|Exploring a cheese shop in Munich's Viktualienmarkt|
I know it has been too long since my last post but I hope to reward you with the sights of the food from my recent trip to Germany. I was lucky enough to be able to use some frequent flyer miles and hitch a ride in the back of the Lufthansa plane to accompany my husband on his business trip to Munich. While he was hard at work, I set out across the city of Munich exploring all the local food options. And what a treat that was! From the bretzels to the pate' to the cheese and on to goulash, pork chops and of course SAUERKRAUT.... I just spent 5 days in foodie heaven! And that's not even counting the beer, which even though I am not a big beer person must say was also very tasty! My favorite place to visit was in the Viktualienmarkt, which is Munich's local farmer's market with a rich display of local produce, meat and cheese providers. They even have a special sauerkraut booth!
|Local produce at the Munich Viktualienmarkt|
|How could this booth be CLOSED on my day to visit??|
|A celebration for Fausching in the U bahn (subway)|
|Marienplatz City Center and glockenspiel|
|Look at the meat and fish on the buffet!|
|A buffet station at Karstadt|
|Venison Goulash (note there are no noodles....just mushrooms and sauce)|
It just went on like that day after sumptuous day! I had the browned calf's sweetbread and milt sausage with home-made potato and cucumber salad at the more touristy Hofbrauhaus, liver dumpling soup at the Karstadt buffet, and a tasty bretzel on a day trip to Salzburg, Austria. I think I was born in the wrong country! I actually do have some German in me on my mother's side and married a man with strong German heritage so maybe that's why I liked the food so much! There may be a German food paradox as well as most of the people I met were quite slim and stylish save for a few men who clearly spent too much time in the beer halls. How can they eat this way and stay so slim? I think it is because they eat real food and don't snack all day on junk food like we do here in the USA. I can report from my own experience that I didn't gain any weight even after five days of feasting as I limited the bread treats (had only 1 bretzel and pastry...which were SO GOOD!) and tried to eat only during mealtime. I certainly slathered on the pate' with duck fat and had my fair share of pork and liver so go figure...
All in all, I left the country desiring to make more of my homemade kraut and to keep exploring what locals eat around the world. Back home, I feel a bit like Cinderella when her carriage turned back into a pumpkin. After five days in the land of fairy tales and inspiring castles of Bavaria, I've returned home to scrubbing my floors and the daily routine as a mom to four busy children. But I leave with wonderful memories and a spark that I didn't have before that will inspire me to reach new heights of culinary exploration back here at home!