Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Berlin's Gastronomy

It is almost lunchtime and you've walked more than four hours through Berlin's streets. Suddenly, your stomach is rumbling and your mouth waters. Now you smell typical German food everywhere you go. Are you hungry? Discover what's cooking in Berlin's kitchens and as they would say, ¡Guten Appetit!

Berlin's cuisine is diverse, multicultural and of course, delicious. It has Turkish, Indian, Pakistan, Polish and Czech influences. In addition to enjoying the best "Haute Cuisine" (as in any other big capital), Berlin offers many popular and cheap dishes. It is the German city with the largest number of prize-winning restaurants: if you're a cuisine sybarite, this is the perfect destination for you. But if you prefer the popular and affordable cuisine, don't worry as you'll find suitable food for all tastes and wallets.

If you want to eat the typical German fast food, go to a classic "Imbiss". This is a street stall where you can buy some fast food, such as Berlin's "Bulettes", all kinds of German sausages or a Turkish Döner Kebab. The Boulette and Döner Kebab arrived in West Berlin in the 60's with the influx of immigrants. Currywurst sausag, with a lot of ketchup and curry is typically of Berlin, but is consumed across all Germany.

The traditional Berlin cuisine is rustic and substantial: normally, you'll find homemade recipes served in family environments. In addition, they serve abundant dishes with a variety of ingredients: potatoes, cabbages, cucumbers, vegetables, fowl and pork are the base of most recipes.

Traditional dishes include pork knuckle (Eisbein) with cabbage, cabbage (Sauerkraut) and mashed peas; beef (Rinderbrust) with horseradish, smoked pork (Kasseler); roast liver with apple; mashed potatoes (Stampfkartoffeln) and roast goose. In many of Berlin's restaurants you'll find a daily menu, called "unter de Woche". Normally, they serve dishes with sauces, potatoes, puddings, leberwurst (a sausage based on liver mash), mashed potatoes, Königsberger Klopse (meatballs with mustard sauce), hamburgers with Kartoffelsalat (cooked potatoes with many ingredients) and apple puree (Apfelmus). Also, they are used to eating herrings (this is the favourite fish in Berlin), which can be cooked in many different ways.

If you want to eat in cheap and good restaurants, go to the Kreuzberg and Neukölln neighbourhoods. If you don't have cash, ask if they accept credit card, because not all the city's restaurants have this service.

The typical drink of Berlin is beer. There are all kinds of beers in Berlin: lagers, black, red, wheat ... There is even a special beer for breakfast called Molle! The Molle is a Pils beer that comes from the most traditional breweries in Berlin. Beer with lemonade (shandy) is called Radler and beer with cola is called Diesel. The Berliner Weiße is a typical Berlin beer. The best locations to enjoy a good beer are the Biergarten, which are beer gardens or outdoor patios where you can have a drink and something to eat.

Now, after eating the best meal in your life, you're probably going to need to rest up a bit. Rent Berlin Apartments and give yourself this genuine experience!

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