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Why are there so MANY Different names for Germany?

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  Allemania, Niemcy, Vokietija, Tedesco, Tyskland, Germany, Deutschland…. WHY are there so many different names for Germany? And these aren’t just names that are a translation of the word Deutschland, they are very different words with different etymologies (starting place of a word). Even the word Deutschland is relatively recent. The answer has a lot […]

Gedeckter Apfelkuchen Recipe – Covered German Apple Cake

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Like so many other foods in Germany, you won’t find just one recipe for German Apple Cake. Personally, I now keep three different recipes in my back pocket, because you never know… the apple cake must fit the occasion after all! Apfelkuchen mit Streusel vom Blech (Apple Streusel cake in a Pan) for everyday and […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

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You are at a party, and you hear those notes… Duhda Duhda Dadah Da…clap clap clap clap… and suddenly the dance floor is flooded with people flapping their arms and shaking their tail feathers… It’s the Chicken Dance Song! (… or is it a Duck?). Where did the Chicken Dance originate? And how is it […]

My Oma’s Schoko-Nusskuchen Recipe- A Nut-lover’s Favorite

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  My cousin Linda absolutely made my day when she sent me our Oma’s recipe for Schoko-Nusskuchen along with the note “this is the cake Oma always baked for our Birthdays“. This simple little cake may not be a fancy Torte, but flavorwise, it packs an amazing punch…reminding me a lot of my favorite mid-day […]

The Linden tree in Germany – At the Heart of Germany

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A friend sent me a clip from a news story out of West Virginia about the removal of a Linden Tree. What made him curious was not the toys found under the tree… it was the tree itself. This special tree was the last survivor of three Linden trees brought to the United States by […]

The Speicherstadt Hamburg- More than just Warehouses…

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How did a warehouse district manage to get UNESCO Status? Well, the Speicherstadt Hamburg is incredibly photogenic… rows of neo-Gothic brick warehouses tower over the water connected by bridges (fun fact, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice). But it’s more than just looks. Think of the Speicherstadt Hamburg as a city within a city. An […]

Old World Village in Huntington Beach- A slice of Bavaria in California

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Just 10 minutes from one of Orange County’s famous surfing spots, you’ll find the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. This special enclave of shops and restaurants conceived and built in the late 1970s by Josef and Dolores Bischof to transport guests and residents to a Bavarian Village. Today, the cobblestoned streets, muraled buildings, flower […]

Germany and Coffee- Coffee Culture and History of German Coffee

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“Komm, lass uns einen Kaffee trinken“… words I’ve heard my whole life. Come on, let’s drink a coffee. Mornings before a big day, the middle of the afternoon on a shopping trip, or maybe just while sitting and chatting. Germany and coffee go hand in hand. Germans might actually drink more coffee than beer… they […]

What is a Radler- The History of a Drink Named for a Cyclist

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I realize this might be considered blasphemy, but I’m not much of a beer drinker. I just never developed a taste for it (apparently, I make an “eeewww” face from the bitter flavor when I drink it). But soda is generally too sweet. Fortunately, an innkeeper in Deisenhofen, Germany came up with a solution that […]

Dirndls from Rare Dirndl – Tradition with Modern Flair

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My One-Of-A-Kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl My mother was visiting when the big box from Rare Dirndl arrived. She couldn’t wait to see what was inside, so we tore off the wrapping… and then I lifted the lid and pulled back the tissue. Inside was my special one-of-a-kind Dirndl from Rare Dirndl. Over the years […]