Karneval / Fasching Foods

Make this Fairly Easy Berliner Recipe for Karneval or Silvester

Fasching! Karneval! Even NEW YEAR! or maybe you just LOVE them, it’s a good time for Berliner! Honestly, I seldom make them, because fried foods are not really great for the waistline, and we live down the street from one of the world’s great Donut places (shout out to SloDoCo!). BUT it’s Karneval season, and […]

Karneval Traditions

Where to Celebrate German Karneval in the United States

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Karneval like in Germany! Fasching (in the South) and Karneval (in the North) are a time of celebration of food and fun in the time before the austerity of Lent. Costumes and Masks are meant to scare away evil spirits. Parades and dancing add to the fun. The celebration begins on November 11, the beginning of […]

Travel To Germany

Travel Accessories for a Trip to Germany- What I Take Along

In the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several trips to Germany for vacations, family visits, research trips, weddings, and even for business.  Over the years I’ve put together a list of travel accessories for a trip to Germany that I always pack.  Some may seem obvious, and you probably already have […]

Travel to Germany

A Few of my FAVORITE Things to do in Rothenburg Germany

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with it’s virtually untouched Medieval Altstadt, sits on a hill in northern Bavaria (due west of Nuremburg, 2 1/2 hours south east of Frankfurt), and seems to be on everyone’s MUST-SEE list. Sadly, I think far too many people just show up, take a photo near the Plonlein, shop for a […]


How to make a German Plum Cake Zwetschgenkuchen (with Streusel!)

Seems like whenever you are invited to coffee in a German household in Summertime, you will find a German Plum Cake on the table. Such a wonderful summertime dessert… a bit tart, a bit sweet, delicious to eat… nice enough for a Sunday Coffee… but easy enough for every day. It’s even Yummy for Breakfast… […]

Beer Wine and Drinks!

Erdbeerbowle – A Refreshing Summer Strawberry and Wine Punch

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Growing up, whenever my family has a larger summer gathering or Grill Party, my mother will make an Erdbeerbowle. This refreshing wine and strawberry punch is perfect on a warm afternoon. Sweet and light (but not TOO sweet). Plus, there is fruit involved, so you can sort of pretend it’s healthy. (Watch out for the […]

German Recipes

Buy German Cheese Online from iGourmet- Find all your Favorites!

Much is said about German bread and German Aufschnitt, but Brotzeit wouldn’t be complete without a piece of good German Cheese. From smooth Butterkäse to stinky Limburger, Germans do love their cheese. And although most American Supermarkets are carrying more variety these days, they still lack German cheese. If you don’t have a fully stocked  […]

German School- From Kindergarten to University

German History

The History of the Brandenburg Gate- A Berlin Icon

I remember the first time I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate. On that drizzley day in 1988, the Gate stood behind a graffiti covered section of the Berlin Wall. The backside of the Quadriga only just visible from my low vantage point… the Iron Cross in Victory’s staff removed. The Gate, no longer […]

Traditional German Clothing

Where to Buy a Dirndl for German Festivals and Oktoberfests

All Summer and Fall you’ll find German Festivals and Oktoberfests popping up across the United States… and for you lucky travelers… there are plenty of Festivals and Events happening IN Germany! Sure, you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt, but why not get into the spirit of the festival, and wear a Dirndl?! […]


European Down Comforters and Pillows -Sleep like at Oma’s

Remember how well you slept at Oma’s? Cozy and protected, tucked in under a fluffy down comforter, head on a feather pillow? It just felt like the height of luxury. That restful comfort can be found here in the US at Pacific Coast Feather. Their European Goose Down comforters, white Duck Down comforters, and well-made […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

Like so many German kids, I was lucky enough to have a few stuffed Steiff Stuffed Animals & Plush toys. A  small Dog with a blue collar and a bell, an Owl, and a Goldfish. One very memorable Christmas, I found a Steiff Bear sitting in the branches of our Christmas Tree. The Owl is […]

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