Germany, a country known for it’s charming half-timbered houses, castles galore, and of course their beer, is the country we’ll be starting the new year off with, with Universal Yums. While the holiday season may be over and done with and you’ve finally put away all of those lingering Christmas decorations, the most festive time of year is just beginning in Germany. All across the country, people are getting prepared for the biggest celebration of the year known as ‘karneval.’ This special occasion starts the new year off on the right foot and involves parades, music, dancing, costumes, and of course, yummy food. While there isn’t a plane ticket to Germany to attend the karneval included in this month’s box, there are some of the special treats that are enjoyed during this celebration that will have us feeling like we’re right there celebrating along with the locals.
We’ve finally made it to the end of another great year. As the hours are winding down on 2018, people around the world are getting ready or are already celebrating the New Year. Depending on where you’re found in the world, your idea of a New Year’s Eve celebration may differ quite a bit from someone else’s traditions. To end the year off on a bang and to celebrate the many different cultures and traditions around the globe, my last blog post of the year will be this one, where we’ll be exploring the different ways people celebrate the upcoming new year, with many unique and downright strange traditions to be discovered.
With the holidays surrounding us in full force, this month with Universal Yums things will be a little different than usual. Normally we get the chance to try snacks from a different country every month but this time around, in celebration of the festive season, we will be trying goodies from 12 different countries. Ranging from champagne candy to mustard chips, these snacks are foods that are traditionally eaten during the holidays in their respective countries.
Home to colorful windmills blowing in the wind and winding canals surrounded by fields of brightly, colored tulips, the Netherlands is a beautiful country set in northwestern Europe. Over 17 million people call this country their home and because of this, is known as one of the most densely populated countries in the world. While it may be a popular place to live, it is also a popular place to visit with the country seeing hundreds of thousands of tourists each year most likely going to visit popular monuments and landmarks throughout the Netherlands such as the Keukenhof garden, the largest public flower garden in the world or the Anne Frank house, the home in which Anne and her family hid to escape the horrors of the Second World War. The most important thing about this country though, and the reason that we’re here right now, is their delicious food. In this month’s Universal Yums box, we will trying some extremely tasty snacks from chocolate stroopwafels, black licorice candy, and cheese and raspberry biscuits making for a unique range of options as unique as the country itself.
With the landscapes covered in a blanket of white, powdery snow and the smell of gingerbread and Christmas trees lingering in the air, the most magical time of year is officially at our doors. I feel like this past year has gone by so ridiculously fast that it feels like just yesterday that I was working on my last gift guide and now here we are again. For this year I decided to change things up a little bit and instead make a gift guide for stocking stuffers as I find that they’re the cutest and most fun little gifts to receive during the holidays. So with Christmas day fast approaching there’s no time to waste so here are some of the best stocking stuffers to gift the travel lover in your life or to keep for yourself.
The home to the famous St Basil’s Cathedral, the inventors of Tetris, and the creators of the delicious snacks we get to try this month, Russia is home to almost 150 million people and is considered to be the world’s largest nation. Though this country has had its fair share of problems with countries such as the United States, this month we’ll only be scratching the surface of this complex country and rather exploring the positives that can be found rather than showcasing what’s already on the news. Aside from being the birthplace of multiple talented individuals each with their own unique story, Russia is also crawling with delicious and unique cuisine. From blackcurrant marshmallows and grapefruit chocolate to shish kabob chips and salmon flavored bread sticks, this month’s yums are as interesting and intriguing as the country they come from.
Striving for satisfaction and happiness in everything one does, finding the best in every situation, and living life to it’s fullest is what the Thai people are all about making it obvious why their country is often referred to as the Land of Smiles. Thailand’s cuisine blends a medley of freshness and spice focusing on making sure that all of the spices work in harmony together in the dish. Their cooking methods have been heavily inspired by China, Portugal, France, and Japan, resulting in one of the most unique cuisines ever seen. This month we’ve got quite the combination of snacks to try ranging from savory grilled seaweed and spiced curry puffs to salty lime candies and fruity rice, so without further ado let’s get right into these unique and yummy treats.
The month of August was our lucky month this time around with Universal Yums as we had the chance to try some goodies from not one but four different countries. The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland which are all separate countries who happen to be united under one common government. From pickled onion chips to butter toffee and melt in your mouth shortbread cookies, each country has their own distinct cuisine. The cuisine isn’t the only thing though that the United Kingdom is unique for, they have also invented and shown the world classic literature, iconic sports, and of course modern music with a surprising amount of our culture today being influenced by the English.
Though there’s certainly a lot of confusion over whether Taiwan is an actual stand alone country, one thing’s for certain is that their food is both unique and delicious. Taiwan’s cuisine is an intriguing mix between Chinese and Japanese influence and delivers dishes such as smoked plums, peanut butter mochi, and five spice crackers. Starting in the 17th century all the way until the 19th century, Taiwan was considered to be an official part of China. In the late 1800’s however, the island was ceded to Japan and then given back to China again fifty years later. The issue still hasn’t been resolved to this day and there is still much confusion surrounding the status of Taiwan, with many nations including the United States recognizing Taiwan as a part of China while the people of Taiwan have different views and consider themselves their own separate country.
With a brand new month in front of us, we also have a brand new Universal Yums box to go through together. For the month of June, we headed off on a journey to Brazil, a South American country filled with sprawling citrus orchards, palm tree lined coasts, and huge bustling cities. As unique as this country is, the cuisine is even more unique pulling inspiration from Portuguese, African, Italian, and native influences to create food that is unlike anything else in the world. From spicy Brazilian peppers to sweet honey-infused bread, there are no limits to the different types of treats you can find in Brazil.