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Who wants to try haxe?

24 Oct

Who out there knows what haxe is?

haxe mit sauerkraut

So Joe and I had been told about this dish during our very first week in Germany.  We were told it is delicious, a favorite item in these parts.  In fact someone told us it was their absolute favorite thing they’d eaten while living abroad.  Hmmm, that is a pretty big endorsement.  Makes you want to see what this haxe thing is all about right?  So, haxe is…..are you ready?  Knuckle.  Yes, seriously.  A big ole pork knuckle.

Today on another one of our weekend excursions we stopped for lunch at a really cute German brauhaus.  The place was very warm and inviting.  The menu was, go figure, all in German.  Thankfully our waitress spoke English (or at least enough to meet our needs) and recommended the haxe as the best item on their menu.  So, Joe decided to go hog wild.  Haha, bad joke I know.

Quinn is proud of her German roots!

Yes, even little Quinnie tried the haxe.  She is an adventurous little eater at this point and will eat ANYTHING.  She liked it, honestly.  I  even tasted it.  And I will admit, it was good.  Here is what I ordered though:

schweinebraten

My dish was a much more tame roasted pork with red cabbage and dumplings.  It was delicious though.  Another wonderful and low calorie meal 😉 Who wants to join us for dinner??

 

McDonalds in Deutchland

17 Oct

So today we ate at McDonalds of all places.  In our defense we were borderline desperate.  We were driving around another neighborhood near Heidelberg checking things out and Quinn needed out of the car…stat.  McDonalds happened to just be there; it was a right time and right place kind of equation.  Anyway you know you’re in Germany when this is on the menu at McDonalds:

The Nuernburger

Another view...enough to make any German proud

I would like to mention that Joe ordered this…I did NOT.  Another interesting feature of the McDonalds menu here is the two types of fries offered.  We ordered what are referred to as the “American fries”

American fries

These are served with a sour cream dip on the side.  They do have the traditional fries we are accustomed to at McDonalds also.  Which interestingly, aren’t the American fries…even though they are what’s served in America.  Hmmmm.

 

Dinner at Zum Rad

2 Oct

So I’m still catching up on all that took place while my friend Kim was visiting.  While at a meeting for an expatriate women’s club that I will be joining (yes, I drug Kim to that as well) I met a wonderful German woman named Moni.  She was so kind and as Kim and I explained our escapades in looking for things to do and getting to know the area she extended the invitation to dinner at a local apple winery.  I believe the term is Abbelwoikneipe but I was informed this isn’t really in the dictionary and is part of the Frankfurt dialect.   I could hardly believe how sweet Moni was to meet us out so we could have an authentic German dining experience.  We would never have found this place on our own!  Moni’s husband and son joined too and we had an absolutely wonderful evening.  This family could not have been any friendlier or more welcoming.  The restaurant/apple winery  was adorable and the food was delicious.  All around this was a great night!  Here are some pics from our evening out at Zum Rad:

 

Here is the whole clan: Moni's husband Helmut, Joe, their son Max, Kim, myself with Quinn, and Moni.

 

 

outside area at Zum Rad. Lots of families and kids running around!

 

 

Look at all those apples!!

 

 

This is their son Max with Quinn....this kid was such a delightful young man!!

 

 

Kim and Quinnie!

 

 

Ready to go home after a wonderful evening.

 

We are hoping to find our way back to Zum Rad and to meet up with Moni, Helmut, and Max again!!