I’ve been shopping at Cost Plus World Market since the early ‘80s. In fact, I consider it one of my “must go to” places for everyday staples like Torani Sugar Free Syrups, spices and tea. It’s also the place we go to get stocking stuffers every Christmas. So when I was asked to shop World Market to write about a fall foodie theme, I jumped at the chance!
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With the kids off from school, I made it a family outing since we had to drive an hour to the Mall of Georgia. I had hoped that Nathan (12) and Lucie (9) would help me figure out a theme for my post. Instead, they had a great time showing me all the cool things they found from Star Trek Pez to a giant Tootsie Pop!
While the kids were off shooting at each other with pop guns and finding where the bathrooms were, I enjoyed looking at all the cool things I could buy from gluten free Quinoa Pasta to bacon flavored Torani Syrup! However, my mind was on breakfast – coffee, jam, Nutella, and Heinz Beans for English “beans on toast.”
Then I saw the Bavarian display and my theme was set for a German Oktoberfest Breakfast!
German Oktoberfest Breakfast
For most people, fall means football, Halloween and pumpkins. But if you’re a beer fan, you probably think Oktoberfest, since that’s when we celebrate it here in the States. (In Germany, Oktoberfest is in September.)
My husband, Paul, lived in Berlin, Germany for six months during graduate school and I had a chance to visit him there. We traveled to Munich for Oktoberfest where we sat in large “tents” (actually huge airplane hanger sized buildings), drank beer, ate big bread pretzels, and listened to German oompah bands play drinking songs as well as polka versions of John Denver songs. It was crazy and a lot of fun.
Paul also brought home a new family tradition from Berlin – the German breakfast. Unlike us Americans who love eggs, bacon and pancakes on the weekend, Germans have fruit, cheese, bread, sliced cured meats, sausages, and stuff you can’t get here (like spreadable pork fat) for their Sunday breakfasts.
With the help of World Market I created a German style Oktoberfest Breakfast at home. I was surprised how easy it was to do since so many of the items I usually would get fresh at the store were available at World Market in a shelf stable form. (Great to keep in your pantry for last minute entertaining, too!)
- Hengstenberg Cornichons – Tasty little pickles.
- Meica Bavarian Style Weisswurst – I hadn’t seen these since Munich!
- Kinder Chocolate Bars, Bahlsen Leibniz Dark Chocolate Cookies , and mini Ritter Chocolate Bars – Favorite stocking stuffers of ours.
- Curry Ketchup – For the Weisswurst. I also liked it on the eggs!
- Alstertor Dusseldorf Mustard – Also for the Weisswurst. I love that you have a little mug leftover to use for other things.
- A selection of Italian style cured ham like Daniele Sliced Serrano Ham and Danielle Sliced Capocollo.
- Pickled beets.
- Cheese to spread on toast like the Lactoprot Brie Wheel.
- And a big white platter to serve the meats on!
I served our German style breakfast goodies from World Market with hard boiled eggs, toast (since we didn’t have any German bread) and sliced pears. Paul had coffee and the kids and I had juice.
It was a wonderful fall day here in Athens, GA. So my family and I enjoyed our German Oktoberfest Breakfast outside while we listened to German oompah music. Well, except for having to swat yellow jackets who, I guess, like German breakfasts, too!
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™. All opinions and experiences are my own.