Rather than the usual photos and descriptions of what I ate on a given day – like last week’s post on my Primal Christmas – I’m doing a photo diary of the amazing food I ate while in Berlin last week. Thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting this link up.
Spoiler alert: some of the food isn’t primal!
This food diary begins even before we touched down in Berlin. It begins with the plane journey over. Knowing that we were flying KLM, which means we’d get a little snack on board, and knowing that we’d be flying during dinner time, we planned ahead and brought some food with us. We made sure none of it was a liquid, which allowed us to pass through airport security both in Aberdeen and Amsterdam without any issues. We brought sliced vegetables, Scottish cheese made from unpasteurised milk, avocados, Christmas oranges, and the Domestic Man’s Scotch Eggs, a definite mustr-try for any primal or non-primal eater!
These were enjoyed with complementary red wine, a real perk to flying European airlines.
Our first morning in Berlin, groceries were bought and the primal feasts began! The boys bought breakfast stuff, and I got to feast on smoked salmon, avocado, a scrambled egg and tomato.
I also got to enjoy my usual fruit with coconut cream, made with this delicious stuff the guys found at Kaiser’s.
Our first night in Berlin was spent doing something very European and very Christmas-sy: going to a Christmas market. And German Christmas markets are the best. We strolled through and feasted on all the treats at the Christmas market in the Gendarmemarkt part of Berlin.
I enjoyed a lot of grilled meat! Both steak and a bratwurst. Both came in a crusty roll, which proved to be a good handle for the meat. I confess to eating the equivalent of one half of a roll, which was delicious!
Pat and I also enjoyed some oven-roasted potatoes with Rosemary, dipped in a creamy yoghurt sauce. We also enjoyed some gluhwein (mulled wine) at the market too, both red and white. It was definitely a bend-the-primal-rules kind of night, but totally delicious.
While at the market, we passed a cheese vendor selling the most amazing guyere I’ve ever tasted! Our friend Andre bought a chunk of it, and I bought some soft cheese with rocket (arugula) and pinenuts.
I had this delicious cheese, along with some sliced vegetables and prawns with grilled peppers in olive oil for my lunch the next day.
New Year’s Eve was spent at my friend’s apartment, where she hosted an ABC party: Anything But Clothes. While I realise this might have connotations of a party of nudists, the term ABC refers to what your costume is made from: any material that isn’t clothing that must be fashioned into clothing. Here are mine and Pat’s results:
I’ll write more about Berlin’s NYE celebrations in my next post…. The first day of January was spent enjoying some paleo eggs Benedict.
That night, after a walk around Tiergarten (a large park in Berlin), and climbing atop the Victory Column, we went to a local Prenzlauer Berg restaurant, Spreegold. A very trendy interior with fresh food, and many paleo-friendly options, including bulletproof coffee! I enjoyed a ‘skinny’ burger of blue cheese with pears, and rosemary wedges on the side.
Our last full day in Germany, we actually spent going to Szczecin, Poland’s 7th largest city, a quick two hour train journey away from Berlin. It was the type of day trip one would go on for the sake of saying “I went to Poland.” Something we were all looking forward to, despite being primal eaters, was the perogies. Our meal in Szczecin was not at all primal, and in retrospect, was quite carb heavy!
Alicia and I shared everything: a beet carpaccio salad, with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and balsamic vinegar.
I had a starter of peppers, fish, rice and ‘goulash’ (as the menu said), mixed together and served on bread, apparently a traditional Polish dish? This was the only protein of the meal for me, and I ate the filling but left the bread.
We then shared deep-fried perogies filled with spinach, onion and padano cheese. Not a traditional filling (?) but nonetheless, the best perogies I’ve ever had!
We also tried perogies filled with a strawberry pie filling, served with whipped cream from a can.
And will you believe it? The feasting wasn’t over for our last day in Germany! (even if we were in Poland). When we returned from Szczecin, we went to Sauvage, ‘Das Paleo Restaurant,’ in Prenzlauer Berg. Sauvage also has a street food restaurant, which opened in 2011 and is touted as the first paleo restaurant in the world. I’m not going to lie, it was an expensive meal, but that’s to be expected when you’re in a fine dining restaurant and eat a three course meal.
The good news is the food was amazing!!!!!! Incredible! It was so refreshing to be able to eat anything and everything on the menu, including the alcoholic beverages. I tried kombucha for the first time and really liked it! I’m going to eventually try to make my own brew in the spring most likely. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable, and he should be considering he’s on the cover of the Sauvage Paleo cookbook! Unfortunately, it’s only currently available in German L Finally, the decor of the place was a combination of urban industrial exposed brick with wild, raw accents: branches affixed to the ceiling with lights interspersed to make a chandelier, fish skins used as light shades, wax paper used to make light shades, and all the food was served on pottery dishes.
The bad news about the restaurant is that the lighting was very dim, which made for some not so great photos or nonexistent photos. The photos were what I was able to capture.
Our meal started with an amuse bouche of duck, olive oil cream and poppyseeds.
My starter was a bowl of beef bone broth with winter vegetables and chunks of grass fed beef. Alicia had cauliflower soup. Both were enjoyed with amazing paleo bread!
My main was pan-seared filet mignon served with Brussels sprouts and macadamia puree. To. Die. For!
Dessert was a paleo banana and coffee cream pie (below), an apple and ginger tart, and a chocolate lava cake. All paleo, all pretty good.
I will definitely return to Sauvage when I’m back in Berlin in May for Alicia’s bachelorette party. The restaurant also puts on both an apprenticeship and cooking classes, which I’m very interested in for the future.
Overall, I found it very easy to stick to primal eating while away; part of this was due to the fact that my friend Alicia, with whom I was staying, follows a paleo way of eating. Her fiancé Andre is what he describes as ‘Paleo Supportive:’ he will cook and eat paleo and primal foods as a way of supporting Alicia, but will also eat non-paleo, non-primal foods. It was also easy to stay primal while away because we stayed at my friend’s apartment with a kitchen, and were able to make our own meals.
While I did have non-primal foods occasionally, I was able to easily get right back into things.
What did you eat today?
What are some of the delicious foods you ate over the holidays?
Have you been to a paleo restaurant?