Friday, February 25, 2011

Schnitzel and a Storm

Neues Rathaus and Marienplatz, Munich

Our goal for Munich was to revisit Marienplatz . . . and to eat in a Brauhaus.  We achieved both, and both experiences were better than we had imagined. As soon as we came up the stairs out of the subway, we remembered why we loved Munich the first time we were here. It is such an exciting city and such a well-orchestrated mix of the old and the new. Just as we were about to watch the glockenspiel in Marienplatz, the main square, the skies let loose and it started pouring. We ran to a covered area and tried to wait it out. We had been looking for a particular brauhaus (without a map . . . ) but found another one. Loved it! A true Bavarian experience. It was a typical old style German beer house, complete with a boar's head, antlers, rifles, beer kegs, and steins. We broke with our non-meat habits and ordered beer and weiner schnitzel. When in Rome . . . 

My memories of this meal are simply of warmth. After huddling together to try to stay out of the rain and  wind, we were damp, cold and hungry. This brauhaus was a warm refuge. Ordering this comfort food meal was the perfect choice for us that night. The schnitzel was tasty, the roast potatoes were soft on the inside but crispy on the outside, and it was even served with warm cranberry sauce.

A perfect end to the day was walking back through the square under a rainbow (no kidding) and stopping to listen to a chamber music group playing Pachabel's Canon.  A memory to cherish.

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