Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

I miss my favorite foods, my favorite restaurants. And my mom’s cooking. I’ve found it interesting that one of the things I miss most about home isn’t home itself, but the food! There are some things that Europe just can’t replace.

For example, Mexican food. Which has been a struggle, I love Mexican food…except for chorizo. I can live without that. If you don’t know what chorizo is, then you don’t want to know. Trust me.

The lack of authentic Mexican cuisine here in Germany has been wearing on my longing taste buds. And it’s not just Germany, it’s Europe in general. I kid you not, I have searched hi & lo for mexican restaurants in many of the countries I have visited, and there has [almost] always been one of two results: terrible food, or there isn’t even a single Mexican place to begin with. There’s only so much brezn and potato salad I can handle. So, when I discovered two burrito spots in Munich that actually had decent food, I jumped at the chance to try them out.

First up is Pure Burrito, which my friend Genevieve introduced to me. Located between U-bahn stops Sendlinger Tor and Goetheplatz, it offers a set up similar to Chipotle, a Mexican-American chain restaurant, as it is made directly in front of you, so you can choose exactly what you want. Most of the staff either speaks perfect English, or are actually from the States, and with the type of music they play – rock, oldies, and thankfully not techno – it almost feels like you’ve been transported back to a place in the States. Choose your protein (sorry veggies, no tofu for you), black or pinto beans, roasted peppers, rice, lettuce, guacamole (although their version is more of an avocado paste) and either mango, mild, medium, or spicy salsa. They even have cheddar cheese and sour cream, two of my favorite ingredients and probably two of the hardest to duplicate here in Germany. It lacks Mexican rice, but other than that, I can’t complain. It doesn’t quite make my spicy scale, although anything spicy is near impossible to find in Germany. But, it’s cheap enough, at €4 for a small burrito and €6 for a large, and they offer takeout or eat-in. This will definitely suffice until I get home.

Next is Condesa, a little hole-in-the-wall place right around the corner from the Münchner Freiheit bus station. Now this place feels authentic, right down to the Spanish speaking staff, music, and decorations. It’s tiny, but the walls are painted bright colors and the atmosphere is nice. And with real Mexican rice, refried beans, sour cream and guac – and even spicy salsa, this place lands at the top of my list. The ingredients taste extremely fresh, making me feel healthier than I probably actually am, but that’s okay. They offer tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and salads. Choose your protein – vegetarians just get extra veggies, and randomly, potatoes – and then they do they rest, with rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. This is also an eat-in or take-away spot. And lucky for me, this place is only a five minute bike ride from where I live. Let’s just say Condesa might have a new regular.

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