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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 […]

Dirndls from Rare Dirndl – Tradition with Modern Flair

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 […]

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

Prime Day Deals for your German-American Home

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It’s Amazon Prime Day/s, which means some interesting deals on all sorts of amazing products. I did some digging, and it turns out, Amazon has loads of  Prime Day deals for your German American  Home! Kitchen gear, Brotzeit boards, Travel Adaptors, Puzzles, Self-Care products and more. Check out the assortment of goodies I found here… […]

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

Roman Limes in Germany – Borders of the Roman Frontier

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Cover photo by Michael Graber   The first time I saw the words, “Germanic Limes”, I immediately flashed to those tart green citrus fruits… but I couldn’t have been further from reality. The Roman Limes in Germany are leftover border fortifications from the days of when Germanic Tribes and Roman Troops were keeping a sharp […]

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

South Dakota Kuchen Recipe- A Volga German Legacy

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The South Dakota Kuchen recipe sent me on a deep dive through two of my favorite topics… German Immigration History and Food. (I bet you can tell, I’m lots of fun at parties) I can already hear all the Germans saying… “Kuchen means Cake”! And yes, generally, when speaking German, if you say Kuchen, you […]

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

What is a Volksmarsch? Walking for Fun, Friendship and Fitness

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Germans love to walk. Maybe a short walk to aid digestion, or walking instead of driving to the local market to pick something up, and of course, a Sonntagsspaziergang (Sunday Walk) was a weekly thing, generally through a botanical garden or local scenic area. Germans also love to be organized. That’s why it really comes […]

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

What is a Turnverein? How do Turners fit into American History?

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When I told my mother I that my latest research was a deep dive into the Turner Movement, she said “OH! Vater Jahn! Your Opa did gymnastics with the Turners!” Although Freiderich Ludwig Jahn basically invented gymnastics in Germany around 100 years before my grandfather was born he’s still spoken of with reverence by many […]

The Linden tree in Germany – At the Heart of Germany

Grünkohlsuppe Recipe from an American Kitchen- Denglish Kale Soup

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In Northern Germany Grünkohl or Kale comes to the table quite often in winter. (I was eating Kale WAY before Kale was cool). People will even make a Grünkohlfahrt (giggle), which is a strenuous hike followed by a traditional meal of Kale. My mother’s kitchen was German, that meant WE ate a lot of Kale […]

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

Super Easy German Fanta Cake or Fantakuchen Recipe

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You probably won’t find Fanta Cake in a fancy German Cafe, but don’t scoff at this super easy and quick to make Fantakuchen Recipe. When my kids were young, I loved having what I called “afterschool cake” recipes. Snack cakes, that could be whipped up without too much fuss. And this one is done in […]

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