If you live too far away or can't make it, we are happy to give you a little insight into the famous German Christmas Markets. At the end of November, in almost every German city Christmas Markets pop up. Local vendors and artists set up booths for the duration of the Holiday season which typically ends on Christmas Eve. Often referred to as Christkindlmarkets, you can also find them in Austria and Switzerland with some regional variations, but undoubetdly with the following key culinary treats:
Gluehwein: hot mulled wine to loosen and warm up. Gluehwein is made with red wine, spices and sugar and depending on the quality of ingredients and level of personal intake, it is a delicious libation, best enjoyed in moderation. In the US, you can buy ready-made Gluehwein at stores like Cost Plus/ World Market or Trader Joe's but it is really easy to make it yourself.
Sausages: to help absorb above mentioned Gluehwein...
Roasted chestnuts or almonds and Gingerbread
If you have ever been to a Christmas Market in the midst of winter, then you know how truly magical this experience is. This Saturday, if you're in the area, you will be able to get a taste of it in Mountain View, CA, if only for a day and take advantage of some great deals on sigikid toys. See you there!