Weihnachtsmarkt [Christmas Markets] in Germany

[Trier, Germany]

Its beginning to look a lot like christmas… 🙂 [I’m totally singing to myself right now]

A lot of people seem dislike this time of year, for various reasons. But for me, I reaaaaaaaaaaally really love it!. Its energetic, frantic, emotional and usually a sign that schools, uni, work and WINTER is coming to a halt…however in the northern hemisphere, winter is FULL STEAM AHEAD… but less steam, MORE SNOW!

Being my first German Christmas/winter, everything is wonderful, and new and awe-inspiring. It truly is  a winter wonderland. Everything makes little more sense celebrating the holiday season when its ‘brain-freezingly’ cold. Like, singing ‘baby its cold outside’ when its ACTUALLY cold outside…

However, I crave the sun, the heat and wearing floaty shimmery dresses to christmas lunch/dinner and all December long.

For me, there is something very odd, but beautiful about rugging up to head outdoors this time of year… making sure you’re layered up like an onion and putting on your hats and scarves. But I think, as much as I adore it and admire it, I would take slipping on a floaty number, popping on my haviannas and wearing SUNSCREEN over a scarf any day…

Yes, I may sound a tad homesick, and maybe thats b/c in a few days I’ll be in Melbourne and sweating like a ‘p***’ eating my words :)…ahh *sigh* the grass is always greener…

Anywho, whilst being in the most random place in Europe, we discovered the joys of European Christmas – the Weihnachtsmart [Christmas markets]. But especially the on in our town – Trier Weihnachtsmarkt. And the sheer joy of Christmas market food!

*Gluhwein [mulled wine]
*Hot chocolate with baileys
*Eggnog

*Poffetjes [dutch pancakes]
*waffles
*crepes

*Schocofruecte [delicious chocolate covered fresh fruit]
*Mushrooms/panfried potatoes
*Potato cakes with apple sauce

and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

If you’re on a diet – forget about it. Indulge in deep-fried, sugar-coated salty numbers and pile on the christmas weight to keep you cosy for this jolly season.

Heres a Christmas mishmash of delicious yummies and the magical backdrop that was my home for the greater part of this year….Trier

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If you don’t celebrate christmas, I hope you enjoy your holiday season and for those who do, wherever you are I hope you’re enjoying some good food and taking time to reflect on the year that has been…2010.

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Tastefully yours,

Joanna

R o y z e l : L e r o y [part 1]

[Bitburger Wirthaus, Trier]

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The grand Bitburger Wirthaus located in the centre of Kornmarkt overlooks the most beautiful Rococo fountain ‘St George fountain‘, and on this particularly sunny day-it was perfect!

Roy & Liezel [Royzel, leroy] were down for a [too] short visit, so we ventured out to check out the local breakfast.

This place is great for locals and tourists as it provides a menu catering for both! – super!

Roy has taken to virgin marys for breaky, so I had a little taste too… to be honest I’m not a tomato juice fan, but it was pretty good I have to say! I’ve since gone and become a avid tomato-juice-with-pepper-in-the-morning drinker!

I believe it was a sunny saturday midmorning/afternoon, we soaked up the glorious sun [which was quite unusual for this time of month in Germany] and went on our merry way to order some of the yummies for our tummies.

We all had the ‘eyes are bigger than our tummies’ syndrome and ordered a tad too much!…

so heres what we ordered…

Lydel: Apple strudel with ice-cream… YUM!

AND…

Ham and onion Flammkuchen…which is basically a light and crispy Pizza type number. The crunchy outside bits are my favourite!!! 🙂

I ordered possibly the largest serving of Smoked salmon and swedish hash browns with a dollop of horseradish sauce. I pretty much shared my salmon with the whole restaurant b/c there was so much. I was worried for the salmon population in Sweden…

Paul ordered a light and fluffy pancakes with a serving of heart attack. OH sorry I mean cream and ice-cream. *giggles*

and lastly and leastly [hehhe] Roy aka Pedro, ordered a salami sandwich. In true German form, the portion was large and filling. The presentation was actually quite lovely – lots of colour and a interesting selection of salady sides.

As per normal German standards, we left feeling like we ate for 4!!! truly so much food, and it was all delicious!.

Service was a bit slow, but there were just soooo many people it was totally understandable.

So this place deserves a big tick!!

* Great outdoor space..TICK!!

* Lovely and sunny…TICK!!

* English menu… TICK!!

* Friendly and good service… TICK!!

* Good coffee…TICK!! [not better than Cafe Lecca, but still pretty good!]

* Delicious fresh food with portions big enough to share amongst 4 people… TICK TICK and TICK!!!

Can’t wait to come over winter where it is all nice and cosy inside watching the snow dance outside… *sigh*

happy eating!!

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Tastefully yours,

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