Hallo followers! Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
It was Father’s Day recently in the US, and it is ridiculously difficult to shop for my dad. All of those suggested gifts like ties, watches, fishing or electric tools, he’d never use! 😕 So I decided to finally check out Schiller’s Delicatessen and see if I could pick up some things that were unusual, that I couldn’t get anywhere else, or just absurdly German.
Schiller’s is a quaint shop and diner that’s actually been around since 1952, serving cold cuts, beer, bread, and sausages from dear old Deutschland. Since my Genealogical Vacation post, I’ve pretty much concluded that Dad’s side is German AF. But it seems like he’s never really identified with it? Perhaps more recent immigrants have more clarity and connection to their homelands, but I’ve always wondered if all white US people are like this. Is there just no need for them to seek community? Do they just identify as “American”?
My “haul” includes Katjes salted herring licorice. This is something I just got because I didn’t know what it was, and what it is is awful. 😂 I’m sorry. Maybe I just don’t like licorice. I got Zotz because it says “fizz” so I thought it’d be like Pop Rocks. Turns out they’re Italian and are like a lozenge with fizz inside. Weird but enjoyable! Manner wafers seem to be straight from Vienna and even practices sustainable cocoa farming.
I’m not much of a drinker, so Pinkus Organic Munster Alt just tasted like any beer to me. Sprecher seems to be brewed in Wisconsin, but I had to get something called “Puma cola.” My dad didn’t save me any, so I will have to go back to try it! I’m also looking forward to some of the food that they make at Schiller’s. What would make German pancakes and potato salad especially German?
German speakers, how do you even say “happy father’s day”?
Is it my title or the phrase in my image?