normally i like to write travel related posts on tuesdays. ah, but not this week. i’ve been concentrated more on blowing my nose and drinking “fizzy drink” (vitamin tablets). herbal tea with local czech honey has been a mainstay the past weekend… then i ran out of herbal tea. i purchased this aptly named herbal tea (for 10czk!) yesterday, and it’s been doing the job alright.
may has had some great noms, so far. on my birthday, a stop at starbucks inspired me with one of the breakfast sandwiches on offer: a fried egg on belgian toast with ham and gravy. yes, yes, and yes. what makes the dish is using really great bread (definitely something i’ve had problems finding around here).
and we all know how my birthday dinner at zest went down! that vegan restaurant was incredible. the next day i went to the telegraph cafe near the city center of leipzig and treated myself to a kombucha and bowl of pelmeni. kombucha deserves to be served in this glass, always. and below, a popular local leipzig bier.
on the cooking front, last week i decided we were having an american “BBQ” night. well, without the actually barbecuing part. since it was recently america week at LIDL, many products from the patriotically named “mcennedy" line were available. upon some consideration (and questions like, "am i seriously buying this right now?”) i put the following item in my cart. as you can see, the packaging says 500g of pure beef. so i assumed we were getting two 250g big fatty beef patties.
actually, we ended up with two reallyyyy thin flat patties. the interpretations of how this european food distribution company thinks american burgers should look was hilarious…. alex and i had a big laugh after i showed him what the hell we actually bought. so, he reshaped the patties into something resembling a real burger, i made homemade sweet potato fries and mark bittman’s no mayo coleslaw and we had ourselves a very tasty meal. i’m still proud of that one. i am definitely cooking this up again… especially the fries.
maybe it’s strange that i’m going on about burgers being pure beef, but pure, non-porkified ground beef is not easy to come by. usually you’ll just get a mix of 50/50 beef and pork, which i find a bit disturbing.
last but not least, fresh waffles on a stick from the u tri vrbne farmers’ market! farmers market season is back! no further pictures because it was one rainy day but the noms were good for the eating.
next on my list of noms to make: tempeh tacos with avocado mango salsa! happy foodsday.