Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Since we are on this subject, two of my main problems with German food were the smell and the language barrier. It sounds odd but a lot of the German food has a pretty sour smell. If you think about it bratwurst don't really smell all that great. The other factor was German is such a difficult language to understand what the actual food is. In Italy or France I can get buy more because the food is more familiar and the language isn't as difficult to understand. If I wanted a sausage I just found it way to difficult to understand what each sausage was. German words run on for sentenaces.
Its unfortunate because I like sausage and their roasted chickens looked good. But when push came to shove I just couldn't pull the trigger. Don't get me started abotu the breakfast they served in our hotel. I will just say that waking up with a hangover and just looking at the food really didn't entice me. Mush, warm meants, and warm milk is the way I would describe it. I did have a steak sandwhich at Oktoberfest that was pretty good. I think we went back to the same vendor later that night. Continuing on my tangent we were at Oktoberfest one night and the beer gardens all close around 10. But we were able to go out and get shots of some vodka type liquor chased with pop rocks.
I had issues with the language barrier when I first went there, but my issue was that, even though I spoke German, I had troubles with the Austria/Bavarian dialect. Eventually I got used to it. Of course, as soon as I started having problems understanding, they usually switched to English. For breakfast, I usually just had bread or rolls with butter and cheese. The bread and cheese there are so good.
If you want to talk crazy language barrier, I went to a restaurant in Budapest, Hungary a few years after the fall of Communism. They had a menu translated into English, but all the entrees had names like "Masterly Pig Coil," "Successful Ragout," "Fineness on a Spit," and the most bizarrely named "Captured Dream of Harem Ladies." Looking at the names, it seemed as though everything was based on a dare. Fortunately, we asked for help from the waitress, who spoke German and was able to describe the food, which ended up being excellent in spite of the English translations.