Happy Friday, my friends. I am so looking forward to this weekend because it is going to be filled with lots of relaxing thanks to rain and lots of delicious food. Speaking of food, I thought it would be fun to do something a little different with Friday Favs today and share my favorite foods that I miss from America now that I live in Germany.
Chips and guacamole. Mexican food is a favorite in our house. In fact, we had tacos yesterday. Mexican restaurants just aren’t equal and are not as good. The last time we were in the States, we had Mexican food (including Chipotle and Qdoba) about four times.
A nice, juicy cheeseburger. We have yet to find a burger here as good as some of our favorite spots back home. Hell, I’d even take a TGI Friday’s burger at this point. The best burger I’ve had here is from Burger King, if that tells you anything.
Cheez-It’s. But also, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. This was our road trip essential snack and I would bring a small ziplock baggie full of the cheesy goodness to work as a way to get me through the afternoon.
Luna granola bars. I used to eat these all the time, especially the peanut butter ones. They are the best for an on-the-go breakfast when I’m running late or for an after gym snack before running to Target. I have yet to find a granola bar here that even comes close to Luna or even Quaker granola bars! They all have 20 grams of sugar or don’t taste good or make me hungry twenty minutes later.
Peanut butter pretzels. Specifically the huge jar from Costco. It’s probably good that I don’t have access to these because I could eat triple the serving size in one sitting. Germans don’t love peanut butter like Americans and we have smuggled JIF in our suitcases to satisfy cravings, but there is something about these filled pretzels that make my mouth water.
Fritos and French Onion dip. This has been an appetizer staple for years in my house. In college, I had to tell my mom not to buy it anymore because I would spend the hour before Thanksgiving just chowing down on Fritos and French Onion dip, completely spoiling my appetite. But now that I can’t have it, it’s all I can think about!
Chicken sausage. Sausage is definitely aplenty here in Germany and, boy, is it delicious. I would make chicken sausage once a week before mixed with rice and broccoli for a healthy weeknight dinner, and I am really sad I can’t find them anywhere.
Mini muffins. Any brunch would always include the assorted mini muffins from Costco. (Man, I really miss Costco, I guess)! Lemon poppyseed is my favorite.
Doughnuts. Or at least good ones. We’ve found a doughnut shop downtown but it does not even compare with Krispy Creme. There is a Dunkin’ Donuts in the train station, but I want those specialty doughnuts and they really do taste different!
Chik-fil-A. Enough said.
BLT sandwich. Of course, I could make this at home, but something about a restaurant BLT on toasted white bread sounds so scrumptious, especially with extra mayo. And if you add avocado, I will be all over that.
Apparently, I miss a lot of unhealthy foods, but whenever I’m craving something, I usually am craving something unhealthy. Healthy food is very easy to find here and a lot of it is much less expensive. Experiencing the food here in Germany is just one of the things I love about living abroad, but I certainly miss a lot about home! And you bet, next time we go to the States, I will be devouring most of the things on this list.
What are some of your favorite foods?
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