I’ve been driving around to friends’ homes a lot lately, which isn’t so bad, seeing as the weather has been wonderful. I thought I’d share a couple of things which you might not have in your neighborhood (unless, of course, your neighborhood is Germany).
Ignoring the crappy photo and the annoying PSA billboard and you might wonder what’s growing in those covered mounds. It’s Spargel, AKA white asparagus. It’s in season right now, and there’s nothing I love more than Germans’ celebration of seasonal foods. Spring means spargel with hollandaise sauce and boiled potatoes, early summer means strawberry torte, late summer means onion cake and new wine, fall means venison or boar and lots of mushrooms, winter means gluehwein…. But I digress.
What do you do during “Spargel Zeit?”
You go to a favorite restaurant in nearby Schwetzingen, the spargel capital of Germany, (the tables are outside already, at the first hint of Springy sunshine) and have a Flammkuchen with spargel, and maybe even a really big beer! (It’s called a Maß — that ß is not a B, but two Ss — I’m pretty sure the word shares the same root as massive.)
Different topic, but still out and about — here’s something I saw on the way to Craft Day Saturday:
Yup, that’s the paramedics driving a BMW X5. How’s that for status?