So in all honesty, John and I have been back in the States for about a month now. But in honor of #ThrowbackThursday I’m reminiscing about the impeccable food I had back in Europe.
Strolling in the crisp air to the Oebel bakery, a short walk from our flat, was the quickest way to satisfy our morning hunger. John gets his Pizzabrötchen and Amerikaner while I have a Laugenecke. Uh, what? Yeah. It all sounds kind of odd but damn it’s tasty. I’ll start with the Pizzabrötchen because John swears by it. Unfortunately I can’t eat it due to stupid lactose intolerance, but I’ll say if smells could kill Pizzabrötchen would be a serial killer. It’s a medium size bread roll that’s smothered in cheese, and baked with some sort of pizza topping. He chooses bacon or the occasional crumbled sausage. It’s his salty morning treat of choice that indulges both his breakfast and pizza needs. However he can’t have the savory without the sweet, and that’s why he gets a yummy Amerikaner. It’s (roughly) a hand-sized buttermilk cookie that bakes into a dome shape, and is coated with a thin vanilla glaze on the cookie’s flattened bottom to give it a sugary shine. Yummy! Now you’re probably thinking what in the world is a Laugenecke. Well let me put it in two words-life changing. In my opinion it’s quite possibly the greatest baked bread creation ever conceived in Germany and maybe even life. It’s a triangular puffed pastry bread roll that rises to about an inch thick. It tastes and smells like a cross between a salty, fresh pretzel and a flaky French croissant. Mmmyy gosh. It’s buttery, crispy, and bakes to a perfect dark brown hue. Goodness gracious I’m drooling…it was safe to say that our German mornings became complete.
French fries, pommes, chips, papas fritas, etc. This popular deep fried potato snack that we all know and love is a beloved favorite in Germany (and other places in Europe). They’re hot, fresh, fast, and convenient. It’s no wonder there are stands everywhere because Europeans have mastered the art of the perfect pommes. In our opinion, by far the best fries we’ve ever eaten are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Holland’s number one fry company, Manneken Pis, is outstanding. This place is stationed right in front a main canal, and exclusively serves chips so you know they’re authentic and tested. The line is never-ending and constantly forming, but it moves quickly so waiting five or so minutes to get our fries isn’t terrible. Plus these thick-cut, crunchy, golden delights are super addicting and make you want to come back for more. And in my opinion they beat out McDonalds french fries by a long shot-just thought I’d put that out there.
Now, when I think of typical German fare beer and sausage come to mind. Both super amazing, but a kölsch and a bratwurst only tease my palette. A dish that’s a little more meal-worthy though is the schnitzel. All it is, is a tenderized and breaded veal, pork or chicken cutlet that’s pan or deep fried. Each schnitzel has its own name which depends on the type of meat being used as well as any of its additions. For example, jagerschnitzel consists of adding caramelized mushrooms and mushroom sauce atop the cutlet. Sooo savory and mouthwatering! Now that’s next level deliciousness. I’ve fallen in love with and learned how to make this traditional German plate, and it’s so easy. Of course I had to do my own fair share of eating, err I mean research, to know how but now I know so I can take my scrumptious schnitzel skills back home to share with family. Here’s a fun fact: it’s now one of John’s favorite meals.
Turning to the more adventurous side of food we’ve probably eaten our weight in Turkish food. It has stolen the heart of our stomachs and we’re never turning back. Our absolute favorite things to eat are a döner or a dürüm, but there are plenty of other things like Turkish pizza, curry wurst, beyti, kofte, etc. that are just delectable. However, döner is definitely the fast food of choice here I’d have to say. There’s a kebap (alternate name) place at every corner on every street, but each has their own individual flavor. Anyways, here’s what a döner is: a pita bread filled with shaved lamb or chicken, red and white cabbage, chopped lettuce, diced tomato and cucumber, schaft (a Turkish chili hot sauce) and/or tzatziki (a light yogurt and herb sauce). A dürüm is all that in a wrap. Since we’ve discovered these succulent meat pockets John and I have had quite a few from various locations and vendors, but in our opinion the best place to get one is Eddie’s Grillstube. It’s a cute shopfront kitchen that only holds approximately four people inside, but is supplied with a few high top tables and chairs outside for people on-the-go. To make it even better this little slice of heaven is only 100 meters from our flat (just a little passed the Oebel bakery), and the owners are also the mastermind cooks. This pleasant husband and wife duo whip up multiple Turkish and German dishes that burst with tantalizing flavor literally making your tastebuds dance. Eddie’s fantastic flavor, laid back ambiance, endless meal options, and jaw-dropping affordability are why we’re frequent repeat customers.
If there’s ever an excuse to travel it’s to try new cuisines. Food makes the experience. Enough of my reminiscing, who’s hungry?
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