La Belle Au Bois Gourmand: March 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trivia # 1

Apologizing for the absence in my blog...guess what's that thing?

Answer in the next post

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Expat nostalgia

As a former expat in Germany and Netherlands, I do sometime miss some snacks I could have just there.
It has always been interesting first of all to find globally some snacks but with different names, changing according to the local perception of a naming.
Even more interesting was to discover new snacks or chewing gums I couldn’t have in Italy.
With my surprise, some became popular here too, sold in vending automatic machines, like the chocolate crunchy balls Maltesers
But some are so peculiar, it is not so common to find them here in Italy.Yesterday I stopped at my fave shop “La Deutsche Vita” where I could find Hanuta (sweet sandwich with solid Nutella) and Yogurette (chocolate bars with Yogurt filling and strawberries, a pleasure for 72 calories each)
I remember instead Chocomel times in the NL. I agree, just milk with chocolate powder. Though, it was nice to have it handy!
Bifi instead was and still is terribly German: a portable single-packed salami stick.
Thirsty? Then drink on it, with Mezzo Mix: produced by Coca-Cola HBC, it’s like Coke with orange juice. Amazing discovery: I need to thank my Mum brave enough to try it first while buying it and I felt in love.As per beers go ahed, laugh about it but I loved Beck’s Chilled Orange and Green lemon. I had them in Bremen of course, where Beck’s is produced by InBev brand.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

समोसा Samosa

I still can remember my first time at an Indian restuarant, at the Bombay (Daniel-von-Büren-Straße 29, 28195 Bremen).

Once again it happened during my German year: I was there with one of my ex boyfriends celebrating my birthday. That is why I can still remember it was on 17th July 2007.

That day, my taste buds discovered something new, and hey guys I am not refering to a new snack nor to a new dish but the world literaly opened to different flavours that I never had the chance to experience before. What I liked most about the food served there was the tandoori chicken and the naan, that particular Indian bread.

What thickled my curiousity was for sure a baked appatizer pyramid-shaped.

That was my first samosa.

It is also common to fry them. Best way to describe them: a pastry with spices, onions, potatoes, peas, coriander, lentils (daal), chicken and sometimes lamb (I don't eat lamb though)

Try it yourself. There gotta have an indian street food shop or restaurant around the corner.

I would like to visit India once I grow up mature a little. At the moment I'm too afraid to face poor people on the street, living in bad condition and dirt all over. Let's be clear: I don't want to see the posh side of India, I am willling to see the real India and maybe the pink city of Jaipur. But now, I am not ready enough...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where to eat in Aachen

Kartoffel, Kartoffel… that is probably the first word a person knows when approaches German.
You imagine a land, not so vast, full of pork and potatoes.
Well, in Aachen I left my heart at Pomm'Pös the house of potatoes in the Nordrhein-Westphalia region where I could taste the best Flammkuchen ever. This dish is from Alsace a borderline area between France and Germany. Its name can also be tarte flambé even if I prefer the hardest Flammkuchen.
At Pomm Pos I experience the one with shrips, spinach and sour cream. Delicious!
If you come to Aachen you should also consider to pay a visit to Rose Am Dom, where you can be delighted by German food. For those who cannot believe it as a worthy culinary experience, just trust me or try it yourself.

Krämerstraße 7,

52062 Aachen, NRW- Germany

Rose am Dom, right behind Aachen’s main Cathedral
Fischmarkt 1
52062 Aachen, NRW- Germany

a typical Flammkuchen