I’ve been in Munich for just over three weeks now and I’ve been wanting to post on the top 10 food and beverage I’ve missed from Germany (but mostly from Bavaria since I’m here now)!
- Apfelschorle – I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed this fizzy apple drink (I believe it’s just apple juice + carbonated water) during my four years back in Canada. I suppose I could have mixed my own but it’s not the same.
- Bionade – This selection of naturally flavoured carbonated drinks bring back good German theatre memories from my exchange year. I would always have Holunder (Elderflower) or Kräuter (Herbs). Litschi (Lychee) is also very nice.
- Mezzo Mix – Generally, I avoid drinking coke (as in Cola) but Mezzo Mix is one that I’ll allow myself to enjoy every once in a while. It’s coke + orange, and it’s better than orange Fanta in my opinion.
- Bier (Beer) – I’m biased. I prefer German beer. In fact, I prefer three from Bavaria: Augustiner, Paulaner, and Hofbräuhaus. In recent years, the latter two are now available in BC liquor stores (and probably in other provinces in Canada), but Augustiner is one I haven’t had in a long time. I’ll tell you one beer I personally don’t like from Bavaria: Löwenbräu (but don’t let that keep you from trying it!).
- Joghurt mit der Ecke – I first tried this seven years ago when I saw my little cousins having them for breakfast. My favourite is the banana yoghurt with chocolate-covered cornflakes. These are great for 5-minute-breakfasts when you have to run out the door. There are other brands in the grocery stores such as Aldi and Lidl that carry similar yoghurt with cereal cups.
- Currywurst – I’ve been lucky to find someone selling Currywurst in Vancouver usually once or twice during the year. (There is a small restaurant on Main St. that sells Currywurst but the sauce is not the same.) Still, nothing beats real Currywurst in Germany. 🙂
- Brezeln mit Schnittlauch (Pretzels with chives) – Pretzels just taste better with butter and chives! I believe they’re about 2€ but I’ve noticed that pretzels with cream cheese and chives are around 3,20€.
- Confectionary –
- Chocolates – I don’t usually like chocolates but I can eat Kinder Buenos until I die. Have you had them before? You can’t go from with hazelnut cream! The same goes with anything containing cookies and cream. Beware of Ritter Sport and Milka. They come out with so many limited edition chocolates with tempting ingredients and you just can’t stop trying them. My favourite Milka was a 2008 limited edition chocolate bar with pop rocks. Why, oh why, did they have to discontinue it?!
- Haribo Prickel Brixx – My favourite Haribo of all! I found a small pack of these in a candy store in Vancouver for at least twice the price. However, I really, really must give up sweets.
- Weißwurst – These white sausages are a Bavarian specialty, generally eaten for breakfast or brunch (but you may eat it whenever), with sweet mustard. If you’re trying this for the first time, do not eat the skin! I was able to find the white sausages and the sweet mustard at the Farmer’s Market in Granville Island (Vancouver).
- 1€ Gelato – This is a big deal for me! Ice cream and gelato are more expensive in Canada, but of course, that didn’t keep me from not having any during summer. Still, I think 1€ (or about 1,10-20€) gelato just tastes better.
If you’re new to what’s on the list, I hope you’ll get the chance to try them someday! 🙂
Not mentioned in the list because I was able to find them in Vancouver:
- Zuckerfreie Bonbons (Glühwein flavoured)