In Ireland, we have two large, popular German supermarket chains: Lidl and Aldi (while in Germany there's a bunch more shops like these). They have a large selection of food at a discounted price and I do my main shop at Lidl.
In the 9.75 years I've been living in Ireland they have never offered the German food I love: Spaetzle, Schupfnudeln, Nuernberger Wuerstchen, Leberkaese, Currywurst.
One gets used to this grave oversight in product supply. Sure, black pudding and bacon rashers are great comfort foods too. But as of this week, Lidl is actually offering the good stuff! All I've missed (and more), available in Lidl:
My flatmate and I have been stuffing our suitcases when coming back from Germany to bring back a few weeks' supply of Spaetzle ("Egg noodles"), Schupfnudeln ("Potatoe noodles"), Leberkaese ("Bavarian style mini meatloaf") etc.
Check out the selection in Lidl's Newsletter: http://www.lidl.ie/en/6595.htm
To make it even better, it couldn't have come at a better time: We ran out of supplies from the Christmas break a little while ago and the next trip to Germany is 1 month (for her)/ 2 months (for me) away.
So this was the combined shopping, which should last us for a few weeks:
I'm very grateful to Lidl, you've made a bunch of German expats very happy this week! Let's hope it catches on and becomes a regular thing. These things don't necessarily have to become part of the product line, but once every 3-6 months would be amazing!
And then there's Aldi. Due to it's lack of freshly baked breads and pastries it's only my second favourite supermarket. But in keeping tabs on what Lidl is doing, they might do these German superfoods in a few weeks too.
Aldi's commercials are great here in Ireland, check out some of my favourites:
More great news: After stacking up all the food in the fridge, there's even a bit of space left, so we can go back to Lidl and buy some more Spaetzle tomorrow, because, you know, Every Lidl helps...