i'm taking a break from my typical post - as i wasnt home in my kitchen and able to whip together new recipes/take photos. so i'm going to tell you about my trip and food experiences while in germany. this trip marks my third visit to hamburg. my previous 2 visits were a bit difficult food wise, as i wasnt as food savvy as i am nowadays - ie sourcing grocery stores and local venues that accommodate to those with food allergies/intolerances.
first off i arrived pretty early - my flight got in around 7am local time - and it was a bit too early to check into my room - so i walked down the esplanade from the cute hotel i stay in every year to get some coffee. it was perfect - drizzly outside and quite inside the cafe - i sat and enjoyed my soya latte - then was able to check into my room after a couple of hours. fyi - its not uncommon to happen across cafes that stock 'soya' milk :)
i found a few markets with antipasti counters - where i picked up olives, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh fruit. also, my colleagues and i were told to visit a great, authentic sushi joint right around the corner from our hotel. amazingly enough, the waitstaff actually knew what tamari was (traditional japanese soy sauce made without wheat - slightly woody and smokey taste - waaaaaay better than soy sauce) AND had it in stock! we enjoyed tons of fresh fish - salmon, tuna, red snapper, squid and the list goes on...
while i'm my room at one point i decided to google vegetarian restaurants in hamburg - to my surprise there was one, not far from my hotel in the city center called season. as you all know, i'm not a veggie - but i figure that restaurants that cater to vegetarians are far more likely to understand the food allergy/intolerance thing.
|season's vegetarian buffet|
i ventured down to season - a cute little buffet style vegetarian restaurant located below an art gallery. their website boasted dozens of vegetarian choices - with gluten free and dairy free options to boot. as soon as i stepped in, i figured i had died and gone straight to heaven. beautifully decorated, clean, contemporary with bold, beautiful veggies everywhere. twas a feast for the eyes.
|the meal deal.|
dont ask me what i ate - all i know what i went for the options labelled vegan and gluten free - as i knew they were safe (from my big allergies). there were carrot slaws, cold potato salads, tomato and eggplant caprese (sans mozzarella), mushroom herbed rice, mache salads, cold quinoa salads.
heaven, heaven, heaven.
i ended up visiting this great restaurant 4 times during my stay and made friends with the two gals working at the counter. they were extremely friendly and warm toward me - i told them it was next to impossible for me to eat full meals while traveling because of my dietary restrictions. at one point i inquired if they had any gluten/diary free pastries - unfortunately, they did not. HOWEVER - one of the girls said that she would talk with her colleague and see if she had any at home. the next day i went back for lunch - when i went to checkout yvonne, the gal on the left in the pic below, presented me with homemade vegan/gluten free carob chip cookies. i thought i might cry. i couldnt believe how unbelievably friendly these girls were and that they brought me goodies to eat (that were delicious). before i left, we exchanged email addresses and agreed to find each other on facebook.
all in all my trip was great. i had a wonderful time - got to see a bit of the city between work and got to eat delicious food despite the big allergy/intolerance hurdle. i saw parts of the city i've never seen before, and met some amazing people during my journey. if you've never checked out germany before - do so - and be sure to spend some time in hamburg. i promise you - you wont regret it.