Food: It is the substance for life, the fuel for travels and a great travel companion that happens to accompany us in many of our photographs. Heck, sometimes there are more photographs of my meals then myself. Local cuisine takes us on an intimate journey of a city’s history and culture. It reflects what they value and enjoy, especially depending on how the meal is eaten. I had quite an adventure with German cuisine during my travels to Frankfurt.
That Four Letter Word: Meat
Did you know that the average German will consume as much as 130 lbs of meat in a year? That is how much I would like to weigh! There’s no avoiding the intoxicating scents of grilled pork or beef. Call it food for the heart and soul, or enough to keep you warm during the cold European winter.
We’re familiar with the joke that when in Frankfurt, find a frankfurter (Do we still call them that? I call it a hot dog.) Actually, the Germans call it wurst and there are over 1000 varieties. I had my favorite that is native to Berlin: Currywurst. These are cut grilled sausage pieces doused in a curry sauce and curry powder. I had them with Dutch style fries: served with Mayo and Ketchup.
Typically, meat dishes are served with potatoes and sauerkraut if you’re looking for that quintessential German cuisine experience. I’m a huge fan of sauerkraut; ironically, I put it on my hot dog… err frankfurter… err wurst.
Budget Travelers will appreciate being able to sample these treats for under 5 euros. The sausage and fries combo is extremely filling. After a few days, you might feel a little: backed up, if you know what I mean. I found a lack of vegetables in typical dishes. Sure, sauerkraut is technically a vegetable, but it fills you up with air. I missed my leafy salads, fire roasted paprika’s and caramelized onions.
The International Flavor of Frankfurt
Wait a minute, shouldn’t I be eating the local food? I did. I had my fare share of wursts, kraut and potatoes, especially since my two German trips were back to back after having visited snowy Dresden. But, Frankfurt is also an International city. Expats and Foreigners find comfort in this growing metropolis and set up shop to introduce other cuisines.
My digestive system was also crying for some veggies.
And what better way to get your veggie on than with some aromatic Thai food. We were walking down the Christmas markets and the scent led to a trail and a journey to find Thai food. A little sign would guide us to this bright little spot in the middle of a chaotic Christmas market. Ah yes. Bring on the Thai Red Curry. I was even sampling a new dish because it was mixed with peanut sauce. Even better.
There is nothing wrong with trying other cuisines when visiting a country, as long as you give local food a fair chance.
How I feel about German cuisine
I’m a versatile eater who loves trying the local cuisines. There is (almost) nothing I’ll say no to and there’s nothing too daunting about sausages. But, after a few days, I wanted a bit more variety. Since I was only in Frankfurt for a weekend, perhaps I missed out on other German dishes local to the region. Nonetheless, I enjoyed what I ate, I just couldn’t eat it on a normal basis.
My love for European beer began in The Netherlands, progressed to Belgium and continues in Germany. The styles and varieties of German beer allow for too much fun. Sampling the local beer is a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Her Beer: Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen: Yup. The lady is the one with that tall beer glass that is probably larger than her forearm. This wheat beer is actually a banana beer: too interesting for me not to try. What I liked was that it was not extremely fruity. It had a nice banana flavor that wasn’t overpowering the actual taste of the beer.
His Beer: Binding Römer Pils. You can’t go wrong with a regular German pils. He describes it as fresh, light and crisp. (Dutch men can sometimes be short on words!)
Surely, I missed out on a lot of typical dishes. Have you been to Frankfurt? What are your favorites?
This trip was sponsored by Tourismus Frankfurt am Main but the thoughts and opinions are those of the Admin.