Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Tour of Germany

The next stop on our food and wine journey brought us to the Germany kiosk. We've really enjoyed German food stemming from our many trips to Hallo Berlin and especially because of our mini-trips to Frankfurt and Munich.

Clearly this photo is from our Monday walkaround and not Saturday when we actually ate there and it was a zoo

Germany had a complete menu filled with savory snacks, dessert, wine and beer:

Between the Germany kiosk and the Brewers Collection kiosk, there was a small grassy area set up with wooden tables like a biergarten. It was cute and it added a nice authentic touch.

We split a table with a nice couple enjoying some beers and talking about working v. loving what you do. The festival spirit was definitely alive in the little biergarten which was nice.

First, the goulash soup ($3.50):

The goulash was full of meat. A wasn't sure what to expect since he really didn't know what goulash was besides some sort of soup. He thought it was very reminiscent of a beef and vegetable soup. It didn't have much seasoning, though. From the look of the soup, M was expecting it to be more like a stew. It was relatively heavy on the meat and didn't have a strong flavor, but it also wasn't as soft and melt-in-your-mouth as a stew. On top of all that, it wasn't that easy to get through a cup of hot soup on a very hot day.

Second, nuernberger sausage in a pretzel roll ($4.50):

We love sausages. M doesn't really eat much red meat or pork, but she certainly loves hot dogs and sausages. The sausage itself was nice and soft and had a mild flavor. The pretzel roll was wonderfully soft, slightly salted, and tasted amazingly like a NYC soft pretzel. The mustard was a little spicy, and it finished the flavors of the dish beautifully. The dish was simple but the flavors were good.

And lastly, the dessert - apple strudel featuring Werther's original karamel and vanilla sauce ($3.25):

The strudel was light on apples, but it was full of sugar. Combine the syrup used to cook the apples, the frosting, and the caramel sauce and the dish is chock full of sweetness. The strudel itself wasn't very crisp on top, and as normal the bottom layer was nice and mushy. It would have been nice to have some crispness on top, though. Another dish that wasn't that easy to eat on a hot day, in M's opinion.

The Germany kiosk also had a selection of beers (not as many as the Brewers Collection kiosk next door) and 4 wines from the Selbach-Oster estate. That is the maker of A's favorite riesling ever and was a really nice surprise! They offered a 2009 vintage of the Selbach-Oster Riesling Spatlese which was a far cry from the 2005 vintage that A loves so much. From what he's read, 2005 and 2007 were extremely good years for rieslings, and 2009 was weaker. From the first taste A could tell the difference. The wine didn't have the vibrance or flavor of the 2005 vintage, but it was still light, sweet, and refreshing.

No photo of the wine by itself but you can see it in the goulash photo and the table photo

We had previously eaten at the Germany Pavilion at their lunch buffet, and outside of the pretzel roll, we thought the food inside at the restaurant was much better than the food at the kiosk. If we had more time at Epcot, we probably wouldn't drop by the kiosk again except for the sausage and pretzel roll (and even then, we might not stop by since it was a little pricey for one sausage roll).

Favorite dishes at the Germany kiosk:
A: Pretzel roll sausage
M: Pretzel roll sausage

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