Frühstück in Germany

Frühstück may sound like a challenging word but it simply means “breakfast” in German.

Frühstück here in Germany isn’t quite like your traditional American breakfast but that’s okay because it’s pretty darn delicious!! 😋

On this particular day, I decided to order the “pancakes” at which point the waitress decided to kindly warn me that, “it would not be like you would expect, it’s more like grandmother made them.”

Well, I’m not sure whose grandma made these “pancakes” but I sure would love to have her in my life!

These were absolutely delightful and paired very well with the dreamy, creamy vanilla sauce that accompanied it. They almost reminded me of a crepe, except these were a little bit thicker and a tiny bit fluffier. *drool*🤤

Lets also note that the perfect amount of powered sugar sprinkled delicately on top of the freshest fruit truly brought this breakfast up a notch. Pretty sure I’m going to start doing this at home to dress up all my meals. 😉

The french toast was incredibly delicious, too. They almost tasted like a fried funnel cake except these had a yummy raspberry jam surprise inside. 🥰

My heart is happy. ❤️

5 Things I Love About Eating Out In Europe

While there are many things that I love (and have grown to love) about living in Europe, today I’m going to talk about five things that I truly enjoy about dining out here in Germany.

Let’s just get straight to it, shall we?

 

5 Things I Love About Eating Out In Europe

 

1. Fine Dining.

Every dining experience is a “fine dining” experience whether you’re eating a burger and fries or an exquisite delicacy from a top rated restaurant. The food is always fresh and the presentation is always stunning. It’s as if they are backstage practicing diligently and precisely how to gracefully glide each plate out of their angelic little hands like a delicate ballerina in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Not only that, but they present it to you as if it is such a gift to be able to serve you with the most exquisite dining materials. Plates, bowls and knives, oh my! Oh, and their mesmerizing, exotic, deep heavy accents only add to the beauty of the presentation that they display before you. “Madam, here is this fine plate that you shall be eating off of tonight, it is paired elegantly with the fork and the knife so that you have a plethora of options as you dine on your delicious feast this evening. Please enjoy every morsel and dream of me as I twirl away to the exit music that will begin to play as I drift away slowly to the next table.”

At least that’s how it mostly goes in my head. 😉

2. Open-Air Cafes.

Almost every single restaurant has the option to eat outside and the scenery is always breathtaking. Eating outside isn’t just “eating outside” it’s much, much more than that. It’s as if you’re sitting in a magical fairy-tale garden as the wind gently kisses your face all whilst the smell of freshly baked breads and perfectly aged wines dance around you. Not only this but gargoyles and cherubs sit closely nearby, nestled tightly on each massive towering building, admiring you as you dine. Just knowing that they are there, existing, as you fill your belly, brings comfort and joy to your soul.

3. Dog Friendly (and I don’t even have a dog).

There’s no better feeling than having a furry companion by your side as you enjoy a comforting meal made by someone else’s hand, even if it’s not yours! I’ve not only seen dogs outside of the cafes snuggled quietly near their owner’s feet, but I’ve also seen dogs inside some restaurants (be sure to call ahead), sitting obediently and patiently while their owners happily mingle and dine. It’s quite the sight to see. The server immediately offers to bring a bowl of fresh water and always seems genuinely concerned about the pups overall well being. It’s truly heartwarming to see. There’s also just something about having an animal nearby, something calming and therapeutic simply hovers in the air around you. It just makes the room so much more cuddly and cozy.

4. No Small Talk.

This was something that I gradually learned to love the more times I went out to eat here in Germany. The waitress couldn’t care any less about how you feel about the weather, how many children you have or don’t have, or what kind of church you go to or don’t go to. Germans believe in relaxing and enjoying a meal without any disruptions, so you’ll never find the waitress hovering over you or coming back to check on you way too many times with a handful of small talk ready to go each time. You could be in a restaurant at the same table for over five hours and no one would bat an eyelash. As long as you’re enjoying your meal and having a good time, that’s all that truly matters. Now on the flip side, if you’re in a hurry, be sure to learn the subtle art of flagging down your waiter because otherwise you’ll be sitting there for a lifetime waiting for your bill. The majority of the time, however, I’m not in a hurry and it’s so relaxing and refreshing to know that we aren’t going to be timed and hurried out of the room simply because it’s the rush hour.

5. Tipping For Smiles.

No matter what I tip, from my experiences anyway, the waiter or waitress is always overly thankful and grateful for my generosity. So overly thankful, in fact, that it always feels like they are giving me an acceptance speech as if I’ve handed them an Oscar for their award winning performance. Tipping really isn’t a big thing here in Europe because the wait staff is paid well for their service. In the States, it’s quite the opposite and so waiters and waitresses rely heavily on their customer’s tips. However, here in Germany, it doesn’t matter if I give one euro or five, the server is always incredibly satisfied with my generosity and has always thanked me graciously for anything extra that I add to the bill. Even though it’s not custom here to tip generously, I always tip my waiter at least 15-20% because I am so very grateful for their time.

So there you have it, my top five things that I love about my dining experiences here in Europe. Enjoy the photos below of some of the meals I’ve thoroughly enjoyed while living here in Germany.

Until next time,

Tschüss!🖤

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A little pizza restaurant in Wiesbaden. Those olives, I dream about (and I don’t even like olives).
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Cafe and Bar Celona downtown Nuremberg, Germany.
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A restaurant down in Rudesheim am Rhein. The yogurt dressing is so mouth watering delicious.
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Little Italy, downtown Wiesbaden. The most heavenly Gorgonzola gnocchi ever plated.
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One of the best schnitzel’s I’ve had since moving to Germany.
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One of my favorite meals at Brauhaus Castel in Wiesbaden. There’s a baked potato in there somewhere.

Las Adelitas. Prague, Czech Republic.

Who travels all the way to Prague for Mexican food??

THIS GIRL!! 🙋‍♀️

Twice now.

And I’d go again in a heartbeat.

The street tacos are the best I’ve had in all of Europe and when you’ve lived in Europe for almost two years without real authentic Mexican food anywhere in sight, you drive to Prague for the best tortillas ever.

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And when you’re done eating those heaven like tortillas, walk on over to Angelato for a scoop or two of the best pistachio and stracciatella icecream in all the land. 😍

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Andalouse All The Way

When in Belgium… Andalouse!!

This delicious, slightly spicy, mayo like sauce is the perfect topping for those perfectly crispy on the outside but perfectly potato-y on the inside, Belgium Fries. 😍

So what makes French fries from Belgium so extra special?

Two simple things.

They’re fresh, never frozen and they’re fried at the perfect temperature, twice.

This combination creates the most incredibly delicious fries you’ve ever had. Top with mayo or andalouse and you have yourself the most incredible snack you’ve ever had your hands on.

Check out the photos below from our very first trip to a Belgium french fry shop in Brussels. 😊

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The Not So Mexican Food

It’s been almost a year now since we’ve moved to Germany so we finally decided to cave in and go see what Mexican food was all about. I mean, why eat Mexican when you’re surrounded by all this German goodness?? Well, we gave it some time and the time had finally come to break down and give it a shot.

We’ve been hearing horror stories about it for several months now, however, a few people had said that it really wasn’t that bad and that it was more “Tex-Mex” than true authentic Mexican food. Due to these mixed reviews, we decided it was time to go see for ourselves.

So last Saturday night we did some research and picked a place that had several good reviews and that was also recommended by a few people in our area.

Well, I wish I could say that I have no words… but I have words, you guys.

It pretty much matched up with what we had been hearing.

The NOT so good parts.

First, let’s talk about some interesting/odd facts. It felt really weird to walk into a Mexican restaurant here and see Germans (obviously) running the place with Spanish music playing in the background. Secondly, the menu was completely in German and had a mix of Spanish words thrown in, like “queso” and “con” (Spanish for the words cheese and with). Third, I was probably the most Mexican person in there with my half-Mexican, half-Japanese self.

So, back to the food.

The salsa. Well, it was not salsa. At all. It tasted like a sweet spaghetti sauce with a teeeeeeny tiiiiiiiiny hint of cilantro. The rice, even worse, tasted like a pre-packaged microwavable version of some sort of (not so Spanish) rice. To top everything off, they thought that using MOZZARELLA cheese on every dish was a spectacular idea.

I ended up ordering a chimichanga. I don’t know why I didn’t just choose something more basic, like a taco, but I will assume after this entire experience that those wouldn’t have tasted much better either. My chimichanga tasted as if I was eating a pepperoni pizza calzone (with, literally, way too much mozzarella in it). I sat there dazed and confused with each and every single bite. I almost felt sorry for the other people around us eating the food and actually (seemingly) enjoying it. I mean, did they think this was what Mexican food really tasted like? Or were they in a dazed little trance like I was in, with that lovely little fake smile on their face to show the staff that they were doing an excellent job. I guess I’ll never know.

I will say, to be kind, that it was edible and I ate all of it (because I was starving). But, I really did think I was eating some weird version of a pizza that oddly enough looked exactly like a chimichanga.

This restaurant surprisingly had a ton of high ratings, too. Oh well. On a positive note, the staff was very friendly and spoke a bit of English with us which helped make the food a little bit more edible. It’s also worth mentioning that their chips were pretty alright. I ate them by themselves since I refused to eat any more of their salsa (which ended up all over the top of my chimichanga anyway).

So annnyway, I’m pretty thankful my half Mexican self can make some pretty good authentic homemade rice and beans. Truly made up for the Italian-Mex food we ate the other night. I think we will just stick to home cooking from now on when it comes to Mexican food and I’ve decided to start experimenting with more recipes so that we don’t have to miss Spanish food so much while living here.

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Mexican Restaurant in Germany. 2018
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My homemade rice and beans.

 

*Update: We’ve tried a few more Mexican restaurants here in Germany and they were all unfortunately not so great. The restaurant mentioned in this post, however, was absolutely the worst one yet.

Sorry, restaurant. 😔