European Feast

European Feast

In honor of not cooking this Thanksgiving, here are some of my all-time favorite food and drink pictures from all over Europe over the last three years. Guten Appetit & Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: I wasn’t too big on taking food pictures until recently. A few not pictured favorites include mussels in Belgium, Indonesian food in the Netherlands, Sacher torte (a kind of chocolate cake) in Austria, stuffed peppers in Romania, Scotch and shortbread in Scotland; Guinness in Ireland, fondue and Raclette in Switzerland, pasta-sauerkraut-cheese stir fry in the Czech Republic, smoked salmon in Sweden and Norway, and gelato, coffee, pizza, etc., etc. in Italy.

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Spargel Season

My favorite roadside advertisements:  Fresh Strawberries and Fresh Asparagus
My favorite roadside advertisements: Fresh Strawberries and Fresh Asparagus

It’s spring in Germany, which means asparagus and strawberries have sprung up all over roadside stands, market places, grocery stores, and restaurant menus alike. Germany loves to celebrate its seasonal produce in season. In particular, families and restaurants put Spargel (asparagus) in everything during this time: most popularly in cream soups, but also covered in hollandaise sauce, in quiches, pasta, meat dishes, etc. Most of the asparagus you will find here is white, with a ghostlier appearance but milder flavor than the distinctly pungent green asparagus. It’s also a little more tender and quite delicious.

Green tortellini with white asparagus and shaved Parmesan:  Piccolo Mondo in Wiesbaden
Green tortellini with white asparagus and shaved Parmesan: Piccolo Mondo in Wiesbaden
Quiche with white asparagus:  Schlimmerwoche (similar to Restaurant Week) in Lorch
Quiche with white asparagus: Schlimmerwoche (similar to Restaurant Week) in Lorch

Another seasonal favorite I discovered at a local May festival: Maibowle (May punch). As part of an apple blossom celebration, this was a sour-ish fruity drink similar to a hard cider.

Prost & guten Appetit!

May Festival in Wiesbaden-Naurod after a glass of Maibowle
May Festival in Wiesbaden-Naurod after a glass of Maibowle