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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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. :)
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.
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?
* Thanks, Lorraine!
** But I will soon because Lorraine has given me an assignment.