Köln, Kölsch, und Können

First thing first in Köln (Cologne), you must visit the Kölner Dom Cathedral. Take the Bahn to the Hauptbahnhof and when you exit the station, it will not knock the breath right out of you. The Dom is a fine example of Gothic Architecture, and functions as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and…

Heidelberg, Schön War’s!

After a whirlwind week of road tripping from München to Bad Kötzting and then to Neuschwanstein in Schwangau, I was ready for a solo retreat to Heidelberg. Heidelberg’s official song “Ich Hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg Verloren” translates to “I lost my heart in Heidelberg” and was first recorded in  1925 by Fred Raymond. This…

Alles Gut in Bad Kötzting

My friend took me along for a road trip to Bad Kötzting, a city in Cham of Upper Bavaria near the border of the Czech Republic. It was dark already as we left München, but there was enough light from the moon, stars, and snow on the mountains to illuminate the landscape on the way.…

Plenty of Leftovers

My mother is notorious for her cooking, which is always based on creating healthy delicious meals with fresh, organic ingredients. This woman is a living encyclopedia, a wealth of culinary knowledge, and she absolutely knocks people out with what she cooks. What she has taught me over the years is invaluable, not only in procedure…

Drop the Beet

Eastern Europe, diverse as it is, has a hundred variations for every dish it offers. Borsch, my favourite, for example. During my time in Moscow, I did not find a single menu that failed to tempt me with Борщ, the notorious stew most non-Slavs do not quite understand. Борщ- those four letters which translate into…

Girl on Film

Any time I see friends posting travel selfies in wild and beautiful locations, I feel a small twinge of remorse. There are three reasons: 1. I rarely like photos of myself and prefer taking photos without people in them, including me. I also assume that if I’m taking a photo of something majestic I should…

Paga Huevon, y come el Mundo!

For December’s Eat the World party, Greg chose Venezuelan (with Central/Latin American influences et. al.) to show off his ancestral culinary skills. He made arepas- a heavy disk of cornmeal that is dense on the inside and crisp on the outside. When they were finished, he showed us how to slice them 3/4 through and…