I received an email from Belinda, the head of the Foreign Language department, this morning, and it contains an invitation to a “GermanFest” on Friday taking place in the little town of Belleville, just a few minutes from Edwardsville. The event – rather than being a feast on Germans (which, when I think about it, might not be such a bad idea) – is a barbecue cum all-you-can eat event featuring mainly quality German cuisine, it read. According to her, “there is no language restriction”, and everyone is welcome. Very nice. It will definitely be a welcome break from my daily ritual of cheese pizza and lemonade.DSC_0007_JPG

The menu however, as the invitation states, will include Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Schwein Schnitzel, Potato Soup, Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage, Spaetzle, German Chocolate Cake, and much more. Since I have heard about only one of these names before, and actually tasted none, I am wondering whether it might not be a good idea to purchase an insurance on my appetite before-hand, just in case this doesn’t turn out to be one of my most-informed culinary decisions.

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