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Germany has a string of cities that take one through the entire digestive tract: Essen (eat), Darmstadt (intestine city), and Pforzheim (which is close enough to the German word for "pass wind" to make it a punch line). Here are four foods named after German cities:
 

Hamburgers

In the late eighteenth century, the largest ports in Europe were in Germany. Sailors who had visited the ports of Hamburg, Germany and New York, brought this food and term "Hamburg Steak" into popular usage instead of the original German, "Frickadelle". To attract German sailors, eating stands along the New York City harbour offered "steak cooked in the Hamburg style."

 

Viennas

Vienna sausage means essentially the same thing as Wiener, as the word "Wiener" means "Viennese" in German, from the origin of the sausage, the city of Vienna.

 

Frankfurter

Frankfurter sausage originated in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

 

Berliner

German doughnut made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top. On 26th June 1963 U.S. President John F. Kennedy exclaimed, "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner") in a speech in West Berlin. Time Magazine, BBC, the Guardian etc translated this as, “I am a jam-filled doughnut.” It is however argued that the people of Berlin call the doughnut Pfannkuchen, hence they understood his meaning.

 

 

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