The weekend is almost upon us, meaning I need to make sure I have all the food I need for Sunday and now Monday with it being a German holiday. I know for the U.S. it's Memorial Day, but it also happens to be a Germany holiday that same day (I heard this is the schools two week break but I don't think that's why there is a holiday). I also learned that the German schools have this two week break, then go back to school and have another break for six weeks in August (hence the European vacationers in August).
At Aldi (a grocery store) today, I was almost giddy about seeing a bread machine thing. Like the coffee machines here where you pay and your yummy latte machiatto or espresso pours out, the bread machines operate the same way. Pay 29 Euro cent and a pretzel pops out of the machine. I think I'm blind because I have never noticed this before (my husband says I walk around with blinders on all the time, hah). I don't actually eat bread that often, but I thought it was hilarious and awesome at the same time that you can press a button to pick your bread and out it comes! I was, however, a little sad that I forgot there oftentimes isn't a cold beverage section. That was my whole reason for the trip to the store before getting side tracked (like always) looking at all the German foods that interest me. So I just had to wait until I could find something cold to drink.
I feel almost completely adjusted to the German way of living. I go to the Metzgerei to get my meat, walk up to Rewe (a big grocery store chain) to get most of my food, stop by the fruit and veggie stand to grab what I need, then up to the Fish market to get some fresh salmon. The choices are phenomenal. I can get mussels, clams, oysters, all sorts of octopus, fish, and many things I'm not sure what they are other than I know they come from the ocean. I used to find all this burdensome to do and would think 'what I wouldn't give for a Safeway around here!' but the longer I am here and the more I explore, I realize that the variety of things offered is very vast. Sure you can get most of what you need at a grocery store, but the local shops have better quality stuff and more variety. I don't think any meat section in the U.S. has anything on the cuts and cured meats and brats and everything that you can get here. I love this place more and more. And I like food...I talk about it a lot on this blog! It completely fascinates me what people eat in other cultures. I think food says a lot about a culture in general, and that's probably why I love seeing what is available.
I also made a run to the local Metzgerei (meat/butcher shop). Sometimes I shoot from the hip and just point to things and say 'Ja Bitte' (yes please) to try something new out. Sometimes it's a hit and sometimes a miss. Either way it's always fun to try new things and sometimes I find I'm not exactly sure what animal the meat belongs to! They cut everything right in front of you, from your bacon to your steak, and grind up your burger meat in the same fashion. I still need to make my trip up to the fish market but may wait until next week as I think I have plenty to hold me over.
It's a beautiful day outside and I'm torn between riding my bike or finishing my book. Maybe I'll do both! Ciao for now!