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Monday, October 01, 2007

I'll Probably Get Mad Cow Disease
You can find T-Bone Steak in Germany After All

If I do, I'll just walk around saying "Denny Crane!"

T-Bone steak is almost impossible to find in Germany. First, long before there was mad cow disease (or BSE its close cousin, the human-brain wasting CJD), the average German had a tough time even thinking about buying a steak with a bone in it. Then along came Mad Cow, and T-Bone was banned in most of Europe for several years starting somewhere around 2001.

Despite that, I somehow managed to have one of the best T-Bone Steaks (Fiorentina) of my life in Tuscany in 2003 ... I had given up looking for T-Bone in Germany, and I wasn't paying attention to the news about Mad Cow that much, so I didn't know I was eating banned beef at the time. So I might really be muttering "Denny Crane" sooner than I think.

Well, the Ban was indeed lifted in late 2005, but true to form the good stuff remains tough to find in Germany ... Germans eat a lot of pork, but not a lot of beef ... its too expensiv.

But I was walking through the Kleinmarkthalle on Saturday and lo and behold, I spot a big hunk of beef that looked like a rack of T-Bone. Sure enough, it was. Here's a big 750 gram slice of it.

And here's the same slab of beef blackened ... I didn't mean to blacken it, but it didn't hurt the taste too much. This was really good ... I even found giant baking potatoes to go with it. Go figure.

You can take the boy out of America, but you don't take America out of the boy.

8 Comments:

Blogger Maribeth said...

I congratulate you on your find. Recently I was entertaining a man from Switzerland and all he wanted to eat was steak! Every night. Steak, steak, steak!
He went home a very happy man!

10:31 PM, October 01, 2007  
Blogger J said...

mmmm, that looks good.

I tried to find an email addy for you on your blog to let you know about the Mini-Meet-Up in Frankfurt last Sat, but was unsuccessful.

10:32 AM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger MollyB, Bloggerin said...

How were the potatoes?

5:21 PM, October 03, 2007  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Wow, that's a lot of mad cow. Love the Denny Crane reference by the way... William Shatner rocks! Have you ever hear him sing? He's got two hilarious cds produced by Ben Folds, with great songs like 'you're gonna die' and 'has been'.

I'm telling you... the man can do no wrong.

3:28 PM, October 05, 2007  
Anonymous Debbie said...

BIG potatoes?! Wow. Where did you find those? I actually found Kerrygold 60% cheddar (cheddar!) grated cheese at Kaufland last week. Amazing what you run across sometimes.

4:08 PM, October 05, 2007  
Blogger Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Oh, what a beautiful steak!! Makes my mouth water...

Just found your blog...and will be back.

8:27 AM, October 09, 2007  
Blogger Jay said...

Wow, that's a lot of meat.

8:52 PM, October 15, 2007  
Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

LOL! I came to say 'hi' after reading your hilarious comments on Mausi's blog, then I find this post with Denny Crane. My fiance is obsessed with Boston Legal and ol' William for some reason.

Btw, I'm 10 years in Greece, which by all accounts makes me insane and some say (gasp!) Greek. But you know, I'm still American and I ain't changing anytime soon.

2:58 PM, December 20, 2007  

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