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Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Our first encounter was at the Wiesbaden farmer’s market.  Dumbfounded by their pallid lifeless appearance, I imagined the vampire rabbit Bunnicula showing no mercy and ravishing the market before my arrival, sucking the color and flavor out of the stalks labelled, “Spargel.” I’ve since learned […]

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

( “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard )   Café Maldaner is often crowded and customer service is hit or miss. I still believe it’s worth a visit, or in my case, a dozen. Spinning through the turnstile doorway transports you to a bygone era […]

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

  This blueberry bread will fill your home with a comforting aroma.  The ingredients are healthy, with the exception of sugar 🙂  This recipe hits on a few of my favorite foods: yogurt, oatmeal, applesauce and blueberries.  It’s dense, moist and filling. Just one slice […]

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

  The woman’s lithe figure moved with ease from tables topped with flickering candles and vases cradling stems with pink petals.  A ribbon of white satin framed a neckline that would leave swans envious.  Her black apron was starched, stain-free and blended seamlessly with the […]

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

  Wine is sunlight, held together by water – Galileo Galilei   Antonie and Andreas Pietsch are cultivators.  Soil embedded under rugged fingernails, skin bronzed by the outdoors and cheeks rosy from external elements.  Like the 2.2 hectares of gnarled vines the couple tends and […]

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

This delicious soup is on the Bacchus Speicher website. I bought a bottle of their Spätburgunder  (Pinot Noir), just so I could give this recipe a whirl.  I loved the earthy taste, especially paired with a slice of sourdough!   Chestnut Soup a la Bacchus […]

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

My heels and head were confused as I entered. The GPS read Wiesbaden, but my eyes saw Paris. Clusters of blood red roses accentuated by flickering candles topped tables draped in crisp white linen. Reflective silverware became bookends to napkins shaped like crowns.  Hundreds of […]

Literaturhauscafé at Villa Clementine: Spinsterhood or Splendor

Literaturhauscafé at Villa Clementine: Spinsterhood or Splendor

  “The Menopause of spinsters – A very boring place with a nice garden. If you haven’t found the love of your life, here is the place where you can enjoy your spinsterhood. Terribly slow service. You don’t need wifi connection when you can read […]

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

  I was on a mission to find a peony.  As I entered Blumen Dekker I learned peony season had come and gone. The owner, Jaap Dekker, ushered me to a bucket filled with roses in full blossom. With a discerning eye he plucked the flower that […]

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Sultry vocals of Nora Jones drift overhead in Wingert Vinothek.  Disheveled stacks of wine crates, books by Proust, eclectic art,  lit candles, wooden tables and comfortable leather chairs create an atmosphere of relaxed pleasure. Owner Holger Schwedler, an economist and lecturer of wine studies, could easily […]