Barbecue

Trip Start Feb 26, 2009
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Trip End Mar 13, 2009


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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Sunday, March 1, 2009

   Finally got some sleep last night after our marathon travel day yesterday.  We got up and had a very late breakfast with some delicious stuff - Claudia is going to laugh because she makes fun of my extreme descriptions of the food whenever I go on trips, and here I am starting off the blog with food (FA). . .  but anyway, screw it.  I like my food!  We had some German buns from the bakery just down the street with some homemade jam that her father had made, and my favorite breakfast thing from now on - Nutella.  Nutella, if you have not had it, is spreadable hazelnut chocolate for breakfast.  Has there ever been a better idea?  If there has been, I've not heard it.  It is spectacular.  Breakfast will never be the same. 
   Anyway, enough about the food, because there is more to come with the barbecue later.  We packed up and drove to Barntrup, which is a small town north of Paderborn where Claudia's family lives.  Her parents live there, as well as her sister, brother-in-law, and their two children.  We stopped at the grocery store on the way and there was beer and chocolate everywhere.  "Sigh of happiness."  I entertained (or was it annoyed?) Claudia by attempting to pronounce most of the different foods.  Of course every time I pronounced something it sounded like a question - kar-toff-eln?  Very confident.  Every time I was wrong.  Shining moment in my life.
   We drove through Blomberg (another small town) and finally got to Claudia's sister's house.  We met Andy, Claudia's brother-in-law, and then Melanie, and then the kids.  Julian is the oldest and he is 4 years old, and Jasmine is 2 years old.  They are simply bundles of energy as is to be expected from children that age!  Andy and I went to the Roehr Braeu brewery down the street in Barntrup to pick up the beer for the night (woohoo!), and since Andy was test-driving a car for the weekend he said I had to try both "free samples" of the beer - one of the lager and one of the Dunkel.  Oh rats.  Both were good, but I thought the Dunkel was best, so we got a big monster container of that and then two smaller ones as well.  Looks like a fun night ahead of us!
   We got back to the house and I attempted to make a key lime pie, but crusts are different in Germany (no pre-made cheap graham cracker crust) - Claudia made a crust and we salvaged some of the key lime mixture.  It didn't turn out too bad, but not my "superior level of culinary wonderness".  By then, Claudia's friends Anne and Catrin were there, so everyone was preparing different food and playing with the kids.  After another sample of some beer, we hit the dinner table - Andy was grilling outside and sending the plates of meat in with Julian - and there was quite the spread!  There were peppers stuffed with cheese, Mexican salad, rolls, and then all the barbecue goodness . . . ribs, steaks, chicken wings, and three different types of sausages.  Delicious and great flavor, and of course I ate too much.
   After dinner we played with the kids some more, and then started in to the Sing Star where everyone displayed their golden vocals. Or maybe that was at another house?  Everyone had a great time singing and making a fool of themselves - after absolutely butchering David Lee Roth's "Just A Gigolo" I switched from the beer to Caipirinhas (a Brazilian drink like a mojito) and it tasted great but didn't help my singing.  We kept going for awhile until everyone had sung enough and the night wound down - what a great day! 
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