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Chazza

German Food

Has anyone else experienced decent German food? I go there quite a lot and the difference between the reputation it has in the UK and the reality is astonishing.

There's not much of a fish cuisine, they haven't got a lot of coast, but even cheap smoked fish can be the equal of some of our more expensive items.

The bread alone is worth the air-fare, there is truly nothing like it here. I think it's because of the water and the stability of the weather.

Of course you can find awful food as well, but that can be achieved here too.

What I find quite amusing is that UK food has a similar reputation in Germany, most people are convinced that we live on liver and kidney pie.

Regards to all, Chazza

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JAMES

German Food.

Chazza, this is interesting to us as my other half, Marc was born in Munich, to austrian parents. We've visited Berlin and Munich together, and I nearly starved to death!!!!!!!

Nothing there that I could even possibly eat, but Marc was totally happy eating discutsing things like pork knuckle..............

Ithought Id be ok with bread, but even that has a horrid taste to it.


Sorry, but not for me!!!!!

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Chazza

German food

Hi James, hope you had a great birthday.

I spend most of my time in the Taunus area near Frankfurt, but also some in Berlin and Hamburg. I'm told that Bavarian food is very rustic and meaty (and sausagey).

I'm really surprised at your comment about the bread. I once counted 50 different kinds of breakfast roll in a supermarket. Guess our tastes must differ ...

Once I saw pork knuckle for one. It was seven inches high and hung off both sides of a large plate. I was scared.

Regards Chazza

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Michele

german food

I really struggle with German food, but love all the breads and cakes. Delicious. To me it's all ham hocks and sauerkraut - one meal of this is enough, and then I really have a tough time. I have similar problems when we're in Alsace in France. Usually end up having an omelette and chips for every meal. No, not really for me!

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JAMES

German Food.

The bread is sweet Chazza, thats why I dont like it.

I dont like sweet, dont even like chocolate! However, leave me alone with a plate of warm sausage rolls at your peril!!!!!

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Biggles !

Bavaria

Gruss Gott!!

Spent some time in Germany, the majority in Bavaria, centred on Munich. Loved it. The beer, the food, and the sense of humour my German colleagues displayed. Honest, they did :0)

I discovered the wonderful soft German red wines that don't seem to be exported. I spent many hours listening to Bavarians discoursing on which part of Bavaria created the best of the wonderful Bavarian sausages. And they are. I think I agree the Nurembourg (Nurnberg) are the best :0)

May I suggest you move towards Munich which I personally think is a much finer area than Frankfurt, with amazing bakeries too. Oh, and I enjoyed some amazing Turkish food whilst in Munich. I won't even mention the beer festivals :0)

So many fantastic festivals in Bavaria. Brilliant.

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Chazza

German Food

The cakes and bread are brilliant - in fact a bit too good. If you don't do sweet you may have problems but I didn't find all the bread sweet.

Ham hocks and sauerkraut? What about the goose and duck and chicken and game and pate and schnizel and soft cheeses and jams (sorry James) and noodles - Michelle, I'm sorry you didn't didn't get a chance to try some of these.

Just like Biggles discovered little-known reds there are also numerous whites further towards France, and I only realised that Mumm wasn't French until we visited the estate.

I'll be looking out for the Nurnberg sausages next visit, which will be in the Spring, to Bonn then upriver to proper wineland (R&"252;desheim).

My only complaint? would you believe that you can't get a good cup of tea ...

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Biggles !

German food and...

Have a super trip. Will you take in the distillery? Asbach? This thread is turning into a trip down memory lane for me :0)

I've long had an appreciation of German wines and only last year have now got OH interested. Our village has strong associations with Alsace and OH is now appreciative of the wines of Alsace. I still really can't abide the choucroute!!

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JAMES

German Food.

To be fair, I only ever tried bread that was supplied with Marc's various meals.

One thing I did like was those little kiosks selling hot sliced meat in a toasted roll. That was yummy, and I ended up eating quite a few as there was often nothing on the menu that I could go near!!!

I wont even go near Mumm too! Horrid stuff! Im a Moet, Verve of Bolli boy myself!!!

Im not fussy you understand! :)

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Chrissie

German Cuisine

Having a German Mother I have over the years spent a lot of time in Germany and can honestly say that I am not impressed with the German Cuisine as a whole although I do enjoy the cooked meats and sausages and also the various breads including black bread and pumpernikel which my Cousin will bring over with her when she visits us in the Summer.

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Chazza

German Cuisine

Sorry for the dead air, my service provider was down again. No names but it nearly rhymes with Sturgeon. And urgin'. Ooh a new thread possibility. Food poetry.

I won't have time to get to Asbach but I'll probably sample some of their brandy while I'm there - I was going to mention proper Schnapps e.g. Williams or Malteser but didn't want to write a book (yet).

Is choucroute just like sauerkraut? There are two distinct versions, chopped veg in runny mayo, and the proper fermented kind which is rarer and more expensive, but a lot more like real food. I still can't get on with red cabbage.

James, I had wondered whether your bread experience was influenced in some way ... did you come across shashlik? Also sold in the street with a roll, and made from kidney.

Anyone else think that Mumm is horrid?

Chrissie, I suppose it's a matter of taste, German cuisine is pretty distinct. Glad to hear there's something for you anyway.

I found that the concept of putting vinegar on chips was regarded as seriously weird behaviour, and pretty offensive too!

Regards, Chazza

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Biggles !

German Food #?????

Hi Chazza,

"Is choucroute just like sauerkraut? There are two distinct versions, chopped veg in runny mayo, and the proper fermented kind which is rarer and more expensive, but a lot more like real food. I still can't get on with red cabbage."

Here is a link to the stuff I can't get to grips with aeneamic (sp) bits of pig etc!!
http://www.aftouch-cuisine.com/en/sauerkraut-1.htm

I think choucroute pertains to the whole dish which does include rather fine boiled tatties; best part of the meal IMHO :0)

Can't stand Mumm either. Roederer is my fave bubble tipple, but not the expensive bottle, Crystal, that is just not nice. I can't imagine what these 'Z' list celebs think is so amazing, perhaps the price tag!!!

OH splurged out when I retired as I'd wanted a bottle for yonks. Big disappointment. Ho Hummmm

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JAMES

German Food.



"James, I had wondered whether your bread experience was influenced in some way ... did you come across shashlik? Also sold in the street with a roll, and made from kidney."

Well you Wont sell me on anything that contains kidney Chezza!!!

Double Bleurgh!

"Chrissie, I suppose it's a matter of taste, German cuisine is pretty distinct. Glad to hear there's something for you anyway."

It is all down to taste, and for me, German food in general, is built of things that I just don't eat. Im not much of a meat eater, only really enjoy chicken. Not really into cooked meats much either, parma ham is about as far as I do. And I don't like anything in vinegar / pickled etc. Im also not keen on "interesting" sausages. Just like good old plain ones!

"I found that the concept of putting vinegar on chips was regarded as seriously weird behaviour, and pretty offensive too!"


Its funny isn't it. I find it totally grim when in Belgium, they put that cheap bottled mayo on them.

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Chazza

Not what I meant!

Biggles, thanks for the link, what an excellent example of everything I dislike about German food! Except, as you say, the tatoes, which I would prefer by far with smoked trout and horseradish.

I've seen some A list celebs necking Cristal also, but as you say, what's the big deal? It's OK. Someone told me that it's the only bottle with a flat bottom but what difference that makes is beyond me.

James, that was a bit mean of me, sorry :)

Totally agree about UK sausages, but when in Rome ...

"cheap bottled mayo" it's loaded with vinegar anyway. In Germany you get cheap ketchup as well, so they call them red and whites.

By the way, this isn't the only kind of food I like. Other than British, my favourite is Japanese.

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VicV

german food

This is such a funny thread to read for someone German.
German food is not at all sausages and sauerkraut and dumplings. My mom used to cook very decent food at home and we would have lots of vegetables and salads. In fact, I think you can get the best salads in Germany (so much better than cafe rouge and Pizza Express salads)! But of cause you can't just go into one of the tourist-attraction restaurants and then complain about the food, as this is not what Germans eat. How many German voices did you hear in Hofbraeuhaus last time you visited? Did you try sushi and a nice little Cafe for lunch and an italian in the evening?
That's the other thing I love about Germany: the quality of Italian restaurants - it's gorgeous and the many italians in Germany are such a wonderful part of our culture.
It really is a shame that some had a bad experience food-wise in Germany, but give it another try and eat something healthy (we are sooo good at making healthy food yummy!).
Oh and english food is much better than its reputation, too - I totally loved the fish in Cornwall on a recent visit.

 
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