Elke’s German Deli is magical. We were really just planning to have a look around when we first went in. We are greatly inspired by the selection of chocolate, but uninspired by the expected prices of products imported from Germany. But the salami reeled us in for a purchase, as salami always does. We decided to go for a lovely looking hunk of pepper salami, about 1/2 a pound’s worth. Elke’s daughter (or niece, or random unrelated employee with a German accent) insisted that we sample several. All were tasty, but we went with the first we tried, a wide tube of meat with little fat circles that pop right off. This stuff melted in our mouths like nothing else, the meat was soft and luscious and had an excellent kick to it. We also got a few pieces of taffy, and the woman at the register (Elke perhaps, or another random employee with a German accent?) tossed in a few bonus pieces. You simply cannot go wrong with bonus taffy. We also got two rolls on which to eat our salami, which we sadly didn’t get to until the next day. They were a bit hard on the outside, which could be attributed to the fact that we waited a day to eat them, or to the fact that they were German rolls. The insides were soft and very tasty, and went well with the salami, and I would totally get more of these. Here are the sandwiches we ended up making the next day, using the bread and salami, pepper turkey slices, cheese (provolone if I’m correct), lettuce, tomato and mustard (German mustard for me, honey mustard for Drew):
They were delicious, especially as we got to eat them after climbing up a trail to the top of a mesa, with an excellent view of Colorado Springs and the mountains before us. I really want to go back to Elke’s, both to get more of this pepper salami and bread as well as to sample some other delightful meats. And how convenient that we shall soon have an excuse to go there again, for Salami Day is officially less then a month away! Start stocking up on salami now, before it’s too late!