It can be hard to adapt, especially when you have a lifetime of habits and preferences behind you. This is especially true of food. My brother and I love Asian food, but Muenster certainly ain’t the mecca of Asian cuisine.
There’s a rule I just made up that sheds some light on this issue.
The primary factor in food diversity correlates directly to the population and diversity of immigrants in a given area.
There are a lot of Turkish and Middle Eastern immigrants in Germany, therefore you’ll find a lot of Doner kebabs. However, it’s much harder to find a decently priced bowl of Pho.
This is where adaptation comes in. Don’t waste your time trying to find the things you loved and used to eat, instead, find the foods the region does best. In our case, Muenster is the land of breads, meats, and cheese, which they do extremely well. (mmm… käsebrötchen)
And in the spirit of adaptation on this Thanksgiving day we rose above our failed attempt to find a turkey (though we didn’t look too hard), and are centering our first Thanksgiving meal away from home around a 4 pound chicken.
After a few hours of prep we’re now sitting around the table, breathing in the sweet smell of chicken-scented success. Christmas music is streaming from my netbook, the beer is cold and our pipe is piping with some delicious German tobaccos.
I’m thankful for it all, especially the people I’m sharing it with.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.