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Old 11-17-2011, 02:02 PM   #691
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:15 PM   #692
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Thoughts on the Food & Wine Festival:

Thoughts on the Food & Wine Festival:

This could belong into the Epcot section or in the food section of this TR... But I will keep it with the Epcot updates.

We did eat (and drink) at some of the booths on two days and had fun trying different stuff. Katharina and I shared nearly everything, so we both got to taste it.

Overall however, we both came to the conclusion that we enjoy the World Showcase more without the Festival. The food booths are all very well designed and look cute, but they take up a lot of space. Add to this all the people who want to experience the festival's offerings, even on the evenings when it wasn't crowded at Epcot, there was just not a lot space to move around. We felt that this did distract from the beauty of the real pavilions.

They had a little paper passport for which you could get stamps at every country you bought something from. That was a neat idea and the stamps were nicely designed. But after a while it became a bit bothersome to remember the passport... Maybe I am just not a collector at heart? What I liked however was the fact that they had paper plates designed specifically for this years festival. I don't like the generic “Disney Parks” design they have on the normal plates/napkins/etc. So it was really nice to see something specific for the event here!

So what about the food?? We liked everything we tried with the exception of the Coconut Mojito which just tasted of artificial coconut...

We did try something in Germany in order to find out how authentic the dishes are and picked something which we (especially I) are very familiar with. It was advertised as “Nüernberger Sausage in pretzel roll”.

Well, already the sign lacked some authenticity already... While I very much approved the use of the German letter “Ü” here, they unfortunately added one “E” to many. It should read “Nürnberger” - or if you have a keyboard which does not have the “Ü” you could substitute the “Ü” with “UE”, so “Nuernberger” would also be correct. I told Marv all about this when we got our sausages there together and quite a few people around us seemed to be rather amused by my “lecture”.

The next lack of authenticity is already noticeable from the description, because a sausage would never be sold in a pretzel roll. Pretzel rolls do exist (in our old hometown they were sold under the name of “chestnuts”). But grilled sausages in a roll is a very common street side snack being sold here, and they are always in white crusty rolls (the one in the picture below just stayed in the oven a little bit too long, that's why it appears rather dark). However, if you eat sausages in a restaurant, you might eat a real pretzel with them... So it isn't totally wrong, but neither totally correct. Somehow pretzels in my mind are rather paired with cheese, or a special type of German meatloaf.

So, so far we have certain tiny faults, but nothing major. So let's see how things look like when we finally get our sausage. This is what we got:



And this is what the real thing looks like:



A better view with the bread roll open:



Yes, I specifically went into the city to obtain these pictures for the purpose of this TR! This is the place where I got it from:



So, what do we see in differences with regard to these two? Well, first obviously the fact that the Epcot version is only one sausage and much longer. Here in Nuremberg only one sausage would be considered crazy, three is the smallest portion you get. In a restaurant you have the choice of 6, 8, 10 or 12 - served on a pewter plate. And they are short: only about three inches long. The next difference which is visible is that the original sausages are much darker: they are grilled over a fire made from beechwood. The smell coming from the chimneys of those sausage restaurants is one of the typical smells of Nuremberg... Of course having an open fire in Epcot might not be really feasible, but they should have let those sausages get a little bit more colour...

What you don't see is the taste. First of all, the original is a very coarse sausage, meaning that meat inside is still in little chunks. The sausage at Epcot was much finer, the consistency more similar to a hot dog. It also did taste differently. The original tastes very distinctly of the herb marjoram, that wasn't so notable in the Epcot sausage.

So, what did we think about the sausage: While it wasn't the true Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, it was a pretty good sausage and it tasted very much like a sausage you might buy as a snack in any other town in Southern Germany. It did remind us of another famous German Bratwurst: the Thüringer Bratwurst (no, it isn't necessary to have a Ü in your name, to have a Bratwurst named after you...), even though Thuringia maybe should not be called “Southern Germany”...

Oh, and finally: the mustard tasted just like typical German mustard. They did get this perfectly right! And while in Nuremberg you might get horseradish with your sausages in a restaurant (I would recommend that, it is very tasty!), if served in a roll, it is always mustard and never ketchup on those sausages!!

However, the real thing is considerably cheaper – my three small sausages in a roll were 2 €, that's about 2.70 $, while the Epcot version was 4.50 $. And I did not get it at the cheapest place in town, but rather at the place which is directly at the main square and which is hopping everyday with locals and tourists!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:18 PM   #693
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Anything good come in the mail today? Or do you only check it as often as you seem to check email???
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:23 PM   #694
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That means tomorrow will be two weeks since I mailed it.... I was hopeful when I saw your update since the sausage picture looked a lot like mine.

Guess I need to come try the authentic version and give my own critique from an American perspective.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:05 PM   #696
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That means tomorrow will be two weeks since I mailed it.... I was hopeful when I saw your update since the sausage picture looked a lot like mine.

Guess I need to come try the authentic version and give my own critique from an American perspective.
You know, I would have loved to bring you and Rosie some sausages, but you aren't allowed to bring meat products into the US from abroad...

So, yes, you really have to come and try them here!! Wendy and her husband did just that last year! That's the place where we went to have lunch together.
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And I'll be having some sausages in about 40 hours!!!

Marv, I just checked the mail I sent you, I got really nervous, but I sent you the right address... I hope it arrives tomorrow so I can see the pictures when visiting Magdalene.
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Ok I'm drooling over this picture!!!! How I wish I could be there now! Those were the best sausages (IMHO) we tasted when in Germany! After Dave and I left we both said we could have eaten about 12 of those! And the pretzel's were good too! We so wished we could have spent more time talking with you great conversation! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Oh and I won't exclude Katharina either because where we went to eat with her and her DH was super delishous as well! I still remember that pizza I had!! Dave and I still talk about that night and what a nice time we had with the two of you!

Ok I have to say ALL the food consumed in Germany was soooooo good!

And here I am with my lovely dear friend right after eating those yummy sausages!!



And here is my lovely friend Katharina right after eating with her DH and then proceding to get confused on the U-bahn because of construction! We did eventually get back to our hotel with the help of a very nice women who stayed with us until our stop!

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Wendy, I thought that you would love this update!

How funny to see those pictures again! And I must say Nuremberg is much prettier than Berlin... Well, to be fair you picked one of Berlin's ugliest corners for that picture! The U-Bahn station where Katharina lives now is much nicer!!

Do they ever sell Nuremberg sausages at Aldi? You seem to get quite a lot of German food there, so I wondered whether they would have the sausages, too? Not that I expect them to be as good...
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Sorry it wasn't quite as authentic as Disney would want us to believe. Still, I'm glad it at least didn't taste terrible.

I'm drooling over the pictures of the sandwiches. If I ever get to Germany, I think I need to sample this!
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Wendy, I thought that you would love this update!

How funny to see those pictures again! And I must say Nuremberg is much prettier than Berlin... Well, to be fair you picked one of Berlin's ugliest corners for that picture! The U-Bahn station where Katharina lives now is much nicer!!

Do they ever sell Nuremberg sausages at Aldi? You seem to get quite a lot of German food there, so I wondered whether they would have the sausages, too? Not that I expect them to be as good...
That picture with Katharina was a last minute thing! We were having such a good time we didn't even think to take pictures earlier!

They do have sausages at Aldi and we've tried them but they don't taste the same. I picked up Lebkuchen the other day and it's ok but not as good as the ones you sent last year! I did find a web site where you can buy German goods! Germandeli.com! I should have you look at it and tell me what is good and what is not so good to eat! I just bought Dave some Mezo mix and Fanta for Christmas! We LOVED this when there!

I think both cities each have different beauty! Thanks again my friend!
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I read your 2010 TR and was glad to find this one and got caught up with it today. It is good to see a different style to the trip reporting and I can't wait to hear more about your trip.

We made it a point to see the movies in the countries this year as well, it was great to see them as I hadn't seen the China and Canada ones in years.
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In the spirit of your not quite authentic, but delicious nonetheless festival sausage...since I never got around to a TR for my brief trip to Germany, I thought I'd share this.





My lunch earlier in the day, before enjoying a lovely dinner with Magdalene!

And yes...I ate all 10 of these beauties! They were quite small actually, more like what we would consider a breakfast link size so you can see where 3 on a roll would be a lovely thing.

There were pretzels served on the table, as a side of bread, however you are charged by the each, if you eat them. Not charged if you don't.



Yes, we ate one. Or maybe two!

Mustard on the side



and of course...

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Marv, I just checked the mail I sent you, I got really nervous, but I sent you the right address... I hope it arrives tomorrow so I can see the pictures when visiting Magdalene.
Hope you two are having a great time together!

With the lack of updates you are either very busy together, OR it means my pictures still haven't arrived.......
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