Talk to you later *hopefully*!
August 28, 2009
Talk to you later *hopefully*!
August 26, 2009
They have a wide range of whole wheat flour in Bavaria--it's not just one bag you find in normal American grocery stores. Here it ranges from all-purpose to stronger bread and whole grain flour. The flour is given type numbers and are stocked in every grocery store, not just the specialty stores. The whole wheat breads they sell are filled with all sorts of good seeds and nuts packed inside and strewn on top. Makes it easy to eat healthy!
I might have a biased opinion because it's summer right now, but the variety of fresh veggies and fruits here have been awesome. Everyone shops for their veggies and fruits daily rather than stocking up large quantities as we do in the States. Going to the store every other day takes some getting used to, but I'm having a good time experimenting with new ingredients here. Grocery stores also post signs that show clearly where the veggies and fruits come from so it's easier to shop locally by buying just the food that comes from Bavaria or Germany.
Lastly, the cheese! We're finding personal favorites and figuring out that cheddar is just nonexistent here (looks like Mexican food is taking a backseat for the next two years). We've discovered yummy goat cheese, sheep's cheese, emmentaler, and spreadable cheese so far. There also was incident of extremely smelly cheese while on a daytrip with the family. The smell of it stayed on our hands for hours, even after we scrubbed with soap and water several times. So, it's not all good. We just have to steer clear of anything like that again.
So no worries, Greg and I are eating well while here. Maybe Greg'll even post about the various wursts he's tried here...once school gives him a little break!
August 20, 2009
Greg came home with a lebkuchen, although my aunt Na'ama had warned me that you're not supposed to eat the cookie because they can be months (if not years) old. We've seen them all over and MunichDailyPhoto has a great post about them here. Apparently, this cookie inspired the story about Hansel and Gretel. I'm pretty sure Greg's says All is Good. Let's hope as he starts school next week that all is in fact good.
August 19, 2009
I'm going to head downtown a little early this afternoon and try to find some things we still are missing from the house (e.g., coffee cups, tablecloth, other kitchen utensils, etc.). I never know what I'll actually find because they tend to have smaller stores than the all-encompassing department stores like in the States. So if I find the right store, I'll be in luck. If not, the search will continue.
August 16, 2009
We also went to a biergarten called Augustiner Keller with a guy from Greg's school who's been in Munich for 7 years now. Fantastic biergarten with a very nice atmosphere and of course, lots of beer and food. Today we're off to have a traditional Bavarian breakfast (white brat for Greg and omelet for me) and then we're meeting the teachers and staff of Greg's school at a place called the Andechs, which is apparently a centuries-old monastery and brewery. All week he was orientation, city tours, and biergarten visits with his new colleagues (and of course, I'm tagging along for the fun parts of it :-)
August 12, 2009
August 11, 2009
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August 2, 2009
Tomorrow we're going to move into our new apartment and set up all the light fixtures. German apartments rarely have the light fixtures in the apartments (and often don't have the kitchen appliances or cabinets in as well--but luckily, we made it mandatory to have one). We've already done one IKEA run and managed to fit three bookcases, a desk, a fully-assembled large table, all of our lights, and everything else you need for an apartment in my aunt Na'ama's van. I still don't know quite how we did it.
This week, we're searching for a bed, futon, washer, bikes, and internet/phone. Oh, and figuring out our banking situation as the Germans don't take our credit cards, only their bank account cards or cash. Ahhhh, the practical joys of living in a foreign country! ;-)