So many times I think to myself, “Wow, I would’ve never done that, tried that, seen that, had I not moved to Germany”. I’m quite sure if you are a fellow expat, you’ve also had these thoughts.
Food can be a big cultural difference and only further exacerbating that culture shock you feel when you move to a new country. While other countries may have similar things, they are typically different in their own way. Think, pizza. How many different styles of pizza can you think of? Exactly.
Aside from beer and bratwurst, Germany has so many other delicacies to offer. Here are five that were new for me:
This is a preview of Expat Life: Five Things I Never Would Have Eaten If I Hadn’t Moved to Germany.
Too cold to remember summer? Try one of Liv Hambrett’s favorite summer drinks to remind yourself. Only four, five, six more months to go…
Perhaps because Summer is such a short-lived, hard-earned novelty over here, the Germans go bananas when it comes and celebrate it in all manner of ways. They crack out their sandals, dust off their mini-portable grills and grill turkey breast and pork steaks like maniacs. They flock to parks and cafes with outdoor seating – indeed cafes you hitherto had no idea could actually have outdoor seating, manage to cram their portion of the pathway full of chairs (topped with the obligatory blanket in case the weather turns) and stay there until the sun starts to dip. Spring-time Spargel madness gives way to summer-time strawberry madness. People eat ice cream all the time.
This is a preview of German Cuisine: Summer Drinks.
One expat’s experience of the Hamburg Christmas Market. Happy Holidays! Photo Kristi Fuoco
Okay folks, I’m pretty sure I’ve found it….that’s right, the country that looks Christmas in the eye, says, “We know what to do with you” and then kicks some serious Christmas butt. I’d heard a thing or two about German Christmas markets, in fact I even spent one Christmas in Germany way back in 1999, but for some reason I was entirely unprepared for it this year and how I would become so completely and utterly smitten. I went to my first market in Hamburg on the first day it opened and was in complete awe—not only do I love markets in general, but here we are with markets around every corner, selling all sorts of heavenly food and drinks, fun crafts, and beautiful ornaments, and best of all, it is THE place to be in December. Clear your calendars for the next month because this is all you will be doing. Okay, maybe it’s all I’ve been doing anyways! I feel like all of the coldness of German culture and especially of Northern Europe melts away for this month and friends and family and co-workers and random strangers gather at the markets, filled with friendliness-enducing Glühwein, to just…..be together.
This is a preview of German Christmas Markets, Warmth in the Dark of Winter.
Is it actually possible to take an interesting picture of sausage? This week, after discovering a hilarious game featuring 30 varieties of one of Germany’s best-know foods, I decided to find out. What do you think?
Weisswurst breakfast. Photo (cc) flickr user elkit
A German butcher. Photo (cc) flickr user reiner.kraft
Bratwurst on the grill. Photo (cc) flickr user oxfordian.world
Germany is known for its vast bread selection. Photo (cc) flickr user david__jones
The following post is YG guest blogger Guarav Kedia. Check out his perspective on German cuisine.
My last blog described my experience with German language. Learning German was fun, but still I wasn’t very aware of the language, and I wasn’t really enjoying my stay. I can say the same about food. It’s not that German cuisine isn’t delicious but I really didn’t know much about it and my lack of knowledge made it hard for me to appreciate it.
This is a preview of How I Learned to Love German Cuisine.