How to eat a Kiwi

It’s funny, really. I can’t even begin to explain how many times during a normal day that my last stay in Germany randomly pops up in my mind. I have always been the “story teller.” I have told countless poor souls about my Germany experience- probably at minimum three times each- and I would gladly talk their ears off again given the chance. Weather it be something I learned, experienced, lived, saw, ate or even smelled, my life now is so different than it was during my stay in 2012, yet it is so easily comparable at the same time.

Just yesterday, I was cutting up fresh fruit for a friends bridal shower the next day and I couldn’t help but chuckle at myself half way through. I had carefully carved the watermelon into little hearts while my friend quartered strawberries and got small punch cups ready to be filled with fresh fruit. I was soaked in watermelon juice and the floor was simulating a musical instrument every time I lifted my feet off it from being so sticky when I remembered that I had a few kiwis in the fridge we could use. As I started to cut into them and almost made it an entire hour without talking about my upcoming trip I couldn’t help but laugh at the fact that, I actually had to think about how to cut a kiwi.

Growing up, my mom had kiwis in the house quite often. I have always been a fruit and veggie lover so naturally I was just as content having kiwis or grapefruit for breakfast as  I was having typical breakfast meals. I remember my mom cutting the skin off the kiwi, rinsing it off and then eating it. That simple…

Until my stay in Germany. I should note that every morning we had the same breakfast except for Saturdays- when Alex would load us up with bakery treats. During the week, one of my duties was to make fruit salad nightly so it would be ready for Alex when he he went to work, and to make sure there was enough to Eva, myself and the girls upon starting our day. Everyday, I made it the same, apples, pineapple, grapes, maybe some mango, banana, sometimes oranges and almost always- kiwi. Again, cutting the flesh off, washing and dicing. However, one day that all changed when I looked around the corner to see little Emilia eating a kiwi with a spoon. And in that moment I was 100% outsmarted by a 3 year old.

With that, How to eat a kiwi:

1. Take the kiwi out of the fridge and give it a good rinse. I always rinse my fruit because I don’t know about you but I’m always the person squeezing, smelling, touching all my fruit before I buy it so, wash all those hand germs off it.

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2. Cut the kiwi down the middle horizontally. Notice how the kiwi makes two little bowls.

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3. Use a spoon and scoop the kiwi flesh out. The juice stays within the skin making it mess free, cutting board free and painlessly easy to eat.

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4. Enjoy!

How I had missed this genius way of eating a fruit that I had been consuming for most of my life I have no idea but yet again I was subtly reminded of how much I grew as a person in Germany- even if it was just learning the right way to eat a kiwi.

What are your favorite fruits? Have you ever learned something so mind bogglingly simple that you wondered how in the world you hadn’t already known it?

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Chef Klaus Bier Stube

As much of a mess that the trip to the Chriskindlemarket Chicago turned out to be, our reservations at Chef Klaus Bier Stube were the complete opposite. My family made these reservations as a goodbye since I was leaving for Germany in 5 days. Naturally, I had to check them out on Facebook and online before arriving and I found nothing but good reviews, managing 4.4 out of 5 starts so I had high expectations. Ranking as the best German restaurants to eat at near Chicago, IL we couldn’t wait to arrive.

Chef Klaus Bier Stube is located in Frankfurt, IL and is open year round for business. We had never been here before, but it was everything we had hoped for and more. It was the most welcoming, charming, festive and just perfectly accurate German restaurant.. and the food was incredible! We enjoyed Oysters Rockafellar for an appetizer, served on the half shell topped with a Bavarian creamed spinach and Bacon and they were AMAZING. For our meal we split several entrees. The Weisswurst was smooth and subtle just as it should be, all we were missing was eating it at 6am with a warm Weissbier. We also tried the Rouladen, which is a sliced beef sirloin, rubbed in mustard and wrapped around a dill pickle. I originally heard of this dish on Food Network, so naturally I had to try it as it was the most unique item I could find. Surprisingly, the taste of the dill pickle gets almost completely cooked out through cooking, so it wasn’t at all what I expected. It was perfectly spiced and super juicy though, so you bet I ate every bit of it. I managed to try the Leberkndelsuppe or, liver dumpling soup which I would recommend for anyone looking for something different, authentic and light. We finished off with a few Augstiner beers, Radlers and Apple Pie shots right after we devoured the entire Apfelstrudel. Although a little pricey upon first viewing the menu, it was worth every dime once the food arrived. This is the most authentic German cuisine I have found and the owner is so interactive and amazing with every guest who enters. Enjoy the true Germany environment with loud music, plenty of Augstiner Beer and a warm, inviting family welcome when you walk in the door.