Das heißt: Beim frischen Wetter al fresco fressen
Yesterday Amata and I made our first trip of the season to the Chirstkindlmarkt at Daley Plaza and Block 37 (whatever the number, the empty lot across from Marshall Fields). Now that we have moved to the country out at Western and Taylor and no longer live just down a little ways on Dearborn in Printers' Row, such visits to the market require a bit more planning and effort than they formerly did, but they remain nonetheless highly rewarding.
Yes, many of the craft-booths are quite nice (though we did not see the purveyor of wooden toys this year; perhaps he's now on Block 37) and I intend to return to buy a Stollen and a few Christmas ornaments. But the real point of all this is the street food. We usually visit the little stand on the edge of Daley Plaza facing Dearborn Street.
These are the items you must eat:
1) Bratwurst (2 Bratwürste in einem Brötchen). Einfach, echt und sehr lecker. ('simple, genuine, very yummy')
2) Kaßler (a.k.a. 'Kassler Rippchen'; smoked, boneless pork). Ausgezeichnet. ('excellent')
3) Kilometerwurst (long, spicy 'Hungarian' sausage). Außerordentlich schmackhaft. ('extraordinarily tasty')
4) Bratkartoffeln (German fried potatoes with onion, bacon and caraway: but as I warned in my Bratkartoffeln
post in Shopping and Cooking, do not get these at hours of peak business, for they cannot cook the potatoes quickly enough to keep up with demand and one typically, as we did yesterday, receives beautifully seasoned but undercooked Kartoffelscheiben).
5) Kartoffelklösse (potato pancakes, two styles, with apple sauce or sour cream). Klassisch und köstlich. ('classic and delicious'). N.b.: These are not available from the aforementioned Imbißbude
but from one further inside of the plaza, facing City Hall.
Items 1-3 are properly consumed mit Sauerkraut
and the very good German mustard offered at the counters.
Other comestibles are offered (goulasch soup, schnitzel sandwiches, pretzels, usw. usw.) but in however many years the market has been here, with multiple visits per year, we've never gotten past the basics listed above.
Go there and eat.
*'Christ-child-market-snack-stand. That means: chowing down outdoors in the brisk weather.'
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on April 12th, 2005, 10:58 am, edited 1 time in total.
Alle Nerven exzitiert von dem gewürzten Wein -- Anwandlung von Todesahndungen -- Doppeltgänger --
- aus dem Tagebuch E.T.A. Hoffmanns, 6. Januar 1804.
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