Tuesday, August 13, 2013

everyday vita: gettin deep fried, golden-delicious in germany

I can't believe it but...
Tonight's my last night here in Europe.  :O
This has been the most spectacular (and most delicious) vacation I've ever taken.  Before I head home to whip up some Nutella gelato like it's nobody's business, I wanted to share the Berlin-leg of my European adventure with you.

all of the waitresses at the biergarten in babelsberg were dressed like this ^
Sights:

  • I went to the Galeries Lafayette here in Berlin, which looked strikingly like the famous department store in Paris.  Although I obviously went nuts for the clothes (and shoes... so many shoes...), there was nothing there that I couldn't find in the U.S.  The awesome part was the basement, which was the patisserie/grocery store/foodie paradise.  I got these adorable little silverwares from Sabre. If you don't get at least a wee bit excited about colorful little spoons, you're not human (or at least you're not a food blogger...).
sabre silverware
  • Exactly one year ago, I got to meet the adorable Izy Hossack from Top With Cinnamon in San Francisco (remember how we just happened to be staying across the street from each other?).  Well, another serendipitous thing happened this summer in Berlin -- Sophia from Sophia's Sweets just happened to be staying in Berlin at the same time as me!  We got to talk about all the struggles of food blogging, from nasty looks from waiters when you whip out your DSLR to breaking your Kitchen Aid mixer with artisan bread making.  Do you believe in fate? I do. 
Bites:

  • Since the moment my mom and I arrived in Germany, we had a singular goal -- to find baumkuchen.  Baumkuchen is a cake that is traditionally German, but for some unknown reason is insanely popular in Japan.  Whenever my mom and I go to the Japanese grocery store, we pick up one of these buttery cakes.  God, I used to inhale this stuff when I was little. Baumkuchen literally translates to "tree cake" -- because the rings on the inside look just like the rings on a tree stump.  Although 99.9999% of the time I attempt to recreate my favorite baked goods at home, baumkuchen is the one thing that is practically impossible.  A true baumkuchen requires a rotating spit and over a gallon of batter.  I can't wait to see the look on my mom's face when I ask her for a rotating spit for my birthday...   
  • In one of his German speeches, John F. Kennedy said "ich bin ein Berliner", which translates to "I am a jelly doughnut."  Of course, he meant that he was a "Berliner" (like a "New Yorker," or a "Bostonian"), and grammatically, he was totally correct, but this popular urban legend of his language blunder spread like wildfire -- making this deep fried treat world famous.  So what exactly is a Berliner?  It's basically a jelly doughnut -- just a little bit fluffier and puffier.  Sophia and I hunted some of these down and talked about our many Kitchen Aid disasters with mouths covered in powdered sugar.  
there's nothing like a powdered-sugar covered smile
  • Since we're in Germany, I had to order a token wiener schnitzel.  To be honest, I had absolutely no idea what wiener schnitzel was until it arrived in front of me.  Honestly, I was imagining, you know... something more hot dog-like.  So I was kind of shocked when this huge, deep-fried, butterfly cut of veal arrived in front of me.  Needless to say, it was delicious. My name is Erica, and I like wiener schnitzel.  Who would have thought?  (Also, since I'm five-years old at heart, it was a struggle not to giggle while ordering my wiener schnitzel).
  • Since I had already ordered a huge, deep fried wiener schnitzel -- why not order some more deep-fried golden awesomeness?  Go hard or go home, am I right? ;)
  • And then, to wash it all down (did I mention this was an afternoon snack? ...oops), I had to get my token apple strudel.  We were only in Germany for a day, so I had to soak up all of the finest German cuisine in... you know, one sitting.  No biggie. 
  • This strudel put all of the Pillsbury toaster strudels I've eaten in my life to shame.  Flaky, buttery pastry filled with sticky apples and nuts -- all just chilling in some super creamy, homemade vanilla ice cream.  #smashedit
a stormy day
Needless to say,  I'm craving a green smoothie and some carrot sticks now... but was that deep-fried German adventure fun?  Sure as schnitzel. ;)

With love, 
Erica


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22 comments:

  1. Haha I love the post! I just wrote about it on my blog too :)

    The baumkuchen was insanely delicious, thanks for the tip!

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    1. I just read your post and it was awesome! I'm glad you liked the baumkuchen -- I literally grew up on that stuff :)

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  2. How cool that you got to meet up with Sophia! And omg those spoons are precious!

    HOORAY FRIED FOOD!

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  3. as you loved your schnitzel so much, i have to tell you about a german/bavarian expression. if you're really happy, you can say 'i gfrei mi wie a schnitzel' which translates to something like 'i'm happy like a schnitzel'.
    happy travelling back home :)

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    1. Hahaha I love that! I'm going to start saying that from now on! Maybe it'll catch on!

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  4. Baha I love that waitresses' outfit and that jelly doughnut--OMG!! So fluffy. Also, I am so intrigued by that baumkuchen cake. Yum. I love that you got your fill of German food all in one day! Quite the impressive feat :)

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    1. Isn't that awesome!? Haha ohmygodsofluffyicoulddie. You definitely have to try out baumkuchen -- they sell it at most Asian grocery stores.

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  5. I can't believe that this is the last post about your trip to Europe! I really enjoyed reading them. Thanks for sharing all your stories :)
    That baumkuchen looks so good! Did you by chance see/try schneeballen? I've always wanted to try it cuz it looks like so much fun haha

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed my Europe posts -- stay tuned, because I am going to be posting a bunch of European recipes in the near future now that I'm finally home! I actually didn't know what schneeballen were until I just googled them! They look so cute! Like little snowballs -- now I have to try one next time I'm in Germany!

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  6. I am so, so jealous of your over the top food adventure filled vacation! Love them baumkuchens, cuuuute cutlery and deep fried goodies. everything about the post is seriously tempting me. Ahhh :D

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    1. Thank you! You know baumkuchen too? Haha then you probably understand my frantic quest to find one in Germany!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing Europe with us all. I truly enjoyed reading and seeing pictures of your adventures and food! Now i desperately want to go to Italy!! Keep it up! :)

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    1. Of course! I had a blast in Europe, and now that I'm back home, I'm going to be cooking up a bunch of European goodies for you all!

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  8. Wonderful post....I like your pretty blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets nessa

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    1. Thank you Nessa! I will check out your blog!

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  9. Gah your post has made me soooo hungry! I could see why you would need that green smoothie lol But hey, sometimes its fun to just forget about eating healthy and really enjoying some deep fried sugary goodies. Lucky you ;)

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    1. Exactly my philosophy! Now I'm downing the greens like never before (although I *might* churn up some gelato tomorrow hehe). :)

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  10. Germany is fun, but if you want Baumkuchen you MUST go to Tokyo! The best and most variety of Baumkuchen EVER. Plus the department store food basements are paradise. There's always next summer. :)

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    1. Oh I know! Since I am half-Japanese, we used to go to Toyko for summer vacation. We haven't gone in a while, but I am hoping to go back soon. I miss all of the food (and especially the baked goods).

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  11. Thanks...now i've found Sophia's blog as well! i'll be gaining so much weight from all these yummy recipes! You are truly an inspiration. I loved reading about your European adventures and hope you continue to blog!

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    1. Hahhaha thank you for the kind words! I will definitely continue to blog :) Thanks for stopping by!

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