The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Munching in München

I woke up from my jet-lag nap about 8:30 PM, in time to handle some email and go scouting for grub. I'd planned on going to Taverna del Sud, an Italian pizza restaurant a block from the hotel that had served me well last year. I got there, and there were "for rent" notices on the windows and nothing but boxes inside. I guess I should have come back to Munich more often.

So, I walked through the English Garden to the commercial area near the U-Bahn station and started my walk to end personal hunger. Being just north of the University, there were a lot of cool, funky restaurants and bars, but I really didn't find anything that I felt confident with. There was a Greek place that may have been nice, but I couldn't decipher the menu adequately to tell what was vegetarian. So, I ended up at the Cast American Cafe, a smoky place that serves burgers and pizza, has a staff that understands English, and marks the vegetarian items with "(v)" so people like me can know what to order.

I got their veggie pizza. First issue: you've got to slice it yourself using knife and fork. The whole concept of a pizza cutter seems lost on the continent, based on my experience last year and now. Second issue: corn on a pizza is just weird, although it's really not that bad. Third issue: cheese shouldn't really drip off the crust. This is strictly a taste issue, but I prefer my pizza with a more cohesive upper layer. Still, the service was nice, the food was fresh and tasty, and the 500 cL of Orangina tasted pretty good after the walk.

PalmSource people are meeting up at 10:00 AM, and I need to get up at 4:30 AM to try to call into the final Show With No Name. Tomorrow includes rehearsal for my talks, proctoring a developer exam, and a little more sightseeing. I didn't have my camera tonight (too dark), but there's a beautiful five-story sculpture down near the cafe that I want to capture, and the English Garden (adjacent to the hotel), is really, really nice.
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