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Study Tour Extra: Food Review

May 22, 2012
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The following is a review I wrote and submitted for my college’s daily travel blog.  I thought I would post it on here if anyone was interested in a somewhat witty and somewhat charming review of the food (as if I haven’t mentioned it enough already!):

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From May 9th to May 22nd the Holocaust & Genocide Study Tour participants dined in all places from local favorites to world class restaurants.  The class began its delectable culinary exploration in Berlin, where German treats such as bretze and bratwurst were among the first to be purchased by hungry students.  For some students new to Europe, traditional German food such as sauerkraut and spätzle were received with two thumbs up.  Schnitzel was also enjoyed by everyone on the trip.  The group arrived at the perfect time with the beginning of spargel season, which is a white asparagus served plain, with breadcrumbs, or a delicious hollandaise sauce.  Everywhere one went in Germany, advertisements for the popular asparagus dish were present.

On the last evening in Berlin, the study tour and esteemed guests dined and celebrated the first half of the trip’s success at a Berlin favorite called St. George’s Pub.  Everyone was served a mouthwatering three course meal consisting of salad, a main course of meat, fish, or vegetarian option, as well as a fabulous dessert.  Many students felt that this night was one of the highlights of the trip.

It should also be noted that throughout the tour of Germany when students had the option to purchase food during a break, the adventurous tried the wildly popular döner, a Turkish kebab of juicy lamb or chicken served with tatziki sauce and fresh greens.  Turkish food has found its way in German culture and has become a symbol of not only the culinary scene, but a historical coming together of two cultures as well.

In Poland most students were eager to get their hands on pierogies, a typical American thought of Polish cuisine.  And delicious they were!  The pierogies were always fresh and served with cheese and potato, meat, or sauerkraut and mushrooms.  Most students opted to eat pierogies whenever they could!

In the last days of the trip, students and guides met for a truly inspirational dinner with a Righteous Gentile.  The Radio Café served a delicious array of Polish food including rolled steak with buckwheat kasha (a new experience for many) or stuffed cabbage.  When dessert was served, Marian Golebiowski and his daughter recounted the days when Marian realized his life had changed in an instant.  It was a moving experience which left students empowered with kind words of love, compassion, and understanding for others.

I speak for many when I say that the students were sad to leave Europe.  Both the historical and cultural experiences were enjoyed by everyone and food was an important part of the experience.  We leave Europe with filled stomachs and open minds for perhaps recreating delicious recipes back in America!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 10, 2012 17:38

    This made me miss Germany more than … well, a lot. Ich habe Hunger!

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