Cafeteria lunch, German style
This morning as we rode our bikes to work, D and I were discussing what we would and would not miss about our stay here in Germany. We both agreed we will miss our apartment. Inevitably, we came upon the subject of the company’s cafeteria which has been a bit of a sore subject. The cafe isn’t terrible but it sometimes serves terrible food; when you badge in, in the morning, you have the option between one meal choice or a salad. There are no microwaves or refrigerators anywhere in the offices so bringing your lunch becomes quite limited too.
This is all a big negative as far as I’m concerned.
Add on top of that the German obsession with pork products, especially sausages, and you sometimes have some very unhappy out-of-towners. This is especially evident from the complaints from our Montreal coworkers when they visit the cafeteria on a bad food day. (We used to complain more too but you sorta get tired after a while).
So yes, this morning I said “I won’t be missing the cafeteria, that’s for sure.” D was feeling forgiving, he replied “at least we have a cafeteria in the building.” Yes, I suppose we are lucky for that. Bad food is better than no food, usually.
Coincidentally, I came across an article talking about the typical German day at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Stuttgart, Germany. I found it interesting that the top lunch menu choices there are eerily similar to our cafeteria’s most popular dishes. As the article states, “defying every fashion trend and nutrition debate,” here are the favorites:
- Currywurst (hot dog covered in ketchup mixed with curry spices, with fries)
- Schnitzel (with fries)
- Cordon bleu
- Thick lentils with belly of pork
- Sausage and spätzle
I actually like spätzle pasta, but I detest the pork belly. Go figure.