Sunday 24th of January 2021

more than potatoes, patatas and kartoffel...


From Mexico to France and Vietnam, many countries around the world have made a name for their unique cuisines, becoming globally renowned for their exquisite Michelin star restaurants or pop-up street food stands.

Running into restaurants serving traditional German dishes, however, might prove to be quite a challenge — even if you're in Germany — as I have learned during six years living in the country.

So, is there really such thing as German cuisine? And how good is it?

1. It's more than just sausages

Francophiles and Japanophiles alike are probably reading these lines in horror, sneering in contempt before leaving the article. But there really is more to German food than just potatoes and Bratwurst.

Chef Joachim Wissler, who runs one of Germany's 10 restaurants with three Michelin stars, has an explanation for why Germany isn't particularly renowned for its culinary excellence.

"The German high-level cuisine is completely underestimated in terms of quality and craftsmanship. It is even misunderstood at the international level," Wissler said in an interview for hotel and gastronomy newspaper ahgz.

"We shouldn't be noticed only when it comes to discipline and accuracy," he stressed, adding that the "DNA of German culinary art" is not internationally famous in part because "enjoyment is not considered a German virtue."

Indeed, Germany currently has the fourth-highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, following France, Japan and Italy — all known for their exceptional culinary cultures.

There must be something German chefs are doing right, with a total of 308 such restaurants spread across the country — from the northern city of Hamburg to the southern state of Bavaria.

2. Fifty shades of beige

If we want to give German gastronomy a real chance, we need to drop the idea the Germans have never heard of spices (OK, some of them really haven't), that all food in the country is in the same color, or that every ingredient can become a sausage as long as there's enough mustard available.

However, many famous German dishes are admittedly just ... pale. From potato salad (dividing the nation over the right way to season it) to Sauerkraut, there's no denial that the color palette of German dishes is not nearly as eclectic as that of the Indian Thali or the Hawaiian Poke.


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Picture above by Gus Leonisky. Famous potato restaurant in Berlin. All the items on the menu, including desserts, contain kartoffel... I don't know really if this line of blog has legs, but Germany is in a quandary mash in regard to hot potatoes such as Navalny and the Ruskies, themselves famous for making Vodka from potatoes... We shall see...




Pictures by Gus Leonisky... Enjoy.


A famous food cart under a bridge not far from the abode of Angela merkel...:




lobe die Sofakartoffeln...

Germany hails couch potatoes as heroes of coronavirus pandemic

Germany has applauded the country's "heroes" who stay at home, "lazy as raccoons."In the ad, the government encourages citizens to do what is expected: "Absolutely nothing."

The German federal government on Saturday released an online video praising an unexpected hero in the country's fight against the coronavirus: the couch potato.

The ad, entitled "#specialheroes — Together against corona," is a 1.35-minute video and calls on people in Germany to follow the honorable example of the modest couch potato citizen.

A Twitter user has even posted an English translated version of the ad.

The short video begins with an elderly man recalling his "service" to the nation back in the day when he was a budding young student "in the winter of 2020, when the whole country's eyes were on us.''

"I had just turned 22 and was studying engineering," the narrator continues, "when the second wave hit.

"At this age, you want to party, study, get to know people, go for drinks with friends…Yet fate had different plans for us. "



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