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Aromen aus Deutschland: An Expedition Through the Aisles

Meandering through the aisles of the market section of Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen, the only German deli and market in the Treasure Valley, our Flavoristas were armed – actually, draped with the IMID’s bright yellow Cross-Culinary Voices of Diaspora apron – with curiosity about the ingredients, foods, and spirits that make Germany’s cuisine comforting to the soul.

Earlier in March, our Flavoristas met up with Jamie Webster, co-owner of Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen, LLC, and learned about Germany’s structured food-based dietary guidelines, particularly in the development of children’s food and beverage products such as Fanta – a popular German soda gone worldwide thirst quencher. Within the market, our Flavoristas encountered a variety of goods and products – German, Austrian and Swiss – ranging from all kinds of condiments, deli goods, sweet and savory items, beverages galore, and more. Don’t believe us? Go check them out and let us know about your experience. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen!

Speaking of food, our Flavoristas enjoyed the crispy German schnitzel to fuel their expedition through the aisles of Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen’s market section. What exactly is a schnitzel? A traditional German schnitzel (pronounced ‘sh-nit-zel’) is typically pork meat pounded to perfection, breaded and fried to a golden crisp. Pairing this pounded soul food with your favorite German beverage of choice turns a mere schnitzel into a schnitzelicous experience. Clearly, our Flavoristas will be back for more.

The German “biergarten” (or “beer garden” in English) is rooted in the history, culture, and tradition of Germany. Historically speaking, the quality of drinking water was questionable and often contaminated – simply, not safe to drink. As beer emerged as a low-alcohol beverage rich in calories, it became an ideal beverage for everyday consumption by adults and adolescents. It’s no wonder the “biergarten” is symbolic to the German way of life.

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