Today Sandy and I are taking a road trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Considered Michigan’s Little Bavaria, all of the buildings, restaurants and stores are Bavarian-esque. There are biergartens, flower gardens and music in the streets. Specialty treats include hand crafted soft pretzels, the coldest, German beer and Portobello mushroom fries with Chipotle dipping sauce. I won’t kid you….there is also the biggest outlet mall ever created on the way into town, where I am hoping to score a new pair of Crocs.
Every time I am in Frankenmuth I go sluicing for gemstones at Thunder Bay Mining. I think the entire set up is for children, but it feeds my inner joy and I love to do it. There is a long (man made) stream running up and down and all around. You purchase a big bucket of dirt that may or may not contain gemstones (it always does or who would come back). They give you a screen with which you wash
your dirt, handful by handful to expose your gemstones. It is so incredibly exciting. I can’t even tell you you how many baggies of dirty gemstones stones I have as a result of this activity, but I do it every time I am there. It makes me feel like an adventurer…seeker of gems in a foreign land.
So we are packing up the car with Tofurky sandwiches and heading out for an adventure filled with German pretzels and sluicing. Not a ton of cooking going on today so I thought it would be fun to share a few recipes for vegan German fare. Why not wow your family or friends with some authentic grub this weekend?
Have a delicious weekend.