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What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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When the Wall separating East Germany from West Germany fell, many of the icons produced by the East vanished, mostly because something different already existed in the West, and the Wessi got to keep its job. There is one BIG exception. The Sandmännchen. What is the Sandmaennchen? And how did he continue to thrive despite […]

A German Kitchen Witch Brings Good Luck to Your Kitchen!

German Meals at Oma’s by Gerhild Fulson- My Favorite German Foods!

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German Meals at Oma’s: Traditional Dishes for the Home Cook Recently Gerhild Fulson, who is the force behind Just Like Oma (aka Quick German Recipes) and one of my favorite German Recipe Bloggers sent me a copy of her new cookbook German Meals at Oma’s: Traditional Dishes for the Home Cook to preview.  It immediately jumped […]

Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck- My Review

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The German Cookbook Recently the people at Phaidon Publishing asked me to take a look at The German Cookbook… and wow, I’m impressed. Alfons Schubeck’s collection of over 500 authentic German recipes brings together all the different regional dishes in one (heavy) comprehensive book. You won’t just find the standard Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Schnitzel Recipes that […]

Hanni and Nanni – Our Favorite Twins for Over 50 Years!

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

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While visiting Germany many years ago I had to visit the town of Hamelin. You see, when I was growing up, one of my favorite records had the Rattenfänger von Hamelin story… the Pied Piper of Hamelin Story. As a child, the idea of all those kids being snatched up because the town fathers didn’t […]

What to Pack for Germany- Traveling to Germany Checklist

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson- My Review

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“In the Garden of Beasts” refers to the Tiergarten in Berlin (which translates to Animal Park or Beast Garden).  Much of the book takes place around this beautiful park,  once the hunting ground for the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm, the Grosse. In the 1930s, the Reichstag, the US Embassy, the Brandenburg Gate and Görings “city house” […]

Hanni and Nanni – Our Favorite Twins for Over 50 Years!

Who are those Cartoon Men on German TV? The Mainzelmännchen!!!

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  Isn’t it nice how the little things can make you so happy? One distinctly German cartoon that brought me endless delight was the Mainzelmännchen! These little animated men on German TV would come on during the commercials in quick animated spots that just made us LAUGH. Over the years, these adorable little guys have […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream