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Guide to Traditional German Must-Eats

Guide to Traditional German Must-Eats

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Bist du hungrig? In German, this phrase means “are you hungry?” We want to know! If you have ever visited Germany, you came across delicious pretzel stands, pints of beer in traditional beer steins, bratwurst the size of your forearm, and much more. With so many different flavors and dishes to try it’s hard to narrow down the list of what not to miss out on. We are sharing our favorite traditional German food to try on your next getaway to Deutschland.

beer garden in Germany

Our favorite traditional German foods:

  1. Laugenbrezel
  2. Bratwurst
  3. Kartoffelpuffer
  4. Spaetzle
  5. Pork Schnitzel
  6. Knodel
  7. And last but not least, Apfelstrudel

Learn more about each of these dishes here:

laugenbrezl pretzel german food

Laugenbrezel – German Soft Pretzels

If you went to Germany and did not try a laugenbrezel, then you need to go back someday. Thick and soft with a browned exterior, German soft pretzels are simply irresistible. As well as quite famous not just in Germany, but around the world!

  • According to many popular legends, pretzels were first created by Christian monks.
  • Pretzels are considered a good luck symbol in Germany.
  • National Pretzel day is celebrated on April 26th in the U.S.
  • Pretzels were brought to the states in the 1800s by German immigrants.

While traditional German pretzels require a couple of special ingredients, you can make them like the pros, here


bratwurst dish

Bratwurst

Bratwurst (Brat – finely chopped meat, wurst – sausage) is one of the most typical street foods in Germany. While you can find them all over the country, this meal is most commonly found in stands all over Berlin. Here are some other fun facts:

  • The bratwurst sausage originated in Germany in 1313.
  • It is commonly served both on a stick and in a bun, which makes it the perfect on-the-go meal.
  • Bratwurst is made from pork, beef, and veal.

Learn how to make the perfect bratwurst, on a stick or in a bun, here.


potato pancake

Kartoffelpuffer – Potato Pancake

There isn’t a holiday or festival in Germany that doesn’t include Kartoffelpuffer, German potato pancakes. What’s not to love about a delicious treat?

  • Kartoffelpuffer is prepared differently than many other potato dishes as it is grated from raw potatoes, not boiled potatoes.
  • The most traditional way to eat these potato pancakes is with a side of applesauce, which adds sweetness to its savoriness.
  • In order regions of Germany, Katoffelpuffer is known as Reibekuchen and Kartoffelpfannkuchen.

Making this dish is simple and easy. Check out the recipe, here.


egg spaetzle dish

Spaetzle – Egg Noodles

While the photo above may look like yummy scrambled eggs, it’s actually another type of food in the egg family — noodles. Interested in learning more?

  • If you don’t have a spaetzle maker handy, you can use a colander or cheese grader to make spaetzle at home.
  • Spaetzle is one of the most popular traditional dishes in Germany, as well as in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary.
  • The dish is prepared very similar to macaroni and cheese.
  • It can be topped with anything you like, and it serves well as a side or the main course.

Make spaetzle at home with these easy steps, here.


pork chops german food

Pork Schnitzel – Pork Chops

Who doesn’t love making pork schnitzel? This German-style pork chop is juicy, incredible, and so easy to make. Here are some things you may not know about pork schnitzel:

  • Schnitzel is not actually the type of food, but the name for how the pork is prepared.
  • Another name for schnitzel is schweineschnitzel.
  • Hammers are used to thin the pork before coating it in breadcrumbs to make a crispier crust.

Serve pork schnitzel at your next virtual dinner party, and learn the recipe here.


knodel german food

Knödel – Boiled Dumplings

Knödel is a staple side dish to many German meals. Making these dumplings is very easy! But did you know that they very different than any other dumpling? For starters, Germans make these dumplings by poaching or boiling them and then add egg and flour. Here are some more interesting facts:

  • Knödel does not require yeast, unlike many other doughy foods. This is what gives it its uniqueness.
  • The dumplings are traditionally quite large, and can even be as large as tennis balls.
  • Present-day, many Germans include plums and apricots in their dumplings for flavor.

Learn how to make the perfect knödel, here


apple pie german food

Apfelstrudel – German Apple Pie

This delicious dessert originated in the 18th century, during the Austro-Hungarian empire. However, Apfelstrudel is very much popular and traditional German food, today. Here are some other things you may not know about this apple dessert:

  • Traditionally Germany people eat Apfelstrudel warm as it contains a rich creamy apple filling. However, many people also eat this dessert cold. It all depends on your preference.
  • Apfelstrudel has its own English name which is apple strudel.
  • Apple strudel also has its own U.S. holiday on June 17th. Bakeries throughout the country love to celebrate this holiday with delicious pastries for everyone.
  • The term strudel is German for “whirl or swirl,” due to its form once baked.

Make the perfect apfelstrudel for dessert, here.


 Don’t forget to let us know what you are cooking up at home. Have you ever made any of these dishes? We can’t wait to experience them in Germany with you. Guten Apetit!

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Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

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Are you looking for the perfect meals to whip up this week? Look no further because we have prepared a menu of five traditional Italian dishes that are easy to make and will leave you wanting more. Before you start cooking and become the next master chef, it’s important to learn a thing or two about where traditional Italian dishes come from and why they are an integral piece of Italian culture. Let’s start with the origin and ingredients.

italian dishes

Before we get cooking, let’s learn about traditional Italian dishes and cuisine:

Restaurants around the world have adapted certain plates and recipes to create their own version of Italian food. However, when it comes to traditional preparation, it’s important to know the correct methods and ingredients in order to make your Italian dishes just right. Or Perfetto come Italia, as the Italians say.

  1. Italians don’t use very much garlic.
    While you may find garlic bread at the top of most menus in Italian restaurants around the world, traditional Italian restaurants don’t serve garlic bread.  Rather, bread is typically served plain. Italians avoid overusing garlic in their dishes. They prefer to rely on flavorful and fresh ingredients.
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish.
    Don’t worry, we’re not denying spaghetti and meatballs is delicious, however, it is not an authentic Italian dish. Italians actually rarely serve meat in their pasta.
  3. Pepperoni means “bell pepper” in Italian.
    If you have ever walked into a pizzeria in Italy and asked for a pepperoni pizza, you were probably surprised when a pizza with bell peppers was brought to your table.
  4. Naples (Napoli) is the most popular city in the world for its pizza.
    The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997, with pizza as we know it originating in Naples, Italy.
  5. On average, an Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year.
    You heard that right! In North America, a person eats around 15 1/2 pounds of pasta to compare. Yet, we think the more pasta, the better.

italian dishes caprese salad

A Traditional Starter: A Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Juicy and full of flavor, the Caprese salad topped with a pesto dressing, is a staple in any Italian meal. Originating from the Island of Capri in the 1950s, this salad is simple to prepare and requires only a few fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and homemade pesto sauce to dress. Learn how to make the famous Caprese salad with pesto, here.

italian carbonara dish

A Hearty Pasta Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

If you have ever had pasta in Italy, you probably tried spaghetti alla carbonara. One simply hasn’t lived until you’ve had this meal. The real key to making traditional carbonara is making it with guanciale, not pancetta. This recipe requires only spaghetti, eggs, peppercorn cheese, guanciale, and pepper. However,  if you can’t find guanciale in your local market, pancetta is perfectly acceptable to use. Indulge in a plate of carbonara, here.

margarita pizza italian dish

A Classic: Pizza Margherita.

Learn how to make a classic Margherita pizza from professional Italian chefs in Napoli. You can turn your kitchen into a cheesy paradise in just under thirty minutes. All you need is flour, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil and a lot of love to make a pizza like the pros. Find an authentic recipe, here.

florentine steak

A Delicious Main Course: Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

For all meat lovers, you will not want to miss having Fiorentina steaks at your Italian dinner. It’s a known fact that at least one person in every Tuscan home knows how to make this steak. With just a couple, easy steps, you can learn how to traditionally make Bistecca alla Fiorentina, too.

italian dishes tiramisu

A Must-Have Dessert: Tiramisù.

An Italian feast isn’t complete without an incredible dessert. Tiramisù is a classic. With no need to bake, and requiring just a few minutes to prepare, it’s the perfect dessert to any dinner. The coffee biscuit and mascarpone cream are simply irresistible. You’ll have to try it for yourself after learning the recipe, here.

Now that you know how to prepare these five traditional Italian dishes, enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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Ice Cream Month: Where to Celebrate in July

Ice Cream Month: Where to Celebrate in July

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To celebrate the smooth, creamy, refreshing treat of the summer, the National Today announced July as “Ice Cream Month.” The best part about a holiday is being able to celebrate! Couldn’t get any better, right? On the 3rd Sunday of July, the whole world will enjoy this tasty treat. To many of us, ice cream is something we crave for on a hot summer day. It is a staple for any beach family vacation or a stroll around a city in search of the best Instagram spot. But did you know ice cream is very different all around the world? Let’s learn more. 

gelato ice cream month

How Ice Cream Came to Be:

Ice cream originally comes from China. In 618-97AD the King Tang of Shang had a good take on ice-cream. There were 94 ice men working to make buffalo milk, flour, and camphor into a tasty treat. Later, in 200 BC Chinese mixed milk and rice. Then, they packed the mixture in the snow to freeze, thus resembling the ice cream we know today.

Europe Takes Over:

When Roman Emperors discovered the refreshing dessert, they sent slaves high into the mountains to bring the ice back. Then Romans flavored the ice and served to the high blood families in Rome, Ephesus, Carthage, Alexandria, and elsewhere.

Marco Polo Brings the Recipe to Medieval Europe in the Golden Age:

At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought the recipe back from his trips to China. In the far-away land, ice-cream was a popular dish. He introduced ice cream to Italy. It spread over the high castes of Europe fairly soon and later was brought to the Americas.

ice cream in italy

Where to Go for the Best Ice Creams Around the World:

Ice Cream – Germany, The UK, and the US

Before we get into the many types of ice cream, let’s start with the original type we all know and love. The best places to find your everyday ice cream? In Germany, the UK, Netherlands, and the US. Standard, yet incredible ice cream, must have at least 10% milkfat, and the base must not increase in volume by over 100% in the churning process. In Germany walking the streets in Munich or around Lake Garda typically serve ice cream with whipped cream, jam, and strawberry sauce. The Germans really know how to perfect this dessert. 

Gelato – Italy

The magical cities of VeronaSicily, and more not only offer so much culture and history, but also delicious Italian gelato. Stroll down the streets where Romeo and Juliet wrote their letters to each other, or enjoy watching the famous glass crafts being made while enjoying your tasty treat. Made from custard base just as the regular as ice cream, it is higher in milk and lower in cream and eggs, sometimes having no eggs added at all. You cannot visit Italy without having gelato at least once a day. 

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Cream Anmitsu – Japan

A dessert bowl of mochi, fresh fruit, Anko, cubes of agar, and chestnuts, is a traditional Japanese treat. When topped with a scoop of ice cream, you can find it in the streets of Tokyo as Cream Anmitsu.

Dondurma – Turkey

Battered Ice Cream, also known as Maraş ice cream, is a type of mistic ice cream distinctive to the Middle East region. Close to Syrian booza dessert, it is made out of cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.

Sorbetes – Philipines

Distinct from sorbet, the Philippino frozen dessert is made from coconut or ordinary milk, peddled by street hawkers. It is served in a small wafer or a bread bun.

ice cream in the philippines

Faloodeh – Iran

When tasting faloodeh (or paloodeh) for the first time, you will find it similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin starch noodles in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. When served, faloodeh is spritzed over with lime juice and sprinkled with ground pistachios.

I Tim Pad- Thailand

The thin rolled ice cream, also stir-fried ice cream, originates in South East Asia and is made on streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket. The ingredient list consists of liquid base, usually cow’s or soy milk, and comes in generic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry.

Ais Kacang – Malaysia

Traditionally made from only shaved ice and red beans, the frozen dessert now comes with different ingredients, like attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, and cubes of agar.


Now that you know about the best places to try ice cream and its many similar types, be sure to let us know where you adventure to first. Never miss dessert. 

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