for me, a good day in bavaria involves…

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

1.  eating gemüse spätzle1 people often ask me what my favorite thing to eat in germany is.  well, this is it.  not schnitzel, not bratwurst, not sauerkrat….no, gemüse spätzle has been my ultimate weakness since i first came to bavaria in 2009.  vegetables, noodles and cheese – what’s not to like?  piotr once told me that if i ate this every single day, there’s a chance i miiiiight gain a noticeable amount of weight.  i tried it for a week and….well, he was right.  so, this is sort of a special occasion meal these days.  ;)

2.  taking a stroll through a bavarian neighborhood
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when i lived in a more rural part of germany, i used to love walking through the neighborhoods and taking photos of all the traditional bavarian homes i passed (and hopefully not looking too creepy while doing so).  they are especially dreamy in the snow!  and even now that it’s sunny, i can’t get over how manicured all the yards are – they almost look too perfect to be real.  i love mentally noting the difference between these neighborhoods and american suburbia as i pass by.

3.  roasted almonds at the market
you can find roasted almonds at all the outdoor markets here!  cinnamon-coated almonds, nutella-coated almonds, chocolate almonds – you can order 100 grams of any kind you fancy and they serve them to you in a paper cone.  i found myself “accidentally” detouring through the main market square in nuremberg (seen above) quite a bit this past year just to treat myself to this snack.

4.  stumbling across a secret gnome family
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how funny is this little scene?  i spotted this in the backyard of a house much like the one seen in the 2nd photo (i was standing on a bridge that overlooked a few yards).  i would have loved to have this in my backyard when i was little!  i think i would have rearranged them every day. :)
5.  buying a vespa
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ok, i didn’t buy this vespa….but i so wanted to.  it’s what euro barbie would drive, right?  can i be her?

27 comments:

Saara said...

Nooo, we are so alike!!!! I also love all cheesy spätzle! First I hated it because I always got such a stomach pain of all the fat but if you enjoy it once in a while, it's amazing! Here in Vorarlberg they always eat just käse spätzle made of bergkäse. So ONLY cheese!

I have also photographed a bunch of pretty houses both in Austria and Germany!

And I loooooooooove the nuts! In München on Marienplatz I can't walk anywhere without buying a cone!

Jenni, I would so want to meet you! I know this sounds creepy as I am just a reader! But it would be fun :) We hang out in the same places wondering about same things and I can always relate to everything you write :)

Renee B. said...

Ok. Ok. Ok. That's it. I'm coming to visit you and we're going to do all of these things. Especially the gnome family, geezipeeetes how cute is that?!?! :)

Megan said...

roasted almonds are such a weakness of mine. i wish they didnt have the most heavenly scent!!! and i totally love the bavarian homes in the snow! just gorgeous!

Dylan Fitzgerald said...

Regarding Item 1: I am drooling all over my keyboard.

Also, if and when you're ever in Cambridge, MA, there's a little gnome hole in a tree where somebody put a door and an awning. Kind of makes me want to be eight again.

Mighty Burns said...

awww pink vespa I love it!

teeundschnaps said...

haha, it´s so neat to read about all your experiences in germany!
i grew up in a little village in ostfriesland and now live in berlin for already a few years. i´ve never really been to bayern yet. i think... it´s not really germany! ;)
liebe grüße!
anna*

TexaGermaNadian said...

I'm pretty disappointed you did not get that pretty pink vespa! haha. Don't you just love how all of their backyards and balconies are perfect little representations of what you would for sure think Bavaria looks like. It is like they do that for our amusement! lol

Jeneric Generation said...

Oh my gosh. I can't have spaetzle for lunch and I might die. That looks sooo good. The time you made it for me was the first time I had it! It will always be the best.

Be Euro Barbie! That is so cute.

Brissa said...

scoot scoot!! i love it! i really wish you had bought it.

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

Oh my. That spatzle looks amazing. I am staaarving right now, and sort of disgruntled that all I really have here for lunch is some damn bread and lunch meat. Bleh.

You are livin' the dream, girlfriend. Can I come visit you? Mmkay, thanks. :)

mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e } said...

I wish you did buy that vespa. It's so cute. And I love that you are taking pictures but trying not to be too creepy while you do it. HA ha.

Also I think you'd be great at dodgeball. Don't sell yourself short.

Bekah said...

am i the only person who thinks that gnomes are a little bit creepy? i arrived at a garden birthday party after dark last week and all of the gnomes lurking in dark corners gave me the heebie jeebies. for serious.

i think my greatest day in baden would be if someone *gave* me a vespa. lets be honest...i don't have that kind of cash :)

and my final thought for you:
galileo had a report on german stereotypes of poland tonight that made me think of you (creepy? i hope not...)

Alex said...

Oh man, that gemüse spätzle looks fantaaaaastic. I've always wanted to try.
I'm all about the Vespa. I wish I could have one here, but I'd be killed on all the freeways. booo.

debbiecutieface said...

oh I love the Bavarian homes!

katrina said...

i love the gnomes. we are starting our yard right now and i keep telling my husband we need to buy a bunch of gnomes. he thinks im creepy. i think theyre cute. HAH!

food looks delish. i neeed.

Krystal said...

spaezli!!!!

Suzzie V said...

That looks so yummy! My husband lived in Germany for 2 years, it seems like such a wonderful place!

Jan said...

Yum - I would buy the cinnamon almonds if I were there. That gnome family is the cutest thing ever!!!

Abby said...

Sounds like a wonderful day!!! I especailly love the gnomes :)

Mackenzie said...

okay, so you had me at nutella almonds. that's worth a plane trip to germany, right? i think so.

kimbirdy said...

vespa and gnomes?! holy cuteness! and nutella covered almonds? oh sweet lord. i'm going to need to try that. the gemuse spatzle too. better book my flight.

colleen said...

that vespa would be pretty rad.

leigh said...

I would pee my pants if I could drive a vespa. & I wouldn't even be embarassed because my bike would be so cool.
P.S. I can smell those almonds from over here!
Love, Leigh

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Tucker said...

those roasted almonds... omg i can taste them. so good. and yes, let's buy matching pink vespas.

amanda said...

ahh i loved this post! so wonderful. i really need to start traveling the world! and can i PLEASE have that vespa???

xo,
amanda

Rebecca at Cotton+Wood said...

Love the pictures! Love the post! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping to satisfy my obsession with Europe. Ahhhhhh....I want/need to visit again!