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My Favorite German Food: A Mouth-Watering Blog Post (with pictures!)

One of my favorite quotes that I was introduced to recently is “When in doubt, order Schnitzel.”* It’s a great rule of thumb when you’re in Germany and not sure what to order. It also works if you’re not sure what to write about.

Now, I can’t actually write about Schnitzel, because I haven’t taken any pictures of it**, and today’s post is my When in Doubt photo post. I’m going to tell you and show you my favorite German food and treats.

Main Dishes

Schnitzel is probably one of the most famous German mains, but there are many other delicious main courses. Rob’s favorite is Doener, an ethnic Turkish dish created in Kreuzburg, a Turkish district of Berlin.

Hasir's Doener. Rob asked me to "hold" his Döner. Surely this is what he meant...

Hasir's Doener (Berlin). Rob asked me to "hold" his Doener. Surely this is what he meant…

Orient Grill's Doener (Giessen). George and the Talking Doener, our favorite in Giessen.

Orient Grill Doener (Giessen). George and the Talking Doener, our favorite in Giessen.

I was lucky enough to get to try some Haggis, a Scottish delicacy, with two of my Scottish colleagues and several other people from the department. It was surprisingly hearty. I would definitely eat it again, and I’m glad I tried it!

Haggis

Haggis, made by a real Scotswoman. What a treat!

Our favorite typical German restaurant in Marburg, a nearby picturesque town, had this soup as a special in January, and it was perfect for a cold winter day.

Hearty Winter Soup

Hearty Winter Soup

One of my favorite German traditions that I want to bring back to America is raclette on New Year’s Eve (Silvester). The diners use a table-top grill to prepare their own food, usually concocted from fricassee, meats, cheeses, and sauces. It is typically served with raclette cheese, which it’s named after.

Close-up of under the raclette grill

Close-up of under the raclette grill

One of my raclette creations (Silvester 2007/08)

One of my raclette creations (Silvester 2007/08)

Sweet Treats

While Germany is and should be known for its amazing chocolate, there are many other delicious desserts in Deutschland, and these are some of my favorites.

Pistacio Eis from Eis-Cafe-Dolomiten

Pistacio Eis from Eis-Cafe-Dolomiten. See the pistacio pieces even? Yum!

Zuckerwatte / Cotton Candy. It's at least twice as big as my head and fluffy fresh!

Zuckerwatte / Cotton Candy. It is at least twice as big as my head, and fluffy fresh…

Now some treats from our local bakey. I try to take pictures of all the yummies we try, but they don’t always last long enough…

Amerikaner, a delicious pastry from our local bakery, decorated like a bunny for Easter

Amerikaner, a delicious pastry from our local bakery, decorated like a bunny for Easter

Fruit Pastry

Fruit Pastry from our local bakery

Honigkuchen Herz

Honigkuchen Herz from our local bakery (it's a chocolate-covered Lebkuchen)

Beer

No post about consumables in Germany is complete without mentioning beer. I hoped that I would find “my favorite beer” easily, and I kind of did. First, I quickly discovered that I like Hefeweizens, and dunkles Hefe is my favorite. Then, by chance, we stopped at a gas station on the way back from Berlin (we normally go by train) when we went with Beth and James in July, and I noticed Erdinger Urweisse, which is made by my favorite Hefeweizen company. After my first sip, I declared it officially my favorite.

For a long time, we couldn’t find it in Giessen, but I guess I bugged the guys at our beverage store enough that they ordered it, and now I’m buying a couple a week to encourage them to keep it in stock. :)

Erdinger Urweisse

Erdinger Urweisse

Bread

The last topic any post on German food would not be complete without is bread. The bread here is unlike anything I have ever eaten in America, and I don’t know why, but it is. Here is a photo of a particularly yummy Krusti we found at our local bakery.

Brot from Schwalmerbaekerei

Brot from Schwalmerbaekerei

Question of the Day

If I could send you one item from this post and you would receive it in perfect condition (i.e. fresh, not melted or spoiled, etc), what would you ask for?

Notes
* Thanks, Lorraine!
** But I will soon because Lorraine has given me an assignment.


5 thoughts on “My Favorite German Food: A Mouth-Watering Blog Post (with pictures!)

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  3. Lorraine

    22 Nov on 2008 at 0:49

    …and Eis…I would have you send me some lemon Eis.

  4. Lorraine

    22 Nov on 2008 at 0:48

    YES! For kicks, a longer version of my motto is “When in doubt–even a bitzel–don’t throw a fitzel: just order the Schnitzel!” Anyways, I just thought I’d check FB before dinner and stumbled across this…somehow I think tonight’s chili just won’t make the cut. And Oh! How I love their bread! And Oh! I forgot about Erdinger being one of my fav Biers too. And if I could have you box up a Döner, I would…with half the bakery for dessert. Vielen Dank, und ich freut mich über die Schnitzel-post! :-D Guten Appetit!

    • xgravity23

      22 Nov on 2008 at 22:00

      @Lorraine – Ha ha! I love the full quote! Erdinger is one of your lieblings? Mmm, it’s so good! Let’s get together on this Schnitzel post. I need to know what you want from me, besides a taste. :)