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!