Overseas around the corner (Beyond the Pond)
The Vegan Month of Food is over and I have to admit I was a little burned out at the end. I definitely needed a break from baking. And a cake break. But after almost two weeks of not baking and not writing anything, I think I should get back on track. Not with baking though. Not yet.
Before September I started posting about some of my favourite food related places here in Dresden. P, F and I made some weekend trips to those favourite places, ate a lot and took pictures. Of course I didn’t get around posting about more than two of these places since I was “stuck” in the kitchen baking during September. I already promised that the German dessert project will be continued. But before we get back to you I want to introduce another one of my favourite places here in Dresden.
On of the stores in our neighbourhood here in Dresden-Neustadt I love most is called Beyond the Pond. It is a cosy grocery store located at Rothenburger Straße 26. It was founded in 2010 by Michele Williams-Schmid, who is from the US and lives here with her family. At her store you can get US and UK groceries, English books and cookbooks (some vegan ones, too!), kitchen supplies like pie plates and muffin tins, greeting cards, tea, and so on. Whenever I walk by I like to check out the store window for new products.
I cannot tell you how happy we were when we first discovered Beyond the Pond. My cooking is strongly influenced by all those US cookbooks I own and blogs I read. Plus I do a lot of testing. Before Beyond the Pond I had to order stuff like liquid smoke, vanilla extract, canned chipotles, “real” brown sugar, and similar things online. I often had to adapt recipes and get onto people’s nerves asking them how I could subsitute things like rice crispies, brown sauce or Old Bay seasoning. Often the answer was: “No substitute, sorry!”. So I had to get these things online from many different sites and stores. That included a lot of shipping and expensive shipping fees. Thankfully these times are over and I can save not only time but also money. The prices at Beyond the Pond are overall very decent, especially when keeping in mind that everything here is ordered from the UK or the USA.
We often make a Saturday trip to Michele’s store, browse the shelves for new and interesting products, chat a little and stock up on hot sauce, liquid smoke, baking powder, and other stuff. The store is not vegan or vegetarian but the owner takes great care to provide ingredient lists in German which are stuck in front of each product. She is also very helpful and points out vegan products.
Some of my personal highlights so far are: Lotus (Biscoff) speculoos spread, fig bars, flapjacks, Montezuma and Moo Free chocolate (P even bought me a vegan chocolate advent calendar last year!), vegan fudge, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Bob’s Red Mill products, and hummus. Some products are even labeled as vegan. Those who are gluten-free will also find some great products at Beyond the Pond such as flour or baking mixes and Happy Kitchen brownie bars.
If you enter the store the US products are on the left side and the UK products are on the right side. I find that very helpful whenever I am looking for something specific. And for those who love Marmite and hate Vegemite or the other way round, Beyond the Pond stocks both! If you are in Dresden I can highly recommend a visit to this cute grocery store to stock up on some of your favourite products. Maybe you’ll also make one or the other new discovery. You can get there by taking the tram 13 and hop off at the stop Nordbad. You can also check out Michele’s facebook page for news, new products and opening hours.