Recently, I was approached to do a blog post about my dream dinner abroad. I can’t imagine anything I would rather write about… my two favorite things — food and travel! 🙂
If I could have, or make, dinner anywhere in the world, where would it be and what would I eat?
Oddly enough, people who know me now would probably say I would pick a dinner in Paris in a heartbeat. I mean, the entire décor scheme in our home is French Country, and there are very few rooms you can go in without seeing something written in French or a picture of the Eiffel Tower. However, I am not a huge fan of French food. My palate is less than sophisticated. There are very few times that I look at a menu for a French restaurant and drool over what I see. I can imagine that if I ever went to France, the only thing that I would want to eat would be cheese and bread, and I’m pretty sure my gluten intolerance would have something to say about that. Definitely not the Dream Dinner that I would enjoy. It would be memorable… yes… just not enjoyable.
My dream dinner is very specific and I don’t waver in what it is. I don’t even have to think about it. I always know what I would say.
I would love to be with my significant other in Germany at Christmas time. I would absolutely enjoy sharing my special memories of living in Germany as a kid with him. In my opinion, there are few places more magical than Bavaria at Christmas.
I’m picturing our dinner in Nuremburg with a restaurant right off the Main Market Square. If I had to chose a specific one, I would definitely be Bratwursthäusle. How can you resist a restaurant that serves their bratwurst in heart shaped plates?
It would be cold, but I would insist to be seated outside with a view of the Christmas market. I know exactly what I would order — bratwurst, warm potato salad, and handmade sauerkraut. Sadly, I would have to skip the amazing fresh bread and Bavarian pretzels, but I would still absolutely enjoy some German mustard!!
After our dinner, we would venture outside to explore the Christmas market. Then, once we’re chilled to the bone, it will be a great time to enjoy some lebkuchen (the city’s famous gingerbread) and mulled wine for desert.
My advice to people is don’t be afraid to travel overseas because you are concerned about the language barrier. There are so many tools available to you now that can help. If you are without translation software, you can always carry around a small phrasebook. If you have access to the internet while travelling, it opens up a whole new world of tools at your disposal. If you are looking up a website and find that it is entirely in another language, most internet browsers will pop up with a “translate” button. It might not always be perfect, but it will help!! There are also a lot of great translator apps available, and some will even translate a menu or sign from a picture! Don’t worry if you only know English! You will have a great time! Even though I think that I know enough German to get by, sometimes pointing and nodding will work wonders to help break the language barrier. It’s the universal language.
I have really enjoyed sharing my dream dinner with you, and now I’d like to know where would your dream dinner take you? I’d love to hear about it!