On a slightly less thrilling but still interesting note, the beet salad. To preface, I was raised in a household in which the very word "beet" was taboo. My Dad hates beets and married my mother on the condition that she would never bring a beet into our home. I've since tried them numerous times, but the impression of beets as enemy has been kind of hard to shake. Beets, like fried eggs on things, seem to be very en vogue right now, and I get why--they're colorful, earthy, and chock full of antioxidants. I never thought of beets as a staple of German cuisine, but they seem to be everywhere, and appear on almost every fall menu I've seen in Germany. The beets were mixed with pickled onions and apples, which in turn gave a pleasant kick and sweetness to contrast the earthiness of the beets. The oversized dollop of Crème Fraîche seemed a little superfluous, but was enjoyable when used sparingly as a condiment to the salad.
All in all, the experience at Watzke was kind of enlightening. I feel like I'm getting closer to an authentic German food experience and beginning to "get it" a little more. Now the challenge is achieving that feeling in Berlin.
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