We are almost at the end of November which means over the coming days the famous German Christmas markets will begin. Continue reading “Christmas Markets in the Mosel and Beyond”
I recently discovered a very interesting and useful YouTube channel called “Get Germanized”. Continue reading “Get Germanized – Interesting Vlog”
We have a preconceived idea that everything in Germany is super slick and efficient. Indeed, German cars are a testament to that, but there is one area where Germany does let itself down – customer service. Continue reading “Customer Service Desert”
I found this pop at the British obsession with German Christmas markets rather amusing…!
I have to admit, like this guy I too find some German food a bit strange. However, what strikes me the most that unlike so many other cuisines, it remains true to its roots.
Back home in Britain, our national and regional dishes seem to have been unceremoniously raped and pillaged by celebrity chefs. You know, the ones telling us to cook a traditional Sunday roast in “EVOO” (took me ages to realize what that was), and to replace the roast spuds with quinoa garnished with flat leaf parsley and truffle oil. The final straw for me was when that Heston geezer got Little Chef to start dribbling balsamic vinegar around the edges of their full English.
In contrast, German food – as weird as some of it may seem to us ‘auslanders’ – does remain pretty unadulterated. It is pretty much as Großmutti would have cooked it years ago. And not a drop of chilli oil truffle oil or pink Himalayan salt in sight!
(The following content is reblogged from “Oh God My Wife is German:)
When you think of German food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lots of meat? Sausage? Bread? Sauerkraut? (Endless fields of pig bodies to satisfy Germany’s disturbing and straight up demonic appetite for all things swine?) Before moving to Germany, I thought of these things too, because I had no idea just how weird and diverse German food really is — or that I would someday learn to love the nightmarish display of grotesqueries at the grocery store.
What follows is a list of the 10 weirdest foods I have learned to love as an American expat living in Germany:
Also known as Blood Tongue, this little childhood trauma is made from pig’s blood, tongue, fat and sometimes oatmeal or breadcrumbs. (They probably throw a live piglet in there too, just to keep things cute.) The first time I tried Zungenwurst, I hacked it back…
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It was not the response I expected: Years ago when I still lived in Germany, I took a Canadian friend who was visiting me in Frankfurt to a restaurant highly regarded for its German cuisine. I was glad I had made a reservation, it was Sunday evening and the restaurant was packed. My Canadian friend, […]
Please note this is a reblog from Spoonfuls of Germany, which is a great site and I do recommend you check it out.
One thing which always seems to shock people when they come to Germany is having to pay for ketchup and mayonnaise to go with their fries. I know it sounds like a simple thing, but it rankles so many. Continue reading “Ketchup and Mayonnaise”
Today I want to talk about tipping in restaurants and cafes. This is a matter which varies so much between countries, and can even cause offence if done wrong. Continue reading “Tipping Etiquette in Germany”
I don’t know about you, but the Germans do serve some dishes in such a way that makes it impossible not to chuckle. In Britain, we say it is impossible to eat a sugared doughnut without licking your lips. In Germany, the corresponding challenge is to eat a huge Bratwurst served in the smallest of bread rolls without laughing. Continue reading “Excuse Me Sir, Your Sausage is Poking Out…!”