The life and times of a displaced 'southern' American living and working overseas.. who sometimes finds time to knit.
I started my blog while living in Korea, then I moved to Germany, and I just moved to northern Italy (November 2012). I am: iwouldratherknit on ravelry
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Oh, Fage, I love you ... almost the same as I love: Quark...
The missing post has finally been found thanks to: Sanna (one of my blog readers) who took the trouble to copy and paste my blog entry- she had had a chance to read it before it disappeared into the 'thin' internet air never to be seen again.
One of my favorite things about Europe is... no, it's not the
historical landmarks, the great food, the travel opportunities.
Believe it or not... it's the amazing cheeses and also the yogurt. I
mean, fresh wonderful yogurt without anything artificial put in it
tastes so good. I already enjoyed yogurt; but, the yogurt here is so
Germany, had so many wonderful choices for yogurt. So many
fresh fruit flavors. My favorite brand was by a company that sold
their yogurt in glass jars. They had endless choices including a
yogurt that had the vanilla bean specks mixed in.. like you sometimes
find in ice-cream. This brand, also had a 'blood orange' flavor. It
was hard to choose which flavors to buy. *They also had a regular
'tart' type with real chocolate pieces mixed in. That was nice... tart
yogurt mixed in with some sweet dark chocolate pieces. I never found a
flavor I didn't like.
However, my two absolute favorite flavors
in the 'yogurt' family were the Greek yogurts 'from Greece.' Honey
yogurt. Sigh. When I went to visit the states last summer...
throughout my visit, I bought 3 different brands of Greek yogurt with
honey... I was so happy that I could continue enjoying my Honey Greek
yogurt for breakfast. IT was not the SAME. Not at ALL. I was so
My most favorite of all? A little delight called: QUARK
had the thickness of sour cream. I can't describe how it was
different from yogurt... but, trust me... as much as I loved the
yogurt... after I tasted 'QUARK'... that is all I bought. In various
flavors. (well, I still bought the HONEY GREEK YOGURT). I'm pretty
sure that quark is probably available in the states? IF so, check it
Since, I've been in Italy... I've gone to many, many, many
grocery stores. I like to go into local foreign grocery stores
wherever I live... but, every time I went to an 'off-base' grocery
store... I would go check out the dairy case looking at all the yogurt
choices (not as many as found in Germany) and I never found any of the
German brands... nor did I find what I was really looking for: QUARK
I found the new big grocery store on Monday... once again, I checked
out the yogurt selections. No quark. No honey Greek yogurt. But,
what's this? I found something by the name of: FAGE
promising. Honey was featured on the container. Some chopped nuts
(turned out to be walnuts) were included for stirring in. A little
green folding spoon wrapped in plastic, was even included in the chopped
nuts part of the lid. After opening the foil lid from the FAGE, I
discovered that they had a little side section of honey for stirring in.
I just had it for breakfast.
Heart be still. It is quark by another name!
only seen it sold in this one grocery store. (I'd already looked in
another large grocery store.) I will be making regular trips to this
grocery store. It is only in one flavor... but, it's my favorite flavor
It's such a little thing. But, I was missing: Quark
Muuuuhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm TOTAL is a good name: It's is 'totally' good!
the nuts? When opened under the label you'll discover a little wrapped
in plastic folding green spoon 'for eating on the go.' Where the Fage
is located... see the little section to the side that looks empty?
(because it is) That is where the honey was stored for mixing in. I
mixed in every drop of honey and every chopped nut and went...
Once Spring Break is over, I'll only be able to go
to THE grocery store that sells: FAGE on Saturdays... but, if I time it
just right... it might be lunch time and I might just have to stop at
that local Trattoria that is between the grocery store and my house...
and of course... *have lunch with another group of 50-60 men. (*See
Monday's post Day 1 of Spring Break)
Oh, darn it all... that
wouldn't happen on a Saturday... because that 'special lunch' only
happened because it was 'lunch time' during the work week.