German food is not known for its lightness and delicacy. Rheinischer Sauerbraten or DÃ¼sseldorfer Senfrostbraten are staples. At this time of year you can get Spargel – asparagus – , but they insist on smothering it with Hollandaise Sauce, accompanied by Wienerschnitzel and gigantic Beilagen.
Yesterday night was different as we went with my Man in Japan and friend to a Japanese restaurant: sushi, sashimi, grilled eel, rice, pickles, Altbier, Pils, warm and cold sake. Proceedings were enlivened by a loud group of Japanese at the next table. MIJ commented that Japanese abroad behave in a less constrained manner than at home – hence get drunk and rowdy!
We are feeling somewhat tired after several days on the go and with the dreary wet weather. So tonight has been decreed rest night and I will relax with my latest Harry Potter instalment.
Monday night has been booked with my Man in Turkey. We will take a train down to KÃ¶ln and go straight to FrÃ¼h am Dom – a real Cologne institution where the KÃ¶bes (waiters) serve you KÃ¶lsch non-stop. KÃ¶lsch is a most wonderful light beer that slips effortlessly down your throat!