Technical support, “with Tzaziki or without Tzaziki?”

Last week a customer asked for a meeting to discuss some technical issues.  The customer has its facility in Wuppertal some 285km Nord from Mannheim where I live.  I decided to take the road around nine in the morning to be close to the meeting point early enough to have lunch.  Despite some traffic the trip was relaxed and with no delays.  I arrived to Wuppertal around noon and found the customer location.  After that, I drove randomly looking for a restaurant.  The search took longer than expected and suddenly there was not much time left.  I decided to program a restaurant search on the GPS and choose the closest one.  When I arrived to what was supposed to be an Italian restaurant I only found an abandoned building, it’s quite common that GPS databases have their last update a couple of years behind.  One block before on one corner I had noticed a small restaurant which I thought was Turkish.  I got back and parked in front of the place which in fact was a Greek “ imbiss” which is the German word for snack bar.

Maria, the owner was behind the food bar with a big smile.  I quickly looked at the menu above the bar an decided to have Gyros meat with French fries and cucumber salad.  The gyros was turning around on the machine looking really good.  When I ordered Maria asked “With Tzaziki or not?”  At that moment I ignored what Tzaziki was and which could be the consequences.   So I said “with ssassssiishky please”.  You can see in the picture what I got for lunch,

it looked glorious, and the taste was fantastic also, and Tzaziki was really good only at the first bite I could notice that the recipe included a high amount of garlic.

Tzaziki recipe:

Ingredients :

 

  • 500 g plain Yoghurt
  • 2 cucumbers – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • half lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 soup spoon chopped fresh dill
  • 3 cloves garlic!!!, peeled

 

Delicious but, lethal if you have a meeting after lunch.  Have you ever asked the waiter not to put onions on your salad because you have a meeting right after?  May be you took the rings away yourself and put them aside.  But with Tzaziki there is no chance, it’s a sauce and it covers nicely the gyros meat and you better have chewing gum with your or even better tooth paste and brush.  Unfortunatelly for my partners that day it was not the case.  During the meeting I could not notice if the other people participating in the discussion were bothered by my breath but I was really worried and had some problems to sound convinced when I tried to make a point.

Tzaziki 03

 

Next time when I visit the same customer, I definitely will also visit Maria and will try some other speciality with Tzaziki, only now I know I don’t have to forget my mouthwash; the one liter bottle.

 

Restaurant                                        Grill Pizzeria Narcissus, Bei Maria!

Rating                                                  *****

Food Category                                 Greek

Location                                              Langerfelder Strasse 104, 42389 Wuppertal, Germany.

Contact Info                                      0049 (0202)2814882

Business Trip Context                 Technical Support for a customer.  300Km away from                                                                             

                                                           home-office.

Mario Alvarez

About Mario Alvarez

On regular business trips since 1998, I was lucky and unlucky to eat at the best and not the best places in The Nafta Region and Europe while on the road.
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