Journeys in Germany: Traditional Food

An outlook shown through short stories about food, culture, travel and humor.


Welcome to my series of stories about my adventures in Germany. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to live abroad (3 years in Germany). There have been so many interesting experiences and things I have come across since moving here and I want to share my unique outlook on them! I’ll post regularly about my experiences, detailing my funny and fun encounters with the people, culture and country.

Pass the Senf, Please

Senf, or mustard in German, is not only a typical German myth, but actually it’s quite true. Germans do like their senf and it’s common to see it on the dinner table. It’s primarily used with meat, especially sausages (wurst), but never with pretzels like we do in the U.S. Unlike your regular grocery store mustard, their mustard usually is spicy, sweet or beer flavored and you can buy different types of mustards with a different spice level. What is super strange to me though, is the first time seeing mustard in Germany I was quite confused. It came in what looked like a tube of toothpaste. It squirted out like a tube of toothpaste. It is definitely not toothpaste, but strange to me. Oh well.

Where’s the Bread?

If you were given a sausage or hot dog in the U.S., it would fit cozily inside the bun. The Germans decided to disregard the bread to meat ratio and instead make it all about the meat. Don’t be surprised to be handed a small bun with a huge sausage hanging outside of it. Good news is the sausage is always delicious!


Speaking of sausages...the Germans can be pretty creative with them. For example, Currywust, a dish of cut up sausage with special curry sauce. It’s like if India met with Germany and they got married. It’s not a spicy sauce, more like a ketchup based sauce with spice. It’s delicious and brings the best of both worlds together.

Native Californian traveling Europe and discovering all it has to offer.