Gnocchi

Some snaps from Rome & the addict’s recipe …

Rome was exactly what I had expected. Full of life and sunshine, it is a city of hustle and bustle, of espresso shots and scooters and of incredible ancient ruins scattered across the entire city. Rome is a city for exploration, of religious devotion and most importantly for food.

When backpacking  across Europe I was savvy with my money and often I bought food at shops and markets or binged on complimentary continental breakfasts supplied by the many hostels I visited – For Italy however my frugalness left me and I ate out all day everyday during my stay at this vibrant and gastronomic country!

Italian food is my absolute favorite. Where taste and comfort is at the heart of it, Italian food does away with any fuss or pretension and when made with love and fresh ingredients packed with flavour – Italian food is eccezionale!

Below are a few snaps from my trip to Rome and below that is this week’s scrap on an Italian favorite – Gnocchi. It’s surprisingly easy to make and the recipe below is fool proof, perfect for a lazy sunday afternoon whatever the weather. Admittedly I tried my first ever Gnocchi in Rome and let me tell ‘ya – I wasn’t disappointed!

I ate at a small restaurant that was a short walk away from my hostel. Tempio di Mecenate is a cosy spot where they serve good wholesome homey food. It’s good value too and is close to the enchanting Porta Magica – a magic portal in a garden which is a quiet and special find rarely surrounded by tourists.  Before traveling to another dimension, I recommend having lunch at the restaurant and although it will cost you extra, sit outside in the sun – it will be worth it.

Old school Roman dining beside a garden of magic – bellissima! (…yes I’m unashamedly throwing Italian words into my post)

House of Augustus
House of Augustus

House of Augustus Tower

Virgin Pillar

Pantheon, Rome.
Pantheon

Pantheon, Pillars

Pantheon,Pillars

Pantheon, Entrance

Gnocchi

Although in Rome, I had Gnocchi with a rich ragu sauce. The recipe below is perfect for beginners and although it does take some time, it is incredibly simple and can be made into larger batches and stored in the freezer for future use.

This recipe ensures the Gnocchi is the centre of attention. The sauce is very light which I think compliments this starchy and substantial pasta

Ingredients (Serves two) 

2 large potatoes

2 cups of flour

2 eggs

parmesan

garlic

onion

basil

pine nuts

butter

Lemon juice

salt and pepper

olive oil

  1. Peel the potatoes and boil them in a pot for about 20mins (or until tender). Do not overcook them. You want the potatoes to be tender and fluffy – not too soft and mushy.
  2. Drain the potatoes well. You want to get rid of all excess water and have the potatoes dry before mashing.
  3. Give your potatoes a good mashing (or push them through a potato ricer – if you’re more fortunate than I & have one)
  4. Place mashed potato on a clear work surface and top with the flour.
  5. Grate a generous amount of the cheese and add it to the potato and flour mixture.
  6. Sprinkle some salt on the mound and roughly give it a mix with your hands.
  7. Create a well in the centre of the mound and add the beaten eggs.
  8. Mix the flour, potato, cheese and egg together until it forms a dough.
  9. Knead it only until it becomes well formed. It should be a little sticky but not too much. NOTE: If a little flour is needed add some but be careful – too much flour will make the pasta hard.
  10. Shape the dough into one large rectangular shape making sure it is even in height, about 2cm thick.
  11. Cut dough into rectangular strips about 10cm long.
  12. Roll each strip into a sausage shape making sure it is even.
  13. Cut the sausage shape into 2cm pieces and use a fork to indent the gnocchi pieces with ridges.
  14. FOR THE SAUCE: As the fresh gnocchi takes only 4mins to cook. Leave the pasta aside and dice an onion and some garlic.
  15. In a hot pan saute the onion and garlic with some butter and in a separate pan toast the pine nuts until golden.
  16. In a pot of boiling salted water add the gnocchi and cook for 4mins ( you will know when the pasta is done as the gnocchi will float to the top)
  17. Drain the gnocchi and toss it into the pan. Mix the gnocchi in the buttery sauce gently and tear some basil leaves adding the herb & a little more butter to the pan. Add the toasted pine nuts to the pan with the squeezed juice of about half a lemon also. Stir gently. Season with salt if needed (bare in mind the cheese & butter is salty) & a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
  18. Serve in warm bowls with grated Parmesan on top, a sprig of basil & a final sprinkling of nuts. A drizzle of olive oil wouldn’t go amiss either!

Dig in!

NOTE: Gnocchi can be kept in the freezer for future use. Just pack the pieces in a zip bag with a little dusting of flour (to prevent them sticking) and defrost them the night before you need them

This is comfort food in a bowl and although it uses simple ingredients -it doesn’t skimp on flavour. It may take some time and attention but gnocchi isn’t as daunting  as you’d think – give it ago.

 

Expect more posts on my Italian adventures. I have tonnes of photos, tips and recipes I want to share. This was only a little taste of Rome, there’s plenty more to come – so look out for more on the scrapbook

Prague

Pub crawls – Spots to look out for

Prague as I had mentioned in a previous post, is an amazing city. It is breathtakingly beautiful and its cobbled streets, battlement walls and Prague castle will send you back in time. The Czech capital is also party central with so many pubs and clubs – you’ll be spoilt for choice. I went on a pub crawl which was organised by the hostel where I was staying at the time, Miss Sophie’s (see my review here) but I had also spent my time in some wonderful bars and local spots during my day-trips. From infamous absinthe bars to bars deep under a cellar – Prague has it all.

double-trouble-bar-prague

 

With a number of adjoined caves & stylish lighting and bars – Double Trouble is the perfect spot to rock up to, especially if you’re new to the city. The drinks are reasonably priced and there is no cover charge which is a big plus! A DJ is there every night except Sundays and as it’s one of the most popular spots in the city – there’s always an event or two from themed nights to live performers.

The bar does great cocktails as well at fair prices (try the ‘Jet lag’) and the bar itself is located close to the Old time square. You won’t have to look far to find it.

Double Trouble – An underground club. Draws a young crowd (us twenty-somethings), modern tunes and the odd eurovision thrown in for good measure. Great spot to try out and with no cover charge, you’ve nothing to lose!

Address: Melantrichova 970/17, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czech Republic.

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The next club is probably Prague’s most famous. Even if I hadn’t mentioned it, you would end up here one night or another. With 5 floors and different themed bars, including an ice bar – Karlovy Lazne is massive. It’s pretty touristy but don’t knock it. It’s a great way to mingle with other nationalities, it’s like a drunken UN gathering with plenty of fun!

With different music on different floors, the club caters for almost everyone. From mainstream pop, hiphop, 80s and chill out tunes – the club is like one huge festival and is the largest club in central Europe. The drink prices are fair but there is a cover charge at 180 krona, which is about 8 euros – well worth the price. You’d be mad not to go once in Prague.

International DJs, Ice bar and more. A great party atmosphere with a central location. It is just across from Charles bridge.

Karlovy Lazne

Address: Smetanovo nabrezhi 198/1 | Praha 1, Prague110 00, Czech Republic

sudu-prague

Sudu is similar to Double Trouble in that it is a cellar bar but it couldn’t be more different. At first the bar seems to be nothing but a small hole in the wall but as you pass through all the mahogany, the bar opens out to something special as staircases lead you to different bars in this tunneled pub. Plenty of seating and the place serves as a restaurant too. I didn’t try the food myself but reviews look promising and the place has a great beer garden.

The drink is cheap too and the place is a great spot to kick back and chill out in one of the many nooks you can find in the labyrinth of bars. Great for a quiet drink or a bite to eat if you’re peckish with friends. It’s not too touristy either which is a plus. The only downside is that as it’s an authentic Czech bar, if too many smokers join at the bar – the place gets smokey. I’m a non-smoker, so this was an issue for me but for one night and a real Czech atmosphere. It was worth the stale & tobacco stinking clothes!

A hidden gem & a unique place.

Sudu

Address: Vodičkova 677/10, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czech Republic.

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Other Mentions:

I didn’t have the chance but when I return to Prague, I will definitely visit “Black Angel’s” a cocktail bar neighboring the stunning U Prince hotel. The drink is supposed to be great value and the decor & surroundings will have you believing you’re a long lost Romanov!

I was in Prague during the summer but rumour has it winter is the best season to visit this historic bar & restaurant

Black Angel’s

Address: Staromestske namesti 460/29, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic

absintherie

Absinthe Bars: You’ll find many of them within the heart of the city. The feature image of this scrap is one I visited which was found along one of the tiny cobbled lanes branching outwards from the Old time square. It’s a famous spot and you’d be mad not to visit at least one of them!

The best absinthe bar however is the very same I visited. The place offers spirit tours and tastings (which is best bought within a group for value, so if traveling alone persuade other travelers to tag along with you). It’s a cool spot full of history and a little mischief too – with a large drinks menu and expert staff. It’s a place which lives up to its reputation.

Awesome Gothic decor where absinthe is served properly & who knows the Green Fairy  just may appear …

Absintherie

Address: Jilská 7, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czech Republic.

 

 

 

Hostels

Reviews of Hostels in Berlin, Prague & Vienna.

Berlin, Generator Hostel – Oranienburger Str. 65, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Generator - Berlin

This hostel was amazing. It had a great bar and atmosphere and a courtyard which served as a beer garden but also an outdoor  cinema. The wifi was great, the rooms stylish and clean. I would have trouble faulting it. The hostel itself has entertainment staff so there is always an event planned which gives the hostel a student community vibe – which I liked. Its location is brilliant and is what attracted us in the first place as it’s extremely close to Friedrichstrasse, the major cultural and shopping high street in Berlin. The street in which the Hostel is located is great too, there are plenty of bars and restaurants and the tram lines are minutes away.

As I mentioned  before the rooms are modern and clean but what’s brilliant is the number of plugs available in the room, which tends to be an issue in most places. The lockers are very secure and are locked by your room key. In regards to showers, each room has en-suite facilitates (2 showers and one toilet per 8 person room).

There is no curfew and a big bonus is the hostel lobby has an ATM machine.

Unfortunately, the hostel does not have kitchen or cooking facilities, so you cannot save money by cooking a hot meal and breakfast is not included in the price but the hostel bar serves food and because of its location – you’ll be spoilt for choice as many restaurants line the streets

Fun and friendly staff , great atmosphere and good value too but a shame breakfast isn’t included.

 4/5

Vienna, Wombats Hostel – Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien, Austria

naschmarkt

This hostel was amazing and ticked every box. The rooms were clean and modern, 24 reception, bar restaurant as well as cooking facilities. With regards to hostel atmosphere, the bar was brilliant with themed nights and different events to take your fancy. There is also a chill out zone full of large plush couches, where guests may nap or read a book. Although I did not have the time to use it – the hostel also has a steam room.

There are en-suite shower facilities and plenty of plugs as well as great wifi. The hostel also has cooking facilities to save money but unfortunately breakfast is not included in the room price. A buffet style breakfast is available for 4.50.

Its location is amazing as it is housed surrounded by famous art-deco architecture, just across from the famous Viennese  Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest market, full of food vendors – you’ll be drooling just over-looking it! The staff were wonderful and extremely helpful and as well as being located beside a major city landmark – it is super close to both metro and bus stops

Good value, great location and facilities

4.5/5

Prague, Miss Sophie’s – Melounova 2, Prague, Czech Republic

Miss Sophies

Advertised as a chic hostel – Miss Sophie’s lives up to the name. Housed along a quiet street. The hostel is a little far from the city centre but as it is close to many metro lines you can make it into the heart of the city in minutes. The hostel itself is nicely decorated within an old Georgian-esque townhouse. There are plenty of showers but these are shared with your dorm and are across the hall as the dormitories are designed like small apartments, meaning an entire floor is the dorm. It is beautifully decorated blending modern and vintage styles.

Wifi is great  and the lockers are very secure, however you will need a pad lock as the lockers are wooden crates which can be rolled from under your bunk/bed. There are no cooking facilitates but as Prague is so cheap, this doesn’t matter but the hostel serves a wonderful all-you-can-eat cooked breakfast. This is something I would recommend, it doesn’t come with the room price but the cost is just under 5 euros and includes an array of exotic fruit, pastries, breads, cheeses and meats as well as great tea and coffee. While sitting at your table the chef himself will come to your table with his pan and serve you hot pancakes, omelettes, french toast etc – I loved waking up in the morning and I would definitely return here as the breakfast was a special touch.

In the evening the bar and common room has a great atmosphere. Drink is cheap and the hostel organises a city pub crawl  which starts at the hostel bar.

Great atmosphere and warm staff, nice quiet city location & a superb breakfast

5/5 

Prague

Don’t be lingering around windows now …

Prague has to be in my top three European cities. It has it all. A fantastic nightlife, restaurants and bars and the city itself appears completely untouched from time. Little has changed within the medieval city – You can still visualize horse and carriages making there way across cobbled lanes and the old square is spectacular. The city is a historian’s oasis with a tale to be found around every street corner. It is breathtakingly beautiful and extremely cheap too. I found the Czech’s welcoming and warm but funnily enough, the ‘tough Czech’ persona lives on, hardened & justified by Nazi and soviet oppression – and it’s something that is even celebrated. I spoke to a woman one night at some cave styled bar in the city, she was an Australian who married a Czech,  and she told us about how her mother-in-law, had lived in 4 different countries without ever leaving her home! I was told she is an old tough Czech too!

The city is rich with history and the story behind how the people of Prague defended the city from the Nazis is something to marvel at. Civilians fortified the city using tables and chairs hindering the German invasion whilst the Czech’s fought – waiting desperately for the Americans to liberate them. The tale ends tragically however as efforts to push out one oppressor ended with another entering the city – the Russians soon took over Prague. The communist grip over Prague is not quite history yet but the Czechs found liberation in the end & they fully deserve it.

Old town Square Prague

The Powder Tower - Prague

The old square is a place you cannot miss when in  Prague. Surrounded by renaissance buildings and restaurants, is the famous astrology clock. 700 years old and still operational. The grim reaper pulls the bells – harking a new hour closer to death. Very ominous but incredibly beautiful & ornate. Above is a snap of powder tower. Although most of the medieval city walls are intact, the tower stands alone today and gets its name for it use, as hundreds of years ago – the tower stored barrels of gunpowder! Thankfully no such explosives are stored within today!

Astrology clock - Prague
Death – seen on the top right hand-side with a cloak and bell. The Golden clock below indicates the seasons and depicts farmers at work.

When I was in Prague I went on one of the free Sandeman  city tours. It was extremely hot, August last year and our tour guide sat us down in the shade as she told tales of knights and feuding families. Many of the aristocratic homes are still seen today and can be identified by the artwork which adorns the many renaissance buildings within the city -Called Sgraffito – it is the beginning of what is known today as graffiti. One of the most memorable stories was the countless cases of ‘defenestration’ – whereby people/rivals were kicked or pushed out of windows. The term itself was coined after incidents happening in Prague castle in the 1600s. As a result, I suppose, I didn’t linger too long around windows!

Another interesting observation is Adam and Eve tower, sat atop the stone church in the old square. Most likely an architectural mishap – the tower on the left is smaller than its twin on the right. The towers were named, romantically symbolising  Adam’s love for Eve and as the larger tower – he stands to protect her.

Prague Square
Adam (right) & Eve tower in Old time square.

Graffitti - Prague

Prague Graffitti

There is so much to do in Prague, this scrap could go on for pages and pages but one suggestion is to visit Prague castle and the neighboring monastery which has been brewing beer for centuries. The views from the Castle are spectacular and although entry is free – I really recommend taking a tour as the place has so much history and folklore attached to it. I paid for the combined tour with Sandeman, as I loved the tour guide from the free tour the day before, I waited to book during her shift and for 12 euro, she brought a group of us through Prague castle, it grounds and later to St Norbert monastery to taste some medieval beer!

St Norbert Monastery

St Norbert Monastery brew

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Prague Castle

Prague Cathedral

The view from atop Prague Castle is worth the trip alone but at least take a historic guide book with you, so you don’t miss out on all the cultural superstitions which are attached to almost every statue within Prague. Prague Cathedral is also a towering beauty you’d be mad to miss.

This scarp has been a little rambling, almost borderline stream of consciousness but Prague truly is a city that you can escape in and as I said before it is breathtakingly beautiful. I would be devastated if any sky scraper or modern monstrosity was to appear in it! The city is also an amazing party town - with an epic ice bar and enough absinthe bars to make an Irishman blush! I'm sure I'll post about beer crawling in Prague soon enough but for now this scrap is about beauty - which Prague surely is !

 

Vienna

Boating, exploring & a hermit King

I loved Vienna and in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe. It’s known for being quite expensive but as I’m from Dublin, the prices and expense is similar – so I didn’t feel the sting as much as my fellow German, American and Czech travelers. I think my love of the city is partly due to the company I had with me at the time. In Paris, I met an Austrian, Georg, who was staying in our hostel and we grouped together one evening for a night on the town. A massive Lord of the Rings fan and a good chap all round, after the great night at a wine bar in Bastille – he suggested that I give him a shout when we land in Vienna, as he was finished his own Interrail and would show us around.

I arrived in Vienna on my birthday and the city is forever engraved with great memories. With a local leading the way – the night was brilliant but as I was drunk, I cannot for the life of me remember the club he brought us to (I will have to ask him) but it was surreal and located in an abandoned subway station. The music (I can remember!) was techno-rock and we were the only foreigners in the place and what a place it was!

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace - Joseph II

Hofburg Palace, the former imperial Palace in the centre of the city is a must-see in Wein. The palace is a spectacle and it’s grand library is one of the most ornate and beautiful of its kind. The impressive statue in the photo above is of Joseph II, the Austrian  emperor. The square in which it is located is named after him and his story is a tragic one. Joseph or Josef was quite a progressive man for his time as he was a passionate advocate for the great Enlightenment. He focused on education and science and was a man of reason. He believed in freedom of religion and speech and advocated tolerance & the right to hold private property (Jews, for example were denied this right). He also made policies which ensured fairer taxes as many aristocrats at the time were immune and rights were given to peasants. Polices were also put in place to improve society as a whole and to invest & sponsor cultural institutions, such as Prater Park.

Hofburg Library

His marriage was a happy one, which as you can imagine was very unusual in those times – marriage was for politics not love. But Josef and his Empress, Isabella were madly in love but failed time and time again to conceive a child. After many miscarriages – Isabella gave birth to a daughter but the birth was troublesome leaving the Empress physically crippled and bed-ridden for six weeks. Sometime after she became extremely distant, fearful of death & suffered from panic attacks. At the time little was known about mental health and Joseph felt hopeless. Isabella later died of smallpox and the emperor was heartbroken but devoted his life to his daughter, Marie-Theresa, instilling in her the passion for knowledge & education (beyond what was simply expected of a woman). The same illness that had taken his wife, now gripped the princess and his daughter’s fever worsened. The emperor attended to his daughter’s bedside every night and had doctors scoured from all across Europe try to and save her. She died before reaching her 8th birthday and Joseph spent the rest of his days as a hermit in the palace – spending day after day in the great library after falling into a depression. As I mentioned before, Joseph was a collector of knowledge and many artifacts from across the globe – most of them are displayed at Hofburg & the Great Library is truly something to marvel at.

Alte Donae

Another amazing spot is Alte Donau, a great big beautiful oxbow lake which is only a few metro stops away from Wein centre. Before we met up with Georg that evening, we spent my birthday here with the friends we had made along our travels, swimming and sunbathing during the heatwave that swept over Vienna last August. It’s a nice picnic spot but there’s a few restaurants and bars around just a short walk away too. There were six of us in total and out on the lake you can rent boats (rowing, peddle, swan boats) by the hour very cheaply especially with the price split between a group (2 euros each). We rented two boats that day and spent about 3 hrs on the water before having a picnic later on the bank – where my new american friends had brought a birthday cake with them (thanks again, guys!). It’s a spot I’d definitely return to when I’m in Vienna again during the summer – it was a wonderful carefree day. It will be hard to top it this year!

Alte Donae - boat

Alte Donae - skyline

The day after, although my buddy was far too hungover, I like a trooper got up and explored the city once more. My mate isn’t one for museums but I love them – art, history, the lot. The Kunsthistorisches Museum or Museum of Art History has to be one of my favorite European museums. Built by emperor Joseph I to house the massive art collection of the Habsburgs – the museum houses thousands of fine art paintings, sculptures & royal processions. You will need nearly a full day to see it all but if you’re interested in art and history – you’d be mad to miss it.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Entrance

Mummies

Kunshistorisches Museum Egyptian

The museum itself has a massive Egyptian collection too and the room itself, the exhibit transports you back to ancient times – an Egyptian burial chamber hidden within the 17th century palace. From mummified bodies to ancient parchment and scripture from the Book of the Dead – the museum is full of Austrian and global treasures. The entry fee is 15euro which may seem steep but once you visit you’ll see it’s worth every penny. Funnily enough, for 2016 – if it’s your birthday you can enter the museum for free!

Kunshistorisches Museum

Vienna dining

Vienna cafe

As I mentioned before, I visited the museum the morning after my birthday celebrations. Inside if you’re feeling extravagant, you can visit the cafe and dine under the spectacular dome. The building itself is a work of art and although it put a dent in my budget – I decided to spoil myself. That day I was to be Joseph III! The gravlax salmon was delicious & of course it was accompanied with Viennese coffee & the traditional glass of water!

Let me tell you – it was nice being an Emperor for a day!

 

Vienna: Prater Park

250 years! Vintage fun for an adrenaline junkie

If in Vienna you’d be mad not to visit the famous Prater Amusement park. Also called “Wurstelprater”, it is the oldest amusement park in the world and dates back to the 11oos during the reign of Friedrich I as a hunting ground and later in 1766 it was officially given to the people of Vienna by the current ruler at the time, Emperor Joseph II. Much of the original vintage amusements exist but the park itself has expanded and offers visitors a number of thrilling rollercoasters and cinematic-simulators.

Prater Wheel

The amusement park is also home to the Wiener Riesenrad or Vienna’s great wheel. The views from the Ferris wheel are amazing and the giant wheel dates back to 1897 and has become one of Vienna’s landmarks ever since. It is also home to Vienna’s planetarium or Haus der Sterne (House of the stars). Unfortuntely I never got the chance (or time) to enter but the park itself is spectacular, not only for thrill seekers like me but for history too and the old/vintage parts of the park are so beautifully ornate.

Prater

In the old centre of the park is a large statue dedicated to Basilio Calafati, the so-called ‘wizard of Prater’ – a magician known for bringing stone statues to life! If rollercoasters or fair rides aren’t your thing – the park is free to enter and you can simply walk around and enjoy the atmosphere as well as picnic or make the most of the many food vendors – you’ll be spoilt for choice …  it is after-all named: Wurstelprater as in ‘wurst’ for sausage as the food stalls originally made the park it’s popular landmark in the first place.

Prater Clown

Prater Park

Prater Park - loop

Schnitzel

Wanderbar Berlin

I thought i’d post a quick scrap to give some tips on where to go if visiting Berlin. As the title suggests, i’ll also post a short recipe on this Austrian/German staple, but please bear in mind, this is my ‘Irish lad does schnitzel’ version but I think it works and is quick & easy to do at home, especially if you are short of time and have a deep fat frier , though a pan with oil & butter, although more fuss – is truly worth it

Schnitzel is quite simple really but it’s a meaty treat everyone will love (leaving aside our vegetarian & vegan friends) as there are many variations. Originating in Austria, the Weiner Schnitzel is a thin cutlet of veal coated in eggs, flour and breadcrumbs. It’s really that simple, seasoned with salt & pepper and served with a wedge of lemon – it’s mouthwatering-ly  good. I got my first taste of the dish in Aufsturz, a pub two doors down from our hostel. The beer was cheap and the food was tasty and really good value. The Schnitzel I tried in Berlin however wasn’t the Austrian original, Schweine-Schnitzel is the pork cutlet version and it is this tweaked variation that is posted below.

My recipe doesn’t stray too far from the traditional recipe but instead of using white breadcrumbs, I use a seeded/granary  bread for the crumb coating as I like the nutty flavour (but stick with tradition if you like). I also add, chopped parsley to the coating as well.

Ingredients

Pork loin

Brown/Granary breadcrumbs

Eggs

Flour

Butter

Oil

Salt & Pepper

Chopped Parsley
  1. Schnitzel needs to be cooked quickly. So prepare the assembly line which you will need. A bowl of flour with a pinch of salt and pepper, a bowl of breadcrumbs mixed with chopped parsley and scramble the eggs placing them in a separate bowl also.
  2. Cut the pork loin into steak portions and beat/tenderize the meat  so that the pork is flat and thin.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in the pan that will be used to shallow fry the cutlets.
  4. When the oil is hot. Pick up a cutlet and dust it with flour. Make sure there are no lumps. It has to be an even and thin cover. Then dip the cutlet in the egg, again making sure it’s evenly covered and dip it finally into the breadcrumbs and parsley mixture to coat the cutlet.
  5. Fry the cutlet until golden. It will take only 3-4 mins to cook through.
  6. Serve with a wedge of lemon.

If you want to knock this up a notch, it’s popular to serve the schnitzel with a mushroom sauce (just saute mushrooms, garlic and onions in a pan, add some cream & add a beef stock cube. Simmer to thicken and pour atop the cutlet – simples). Or as shown in the snap above, serve the schnitzel with a fried egg on top.

Buble Bier

Back in Aufsturz, I drank a bottle of Buble Bier which was a good, light, pale beer and good value too. When I think back to the summer spent there though, I can’t help but think about Berliner Weissbier – a pale, tart and refreshing beer with syrups that make the beer the bizare colour of red, green & blue (I believe but i’m unsure as I only tried the red & green) depending on the herbal syrup chosen. Himbeere is raspberry (red) and Waldmeister is woodruff (green). In truth, it must be said – the coloured beers are a bit of a tourist gimmick, but I enjoyed them anyhow and they went down a treat in the sunshine.

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Although we told ourselves that under no circumstances would we enter an Irish pub on our travels, we found ourselves pulled by some in-explainable force but in our defense, the pub itself brewed it own beer: The Oscar Wilde, for it’s namesake but also named after the great literary dandy. It was a brilliant night and the staff are great (the majority Irish themselves), Aaron especially from Donegal was a laugh and the pub has RTE (Ireland’s national TV station/channel) so all the GAA games are there to watch. The pub also has a great whiskey collection – if the Irish nectar is your thing, like mine. Our session (Irish slang for drinking) there crushed the old stereotype of Germans not having fun too – I’ve never seen so many people get up to sing at karaoke before! (have no fear though if a karaoke bar isn’t your thing – the singing happens at the back. You’ll be safe at the front of the pub if you want to avoid the mic!)

Nice pub, try it’s craft beer – good vibes.

Address: Oscar Wilde, Friedrichstraße 112A, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Also mentioned …

Aufsturz

Address: Oranienburger Str. 67, 10117 Berlin, Germany