The Brandenburg Gate in Marzipan and Other German Food Fun

IMG_6795 When I first saw these Bradenburg Gates at the escalator of KaDeWe I thought: white chocolate? But of course this being Germany when I go closer I saw that, but of course: it was Marzipan.  Niedergger Marzipan, 50 kilos of the stuff (a little more than 100 pounds). IMG_6796IMG_6797If KaDeWe represents the high-end there is also lots at the other end, some of which I couldn’t help but giggle at:IMG_6843 (2) Lust auf Grillen it’s like German Texas!

On the more macabre side I saw this shrunk wrapped pig in a low-end grocery store in Kruezburg: IMG_6844 (3)More amazingly if my reading of the sign is correct the entire pair was 4.99 Euro (so like 6 bucks)IMG_6845 (2) mmmmmmm I think I’ll pass on that one.

Then there was the beer collection at the airport.  I flew out of Shoenenfeld  the hub for EasyJet, Ryan, Aeroflot and TAP (Air Portugal) who I was flying to Lisbon.

The beer selection alone was impressive, talk about leaning into a cliché.IMG_6855 IMG_6856 And my favorite the 6 pack in a lederhosen carrying case:IMG_6853 The most amazing thing to me were these huge kegs that you could buy at Duty Free and take home with you. The picture doesn’t do them justice these kegs must have been 1 or 2 gallons worth of beer.IMG_6857 And of course when drinking Germany’s finest you inevitably will need a snack to go along with it.IMG_6858Of course there is also a very high end dinning scene these days in Berlin focusing on local season cuisine.  I ate at Katz Orange and District Mot while I was there and enjoyed them both.  They are tow very different restaurants, the late is a Vietnamese street food place, bustling, busy and flavor filled, the other is more fine dinner in an incredibly beautiful renovated brewery. Fun cocktails and great service.  The food was well source, though I found it on the bland side, still very worth visiting.IMG_6840

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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One Response to The Brandenburg Gate in Marzipan and Other German Food Fun

  1. reelcharlie says:

    I’m jealous as all hell!

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