure to pop over to see what’s been on their plate.

I’m also linking up to Wednesday Words and Whimsey hosted by Min from Write of the Middle

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Bernie December 6, 2023 at 10:44

    Wow!! Your trip food all looks amazing. Like you I chose a simple breakfast on the boat and our lunch wasn’t much different than what we would normally have. BUT unlike you I had dessert every night. The food markets in Italy look so interesting. What a great trip. Looking forward to a few more blogs about it! Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:09

      Hi Bernie, the food as all delicious and the trip exceeded our expectations. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 6, 2023 at 10:44

    Oh my goodness, Sue! I knew better than to open this post before dinner, when I was already starving. But open it I did. Now I am drooling all over my keyboard. šŸ˜€ The meals that you had all look incredible. I especially liked that the cruise highlighted local produce and recipes and that you resisted much of the big breakfast temptations, as well as the regular dessert temptation. That is very impressive!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:08

      Hi Donna, it was good to remind myself of all the delicious food we tasted during our trip. We certainly had so many tastes, sights and sounds to indulge in. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle December 6, 2023 at 11:45

    Hi Sue, the food on your trip looks amazing!! I totally get what you mean though by dropping the desserts and cooked breakfasts and going back to what you’re used to. My body does not like it when I over indulge or go to far away from the normal food I eat – so yes – I get it! However, I do have a weakness for pastries so would probably indulge in those now and then! It looks like you had a wonderful trip. It sounds amazing. I will have to catch up on your travel posts when I get some time. Thanks so much for linking up with #WWWhimsy – have a wonderful week and hope to see you again next week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:08

      Hi Min, the pastries and cakes were absolutely delicious so I did indulge. I just felt after a few days of 3 course meals x 3 each day was just too much. It was all wonderful though and we are planning our next trip now. x

  • Reply marsha57 December 6, 2023 at 14:03

    What a wonderful experience, Sue! Everything looked so delicious! And, what a fun thing to have your husband cook for you! Mine would serve me a bowl of cereal! I’m so glad you were able to take this wonderful journey!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:07

      Hi Marsha, the trip was wonderful and the food was so tasty. My husband enjoys cooking so we take it in turns usually. However, it was cute to have my Italian cooking in his country of birth. x

  • Reply Thistles and Kiwis December 6, 2023 at 15:07

    What a wonderful selection of so much lovely food! Lovely to see the dark rye bread for breakfast.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:06

      Yes, the rye bread quickly became a favourite of mine. All the food was delicious and so well presented. I made sure to taste everything! x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan's Words And Pics. December 6, 2023 at 15:44

    I enjoyed reading and viewing parts of your trip Sue and I am glad you got to also have your own cook as well! I agree that our body needs what it is used to mostly and too much difference to eating plays havoc with our system. I love that you have LOTS happening with 17 coming on the 17th but with planning, and keeping it self-serve, simple and everyone bringing something I hope it is a hit. And definitely advise NO planning for anything on 18th!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:05

      Thanks, Denyse. It was a wonderful time and yes I enjoyed the food but after a few days it was good to just eat normal food again. I have nothing scheduled for the 18th and No it won’t be a bring a plate day. I just love catering and cooking so this is my one day of the year I get to indulge myself. x

  • Reply Toni Pike December 6, 2023 at 20:20

    Hi Sue, Your trip sounds amazing and what delicious-looking food. I don’t worry about going slowly off the rails on a holiday, as life is too short.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:04

      Hi Toni, everything about the trip was wonderful and I did indulge in all the tastes but after a while I just craved some normal food. x

  • Reply Het team van: Ā“Emigreren naar een eilandĀ“ December 6, 2023 at 20:49

    That looks like Ā“firmĀ“ bread. I like that.

  • Reply Joanne December 7, 2023 at 02:26

    Oh it does all look so delicious! I’m hopeful that I’ll be good about declining desserts and making sure to eat plenty of fresh fruit and salads on our cruise too but I’m afraid my will power will go out the window as I see what else there is to eat.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2023 at 10:03

      Hi Joanne, I didn’t hold back but have to admit after a few days of over-indulging it was good to just not eat as much. The food was divine. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones December 7, 2023 at 13:47

    This food looks amazing Sue. I’m not very good at declining desserts, but I remember that like you, when I was on a cruise, after a couple of days I couldn’t look at the desserts. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2023 at 07:00

      The food and whole experience was great, Jen, however after a couple of days it was just too much food. I sampled everything though. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton December 7, 2023 at 17:31

    A perfect risotto, yum! The food on your trip looks fantastic. I’m like you, although I enjoy the lovely food on holiday I look forward to plainer fare at home! I also get a bit panicky if I think I’m consuming too much relative to my activity level (sigh). Thanks for linking Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2023 at 07:00

      It was a perfect risotto, Gail. x

  • Reply Debbie December 7, 2023 at 20:56

    Hi Sue, all your food photos look delicious and I’m so glad you enjoyed the variety that was on offer plus local fare. The trip sounds amazing and like you we loved Bruges!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2023 at 07:00

      I tried everything Deb but after a week I was craving some home cooked food – definitely a first world problem x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes December 8, 2023 at 06:59

    You did indeed have a lot of wonderful food on your trip, Sue. Thanks for giving us a glimpse. I hope you have a marvelous time with your family this month. I’m sure you will. Good luck with your 17 on the 17th!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2023 at 07:01

      We had a fabulous trip, Christie and all the food was delicious. I sampled it all! x

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