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I hope you have fun traveling! At most sit-down places, they have a menu will just small dishes. This is a grat way to try German food without having to eat a huge serving (no doggie bags!). If you don't speak German, ask your server to help you find that part of the menu. My standbys are "gemischter Salat" (mixed salad) and "Zwiebelkuchen" (like an onion quiche. Some have bacon, some don't) from the "kleinen Appetit" menu.
As for drinks, you'll probably want beer. You'll drink and eat less, though, if you order the beer at the end of your meal. You won't be so buzzed that you'll order too much food, and you'll be able to sit and enjoy the restaurant longer. This also helps if you're eating with other people who order large dishes. Enjoy the flavor of your beer slowly as your travel buddies scarf down their sausages.
Dessert: Act like a local and don't order dessert. Every time I'm out with Germans, I'm the only one who wants something sweet at the end of the meal! Germans generally eat cakes/sweets for "Kaffee," or at tea time. A slice of Quarkkuchen with some coffee/tea at 4ish is very German, will give your legs a rest from sight-seeing, and keep you from overeating at dinner. Quark is kind of like if ricotta were diet-friendly. The cake you'll be buying probably won't be made with fat free quark, but it will have a significant amount of protein and less sugar than an American cake.
Bread: German bread is higher in calories than American bread, but it's fresh, yummy, and really good for you. My favorite is "Kurbiskernbrotchen" (Sunflower bread rolls). It's full of whole grains and seeds, which can be higher in calories, but will keep you full for a while. Dip it into the center of a soft-boiled egg and you won't miss the butter. Soo good! Germans (or at least my German family) usually have meats and cheeses with breakfast, but I'm mostly vegetarian and try to avoid fatty cheese in the morning. A boiled egg ("gekochtes ei") is also part of that breakfast, though, and will come in a cute little cup ready for dipping!
If you're going to Berlin or Munich, it's pretty easy to look up restaurants before you go. If you're going to Dresden, let me know and I'll hook you up! :)
I am new to this forum and need some advice am touring around Austria and Germany for 2 weeks and I am trying not to ruin my diet. What type of food should I avoid in Restaurants?
Edited by: LUCYCHOPS at: 3/5/2012 (16:24)