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MEET YOUR NEW FAVORITE BAVARIAN SNACK: A CREAMY CHEESE DIP CONTAINING BEER! (Vegan version included)

Fun fact: Once I was four years old, my mama told me, go learn how to pour beer or you’ll be lonely. Granted, the conversation didn’t go precisely like that, but I did learn how to pour a cold one around that age and so did many of my childhood friends. That’s how you can tell I grew up in small-town Bavaria. Beer is not simply a beverage there – it’s a way of life. So, it’s not surprising that there are oodles of dishes that contain the alcoholic drink. Here’s my favorite: a Bavarian delicacy, served at beergardens and...

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TASTE THE 50s BY MAKING THIS QUICK AND DELISH GERMAN DINNER

Picture the most stereotypical German meal you can think of. Is it Schnitzel? Schweinbraten? Bratwurst with Sauerkraut? Yes, they’re all very German – but there’s another dish that often falls between the cracks. I mean, you might quite literally find crumbs of this in-between people’s couch cushions. It’s a meal that you’ve likely never heard of before, and that most places no longer serve these days. Nevertheless, it’s very authentic and a key part of our cultural history. The mouthwatering concoction consisting of ham and pineapple baked cheese toast has been a German dinner staple since the 1950s. It was...

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HERE’S WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED ON SUNDAYS IN GERMANY

“Let’s get a new *insertitemthatjustbroke* tomorrow.” – “No.” “Why not?” – “Think about it.” This is probably the most frequent conversation I’ve had with my husband on Saturdays over the past seven years while living in Germany. If you’re not in the country yet, I hate to break it to you, but German stores are closed on Sundays. To make your weekly shopping trip even more convenient, they also don’t stay open late at night during the week. Granted, this mainly applies to southern Germany – rules are a little less strict in the north, but still, be prepared for...

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GERMAN TAP WATER IS STELLAR! FIND OUT WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT!

Every once in a while, I see some articles floating around – mainly on Buzzfeed and the like – claiming that Germans don’t drink tap water because it’s viewed as “toilet water”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! We love our tap water, we boast about its excellent quality, and a boatload of people, including me, don’t even drink anything else! Except for beer – obviously. I mean, we’re still in Germany, after all. But there’s more to German toilet wa… uhm – tap water, than just its good quality. Read on to learn about water hardness, and what...

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HOW TO MAKE AUTHENTIC BAVARIAN SAUERKRAUT AT HOME

When my husband and I met, he wanted to impress me by trying out some German foods. He headed to Kroger, scored a package of German Sauerkraut, popped it in the microwave, and… hated it. Maybe he should have tried Currywurst or German strawberry tart instead. A few months later, we went to visit my parents and my mom prepared Bratwürste with – surprise –  Sauerkraut! After finding out about dinner, he dreaded the moment he’d have to try again and was stunned when hers tasted nothing like what he had concocted. While the dish is by no means hard...

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YOU ONLY NEED FOUR INGREDIENTS TO RECREATE THIS POPULAR GERMAN STREET FOOD AT HOME

You can probably tell by the surprisingly trivial amount of scrolling you have to do to reach the recipe: I am not a food blogger. If you’re looking for intricate meals that take seven hours to concoct and force you to dish out some serious dough to buy 27 elusive ingredients from the Russian, Peruvian, and Samoan store, google “quick and easy family dinners”.   If instead, you’re aiming for simple, authentic, and delicious German cuisine, continue reading. You’ve come to the right place! LET’S WATCH OUR STEPS Will the internet burn to a crisp, if I blog this recipe...

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EIGHT ESSENTIAL TRICKS TO MASTER ANY GROCERY CHECKOUT PROCESS IN GERMANY LIKE A NATIVE

When I was checking out at a US grocery store for the first time, I snatched everything from underneath the bagger’s nose and hurled it back into my cart as if my life depended on it. I like to think the looks I was getting were due to people being in awe of my nimbleness. Grasping on to that belief helps me overcome the delayed feeling of utter humiliation, I suffered about a day later when I realized my mistake. I hope your first grocery haul in Germany was less cringey – however, don’t fret if it wasn’t: I’ve got...

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IF YOU’VE NEVER MUNCHED THIS ALONG WITH A BEER FOR BREAKFAST, YOU’RE DOING LIFE IN GERMANY ALL WRONG

Not a coffee fanatic? Not a problem. Simply sip a beer for breakfast. Granted, it may not be as common as I made it sound – especially outside of southern Germany – just like not all Karens over 40 gulp mimosas each morning. Still, Weißwurstfrühstück is Bavaria’s answer to brunch, with the exception that it traditionally ends before noon since “the sausages mustn’t hear the church bells ring”, according to an old saying. What kind of kooky rule is that, you ask? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Read on to learn more about this savory southern German...

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QUICK AND HEAVENLY GERMAN STRAWBERRY TART

Growing up, I spent most of my days at my grandma’s place. Let me tell you about every single time her house – a picture-perfect sanctuary from a different era, surrounded by orchards, gardens, and flowerbeds – was filled with the mouthwatering smell of this tart. This is a food blog now, so either read my entire biography or SCROLL! Work for your food! No, just kidding. We both know I’m not a real food blogger, nor do I want to be. I am just passionate about eating – oh, SO passionate – and don’t want you to miss out...