Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Trip to Germany and a Quick Stop in Spain

This weekend I went to Pennsylvania to visit Justin and help him move all of his stuff back up here to The Culinary Institute.
Being a foodie couple, of course we had to take advantage of the cuisine in Bethlehem, PA. Lucky for us there was a food festival going on at The Steel Stacks in celebration of Oktoberfest.

Justin, his parents and I spent the entire day amongst old steel factory ruins, throngs of people and small heard of miniature doxens.

Justin and I started off on the right foot by devouring sauerkraut prorogues and curry wurst. "What is curry wurst?" you may be thinking. It is a combination of sausages, cut into bite sized pieces, topped with a tomato curry sauce. I think it is an acquired taste, but Justin loves it, even though he says the version he had on the streets of Germany was way better.

Currywurst Sauce
Justin and Currywurst

Mrs. Christen and I waited in line for a while for the next round of German fare. We emerged from the stand with wiener schnitzel, potato pancakes, a meat pie and German beef stew. It was all delicious. Being mostly Irish, it was quite interesting to try a variety of traditional food from another country. At a glimpse, it appears as though the Irish and the Germans have nothing in common, but after surveying what we have retrieved, I started comparing what I knew to what I had. The German meat pie remained me of a Shepard's Pie while the potato pancakes were definitely reminincisent of my favorite potato dish, Champs.

As if that wasn't enough food for one day, Justin and I found a danish stand, and of course decided we needed one. It was warm and gooey and covered in powdered could you go wrong?
After a lovely day eating, listening to music and exploring the renovated steel stacks we all headed home.

If you know anything about me, you know that I can put away some food, so after a few hours of digestion, Justin and I went out for a lovely dinner date.

A small burnt orange restaurant named Tapas was the perfect place to spend our Saturday night. We were seated at the table for two in the window and started off by ordering the specials of the night and then an additional four courses plus two desserts and a latte.
For those out there who don't know what a tapas style meal is, it may seem crazy to eat that much food, but in reality it isn't. Tapas is a Spanish style of dining where a couple small portions of a variety of items are served to share.

We had (in order):
Scallops with Mango Salsa
Lamb Kabobs with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Mushroom and Quinoa Flat Bread
Mussels with Fries
Crab Croquettes
Yellowfin Tuna
Churros with Chocolate and Vanilla Sauce
Lemon Sorbet

Fully satisfied, we left to go watch another marathon of Ghost Adventures to finish off a weekend in Bethlehem.

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