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Berkeley: Christmas at Gaumenkitzel - Stollen warm from the oven and German Nürnberger Market Glühwein

rworange | Dec 14, 201107:39 PM

This was just a lucky accident. I stopped by Gaumenkitzel to try wine and the house-baked pretzel.

I asked about desserts and the server lighted up and said if I waited a half hour, the stollen had just finished rising and was about to be put in the oven. I waited.

It was wonderful ... still warm and yeasty with nice bits of orange peel and currants. It was dusted with powdered sugar and served with sweet butter.

The pretzel was great as well. There is poppy seed or sea salt. I had the poppyseed which was tasty and with enough chew that it didn't pull your teeth out. It was served with a dab of excellent sweet mustard and a pat of butter.

I decided to try the white sausage with it. I'm not sure if they make these themselves but ... nice ... lightly flavored and flecked with a green herb.

The warm wine was good. I'm not a fan in general of spiced wine. However, this wasn't obnoxiously spiced and had a juicy wine-soaked orange slice. I did love the hot apple cider though.

The table next to me had the pork chop with potatoes and kale. It looked so good. I'll probably try that next time.

Other Christmas items that I have not tried yet: December Cake (hazelnuts, spices, and real rum), Linzer Torte and Linzer cookies

Given the stollen isn't mentioned on the website, there may be other items over the next week or so.

2121 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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