I would have posted sooner, but they were working on something in our neighborhood and managed to knock out the Internet and phone service for everyone who has our service. It put a real damper on my school work and my freelance work and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since!
For us, living outside of the United States is amazing, but you always miss things about home, especially the food. Going without our favorite meals just isn’t an option for us, so we’ve found ways to either substitute food we can’t find or we’ve found where we can get it. Check back for updates, because I’ll be talking a lot about what foods/ingredients are available in Germany (or at least, which ones are available in Frankfurt) and where to find them.
When I look around the Internet, I find a lot of posts asking where to find American ingredients. In Frankfurt, people will tell you that the Galeria at Konstablerwache has a real “American food”. Some will send you to Real. It’s true that these places have some American food, but each has a very small section with just a few options. Both places have virtually the same choices. These ingredients may change, but here’s what I’ve found at each place:
Macaroni & Cheese (not Kraft, but an off brand)
Jack Daniels Mustard
Off-brand macaroni & cheese
Keep in mind that the above lists are just some of the items I’ve found there and are only to the best of my memory. You can find baking soda in some grocery stores, but it’s not something I find to be readily available. The other source for pure American brands is Amazon.de. Unfortunately, you end up paying a lot, because it’s imported. I don’t think you save money by order from Amazon. You can just as easily have an American friend or family member go shopping for you and have it mailed here.
Amazon.de has a variety of things available. You’ll find everything from cereal to chips, candy and other odds and ends. I know I’ve seen Bisquick available at one of the two stores, but I can’t remember if that was at Real or Galeria. Neither store has a very big section, so if you’re not going there for something specific, check out the Galeria. Real takes a little bit more time to get to and it’s much easier if you have a car.
If you’ve spent any time in Germany, you’ve probably come to realize that finding good Mexican food here is pointless. You have to make it at home. We’ve managed to make some very good Mexican food on our (of course, it helps that Tony is a trained chef and that I love to cook and experiment). Rewe stores are excellent for some Mexican ingredients, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that’s truly spicy here. We buy the “hot” salsa and end up adding jalapeno sauce to it to spice it up a bit. You’ll find taco seasoning mixes, soft tortilla shells, refried beans and salsa at stores like Rewe. Some large Rewe’s have Ortega spice mixes. Personally, we prefer to mix our own. There are a lot of good recipes on the Internet (and we plan on compiling a Mexican e-book to offer on here soon). I save old jars, wash them out and use them to store my homemade spice mixes. This mini Pesto jar has what’s left of the last taco seasoning mix I made.
Do you have a question about where to find something? Ask me and I’ll do my best to answer!
My family and I left the United States in August of 2010 to go to Cairo, Egypt. In February, 2011, we left Egypt and began a new adventure in Frankfurt, Germany. Why we left each place and how we got there is a different story for another day and I’ll get to it, but for now, I wanted to open with a quick “hello” and a little insight to what I’ll be writing about on here.
The main focus of this blog will be about living as an expat (or a foreigner) in Frankfurt, Germany, but I will most likely dive into my memory of what it was like to live in Cairo too. I make a living as a freelance writer. It’s not always a great living, but it works for me and allows me to take care of my daughter instead of sticking her in daycare or school. I plan to talk about everything with this blog, but you can expect to find a lot of information about living in Frankfurt as a non-German-speaking foreigner. We’ve overcome a lot of obstacles to create things like we’re accustomed to in America. Germany doesn’t always make that easy and though options are available, sometimes you have to either know where to look or go out of your way to find it. Little by little, I plan to address various expat issues, including where to find certain food ingredients, good things to see and places to stop, and some of the more serious questions (like finding an apartment, job and getting a visa).
You’ll also likely catch some of my more deranged thoughts, so don’t be shocked when you take a look into my evil little mind.
I welcome you to my blog and hope to stay fairly consistent with my posts. As I add information about living in Germany, please feel free to post your own questions to me or suggest topics. The same goes for writing, working as a freelancer and living as an expat in Cairo. I can probably be helpful about a lot of different things and the purpose of this blog is to provide information to people. I noticed that a lot of blogs offer good expat information, but they don’t answer quite everything. I’m hoping to answer some of the unanswered questions that I see floating around the Internet about Germany.
The Winded Gypsy a.k.a. Beth Lytle