Overheard on the 22-Fillmore, just after passing the California Culinary Academy.
“Dude, I totally mastered Spätzle today.”
“Wow, cool! What’s in Spätzle?”
“It’s pretty much just noodles: flour, water, eggs, salt.”
“You know, you don’t pronounce it that way. Any time a letter has an umlaut over it, you pronounce it like the letter.”
“Yeah, so Spätzle is pronounced spate-zell. You know the band Motörhead? They have like 3 umlauts in their name, so it’s really hard to say right. I think it’s like, “Mootoorheed”.”