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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch
Drinks, mixed
Germany
Northern Europe
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Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

Made with Eggnog Liquor and White Wine. It is something you would not expect to taste this good. It can easily become your favorite drink at the Christmas Market. Egg Liquor (by Evan Williams) or the more expensive Verpoorten should be available in the US at least 6 weeks before Christmas at the Liquor store. […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
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Austrian Topfenknödel

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Mittenwald, Karwendel Mountains, Bavaria
Germany
Northern Europe
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Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

When driving south from Landshut, I tried to avoid the Autobahn. After a couple of hours through South Bavaria, I arrived in Mittenwald. A lovely Bavarian town known for their Facade paintings on homes, and the Karwendel mountain peaks as a backdrop. South of where the Isar rises, Bavaria meets Tyrol. Thus, Mittenwald became a trade […]

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Sauerbraten Recipe, German Dish
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Sweet-sour and tangy Sauerbraten

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop tastebuds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days […]

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Doener plate, Turkish food
Allgemein
Germany
Main Course
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Döner, a popular street food

A Döner is the Turkish version Greek Gyros. When in Germany, I order my Plate with a slaw, cucumber, tomatoes and fried garlic potatoes. It’s my other favorite street food while in Germany. The true Döner was discovered 1867 by Iskender Efendi (Master Alexander), the original family restaurant is located near Istanbul (Bursa), Turkey, where […]

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Landshut, Bavaria streetscape
Germany
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Landshut, a Bavarian Jewel just north of Munich

Landshut is the capital of Lower Bavaria. This considerable small town of about 70,000 inhabitants was a pleasant surprise when visiting friends recently. Just 20 minutes north of the Munich Airport, Landshut is one of the richest industrialized towns in Bavaria with a striving economy.  After a three-day stay Passau, I was driving for about […]

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Ellmau, der Bergdoktor
Austria
Germany
Southern Europe
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A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize […]

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Bad Füssing Therme1, Bavaria
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe
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Healthy retreats in Germany

When I was staying in Passau recently, I didn’t know what to do on a rainy and cool day, so I decided to take a 45 minute drive to the Bad Füssing Kur town, which means a place to cure an illness. Some towns have Thermal Bath houses or Thermal Spas  Open-air, natural thermal springs […]

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Zürich Geschnetzeltes
Germany
Recipes
Southern Europe

Zürich Geschnetzeltes, a classic Swiss Veal Dish

This tender Veal dish in a creamy Mushroom sauce is a classic meal I ate while visiting my friend in Zürich. If veal is not available, you could use beef or pork instead. I had to re-create this dish at home I prepared this dish in the Instant pot. See recipe description. Served with my […]

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Walhalla Memorial
Germany
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A temple near Regensburg that’s covered with precious marble inside and out

On a sunny day, while staying in Regensburg, I took an excursion to the Walhalla memorial which is a couple minute drive north-east. The classicist building with its surrounding landscape is dominating on a mountain overlooking the Danube With this structure in the form of a temple and surrounded by columns, it’s of the most […]

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