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Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Like his fraying parchment colored linen shirt, Husam (Sam) Al-Badri is a soul who seems to have lived many lives. Born in Baghdad, Sam learned to bind books by age twelve. Adulthood brought him to Berlin, where he went on to build a successful career as […]

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Dieter Ege’s gunmetal rimmed spectacles complemented his well-groomed gray mane.  A tailored suit rested on shoulders with impeccable posture while a crisp white collar framed a poised jawline. For 30 years Mr. Ege has managed a historical property in Wiesbaden, the Schwarzer Bock Hotel.    […]

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

 Dale’s Cake Café

 Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  […]

Buch-Café Nero39: A Sanctuary For Book Lovers

Buch-Café Nero39: A Sanctuary For Book Lovers

Christopher Deyer and his wife Antje Probst surround themselves with objects they love and value – books.  In 2014 the couple opened a shop where bookworms would feel at home, Buch-Café Nero39.  They chose a beautiful location off a quiet street.  The store’s interior includes original […]

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

  Autumn is coming.  In anticipation for my favorite season, I recently cracked open The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton (former New York Times restaurant critic).  Thumbing through I found a stew that sounded filling and easy, Paprika Pork Stew.  Like the country that inspired […]

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

  It’s been a year since I received, Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss.  And I’m happy to share, I finally rolled up my sleeves, tied on my apron and stained my first page.  The recipe I wanted to tackle first is found at nearly […]

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Where Exquisite Chocolate & Whimsy Reside

Winds in the east, mist coming in, Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin. ( Mary Poppins – Bert the Chimney Sweep )   Sitting on a pedestrian street in the shadows of the Marktkirche cathedral is a pint sized shop Mary Poppins and […]

The Toque of the Town:  Karl Müller & Co

The Toque of the Town: Karl Müller & Co

If your apron and cookbook wear stains with honor, then I suggest you do what cooks in Wiesbaden have done for 70 years, head to Karl Müller & Co. Tucked on a quiet lane under a striped awning you’ll discover a door leading to a […]

Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero

  Sometimes getting caught in the rain has benefits.  I’m thankful for the day I forgot my umbrella at home during a downpour, it’s what brought me to an entry I’d passed countless times without noticing.  With only four tables, blink or sneeze and you’re […]