Street scenes from Denver's annual Oktoberfest in the Ballpark neighborhood near Coors Field. There was real German beer, bratwurst with sauerkraut, wiener dogs, games, music and fun folks. This family-friendly event is a great place to get your Lederhosen on!
It's almost time for Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. However, if you have no Lederhosen or are in the Tampa area of Florida, you can celebrate the German tradition with a couple of quaffs from the International Beer Garten in Lutz, FL, just off the Suncoast Parkway at Highway 54 in Pasco County. Tell 'em I sent ya. Prost!
On a hilltop in Bavaria just south of Munich lies the Andechs Abbey, famous for the monk-made beer, beautiful hiking, organic dairy and produce and an all-around monastery/brewery German experience. Nearby are the lakefront towns of Dießen and Herrsching, known to German locals as relaxing places to kick back.
Jägerschnitzel (pronounced “YAY-gr” like the first part of Jägermeister) looks like a complicated word before you get to know it. Now that I am close friends with it, it makes my mouth water every time. It literally translates as “Hunter’s Schnitzel” which means a basic German pork cutlet, pounded thin and pan friend with a super-delicious mushroom cream sauce over it. I may have to go make myself one before I can continue this post…
While you wait, here’s a shot of the most recent Jägerschnitzel I had at a restaurant this past weekend:
Now that Lent is in full swing here in Bavaria, I’ve discovered that the Germans long ago found a way to cope with the self-denial that is, or was, typical of this time of year.
Keep in mind that many beers were invented by monks in these parts. Also keep in mind that said monks also drank that beer as part of their diet, and many people still believe that beer is a nutritious part of a balanced diet.
Even though Lent, for monks, meant fasting and other acts of deprivation, it seems that doing without beer was not part of that deprivation. In fact, apparently to make up for the food they weren’t eating, so the story goes, they invented even stouter beer to keep them going through these rough times.