After the shock of Karlsude, I figured we deserved a good lunch experience. We drove about 40 minutes to the west of Karlsrude to the “Suedliche Weinstrasse,” and the hamlet of Gleiszellen. This is one of my favorite spots in all of Germany. The Gasthof zum Lam serves fantastic food in any season, but now it’s “spargelzeit,” and we were both primed and ready for some white asparagus.
Friendly Isabelle took care of us on this bright and sunny day. We were served about eight long and tender spears of asparagus with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes with butter and parsley and for Marie, a small schnitzel. I had the cooked ham. It was all accompanied by some of the local wine produced by the Sven-Erik Ball family, who own Zum Lam.
We enjoyed our leisurely lunch and for a few seconds, talked about what the bus tourists are eating right now. “Beef or chicken?” at an anonymous rest stop where they don’t get to meet the owner or have a fine Riesling produced from the vineyard just up the hill.