Every year when I was growing up, my mom and I would bake Christmas cookies, and typically we go a bit nuts… This year I wasn’t home in time to help her, but she and her friend made 26 different kinds of cookies. A little nuts I know, but it has instilled in me a love of baking, and a meticulousness about size and aesthetics of the cookies I make. I never am too excited about holidays, but I look forward to baking each year.
For our Christmas at Halloween party I made a few of the classics: brittle, rum balls, and snickerdoodles. I happened to find the photos of them today, and thought they should be shared!
I LOVE the German pretzel. It may possibly be one of the best parts about the food here.. especially when hot out of the oven. YUM.
The other food here is very heavy–usually consisting of some large cut or portion of meat with gravy and some sort of potatoes. It is good, but wow.. its a lot! Luckily we’ve eaten a lot of Italian food which is absolutely amazing here! (and of course lots of bretzels)
For breakfast, we have soft boiled eggs each day with bretzels and rolls (that are also to die for) and salami. Usually we don’t eat lunch.. perhaps an espresso or an eis (ice cream). Then we eat dinner around 8 or 9pm and enjoy another espresso and some “Schnapps” which is what they call almost all kinds of liquor here.
So I wrote earlier about my wine tasting experience in SF, but this was COMPLETELY different! We drove about 2 hrs to the western part of Germany and stayed in a quaint little village. By quaint I mean quaint.. Mikey and I went to “explore the town” and got about 2 blocks before we found ourselves in the middle of a field. It was very cute though, and fit every picture you might have of a small town in Germany with the white houses and dark trim, bright flower boxes and terra-cotta roofs.
We went to a small winery where we sat at our own table and proceeded to taste 12 different types of German wine. Who knew they had so many different types! There was champagne and liqueur, white wine and red, sweet and dry. After the 5th wine, they brought out a spread of food… which included 6 different types of sausage-like meats that were very interesting-looking.. slabs of ham.. and finally raw beef to be spread on bread. This was by far the most interesting flavor I have ever tasted. Apparently there are some in the western part of Wisconsin that also eat such things, but it was shocking to me! As unappetizing as it may sound however, it was delicious and I elected to have more! We ended the night by taking two bottles of wine back to our hotel and drinking on the roof patio.
We decided that since we have such a sweet (…and expensive) apartment, we should have weekly cocktail hours at our house. It all started because we had a TON of leftover salads and food from Brendan’s Midwest Salad-themed graduation party… and now has evolved into a weekly cocktail hour and a website! So, if you’re in San Francisco and reading this, come on over every Tuesday from 6 to 10. We have a new theme each week! If you’re not here, you can check out our website at sfdrunk.com.