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Germany: Good Eats Pt 2 (Restaurants)

Although Berlin has an abundance of street food, one cannot ignore the many restaurants the city has to offer for some quality dishes and tasty German beer. When I think German food, I instantly think sausages and pork knuckle.  One of the first proper places I ate at was a traditional restaurant recommended by a friend called Mutter Hoppe.  It was a beautiful day and we sat outside in the comfort of the lazy afternoon sunlight.  I tried a wheat beer which was pretty much overflowing with foam and it had a very interesting aftertaste.  It’s very difficult to describe the taste of beer using words but it’s very different your typical mainstream brews. Of course we had to sample their pork knuckle which came in a huge slab of meaty goodness served with traditional sauerkraut, potatoes and peas.  The meat was literally falling apart and it tasted heavenly with the caramelized saurerkraut. Their sausages were alright.  I’m not usually a fan of sauerkraut but I found myself reaching for forkful after forkful of the …

Germany: Good Eats Pt 1 (Street Food & Cafes)

The first part of the Germany Series is, of course, food!  I think there’s no better way to experience a new culture than to delve right into their gastronomy. The majority of food spots I post will be from Berlin since I stayed there the longest. Berlin is a fast moving city, and you especially notice it in high traffic metro stations such as Alexander Platz or Friedrichstraße. As such, they are densely lined with on-the-go cafes and food stops for customers to grab a quick bite. Berlin’s plethora and variety of street food was one of my favorite aspects about the city.   German sausages, called wurst (pronounced vurst), are one of the most popular street menu items and are usually served on a bun.  The most noticeable difference, as you can see, are that the sausages are massively disproportionate to the bun.  But it doesn’t matter because the wurst is the best part.  My first wurst was at a the Mauerpark Flea Market on Eberwalder str.  (get off U-bahn Bernauer Str.) The other …