Travel Tips: What To Eat In Berlin
I posted on the things to do in Berlin a few months back, but didn’t cover too much of the food culture. Eating in Berlin doesn’t have to be bogged down in the heavy sauces, meats, or abundance of carbohydrates that equate themselves with traditional German food. Here is my short list of Berlin’s “must-eat” foods, from the obvious to the (likely) unexpected:
Currywurst: Pork sausage is dipped into a curry-laced ketchup mixture, cut into bite-size chunks, and placed on a paper tray with a little plastic fork and a mound of fries – also served with a dipping sauce of ketchup or mayonnaise. The best we had was at Curry36 where both the sausage and the fries were dusted with an extra layer of curry spice.
Döner Kebab: Berlin contains the largest number of Turkish immigrants in the world, so it only makes sense that their food culture would be heavily influenced by the flavors of Turkey. The Döner Kebab is a traditional kebab, complete with meat, cucumber, cabbage, and tomato, dressed with garlic, spicy, and/or yogurt-herb sauces, and shoved into a flatbread. Some locations serve it with a slight twist in either secret-sauces or sautéed vegetables, but even the basic is tasty. We got ours at Mustafa’s, a cultish little street stand near Curry36 that always seems to have a decent line (for good reason). (more…)
Travel Tips: What To Eat In Edinburgh
Yesterday I listed the must-try foods in Glasgow, so to continue with that fine Scottish theme today’s list will center around Edinburgh. I covered the things to do in Edinburgh as part of my second travel destination posts and mentioned the delicious chicken curry pie in Aberfoyle. These are the foods that made our Edinburgh short list, though you can get many of them in either city:
Haggis: This rather gross-looking dish simmers in boiled water an hour or two before being served and it’s no wonder why: its contents. Diced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart are mixed with onions, oatmeal, and special seasonings before being stuffed in sheep’s stomach to cook (though there are vegetarian versions available that look just as unappetizing). This dish is mostly eaten over a large breakfast, but is also served with turnips and potatoes for dinner.
Soor Plums: These hard candies (yes, candy) are sour plum-flavored, bright green boiled sweets that are sold by the quarter-pound in paper bags.
Black Bun: This isn’t the kind of fruit cake that you receive during the holidays as some terrible joke or as your very own “piece of coal.” This fruit cake, which is shaped more like a loaf of bread, contains raisins, currants, orange peel, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and allspice at its center that is entirely covered with pastry.
Arbroath Smokies: These special smoked haddock are sold in supermarkets in the UK (and online) by a small group of businesses who use a single recipe from the tiny town of Auchmithie. (more…)