Ten Reasons That German Food Is Not Just Weiner Art
Tasty Tuesday MEGabite is about fun food and places from my 2015 Germany trip. If you have read my blogs, you know that I am in love with Germany. I like everything about visiting this fantastic country. Food is no exception. I had a blast trying some new foods, fun places and twists on some of my favorite all time foods. Although I did include a few traditional German foods, this is not a post about traditional German foods. My list is in no particular order and I offer a few tips and opinions.
- Wiener Art -What is it? I saw this written everywhere. When I closed my eyes and thought about what wiener art could be, substitutes for veal did not come into my mind. Nor does Anthony Weiner. This is one of those phrases that can get lost in translation, especially, if you share my juvenile sense of humor. Basically, if schnitz is not made with veal, it must be labeled as ‘wiener art” See #40 below.
2. Pikeperch is neither Pike nor Perch. It is named Zander fish. I learned about this fish on this very trip. It is also not a hybrid fish. Shaped like a pike, it is more related to a perch. I learned that this fish is common in Western Eurasia. In Europe, a second species is found in Southern Russia and the basin of the Danube. It is listed as one of “The Dirty Dozen” in the U.K., threatening to wipe out native species. I was lucky enough to taste this tender white,flakey, low boned delicious fish. Thank you Germany!
*Weird Zander Fact. In 2009, a Swiss Zander attacked tourists, sending them to the Emergency Room. The fish was later caught and cooked up by a local chef.
3. A Salmon Trout is more like a Labradoodle. This was a learning food for me. I learned that t is a hybrid fish. It looks more like a trout with a mild salmon taste. Really delicious. I loved it! It’s caviar is also sold. I did not try this, but in the future, I sure will. Eating salmon trout in an Oktoberfest tent, is one heck of a bucket list treat.
4. Cheese– I am a bit of a cheese lover. There is not one German cheese that I tasted that did not exceed my expectations. I ate cheese every single day and passed up meal dishes in lieu of tasting different cheeses. I am a Wisconsin girl, home to the dairy state and many award winning cheeses, some having been ‘invented’ in that state. One example, being Colby cheese. Oddly, I have no photos of any of my cheese plates. Trust me, YUM!
5. Kaiserschmarrn is technically an Austrian main meal or dessert. “Kaiser” means Emperor and “Schmarrn” means mess/mishmash. Mine was served with homemade applesauce. RUKM? Eating this baby while sipping German Riesling at the Zugspitze on tip top of Germany, with a view and in good company is unbeatable. I included other foods tried at my table. Great spot. With over four restaurants to choose from, we did very well. A lunch that will remain in my memory.
6. Traditional German Food at a restaurant. By far, my favorite German meal was on my past trip to Germany where I stumbled upon some type of neighborhood park where they had a beer garden, food trucks and beer.
On this trip, and since eating game is new again, I ate a venison dish with noodle and red cabbage at Wolpertingers in Garmisch. The setting was idyllic with live music and a well decorated atmosphere. Mischa and Anetta were the consummate hosts. The portions of their made to order dishes were huge. I didn’t have to eat for days after finishing a portion of my dinner.
7. Traditional German food at Oktoberfest– Of course, the Oktoberfest tent is the real deal and this checking off this bucket list was the reason for the whole trip. I chose a cheeseboard and the piketrout.
8. Traditional German Food at Augistiner– Grab a friend or two or three and eat at one of Munich’s beer halls. Because I was with a group, we were lucky to get a table during this busy Oktoberfest Saturday night. The Augustiner Braustuben is listed in the top 7 beer halls of Munich, this location is an indoor hall vs Augustiner Keller. I think I now have visited all 7 beer halls. You are able to see the busy guy at the big keg.
9. “Street food.” On the street, in the gas station/large rest stops, grocery stores and market foods. I have no idea why but these are my favorite places to eat in Europe. Munich excels in this arena. I can find amazing gourmet foods, pick and choose my dishes and amounts for a great price. Here are a few of my favorites.
10. Food with a view. Check out the reflection in this restaurant window. This stop was Partnachalm. It is a little restaurant reached after hiking through some of the most beautiful meadows, mountains, gorges, streams and hills. it is a place to sit and enjoy the view while having a bite to eat.
- If in Munich, go to the Victuals Market. This market is open on weekdays. You will be able to find many types of foods. From the organic juicer to traditional sausage. You can sit down with a beer or wine and watch the world go by.
- Try to take in the Zugspitze and go for a meal. I wrote a separate blog on this visit.
- The German hotels have fantastic traditional European style breakfasts. Shout out to The Best Western in Garmisch for a wonderful breakfast experience in an idyllic setting. I have stayed with Marriott’s in Munich and they are also this style.
- The Kofhaus department store in central Munich has a foodie paradise in the basement. Complete with a deli and the largest candy selection that I ever remember seeing in a department store. It is a fun stop for gifts. The department store also has some mighty fine shopping.
- If you stop in Munich, do not pooh pooh the Hofbrauhaus for a fun meal. Check it out at least once. It is centralized and there is now a Hard Rock Cafe across the street. So yes, it is “touristy” but if you are a *tourist* where else can you party with not only locals, but visitors from all over the world, drink some of Germany’s finest beer and eat some pretty darn good traditional German food all while listening to some ooom pah pah for free? Especially if you are unable to secure a ticket in an Oktoberfest tent, figure out when a band is playing, grab some friends and make your own fest. It is clean, well organized and in a historical beer hall. In my opinion, all of the beer halls are touristy, some are just smaller and removed from the main drag. If you are there during a warm day, sit outside for a lunch, it is a fantastic setting. Like Gretchen Wilson says ‘I’m here for the party.” You will find many reviews with this advice.
- If you are in Munich during the summer. Check out some of the neighborhood beer gardens. I went to one on a past visit in the Haidhausen district. I had the BEST German food there and one heck of a fun night.
- Try something new and different while in Germany and bring your appetite.