We already on day 6? Where did the time go?

I left Kelly in the city center. We were carrying full backpacks AND shopping bags after we dropped off the rental car but she still wanted to shop for more. So, I left her there. She just needed “a few minutes to pick up a few t-shirts”. That was over an hour and a half ago and still no Kelly. I’m pretty confident she knows how to get back to the apartment…

Here’s a quick run down of the last three days…

Day 4:

We didn’t leave the apartment until about 1pm as K didn’t wake up until 11 because she was up working so late. We went to the Deutsches Museum, which is sort of the German version of the Smithsonian. I would say that if you’vebeen to the Smithsonian, there’s really no reason to go to the Deutsches Museum. It’s really nice, but it just doesn’t compare.

Afterwards we grabbed a Doner Kebap, known to the rest of the world as a Gyro and then headed off to find some cilantro…

As I mentioned in the last post, we really wanted to make our hosts a distinctively American meal. However, the can get Hamburgers here, so we settled on this recipe from CPK.

Tequila-Lime Fettuccine

We’ve made this several times at home and it always goes over well. And it works well here because it uses things not normally used in everyday German cooking, namely cilantro, jalapenos, tequila, and soy sauce.

One thing you get used to in the US is the ability to go to a giant grocery store that literally has every ingredient known to man. True, half the stuff in the supermarket is processed crap, but you can pretty much find whatever you’re looking for except VERY specialized ingredients.

Here in Germany, life is a bit different. The grocery stores are much smaller and only carry the basics. There are not 10 different brands of yogurt, 35 different brands of cheese, and 150 types of cereal. I hit three different grocery stores looking for cilantro with no luck. We finally found it in the farmers market in downtown Munich under the name corriander (shoud’ve known that one), we also had a hard time finding chicken stock, surprisingly, and had to substitute some weird chicken paste mixed with water.

After an hour or so of looking for ingredients, it was time for a beer. Luckily, we were only a couple blocks away from the famous Hofbrauhaus. We ordered up a couple liters of Radler…

at Hofbrauhaus

Do you think Kelly can finish that whole liter of beer? OF COURSE SHE CAN’T. I knew this but I decided to play a little trick on her anyway. I told her that I would give her $40 if you could finish that beer in 30 minutes.

You should’ve seen her eyes light up when I bet her. She wanted to shake on it immediately, so convinced that she’d be collecting $40 from me before we left. She started strong as she put the glass up to her mouth and started to, well, I can’t call it chugging because of the snail’s pace at which she actually swallowed the beer, but she did look determined…

Kelly at Hofbrauhaus
10 minutes later, she wasn’t much further, but still determined…

K at hofbrauhaus
Another 10 minutes and she finally admitted defeat, just 1/2 of the way throuogh her liter of Radler. Oh well, at least she gave it a shot and we had a good time. As you can see, I had no problem finishing mine…

at hofbrauhaus
So while we might’ve started dinner a bit tipsy, in the end it all came out great and our hosts seemed to enjoy the meal. I know this as there were no leftovers…

Dinner at Munich

Dinner at Munich 2

Soooo much for just one poat and I haven’t gotten through day 4 yet. More to come…

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