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2 days in Bavaria. What's in season and what's a must have?

birddogfoodie Jun 29, 2008 08:08 PM

I will be in Bavaria (Isny im Allgau) Sunday and Monday of next week. Other than the beer, what should I try to eat while I am there. I'll have half of Sunday on my own and Monday in meetings. What should I seek out while I have time Sunday and what should I order if I see it on a menu Monday. Is there anything great in season now?
Also, any "don't miss" beers in the region? What is a typical Bavarian breakfast? Anything I should bring home with me?

Thanks for your advice.


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  1. linguafood RE: birddogfoodie Jun 30, 2008 04:46 AM

    OK. This may come too late, but perhaps not. Seeing that the usual bunch of Munich posters haven't replied, I might be able to jump in with some info.

    Right now, it is high season for chanterelles & strawberries, so if you're a fan of mushrooms, go for it. They're served in all kinds of preps, and are definitely worth it.

    As for beers, you can't go wrong with Andechser, Augustiner, or just a "helles" at any number of beergardens.

    The typical Bavarian breakfast consists of weisswurst served with sweet brown mustard. I'm not a fan, as I find sucking down on a sausage in the morning to be a bit intense. If you feel the same way, you can get the wonderful German breakfast which includes fresh breakfast rolls, butter, cold cuts, cheese, soft-boiled egg, jam, coffee, milk) anywhere.

    If you like cream cheese concoctions, try obatzter.

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    1. re: linguafood
      birddogfoodie RE: linguafood Jun 30, 2008 07:41 AM


      Thanks for the info! I don't have a problem with sausage in the morning. I think I can eat anything at any time of day. I will be on the lookout for chantrelles and strawberries!
      I'm looking forward to the great beer.

      Do you know if beer gardens in small towns are open on Sundays?

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        linguafood RE: birddogfoodie Jun 30, 2008 08:01 AM

        My guess is yes. Bavarians are fairly proud of their beer and beer garden culture, and people must have a place to go to after church '-)

        1. re: linguafood
          birddogfoodie RE: linguafood Jun 30, 2008 08:49 AM

          I just know I'm going to love it there...

          1. re: linguafood
            Joan Kureczka RE: linguafood Jun 30, 2008 08:20 PM

            Sundays -- absolutely. And you are quite likely in Bavaria to see plenty of traditional dress (ie. lederhosen, drindls, and boar bristles on hats) on Sunday. We have memories of quite the show at the Tegernsee monastery brewery one Sunday afternoon a few years back.

        2. re: linguafood
          torta basilica RE: linguafood Jul 2, 2008 05:12 PM

          But it's not just ANY sausage... smooth mild juicy veal with what I thought was parsley for years, but I think someone here on Chowhound pointed out was something different - I just can't remember what that something was :(

          1. re: torta basilica
            linguafood RE: torta basilica Jul 3, 2008 03:19 AM

            Could be marjoram.

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          Weather RE: birddogfoodie Jul 1, 2008 06:51 AM

          Agree with Linguafood: you'll be happy if you stick w/ dishes that use what's in season: besides mushrooms and strawberries, I'm seeing currants, gooseberries and cherries in the markets.

          As to what to bring home, you're not too far from wine country; maybe a bottle of ice wine or a burgundy or chardonnay from Bodensee....

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