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Day 116: Labskaus at the Ratskeller

August 8th, 2011

On my way to Amsterdam, I decided to make a detour (only a few hundred kilometers!) to stop for lunch at a particular north German restaurant that was recommended by a friend I’d made in my earlier travels. You can do that when you have a rail pass that lets you get on and off practically anywhere. I was very pleasantly surprised by the little city of Bremen, which has kept its historical center relatively intact but has built modern shops and tourist attractions on streets adjacent to the historic areas. I was able to avoid most tourist crowds as I walked from the train station to the city center.

For lunch I had a taster portion of labskaus, a traditional regional meal of corned beef hash, fried egg, pickled herring, and beets; downed with a mug of Beck’s beer, the local brew. I can just imagine Jenny’s face cringing at the thought of this meal. It tasted pretty much as you would expect each of those ingredients to taste on their own so you be the judge of whether you’d like it or not.

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  1. August 20th, 2011 at 19:54 | #1

    Looks like a charming town! Although I can’t say that I would have even touched the lunch. Nothing about it sounds even slightly delicious. I may be German, but German food is mostly repulsive to me.

  2. from SD
    August 24th, 2011 at 07:20 | #2

    What a fancy Labskaus!
    I thought they would serve a plate-full of corned beef.
    I only know about Bremen as the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tale “The Town Musicians of Bremen” that I read when I was three years old.
    Those 4 animals actually didn’t arrive in Bremen but they could live and play music together after they got a house from robbers.
    Wow, I still remember the story.

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