The Traditional Bavarian Breakfast
I have been meaning to write this post for a while now, it is something I love here in Bavaria, and a must try for everyone around the region. When With Locals invited me to try the traditional Bavarian breakfast with a local here in Munich, I thought it was finally time to get the post out there.
Before I tell you more about With Locals and how was my experience with them, I will briefly explain what is the traditional Bavarian breakfast:
First of, if you tell a Bavarian that you just had the traditional Bavarian breakfast he probably won’t understand what you are talking about. That’s because they don’t call it that way. Though, if you mention Weißwurst Frühstück, they will know right away. Also, it is important to know that you can find this breakfast in any typical Bavarian restaurant, at the Oktoberfest tents, and now with With Locals. Though, know that it is normally served only until 11:00 am or 12:00 am.
The traditional Bavarian breakfast, or Weißwurst Frühstück, is composed by:
Popular in Bavaria as much as baguette is in France, this salty bread is present in almost every meal around here.
Literally white sausage, the star of the Bavarian breakfast. Created in Munich in 1857, more precisely at Marienplatz. They come in pairs, like church bells, one piece attached to the other, and are only eaten for breakfast. Why? They are very perishable and because back when they were created there was no refrigerator to keep them cool, they were made and eaten before noon before they were ruined.
They are made from minced veal and pork back bacon, normally flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger and cardamom. Some might not like the taste, but it’s the 3rd most popular sausage in Germany.
How to eat it: yes, there is a right way to eat it. You should detach them, cut a line in the middle of each and take the skin off with your hands. Then, you are ready to go.
Senf and süßer Senf
Mustard and sweet mustard. The tradition is to eat Weißwurst with mustard, preferably the sweet one – the most famous brand is Händlmaier, original from Regensburg. I don’t really like mustard, so I never eat it, I also know many Bavarians who don’t like it. However, the vast majority love it.
To finish it up, beer, of course. The right beer to have with the Bavarian breakfast is the Weißbier, or wheat beer. Yes, Bavarians have beer for breakfast. No, it’s not everyday, only with Weißwurst, and many people prefer other types of beer.
The experience With Locals
With Locals put in practice the concept of connecting travelers and locals in a very awesome way. You can have a meal, take a tour or do activities with the locals of a certain place. They are present in 14 countries so far, and just started out here in Germany. For those of you wanting to take in as much local culture as possible, this is an experience you should give a try.
What’s best than experience the local food with locals? You get to meet someone, make friends, learn more about the dish, how it’s traditionally prepared and eaten, and can even get some insider tips. I never pass the chance of meeting locals and learning from them, so I fell in love with With Locals concept and will definitely try in other countries.
Of course, I live in Munich and have had many Bavarian breakfasts since I moved here. However, the experience of having a Bavarian breakfast with someone I don’t know, was new to me, and a great experience. I also got to prove that his breakfast is actually authentic and can highly recommend it.
W and I went to our host’s house, Sven, around 9:30 in a Monday morning. He is a very friendly guy, who also speaks English and traveled a lot around the world. When we arrived, the Brezen were already on the table, as well as the beer. Since not everyone likes Weißbier, he had Radler – beer with lemonade, which I love – Helles and soft drinks.
While he finished preparing the sausages, we discussed about this idea of eating with locals, about the places we have visited and our lives. Sven was kind to make both Weißwurst and Wiener, as he told us some people don’t really like Weißwurst. Well, that’s not our case, so we only had the traditional one.
The Weißwurst was amazing; great quality – they are not all the same. Of course, he also had mustard – only for him to eat, as neither W and I like it. I had beer, the guys had Spetzi, a very popular drink in Bavaria too, which is basically Coke with a hint of orange. We had a great time!
How to book
The booking can be made on With Locals website. For now they are available in 14 countries, you can choose the location, browse the activities for each, pick one and book. You can create a profile and keep in touch with the host before and after the experience. You can also become a host and share a little bit of your culture with others. Why not?
Special thanks to With Locals team for inviting W and myself for a Traditional Bavarian Breakfast in Munich, and to Sven for hosting us. As always, all views and opinions are my own, and I only recommend what I like and believe my readers will like too.
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