Sorry I've been quiet for a bit, but I've not been around. I was sent to Germany on a very unglamorous business trip but managed to return unscathed. Actually, it wasn't the location that was unglamorous but more the hotel. The NH Hotel on the Altmarkt in Dresden's old town is supposed to be lovely, but sadly it just wasn't for me. I'm a light sleeper and its location right near a church meant that I was awoken every 15 minutes throughout the night on each of my three nights stay. As a result all of my grand plans for writing blog posts on my quiet evenings were scuppered by extreme tiredness. And lets not go into the noise from drunks outside or...shudder....the pubic hair on my clean towel.
Dresden itself is beautiful, a real mix of the old and the new where striking modern architecture abuts the classical but in a way that somehow just seems right. Unfortunately work commitments kept me busy in the day and so I didn't get to visit the museums, so instead I made a different cultural foray - into the world of German food.
I'm the kind of girl that likes good solid food - meat, potatoes, bread (I'll eat salad but only out of a sense of duty) - and so German cookery is right up my street. During my three nights I managed to gorge myself on as much of it as possible. Also, as should expected I suppose, almost every dish was pork based - casseroles, kebabs, sausages. I had ham with breakfast, sausage for lunch and schnitzel for dinner.
On my last night though, I tried to find something non pork based for a main meal, and luckily the ridiculously posh hotel restaurant was serving duck with crackling kumquats and leek and potato foam. Sounds great huh? Success I thought - but they brought me a free starter to taste. You guessed it, pork. Oh and the crackling kumquats -, fruit covered in popping candy. Yes, popping candy. This was molecular cookery apparently - Heston bloody Blumenthal as a lot to answer for...give me a plain old currywurst any day.
I also spent a good amount of time sniggering to myself about funny words. My two favourites being "kunst" and "fahrt" - my very favourite being "dampfschiffahrt." Teehee.
I have no idea what it means and I don't really want to. It might ruin the magic. I know, childish huh?
Anyway - instead of pictures of the city here are pictures of things I ate:
Pork in kebab form!
Pork in currywurst form!
A (hopefully) non pork based cake!
Unexpected pork based starter
Non pork based main meal - see that round thing? deep fried mashed veg.
See that crispy looking stuff? Popping-fucking-candy.
I did enjoy my time though, and almost all my food. Now I'm back in London a getting ready to lose my new pork belly.
I'll be back on Sunday with the result of the tights giveaway and I have lots of reviews - both film and product based for you all.
Ooh, I forgot the last thing!
The saddest sandwich in the world, courtesy of the kind people at Lufthansa:
Don't cry for him, poor tiny little thing.