Franzbrötchen aka the German Cinnamon Bun

Food

Every nation has its ups and downs. It’s glorious moments. Germany is not different. Every visiting tourist is dragged through a series of places with WW2 tag on it. Not glorious and mostly boring for younger generations. We have been lucky to live in peace time for two generations in a row. A rare tourist guide will mention Napoleon marching through Germany. A very rare one will talk about the emperor’s taste in wine, women and food. Almost never you will hear German food culture influenced by French. Yet the influence obvious: from wine to desserts, from Rhine to Elbe, from syntax to word building – German culture was cradled by French *I am probably going to be beaten for writing this*.

Napoleon is known to had marched as far as Hamburg and he brought food some of the eating habits to the North. The legend has it, he introduced Northern German version of the Cinnamon Bun to Hamburgers, what is known today as the Franzbroetchen.

Alsace – the Sauerkraut Springe

Food

Art is an avid traveller, as you know. He loves to pretend he is a local interview people about the local food. It may be due to his charm, or the dead season he travels in, people are usually super helpful.

For the Love of Bread

Food


How come French people consume baguettes and wine and remain enviably skinny? When did carbs become your enemy? And how come us Americans are the nation most obsessed with healthy food score so high in obesity rate?

Guglhupf

Food

 

Kougelhopf, Alsatian Brioche, or the “yummy yeasty cake we had with our coffee in France”. Traditionally, you dip the Guglhupf in foie gras, washing it down with some Riesling. But it pairs with coffee just as well.

The almonds perfectly baked.

Alsatian Cabbage and Pasta from the Cellar

Food

When asked what to try in Alsace I always say “of course, everything!”

But you risk to skip the important. Therefore, we will take a look at the non-touristy places.

Rheingau in Your Glass

Wine

Did you know that your Riesling needs a glass? Or your glass needs a Riesling. One of these happens at least once a day  when you are in the Rheingau area. What you probably did not know, there is a Riesling glass dedicated to a certain wine-making area.