Friday, April 12, 2013

Geobeats Berlin: Some Handy Etiquette Tips for your Visit to Germany and Much More

Check out Geobeats' Berlin page, filled with short, informative videos filmed on location.  Topics include nightlife, museums, beer gardens, green travel, transportation and more.  Meanwhile, here's something to whet your appetite:

Berlin Street Food - Döner and Curry Wurst Rule on the Streets of Berlin

We all know that San Francisco is home to a fleet of food trucks of all stripes, but did you know that Berlin has its own street food culture?   Read all about it below and check out this video about kabobs.  Mahlzeit!

Berlin Street Food

Döner Kebab © picture-alliance/ ZB Enlarge imageThe döner kebab is the most popular fast food in Germany.(© picture-alliance/ ZB )Berlin boasts some thousands of imbissbuden(snack shops) selling quick food fixes from all corners of the globe. The döner kebab is by far the most popular, but the currywurstis a cult classic.
Germany's most popular fast food  
The döner kebab has Turkish origins, and its name means something like turned meat. As the story goes, Turkish guest worker Mehmet Aygün created the first döner kebab in Berlin in 1971. Traditionally, the marinated meat – usually a mixture of beef and lamb – is grilled on a spit, sliced thinly and then served with rice and salad. Berlin’s on-the-go döner creation is served in a pita bread with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, white and red cabbage as well as your choice of sauce. These sauces – such as garlic, herb, or spicy – are most definitely not a Turkish tradition, and many Germans enjoy getting a combination of them added to their döner.
Döner kebab snack shopEnlarge imageThe döner meat is sliced very thinly by hand from the spit.(© picture alliance / dpa)The döner’s close cousin is the schawarma sandwich. It is made with marinated chicken that is grilled on a spit like the döner and then served in a pita with veggies and tahini sauce.
Some 1,200 fast food joints and another 700 restaurants currently supply the denizens of the capital with a döner, according to the statistics compiled by the Berliner Zeitung.
A cult classic
CurrywurstEnlarge imageCurrywurst pairs well with french fries.(© picture alliance / dpa)Another popular snack is the currywurst, or curried sausage. It comes traditionally in two forms –mit (with) or ohne (without) a sausage casing. Regulars simply order one mit or oneohne, leaving off the implied word currywurst. The currywurst sauce is also a German creation, something akin to homemade ketchup flavored with curry powder. One can also spice things up a bit with a splash of chili sauce.
The sliced currywurst is served on a square paper plate with a miniature fork which is great for spearing bits of sausage covered in sauce. French fries with ketchup and mayonnaise are a popular accompaniment to the currywurst. This is called pommes rot/weiß, or fries red/white.
There are ongoing debates about where the first currywurst was created; Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr area all stake claims. But one thing is clear: Herta Heuwer registered the first patent for a currywurst sauce, which she called Chillup, in Berlin on September 4, 1949.
According to the Deutsche Welle, some 800 million currywurst are eaten every year in Germany and about 70 million of those are consumed in Berlin. While not in the top spot, the currywurst has achieved a certain cult status. There’s even a museum dedicated solely to the dish – the Deutsches Currywurst Museum – which opened in Berlin in 2009.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

SF International Film Festival - Everyday Objects (Halbschatten) Presented 5/2, 5/3, 5/6

The San Francisco International Film Festival will be presenting, among many others, two German-language films.  Click here for a full listing of films, representing countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Latin American, Japan, China and Korea.  The festival runs from April 25-May 9.

German-language entries are:

Everyday Objects (Halbschatten)

Merle travels to meet her lover at his villa in the hills of Nice, but arrives to find herself alone with his two adolescent children while he tends to unnamed business at his publishing company. Director Nicolas Wackerbarth crafts a compelling critique of bourgeois ennui through the routine encounters and quiet moments of solitude that constitute everyday life.  Read more.

The Strange Little Cat (Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)

A day in the life of a middle-class Berlin family becomes the stuff of domestic surrealism in Ramon Zürcher’s strikingly original debut feature. The action rarely leaves their apartment confines, yet this “plotless” miniature reveals a whole alternative universe of mysterious (occurrences and unspoken tensions that have a droll, yet poignant impact.  Read more. 

German Language Fair at the Goethe Institute: Free, Food, and Fun on Friday, April 19

If you're considering taking German, French or Italian at CCSF (or Modern Greek through non-credit), but would like to be a bit more informed about these languages, check out the free language fair at the Goethe Institute.

When: Friday, April 19, 2013, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Goethe-Institut
             530 Bush Street
             San Francisco
             Free admission

Come to the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and visit four European countries in one evening!
  • sample classes
  • 10 percent discount if you sign up for a language course on this day
  • short films
  • music
  • travel information
  • food tastings
Come and enjoy a fun night of learning a new language and get a taste of a different culture.
It doesn't matter if you are a business professional wanting to learn a new language for work, a student interested in going abroad, or a senior wanting to travel during your retirement, we welcome everyone! 

Please register by clicking on this link:

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