Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Adventures in Germany, Food and Drink, Travel | 7 comments

Before arriving in Germany, the only experience I had with a local butcher was Alice's long-term love interest, Sam, on the The Brady Bunch.  He visited many a Friday night during my tween and teen years. 

But drive through the Bavarian countryside, and you'll see a metzgerei ~ the German word for butcher ~ on every corner, around every bend…and sometimes in between. 

Germans take their meats seriously. 

 

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If someone could please diagram and label the above, I'd be most appreciative. 

 

And then, there's the bäckerei/konditorei…bakery and pastry shops.  Otherwise known as "I died and have gone to heaven."

Bread grains and flour

The second day we were in town, we were treated to a bread tasting.  There was lots of information we never actually got to (umm, if you look closely, explanations of the grains were in German and we were TASTING more than we were being educated….).

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Assorted bread samples

Customers at a German bakery

Breads in a bakery case
Seseme bread

German assorted breakfast pastries

The local bäckerei/konditorei is not limited to assorted breads…their desserts will make you weep with joy.  Visual feasts, scrumptious eats. 

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Meringue thingies

German desserts
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And though I took this at another bäckerei, buttered pretzels are a very common German snack.  And they're delicious.

Brezen, buttered pretzels & latte macchiato

I'm kinda in trouble…aren't I?