Austro-Hungarian Mmmpire

Most dishes that I cook start with sauteed onions, garlic, and paprika in oil over low heat. It’s just my version of Mirepoix, and a distinction I’ve become notorious for.  Eastern-Southern European  cuisine is quite cozy with these flavours, and my intrigue in experimenting with them has grown vastly since my trip to Transylvania. I…

Miocene Meets Little Chicago

Milling About the Miocene I decided on a whim to take a road trip to Johnson City, Tennessee. The Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site presents the fossils and skeletons of tapirs, saber tooth cats, rhinoceroses, red pandas, alligators, plants, and other creatures that once roamed the area. This fossil site formed as…

This is Blitzkrieg.

Rapid fire photo essay with shots that were left out of my previous Berlin story, in no particular order.               Judisches Gemendehaus (Jewish Community Centre) on FasanenStrasse      

Berlin, Immer Berlin

Berlin is the city that makes my heart skip a beat. The very buildings, monuments, and street names define and narrate my lifelong obsession with Germany and its history like an interactive storybook. First with the Weimar Republic era when the artists, filmmakers, musicians, architects, scientists, and great writers who emerged during this time birthed…

Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds

  Gunther von Hagens is a brilliant and incredible human. His personal history is just as fascinating as his professional portfolio and contributions to the medical world. He was born in Poland only days before his family set out for Germany in attempt to flee from post-Holocaust disastrous conditions and fast approaching Soviet Communism. The family was…

Szekelyudvarhely, Transylvania

Transylvania is a complex region. The city of Szekelyudvarhely is also called Udvarhely (courtyard) for short, and in Romanian it is called Odorheiu Secuiesc. With respect to the 96% Hungarian population,  I will refer to locations in local Hungarian terms when applicable. I landed in Cluj Napoca and was met by György, an ambitious, hard-working man who lives…

Sighisoara, Romania

Something bit me in Transylvania, and that is no joke. Segesvar (Hungarian) aka Sighisoara (Romanian) aka Schassburg (German) is a striking and well-preserved medieval Transylvanian city in Romania that was originally founded by Saxons in the 1100s. Like Biertan, it is a Unesco World Heritage Site. For a few days I kept a close eye on…