Yesterday I visited the supermarket in Pacific Place, and stumbled over Lebkuchen Hearts. Initially I thought ‘wow, this is late’. Oktoberfest has been gone for weeks now. Then I thought, ‘wow, that’s early’. Thinking that would be for Christmas.
Then it dawned on me. It is German weeks at Park’n’Shop, Fusion and all the other shops that belong to the group. Well, technically this is incorrect. It is Bavarian weeks – and I love the sub-slogan the added: The Best of Germany. Hence German weeks.
As a Bavarian, I have to agree – but I also know that this is wrong. There is so much more that Germany has to offer than just Bavarian culture – but the Bavarians are clever at marketing. That’s why many people think that Lederhosen and Dirndl clothes are typically German wear, Germans eat sausages and drink beer (all day) and that everyone drives a BMW or Audi. Of course, that’s not true. Just travel to Hamburg, Berlin or Frankfurt and you notice the subtleties of German culture.
Anyway, I don’t want to be pedantic (even if that’s a very common German trait) so let’s move on. Now is the time to stock up on German products that you might not find in Hong Kong all year round. Apart from Lebkuchen Hearts, this includes bread baking mixes (important if you want to escape the white, soggy, crustless bread), jars full of pickles, plenty of sweets (chocolates, gummy bears etc.), dried fruits and nuts …
… as well as lots of fresh products: cheese, yoghurt and sausages.
And of course, don’t forget all the beer. There is plenty to choose from.
Of course, the prices are not cheap. But that’s Hong Kong. You can have anything, it just depends on how much you want to spend.