Dickmilch and More

Germans seem to have a knack for organization:


They put the tinkle drink, the sweaty milk, and the dick milk right next to each other. If you had to try one, which would it be?

German Grocery Insights

-Germany seems to have a big organic initiative going. Many items at the store are labeled “Bio,” which is apparently the German way of saying “organic.”

-Germans don’t really like spicy food, but they love salt.

-German breads are mainly dense and nutrient rich with nuts, seeds, and whole grains. You’re hard pressed to find Wonder Bread around here, although baguettes, rolls, and pretzels abound.

Some common items sold in America that I was surprised to find at the German grocery store: green smoothies, a wide variety of nut butters (in addition to peanut, there is mixed nut, cashew, and a delicious cranberry almond butter), fresh refrigerated pasta, salad kits, kombucha (but totally different from what is sold in America), higashi wakame (Japanese seaweed salad)

Some items I wasn’t at all surprised to find in the German grocery store: pickled everything–from cabbage to pork, a thousand types wine and beer, a variety of water with differing levels of gassiness (mineral water is huge here), two entire aisles of chocolates, more than 20 different types of museli

My Cooking Limitations

Unfortunately, I’m very limited in what I can buy at the grocery store because I’m living in a hotel room with no kitchenette. I broke down and bought an electric kettle for tea the other day, but I’m trying not to buy a stove because I’m sick of having to buy kitchen appliances every time I work a different show.

I don’t have a refrigerator, but as it turns out, the Germans don’t mind if you want to jump out of their hotel windows, so mine open all the way, allowing me to put a few items on the two-inch-wide ledge outside my window and suspend others in a bag hanging off the window handle. I’ve got milk, cream cheese, yogurt, smoothies, fresh pasta, and butter hanging out there. Inside, I have fruit, nut butter, Zartbitter (like Nutella), wine, eggs (they don’t need to be refrigerated here apparently), jarred fruit, pickled vegetables, bread, olives, cream of rice cereal, and granola. All things considered, I’m not doing too bad for not having a kitchen.

Luckily, we live right next to a mall that has a sushi bar in the basement. I guess you can take the girl out of Japan, but…well, she’s still going to want to eat sushi. They practically know me by name down there already!



  1. None of those milchs appeal to me, but I’m an almond milk non dairy kinda girl. Sounds like you have adjusted well. Are the people in the sushi bar German or, well,
    Japanese-German? Love you and the adventures.

  2. None of those milchs appeal to me, but I’m an almond milk non dairy kinda girl. Sounds like you have adjusted well. Are the people in the sushi bar German oh, yeah, Vietnamese -German? Love you and the adventures.

  3. So…”dick” means “thick.” I don’t know what the other funny words mean, but I ended up buying the dickmilch, and it tasted just like yogurt. I drink dairy, but I like almond milk and soy milk, too. I should have added that to the list of things that surprised me. You can easily buy almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, and gluten free items here. Yes, I’m adjusting okay, although I miss Japan a lot still, especially the food. The people who run the sushi bar here are from Vietnam! I was so pissed when I tried to speak to them in Japanese, and they had no idea what I was saying. I’m always looking for Japanese people to talk with!

  4. What a great kitchen you have designed! And with your new kettle, you can cook just about anything. Only two aisles of chocolate, but that sounds about right for a month of savoring. Refrigerating eggs is an American thing, not seen it elsewhere…did the Japanese refrigerate eggs? I hope you meet some Japanese people soon…if you only had Bill…

  5. I think it’s hilarious you have your refrigerated items hanging outside to keep them cold.

    Could it be the eggs you have are more fresh? The eggs we get in the supermarket here in the States to be OLD by the time we get them, due to shipping etc. That’s why you have to refrigerate them. I sometimes get eggs from a colleague at work who has chickens, and she told me that. The ones I bought from her were literally straight from chicken coop to my desk, so I never had to refrigerate them, and also had to rinse them just before using since there’s some kind of protective layer from being laid on them.

    Just my two cents 🙂

  6. This is very interesting as Germany is very similar to Sweden (and by the way, that's Schwedenmilk not sweaty milk but I had a laugh)
    Those Christmas markets are the best!
    I wish I had been in Sweden when you are performing cuz I would have flown to see you.
    See you in America. 🙂

  7. Nicolina, I hope to see you soon!

  8. The Japanese did refrigerate eggs, but it seems that Europeans don’t. Maybe it is because they are more fresh.

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