Monday, October 18, 2010

Wiener Schnitzel Art and 15-Year Old Scotch Whiskey


What you see above it a gift given to me by a couple Germans who stopped by our place for five days. For some reason, it didn't get opened on the first night but it did on the subsequent four nights. I must say, it was one of the better thank-you-for-letting-us-crash-at-your-place-for-a-few-nights gifts I have ever received. I haven't been to Germany and have only met a few native Germans over the years so it was a real treat. She was the maid-of-honor at our wedding and he was her newly pronounced fiance and we already have a wedding invitation to their wedding in Germany sometime in the first part of the year 2012. I can't wait.

It was an excellent five days though we didn't do anything terribly exciting. We took them on our standard tours, turned them loose for a day at a German village that still functions much the same way it did 100 years ago while we did other necessary things and even took them up to the urban jungle for a day to show them the best Mexican food in our fair state. We played several games of Mexican Train along with some whiskey drinks and even better, they cooked for us one evening making wiener schnitzel art and something else I can't pronounce but was essentially fried potatoes with bacon bits in it. (Art after the schnitzel means it was made from pork instead of the normal veal.) All I have to say is it is a good thing to eat like a German. For their part, they ate some of my turkey burgers and made-from-scratch pizza and pronounced it good to eat American.

6 comments:

R. Sherman said...

"Schnitzl Wiener Art" means in the Viennese way. As for the potatoes, I could figure out the recipe if I knew where your friends are from. Most times these days, at restaurants, Schnitzl is served with fries, i.e. "pommes."

Cheers.

Ed said...

R. Sherman - They were from the Nurnberg area in southern Germany. I do remember them saying something like that there is intense debate in Germany on how the potatoes are prepared. They boiled the potatoes the night before and then pan fried them with the bacon bits before serving.

sage said...

Nice gift, do they need a place to stay in MI?

geri said...

a friend who visited several places in Europe last year named Germany her favorite because of the food and beer =) It must be exciting to have a trip planned for Germany as early as now!

TC said...

Aww, I bet your wife was thrilled to see her friend! :)

R. Sherman said...

Ed, they're just a short autobahn drive away from my wife's hometown. If you go and spend a little time, be sure to head down the A3 to Regensburg for a day or two. It's gives you true Bavarian atmosphere on the banks of the Danube, without the crowds of Munich. What people forget is that Munich and to a lesser extent Nuremberg were wiped out by air attacks during WWII. Regensburg escaped unscathed and so has a much more medieval feel.

Cheers.