Well, Greuss Euch in Muenchen!! An interesting thread that I picked up by accident here on EG. Moving to Muenchen (okay, let's dispense with the umlauts, because the keyboard here doesn't have any). Will you be staying long? This will determine whether you really slip into the culture, or remain on the fringe (like Army people - no laughter please from you locals). A super source of all things in the English language is a publication called "Munich Found". The publisher is German, her spouse American (exactly the opposite of me and my husband), and comes out every month. You can get a copy in all the major newspaper centers (read: train stations, etc), and it is written by many people who actually live in Munich and fit in very well with the community. Shopping: Munchner are very tied to the earth (read: bring your own bags with you to the supermarket, or you'll have to pay for one), DO NOT go for bleach/chemicals/artificial sweetners or colors, they are "politically incorrect" (chileren are educated at an early age about the dangers of artificial colors. Even the cat foods have ingredients listed, so you can see if your pet is being fed sugar or not). Be prepared to carry things. Be prepared to buy drinks in containers with mandatory deposits, even at the airports. Be prepared to buy bread that has a very limited shelf life, and to buy it every day. Be prepared for some of the best quality food that you've ever experienced. Wheat is real wheat. Butter is real butter, from a variety of countries, and with little or no water added. Quark, always an interesting substance, is widespread. The local culture pays no attention to "no carbs", because they know better. They have true whole grains, an acid-based diet, and a very healthy outlook toward food. Too much animal fat? Eat only vegetables for a few days, and walk a lot. Breakfast? Not nearly as much refined sugar as in the US, and when so, it is beet sugar (basis for a new thread). Fructose is everywhere, Sucrose is everywhere, artificial sweetners are really shunned by most, and milk products rule. Where else can you find strawberry buttermilk? And you wonder why complexions are wonderful. Do not expect to find monster servings, and DO NOT expect to take anything home. This is an insult to the establishment, which normally views this sort of thing as mediocre and low-class. 'Nuff said. Shopping? Most real people, depending upon their living space shop so: dry goods and basics (flour, sugar, ets) in bulk, fresh foods daily. Yes, we cook every day. Weekend shopping is truly a joy. There are a variety of sources from which to choose, and Muenchner do. THEY DO PLAN MENUS. THEY DO TEND TO SHOP EARLY, at least the gastronomes do. EARLY IS NOT 16:00. EARLY IS 8:00 - 12:00 noon. You are moving to a new location. Experience the local culture (the best meal is always at the neighbors' grandma's). Restaurants are fine, but can be superficial. Be prepared. Just because it's in Munich does not mean that it is good (just like NYC). The Viktualienmarkt? An adventure story. Just like NYC, one can live either very expensively or very economically. Shop in season. Be prepared for outrageous prices if it is off season. This is not one's supermarket (thank heavens), but affords incomparable experiences. When you are there, seek out a Stand called "Rottler", just beside the "sauer-eck". The Stand offers HOMEMADE (and I do mean "by hand", saying that everything is done the "old way") jams, jellies, confitures, & condiments, as well as every fresh herb that one could realistically want, and oils, vinegars, and spices, and sauerkraut, and pickles (the BEST), and olives...... and it is run by Hans Hollweck, "the man with the hat" (Der Man mit dem Hut). He speaks fluent english, is himself a Michelin-star Chef (he'll gladly tell you how to prepare your purchase), and is a wealth of knowledge, gastronomically speaking. Refer to Munich Found for references. You're a part of EGullet. Take your passion in hand. And tell them that betsy at Marktfrau sent you. More infor? Email me. I'm always there within 24 hours (time elapses allowed).