Street Eats, Munich, Germany: Leberkäse or Obatzda mit Bretzen?

Street Eats, Munich, Germany: Leberkäse or Obatzda mit Bretzen?

Welcome back to Street Eats, the series where we roam the world, discovering the best and the worst street snacks from coast to coast. Today, we head to one of my all-time favourite destinations, the city of Munich! Tucked in the heart of Bavaria, Munich has everything a traveler could ask for. Rich in history with cultural fests like Oktoberfest and Tollwood (summer and winter festival) taking place all year round, visitors to Munich can enjoy beautiful architecture in the form of Schlosses (palaces), inviting parks and gardens, museums, and (drum roll please)… beer gardens!

Prost! Shout out to the beer gardens of Munich

This city holds such a special place in my heart that I actually wrote an entire series on the “Best of Munich”, starting with #10 Schloss Nymphenburg and working down to my favourite place to visit in Munich, the Englischer Garten. One of my favourite things to do in the Englischer Garten (the English Garden) is share a Mass with friends at the Chinese Tower, the Chinesischer Turm, one of the city’s most happening beer gardens. As a newbie on the beer scene, I always order a Radler – a combination of lemon-lime soda and Helles (light beer) or Weissbier (wheat beer) meant to sustain cyclists (Radler = cyclist) in the mountains of Germany and Austria without getting them drunk – and a most refreshing way to welcome in a summer’s day.

Stirring up a thirst like no other, it’s very important to choose the right food to accompany your drink! For most, the easiest snack to grab on-the-go is are big soft Bretzen (pretzels), garnished with a dash of salt to make you go back for another sip. My preferred way to enjoy Bretzen however, includes a big helping of Obatzda, my go-to snack when frequenting any beer garden in Munich. Obatzda is basically a heavenly, albeit creamy, mixture of Camembert, butter, herbs and onions: check out this recipe recently posted by muenchen.de and try making your own!

image credit: Monele58
image credit: Monele58

While obatzda may be my favourite thing to enjoy in Munich, it doesn’t really constitute as street food. For that reason, my vote goes to… Continue reading “Street Eats, Munich, Germany: Leberkäse or Obatzda mit Bretzen?”

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Street Eats, Berlin, Germany: The best of the Currywurst

Street Eats, Berlin, Germany: The best of the Currywurst

Ich bin ein Berliner! Nein? Hm.

Welcome back to Street Eats, the series where we discover tasty street foods from around the world. Today, we venture to Berlin, home to the Reichtstag, the Brandenburger Tor, the East Side Gallery – what remains of the Berlin Wall –  and Checkpoint Charlie, the former border that once divided Eastern from Western Germany.

A city abundant in history, culture, and an unrivaled night life, Berlin is a “must-see” for any open-minded traveler. Jam packed with museums, markets, parks and a pretty nice zoo, this city is worth the stopover, and while the food in Berlin isn’t globally renowned, there is one specialty that has left quite the impression on backpackers, tourists, and locals alike… which is my vote goes to…

#1 Street snack in Berlin: Currywurst

image credit: Blumpy
image credit: Blumpy

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Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?

Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?

Welcome back to “Street Eats” where we discover some of the best, and worst, street foods from around the world. Today, we’re taking a trip to Canada’s capital city. Ottawa, a city whose name is actually derived from the  Algonquin word adawe, meaning “to trade”  takes a lot of flack when compared to the bigger, more “exciting” neighbouring cities of Toronto and Montreal. In truth however, Ottawa is a wonderful place to enjoy a weekend getaway or summer escape when visitors can enjoy one of the many  festivals taking place throughout the year, a great selection of museums and historical monuments, a stroll through Byward Market, or a visit to Gatineau; just a hop, skip and a jump across the St.Lawrence River.

An international hub and home to many diplomats and parliamentarians, the city boasts exquisite cuisine, from fine dining to some of my favourite Canadian street foods. From the specialty cheese shops and fruit stands that clutter the market on the weekends, to restaurants like The Black Tomato or afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier, there really is something for  every visitor to enjoy. That being said, when it comes to tasting typically Canadian cuisine, my vote goes to…

#1 Street Snack in Ottawa: Beaver Tails

I wanted to say poutine, I really did. But the fact is, it was up against a beaver tail for goodness sake. Seriously, does it get more Canadian than that?

Beaver TailsWhat is it?

A Beaver Tail is not really a beaver’s tail – we’re not that barbaric (most of us). It is however, a delicious pastry somewhere in between a crepe and Hungarian Lángos. It’s fried and not at all healthy, but topped with your choice of sweet or savoury (cinnamon and sugar is by far the most popular) it’s the perfect way to end a skate on a winter’s day, or provide you with that extra boost of energy during summer months. Continue reading “Street Eats, Ottawa, Canada: Beaver Tail or Poutine?”