Jun 012014
 

 

At checkout. Need anything else?
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Kaiser rolls. Get a package of 8 or 12.
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Not seeing kaiser rolls. All they have are sandwich rolls.
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Those are fine.
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You sure? Happy to stop somewhere else if you need kaiser rolls.
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That would be silly :)
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Not sure if you’re being sarcastic?
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Sarcastic… about sandwich rolls? Negative. I take sandwiches very seriously.
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Ok. So I’ll stop somewhere else and get kaiser rolls.
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Wait a sec… obvs, sandwhich stuff goes on a sandwich roll. What do you think goes on a kaiser roll?
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……a kaiser?
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kaiser wilhelm
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Hey, if you want to put an angry German between your buns, I won’t judge.
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……..NICHT!
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Kaiser Wilhelm and Kaiser Roll

 


composite based on “Kaisersemmel” by Kobako, (2006). File licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

  6 Responses to “a tale of two Kaisers”

  1. I’ve never had an angry German between my buns, although I did have a drunken Fräulein on my lap once. She didn’t stay very long so I don’t think that counts.

  2. Hilarious exchange! In case other inquiring minds feel a need to know more. I suppose he must have ended up purchasing the much less distinguished ‘mouth rolls’… which makes sense as we’d likely prefer to have mouths rather than Kaisers between our buns.

    per Wikipedia
    Kaiser rolls have existed in a recognizable form at least since prior to 1760. They are thought to have been named to honor Emperor (Kaiser) Franz Joseph I of Austria (1830–1916). Indeed already in the 18th century, retail prices of Semmeln breadrolls were fixed by law in the Habsburg Monarchy. Allegedly the name Kaisersemmel came into general use, after the bakers’ guild had sent a delegation in 1789 to Emperor Joseph II (1741–1790) and convinced him of decontrolling the selling price.[citation needed]

    With its monarchal connotation, Kaiser rolls stood out against common rolls known as Mundsemmeln (“mouth rolls”) or Schustersemmeln (“cobbler rolls”).

    • less distinguished ‘mouth rolls’… which makes sense as we’d likely prefer to have mouths rather than Kaisers between our buns.

      This seems like an unfair generalization, DC. You should be ashamed. Some people prefer mouths, some people prefer Kaisers, some prefer wiener schnitzel… it’s not our place to judge. ;)

      I had no idea that Kaiser rolls had such an interesting history! Monarchy, fixed pricing, class wars… that’s one of the reasons I enjoy cooking and learning about cultural traditions of recipes — it’s interesting stuff!

  3. That was a good laugh! Fantastic.

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