Pam and Will Come to Heidenheim!

On Tuesday, August 3rd we happily welcomed Lauren’s parents to Heidenheim.  They actually came in on a train from Zurich, Switzerland.  It was planned for them to stay with us for 1 week before heading on to other European adventures.

First we welcomed them with some coffee and a variety of pastries from the local bakery.  Coffee and sweets are an important part of the afternoon in Germany!

Welcome to Heidenheim!

A delicious afternoon snack

Over the course of the next few days, Pam and Will sampled some of the best Germany has to offer.   German foods they tasted:

1. Späztle–Famously popular in southern Germany, späztle are egg noodles, similar to little dumplings that are typically served as a side dish unless it is…

2. Käsespäztle–Southern Germany’s version of Mac n’ Cheese.  Egg noodles/dumplings mixed with cheese.  Yum.

3. Weinerschnitzel (with pork)-Pork pounded thin and fried.

4. Weinerschnitzel (with veal)-Veal pounded thin and fried.

5. Bratwurst (red, white, and currywurst!)-different sausages.  The currywurst is just white sausage cut up with ketchup and curry sprinkled on top, most famous in Berlin. 

Currywurst---Berlin specialty

6. German salads–One of Lauren’s favorites, salads in Germany are often served with any combination of potatoes, kraut, beans, carrots, slaw, etc. underneath the lettuce. 

Will and White Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Boiled Potatoes

7. Quark pastry–Quark is a yogurty, cream cheese-like filling that often goes inside of pastries.  There were other pastries, too, probably too many to name.  🙂

8. Schweinesteak–Basically a pork chop but prepared with a delicious herb butter on top. 

Pam and Lauren at the Geschellschaftsgarten--Schweinesteak on right

9. Sauerbroten–Beef marinated in red-wine vinegar and various seasonings. 

10. Sauerkraut–We know this.  Basically pickled and fermented cabbage.

11. Flammkuchen–Tasted at the WineFest in Heidenheim, Flammkuchen is a delicious pizza that is served on very very thin bread dough, topped with sour cream, onions, and sometimes sprinkles of bacon and chives.  Delicious!

12. Schweinenacken–Lauren was surprised when she got home from the grocery store and realized she had picked up “Schweinenacken,” aka pork neck chops.  While they weren’t the first on everyone’s list, we ate them with roasted parsley potatoes and freshly sauteed broccoli.  Not bad. 

13. Turkish Döner–Ok, so this isn’t German cuisine, but there is a large Turkish population in Germany and one of their famous creations is a Döner.  A Döner is a pita pocket stuffed with either lamb, turkey, beef, or chicken.  On top goes a yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and cabbage.  Yum Yum. We also sampled a Yufka Döner–Turkey and all the fixings in a long, flat wrap. 

Pam and Will with Doeners

Okay, enough about food!

The first day Pam and Will were here Lauren took them downtown to have a look around.  On Wednesdays, Heidenheim has an open-air market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads, etc.   Mom and Dad loved looking around at the streets of the shopping centers, and Mom kept asking things like, “So this is what a typical German town is like? ” because she couldn’t get over how quaint and “Epcot-center”-like it is. haha

Mom and Dad at the Market


The Streets of Heidenheim

Pam and Will in Heidenheim

View to Castle from the Doener Shop. (Dad's mouth is full!)

Mom and Dad really enjoyed all of Heidenheim and we were very glad to have them.  🙂  It was fun to impress them with our German (because as our German teacher says, “A little is a lot”)  and to show off our new home.  All four of us traveled to Berlin for a 3 day weekend, but that post will come later. 

Pam and Will are now in Salzburg, Austria and will end their European travels with a stint in the Swiss Alps.  Thanks for coming, Mom and Dad!  Love you!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Pam on August 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

    We had an amazing visit! Thanks, Lauren and Russ.


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