Obviously I took a little summer break from my website and just as well from my kitchen – rather unintended due to the heat. Sorry I kind of sneak out without telling you, the days before my trip had been crazy and the time afterwards had been worst. Where does all this laundry come from? Clean clothes are the least of my problems. Did I mention post vacation days are more than crazy?
I visited my family in Germany and I had a jolly good time. I planned and anticipated this trip for many good reasons, particularly spending time with my family and being spoiled with mom’s home cooked meals. There is nothing out there, that beats home cooked food, especially child hood favorites. Being the list-maker I am, I filled pages in my notebook with things to do, things to eat (this one for my mom obviously), things to bring to Germany and things to bring from Germany to Atlanta. On the other side, I didn’t plan what to eat during my stay in Berlin, my vacation while on vacation. I spend a couple of days with my parents and my two sisters in Berlin and would love to share some of the eats and drinks I enjoyed during my stay. They are all snapshots, please be forbearing! My family is not known for being patient in front of a plate and I had to hurry to get some pictures.
Dolores had been the only thing on my sister list, the crazy burrito lover she is, could not let the chance pass by to get a California-style burrito in her belly. It is a fun place, affordable and the food is very good. I also enjoyed a refreshing agua fresca.
I didn’t know we are a family of sushi lovers. You always learn something new about those people. We ordered all the same and had to get over that awkward moment when my mom asked for a fork… I guess it’s better this way, you can cause some damage if you don’t know how to handle those sticks.
Above (left): If you are on vacation, you can eat what ever you like. That’s the law. You bet I had my fare share of fast food. In the US I had occationally waiter looking strangely at me when I ask for mayo with my fries. In many European countries you order mayo or ketchup or both, some places in Germany also offer sauces like brown sauce with mushrooms (Jaegersauce) or bell peppers (Zigeunersauce). Berlin is famous for their currywurst (right), a bratwurst with warm tomato ketchup sauce heavily topped with curry powder, spicy and comforting. Currywurst comes already cut with a side of french fries or a roll to dip into the leftover sauce.
My hometown is just a few hours away from Netherlands border and if I am on a short visit to our neighbors a friet speciaal (left) is mandatory. It’s basically French fries with curry sauce, mayo and diced onions, so simple and so good.
Those little jamed filled balls are called Mini-Berliner (above right), except the Berliner, the real ones who live in Berlin, they call them Pfannkuchen, which means pancakes. It’s kind of weird.
My mom made yoghurt parfait with Muesli and fresh fruits one morning. I didn’t get that growning up…
(left) In Germany cake is typically not eaten as dessert after dinner. You have coffee and/or tea with cake in the afternoon mostly on weekends or special occasions (similar to the British tea time) rather than after dinner. I remember meeting my friends for coffee and a chat after work, calling it Kaffeeklatsch in jest. I had a long list of favorite cakes like red currant cake, plum cake, German cheese cake and apple cake. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to eat them all.
You can find some Biergarten and Beach Bars during the summer months along the Spree river. You don’t need to be especially lucky to snag one of those patio chairs facing the river and it feels so good to rest your legs after a day on the streets of Berlin. I let some water passing by in the Spree with a cocktail in one hand and a salty Prezel in the other.
First picture on top shows a Berliner Weisse. It’s also a Berlin original: very tart and sour beer becomes drinkable (and very refreshing) by adding syrup. Traditional it’s raspberry syrup for the red colored Berliner Weisse and the green one is made with woodruff syrup.