I started doing a lot of research today on my German stay and came upon some really fun things to do. I will list them off later. However, I also came across some of Stuttgarts culinary treats and thought I would share with you.
Stuttgarter Beer - I am so not surprised by this as Germany is known for it's excellent beer. I am not a big fan of the stuff but I will be throwing some back while there. As they say, when in Rome.
Gaisburger Marsch - This is apparently Stuttgart's "national dish", which is a stew made of Spätzle, pieces of potatoes, pieces of beef, vegetables, meat broth and roasted onions. Sounds very delicious. I mean meat, veggies and carbs. Hello! Sounds like a treat to me. I think I might have this my first night there.
Laugenbrezeln - This is a German spin on the pretzel. Although not a big fan of salty baked good, I will attempt to give it a whirl.
Maultauschen - This looks like a ravioli to me. They are pockets made of noodle dough which contain a filling made of bratwurst, hamburger meat, spinach, eggs, onions, parsley and spices, they are cooked "in the broth" or cut small and baked with eggs, served with potato salad.
Swabian roast - Roasted slices of beef with many roasted onions, usually served with sauerkraut, Maultaschen or Spätzle. Ya, I don't know about all this onion and sauerkraut talk. I might have to pass on this must have.
Spätzle - A "staple" for the Swabians, the dough consists of flour, eggs, water and salt and is scraped with a Spätzle scraper (special knife) from the Spätzle board into boiling salted water so that noodle-like forms result. This sounds really good. I love anything pasta or pasta-like.
Onion cake - Enough said. Hellz to the nah. I HATE chunks of onions. Ew!
Stuttgart Wine - Are you serious? Me + wine = very wide smiles. I hope to enjoy many glasses of this and other local specialities there and bring some back for my peeps! I read that Stuttgart has some beautiful wineries that make excellent vintages and give tours and have fasinating museums to boot.
My boss and co-workers were also raving about the cold meats and dairy products in Germany. For whatever reason, they say these things are especially wonderful in this part of Europe. I will for sure partake as I love me some yogurt.
I wanted to blog about this topic because to me, one of the most important elements of travel is the food and tasting local fare. I plan on really enjoying this element of my three month jaunt into Niemcy and other parts of Europa. Even though German main diet seems to be rooted in meats and I am not the worlds biggest meat eater, I think taking the time sampling a little Laugenbrezeln and some sausages are in order.
As a challenge to myself, I will refer back to this post while away and take a picture of each of these local dishes and drink. I hope one of them is not of me face down in some field passed out with empty stouts surrounding my drunk infused body. I love a good challenge!