I am really excited about today’s post because this is my favorite meal of the trip so far. Our very German tour bus driver, Guido (Guido and his girlfriend, Uta, drive our tour bus. They are extremely nice and they even clean our bunks on a daily basis), decides to take us to a local joint, der Bier-Esel (beer donkey). This place is over 700 years old. Yup, thats right, it was established in 1297. On entry it doesn’t feel that old, but it must have gone through some renovations over the years. Guido tells us that we must get the mussels because they are the best mussels in Cologne. The mussels are prepared in a fragrant wine sauce with some onions and they are delicious.  The side salad comes next and it is surprisingly tasty. The salad combines some greens and tomatoes with potato salad, cabbage salad, corn, beans, peppers, cucumbers and dill. I know it sounds wierd, but it works. The main event is pork. Most of us order pork in some form or another. I get Feines Geschnetzeltes Zuricher Art mit frischen Weisen champignons, schwabischen Butterspatzle und Blattsalate in Sauerrahm. Rough translation: little strips of pork and mushrooms in a cheesy sauce with butter spaetzle and a side salad. I couldn’t ask for anything better than this. The pork and mushrooms taste like they are in some kind of mac and cheese sauce, but not quite. Its just so good. Spaetzle is a german egg pasta. I have seen this stuff prepared once. The batter was poured through a colander directly in to boiling water, resulting in little noodles. I can’t go to Germany without having some. Its prepared in all sorts of ways, but here it is simply buttered–mmmmm. One more thing; the restaurant has a bunch of these grinder things on the wall. Free stuff for the first person who can tell me what they are. (Bier-Esel is located at 114 Breite Strafe, 50667 Koln.)


11 Responses to “Bier-Esel”

  1. Cascone Says:

    I can say without any doubt that those are coffee grinders…. I can prove it…..
    -Alex Cascajones

  2. Cascone Says:

    Love the blog!

  3. leslie Says:

    i’m drooling! The grinders look like coffee mills but they probably aren’t

  4. Dominik Says:

    Hi Homer,

    nice to see some food stuff out of my hometown Cologne.
    Never been to the Bier-Esel, I know where it’s at though.

    In about an hour I’ll be at the “Alter Wartesaal” and waiting for my “soul meal” from you guys.


  5. Rob Says:

    I’m fairly sure that those are pepper grinders. My old landlord in Paris had one. You pour the pepper in the top, crank the handle and the pepper grinds come out in the bottom drawer.

  6. zjef Says:

    definitely it are coffee mills , before the senseo generation it used to be in every kitchen in northern europe at least ,yes it is a cool blog and have a nice show in brussels on wednesday !!!

  7. muffin Says:

    not only coffee and pepper but used for all spices and grains…. flour corn… stuff like that
    … i guess i have to try the best dip of all times although i am a little skeptical (spelling is not my forte)

  8. Kitten Says:

    Those are, indeed, grinders. Typically for coffee, but you can grind any plant-based item in them. I have a collection of them myself which I started after inheriting my grandmother’s that she brought over from Holland when my family came to America.

  9. Sir Jarvis Says:

    Those are coffee grinders , nowadays used to grind pepper and other spices (like coriander seeds )

  10. Eric Says:


    I love the info and have bookmarked your blog. Haver you thought of doing a vlog describing this stuff?…

  11. Guido Says:

    Hi Homer
    Its me Guido
    How are you and the other guys?
    How is Sharon?
    By the way….definitley it are coffe mills, we have also some of these old ones at home.
    My Grandma made a great coffe with that. It was called Prütt.
    Stay safe and well
    Your friends Jutta (not Uta) and Guido

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