I do not talk about it a lot but the truth is, I have brutal social anxiety. Getting to know me is just about impossible, especially since I spent the last six years staying in my home at least eight months of the year. It is very important to me to break out of this anti-social habit and “get out there” which, I am happy to say, I did last night.
I had been curious about this place since the first time I lived in Vancouver over eight years ago. A giant rustic building with tons of character, I had always wondered what the food would be like?
Of course I was worried at first about camera etiquette. I noticed nobody took out their cameras to take photos of the food or the building. We all decided to go for the buffet and sat down to eat when I discovered I was only one of two bloggers there.
When I went for my second helping of food, I asked if it was OK to take a photograph and they all said go for it. Phew! So you get to see some of the food. There was goulash (which I bastardized by putting spaetzle in it, LOL), sausages, braised cabbage, sauerkraut, ribs, schnitzel… What hearty food! There was a token salad but everyone, including myself, walked right by the greens and delved into the hot German food.
It had been a very cold and rainy day. I honestly did not think that I was going to be able to eat a lot of food but it was such warming rustic German comfort food, I surprised myself by wanting seconds. Having good company also helped of course but I passed on the beer.
I walked home which was a bit of a challenge after all that food but very satisfying. All the way home I obsessed, wondering if I made an ass out of myself. Starting a new life here in Vancouver with very few personal contacts is challenging and making new ones? Downright painful for me.
I almost backed out of going. To stay in the comfort of our new apartment and make spicy noodles while watching TV almost won but I reminded myself that once I had the chance to meet the world again, I had promised myself I would do it. Meetup Group Food Bloggers made it so much easier.