Journeys in Germany: Let’s Eat

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

Maultaschen

(Mall-tosch-en)Just as the Germans have their version of what I like to call Mac n’ Cheese (spaetzle). They have their version of the Italian Ravioli. Fried dough filled with meat, vegetables, etc.). Served with gravy on the side.

Wurst in a can

I’ll never be able to get over this, of seeing hotdogs in a glass jar. It’s like seeing the little sardines packed tightly in a can. Luckily, the hotdogs (wurst in Germany) will taste identical to the plastic wrapped hotdogs you’ll find in America.

Red Cabbage

If you read about my post on spargel, this shouldn’t surprise you. Just as the Germans have their white asparagus, they have their red cabbage. It’s just like the Green cabbage you would find in the U.S. but it’s Purple. Tastes the same, but even better! It is even better, actually. Prepared in a multitude of ways, cooked, steamed, etc.

Blood sausage

Growing up I was told by some the myth (or maybe it’s the truth) of chicken nuggets being made up of all animal parts. This made me stay away from chicken nuggets for awhile. When I came across the blood sausage of Germany, I thought this could be a myth. Okay, it was the color red, kind of like blood, but was it really made up of all pieces of an animal (I literally mean ALL). Turns out, it is. I wasn’t a fan of the idea, but I tried it just so I could see what it tasted like. I’ll be honest, I still wasn’t a fan of it after tasting it, but some Germans love it.

Quark

A very funny sounding name-what could it be? Is it a bird? Is it a place? Nope, it’s yogurt’s cousin. It smells kind of like yogurt, looks kind of like yogurt and tastes kind of like yogurt. It can be found near the yogurt in the dairy aisle at the grocery store. The only big difference, is that it’s packed with protein and low fat. So for you guys who like their protein shakes, opt for quark.

Meat me in Germany

If you’re a vegetarian and want a challenge, try coming to Germany. I will give credit to Germany that it has gotten better with offering vegetarian options, but it’s not the easiest place to be for vegetarians. Meat is a common staple on the dinner table here, whether it’s pork, wurst, chicken, schnitzel, steak, wild boar, etc. It’s so delicious and hard to avoid here.

Goodbye Fast food

No Wendy’s, no Subway, no Carl’s Jr, no Taco Bell. You won’t find many fast food places here. Just good ol’ Burger King and McDonalds. I am not a fan of fast food to begin with..so this doesn’t bother me too much, luckily.

Everything with Potatoes

Have no fear, potato is here! So the Germans love their mustard, they love their meat and they love their beer. What’s missing?! They also love their potatoes! Almost every warm lunch meal will be accompanied by potatoes. I never knew how many ways potatoes could be prepared until I came to Germany. Mashed potatoes, potato wedges, fries, tater tots, boiled potatoes...it is never ending.

Warm lunch

If you’re expecting to enjoy a salad or cold cut sandwich for lunch, you might be in the minority. Germans usually eat a hearty, warm meal for lunch and swap out their cold cut sandwich or salad for dinner. It is typical to have “Abend brot” for dinner which is bread with anything basically: cheese, meat, spreads, etc.

It’s Spargel Season

I always thought asparagus was green. Who knew it was white? Spargel (asparagus) is a huge trend in Germany during the summer. There are spargel fields all throughout the country and you’ll see fresh spargel stands pop up on the side of the road in the summer. It’s delicious and just as good as green asparagus. Just be prepared to get a funny look if you ask for asparagus, especially green asparagus, as it’s really not a “Thing” here. The spargel is usually eaten differently than the green asparagus. You’ll find it often served boiled with potatoes and hollandaise sauce-yum!!

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