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Things I Have Consumed, or want to


Currywurst unt eine bier
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Things I have consumed:
Currywurst - seen here. It really is just that. Almost everzthing comes with pommes frites, and those are often served with mayo.

Königspilsener bier: Pretty good.

Schnitzel: Its just breaded and fried meat.

Doppel keks: double cookies with chocolate in the middle.

Chips with paprika: this is the default seasoning on chips. It's powerfully similar to bbq chips.

Spaghettieis: 'spaghetti ice cream' which is ice cream extruded through a pasta maker over some whipped cream. Usually served with strawberry, which is how I had it.

Weckmann: A cookie unique to the St. Marten's festival - its shaped like a little man, holding a clay pipe to his chest. Why? No one knows.

Glühweinbonbon: Mulled wine candies. Honestly, they don't taste anything like mulled wine. But the lady who sold them to me gave me a lot of attitude for not speaking German.

Knöterichbonbon: 'Little weird round herbal cookies with a cross on them' is exactly how Catriona describes them. I can't do better.

Kirschwasser: Cherry liquor. Technically this is waiting for me to taste, but its academic.

Mett: A sort of meat spread. I had it on bread with some camembert cheese. I'm told this is sort of adorably heretical, as having it with cheese is just weird.

Federweissen: 'Featherwhite' which is a sort of raw, unfinished white wine that is very seasonal. It's still fermenting in the bottle, so it's impossible to export, as the bottle has to remain open or explode. It's light, sweet, and a murky white color.

4x2 Extra Grote Stroopwaffel: No idea what it is, but man, you gotta get your extra grote somehow!

Quark mit Dominosteine: quark is extra-thick yoghurt. Dominosteine are little christmas cookies that have some sort of cookie base, with marzipan and chocolate and some sort of jelly. They're a Christmas treat. 'Treat' is used very liberally here. Also, apparently everything gets yoghurt on it. Plain, unflavored, yoghurt. I dunno, it's a German thing.

Tiramisu: It's not like you're used to - this one is made with amaretto and quark, rather than rum and whipped cream. Again with the quark! Quark is not available in the U.S. This is a good thing.

Things I hope to consume:

Döner: A lot like a gyro. They're all over the place, the to-go sandwich of choice. Fast food döner are sometimes called 'McDöner' because 'Mc' indicates it's fast and crappy.

Bretzel: A pretzel. A very common snack, similar to one's available in my home town, Philadelphia.

Rumkügel: which is a liquor made ...err, to imitate a christmas cookie. Again with the cookies! (yay rum!)

I also hope to identify and consume some sort of excellent bier (research is in progress, experts have been consulted) and maybe some eiswein, which is a dessert wine.

Comments

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redstorm
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
That all sounds really cool! I've only been to Germany once myself and remember clear broth, spaghetti letters and meat as a kind of soup, and a lot of cheese and sausage.

We have doner kebabs everywhere in the UK as well. They are like a cross between a place that does kebabs, burgers and pizza. All fast "to go" places. The good ones will do me bacon and egg in a roll with pinky-orange burger sauce, which is heaven in itself.
aghrivaine
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
I had wondered if Döner kebab was the same as the kebab shops in the UK. And now it turns out they are!
lacyintx
Oct. 17th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful! Yay food! Yay drink! and cookies! and ice cream!w00t!
yagathai
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Stroopwaffel = best cookie-type thing in the world.

It's odd -- the only place you find donairs in the world are countries bordering the Alps and Newfoundland, Canada. In St. Johns, you can even get donair pizzas.
yagathai
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I meant to add -- I wonder if donairs are the same as the doners you mention. They sound similar.
aghrivaine
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Apparently they are identical to UK kebabs. If that helps identify. It's a spiced meat of some sort, in a quarter pita bread, stuffed in between the leaves of the bread.

Also, you might be right about the stroopwaffels. At the very least, they do come with 4x2 extra grote, and that's very important.
curtana
Oct. 17th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
You can get donairs elsewhere in Canada - even donair pizzas :) Certainly they have them in New Brunswick, anyway.
elanya
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
You can get them in New Brunswick, as well. And the donair pizza.
elanya
Oct. 17th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Of course I should have read the rest of the comments to see that this was already taken care of :p

I'll just be over in the corner talking to myself.

How is that smart Car rental working out?
daogre
Oct. 17th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
You left "Sweet Sweet German Tang" off your list
aghrivaine
Oct. 17th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
It's a gentlemanly thing.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 17th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
You can get quark in Portland, OR! I am a big fan.

Love,
Sister Alison
aghrivaine
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
I am not a big fan. But glad to know...
nephandi
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Eiswein, huh. I've tried a California attempt to duplicate eiswein, called Bonny Doon Vin Glacier. I propose that you try the real stuff, then we get a bottle of Vin Glacier, and you can compare.
aghrivaine
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Any proposal that involves drinking several varieties of wine, I am in favor of!
thealiwoman
Oct. 18th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
I highly recommend eiswine! Erik and I brought back at least a couple of bottles of it from our honeymoon. I also recommend resiling. The stuff you find in the states is not nearly as good as the stuff from the Rhine River valley. If possible, try to find some of the wine tasting shops. We got to try just about everything they had for a euro a glass (think cordial glass, not an actual full wineglass).

Mmm, I miss real spetzle (have yet to have good spetzle at home), and I miss the doner shop in St Goar. Good doner is hard to find:).
aghrivaine
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
I will add spetzle to my list of things I want to eat!
kama_police
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
I thought tiramisu was made with mascarpone, not quark?

(yes I am stalking this LJ now) :p
aghrivaine
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
Please, please express this to Miss Thing, who insists on quark. :)
kama_police
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
well, there's nothing wrong with quark, per se ;)
ailisia
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Currywurst is normally served cut in pieces, but that wouldn't change the taste, I think.
Tasting better beer than Königpilsener (shouldn't be that hard) could be managed if catriona and you visit us in Bochum to play "game of thrones the board game". Would be happy to meet you. :)
By the way: What about tasting Stollen?
ailisia
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
And I could make Spetzle, my mother has a receipt.
aghrivaine
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well tonight we are have Spetzle, and on the side, bretzel. So, zweietzel! This is funny to me at least.

We were hoping for Game of Thrones on Friday evening?
vis_major
Oct. 18th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aiiieee! The food!

How I miss Spaghettieis, and spetzle, and eiswein. Gah. So! Jealous!
greengerg
Oct. 19th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yum, this made me intensely hungry...

Quark is cheese, though, not yogurt..I've wanted to try it for years, since I read about it in a cheese guidebook.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark_(food)

aghrivaine
Oct. 19th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Well, this quark tastes like yoghurt, whatever its origins might be. Imagine rather thick, plain yoghurt, that's slightly runnier than cream cheese, but much more solid than yoghurt. It's a lot like that.
beautesansbete
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Stroopwaffel is my most favorite thing in the whole world. Mars used to send me them from Holland. I forget the brand but it didn't have cinnomon, so I could eat and not worry.

You can get Stroopwaffels alot of places in the states (Trader Joe's) but the ones I found all have cinnomon. Very disapointing. :(
aghrivaine
Oct. 19th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh sure, but do they have 4x2 EXTRA GROTE?
Of course not!
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