Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I've always thought the Starbucks near Potsdammer Platz in Berlin was for the birds -- afterall, I end up arguing with the Baristas here almost every year -- but something happened today that made it all official. A sparrow flew right through the door and landed at my table. "I don't want to ruffle any feathers here," I said loudly, "But either Tweety goes, or I go!" The woman at the next table gave me a look that left no doubt as to who she preferred. I flew the coop. In related news, a Little Birdie invited me to a business dinner tonight at one of my favorite restaurants in Berlin: Guy on Jagerstrasse. Their menu was especially "creative" tonight in honor of their "Jubilee" or ten year anniversary. It started with a peculiar appetizer which the waiter couldn't quite describe.

Me: What is this?!? It looks like crab cakes but tastes like carpaccio.

Waiter: It's Weird.

Me: Yes, I know it's Weird, but what is it ... some kind of meat?

Waiter: Yes, it's Weird.

Me: That's obvious but can you be more specific?

Waiter (exasperated): IT'S WEIRD ...!!!

I later learned that the waiter was trying to tell me that it was veal. The next course (pictured below) was a Tiramisu of Smoked Eel and Pumpernickel with Spicy, Stewed Plums. "How nice," I said as I took my first bite, "We've gone from the Weird to the Bizarre!"


Beth said...

Hmm, that sounds like stuff I would try, being the adventurous girl that I am. Some of the Asian things you describe, thanks!

I don't think I'd say yes to "marshmallow" in my hot chocolate from a bird, no matter how charming the tweet! :)

Anonymous said...

I'll bet you miss sandbags after that!

garnett109 said...

Marty, That was no Sparrow It was a stool pigeon

Dawn said...

Hmmm interesting but I think I would pass on both!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

You certainly experience some weird culinary experiences when you travel :o)