Overall the food was very good in Europe. The only thing that I found a little odd was the German salads. When they first come out, they look completely normal: lettuce, dressing, etc. You take a few bites and all seems well. Then you get a pickle and think ‘not bad. I like pickles.’ Then you get sauerkraut and then it continues to get weirder and weirder. There is a bite of some type of odd potato salad and then more pickled weirdness. Then you hit the white beans and the soup that is left over from all that moisture laden pickled weirdness. Each salad was a wee bit different. Kind of like a new adventure with each bite.

The salad aftermath

The hotels we stayed at provided a breakfast that would make any American hotel ashamed. We paid anywhere from 12 to 16 Euros for a hearty breakfast: lattes, fruit, cheese, multiple bread options, croissants, cereal, meat, yogurt, and eggs.


Chocolate croissants

Two mornings we ate a Middle Eastern cafe in Munich. In addition to having a huge fresh baked goods section, they also had a hot foods buffet type area. I only sampled the baked goods but everything smelled great.

In Cologne we ate a brewery that was completely devoid of any other customers. The food descriptions were dubious but I intended to try something new. So I chose the least expensive item on the menu: 3 fried eggs, ham, toast, and salad. This time, the salad wasn’t weird: just lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and endives.

Andy had pasta with sun-dried tomatoes:

We also had regional favorites like mussels and frites:

And cheese, cheese, and more cheese.

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